Indy 500: Will Power Carb Day report

POWER SET FOR INDY 500 DEBUT DESPITE JUST TWO LAPS ON CARB DAY Will Power and his Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia crew are ready for their first Indianapolis 500 despite only getting two laps of practice on Miller Lite Carb Day due to rain ...

POWER SET FOR INDY 500 DEBUT DESPITE JUST TWO LAPS ON CARB DAY

Will Power and his Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia crew are ready for their first Indianapolis 500 despite only getting two laps of practice on Miller Lite Carb Day due to rain at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana today.

Power barely got up to speed in the #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone before rain fell in Speedway, Indiana, bringing out the yellow caution flags and cutting the hour-long Carb Day session, the final track time before Sunday's 92nd Indianapolis 500, after just 12 minutes.

Despite the shortened day Power, who hails from Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, is confident that he is ready for his Indy 500 debut, starting from 23rd position for the race known as 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'.

POWER THROWS OPENING PITCH AT DETROIT TIGERS GAME

Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia driver Will Power had the honour of throwing the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday night.

As part of the IndyCar Series Media Tour, which saw drivers conducting promotional activities in New York, Detroit and Indianapolis, Power took the honour seriously, admitting to practicing his pitching behind the Team Australia garage against a wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"It was a little bit high, but I got it there," said Power of his opening pitch.

"I used to watch cricket back in Australia and baseball is a little like cricket to Australia."

The event was a promotion for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which will host a round of the 2008 IndyCar Series on August 29-31 on the 2.1-mile Belle Isle street circuit.

Power, who took a dominant victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this year, will be one of the favourites for the event, the 27-year-old quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest street circuit drivers in the IndyCar Series.

"The circuit looks really technical and really nice," said Power, who will make his first start at Detroit.

"I think I'll be looking forward to this track more than any other circuit other than Surfer's Paradise this year. It just looks like a good street circuit where you have to drive really well to get a quick lap. As soon as I saw it, I had a smile on my face."

-credit: kvt/team australia

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