Despite missing out on an IZOD IndyCar Series title for the third consecutive season, Will Power is keeping calm as he heads into 2013.
Power entered last year’s season finale at Auto Club Speedway with the points lead, but crashed early on in the event. Even with a stellar effort from his team to repair his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power lost the crown to Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished fourth in the race.
But despite the defeat, Power knows that as long as he’s with Team Penske, chances are he’ll be in the mix for a championship. As a result, he isn’t worried about being haunted by how 2012 ended for him.
“A week after the race, we were back in the shop talking about next year already,” Power said Monday during IndyCar Media Day activities at Barber Motorsports Park. “I have to say it was the most relaxed off-season I’ve ever had. I just kind of enjoyed it.
“It is what it is. I get to compete at a high level with probably the best team year after year, and it’s just an enjoyable thing to do. It’s cool that we are always there in the hunt for the championship, and it’s a real motivation to try and get that done.”
Power has chosen not to change his approach despite his near-misses in the last three seasons. Considering that he’s regularly out-hustled his competition in terms of pure speed during that time frame, it isn’t a bad strategy to have – even though the final outcomes haven’t turned out as he and the Penske camp would’ve liked.
He remains on the cusp of being a champion, and in his mind, there’s not much he has to do in order to go over the top.
“Just get four points,” he said. “I just need to score four more points.”
Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)