Will Power looks for breakthrough title

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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.”