Power refusing to give up in IndyCar title defense

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Will Power is refusing to give up in his defense of the Verizon IndyCar Series title despite sitting fifth in the championship standings with three races to go.

Power’s bid for a second title has dwindled in the past six races as he has scored just two top ten finishes whilst retiring on three occasions.

The Australian driver heads into this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio trailing championship leader and Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya by 55 points, but remains upbeat.

“I really enjoy racing at Mid-Ohio,” Power said. “It’s another one of those beautiful road courses that uses the natural terrain really well. It’s a fast, technical circuit that requires a lot of attention to detail in terms of the setup.

“There has certainly been no lack for speed in the No. 1 Verizon Chevy this year, so I see no reason why we can’t be fighting for the win. We’ll have to put our heads down and push hard all weekend.”

Power has finished second at Mid-Ohio twice in the past, but is now focusing on claiming his first race win at the road course to set up a late surge for the championship.

“I would really love to get a win at Mid-Ohio,” Power said. “It’s something I haven’t been able to do yet in my career and it would set us up well for the run to the end of the year at Sonoma.

“These final three tracks are all places where I know we can run well and allow us to make a championship push.”