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IndyCar: Will Power gets hero’s welcome back home in Australia

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You can take the boy out of Australia, but you can’t take Australia out of the boy.

Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power is currently on a whirlwind tour of his native land, where he’s being feted for what he did in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

And now that he’s won the biggest race in the world, Power told the Australian Associated Press that he wants to win the biggest race in Australia, the Bathurst 1000.

“I’d love to do Bathurst again,” Power said. “We’ve definitely talked about it.”

But because of his regular day job, Power likely won’t get a chance to race again on his home soil for at least the next several years. Still, he hopes to do so within five years, he said.

“It’s hard for me to get the time to fly over without it affecting the Indy car season,” Power said. “That’s the hang up. It’s all got to work with the team.”

Power has one previous start in what many consider Australia’s answer to the Indy 500 when he finished 18th with co-driver Mark Larkham in the 2002 Bathurst 1000.

All told, Power has six career starts in Australian Supercars, the most recent being in 2012 during a race on the country’s Gold Coast.

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Hildebrand enters Indy 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

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INDIANAPOLIS — J.R. Hildebrand will race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in a second entry dedicated to the late Dan Gurney.

Hildebrand will pilot the No. 48 as a nod to the number used by Gurney, a racer, car builder and team owner who died in 2018. Hildebrand will be teammates with Sage Karam and his car will be sponsored by Salesforce.com.

Hildebrand has eight previous Indy 500 starts and was leading on the final lap as a rookie in 2011 when he crashed in the final turn. Dan Wheldon slipped past for the victory and Hildebrand finished second.

Hildebrand also drove for DRR last season.

DRR is also fielding the #24 Chevrolet in this year’s Indy 500 for Sage Karam.