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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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.