Power adamant he can still take crown
12 August 2017 – Penske driver Will Power believes he can still contend for the IndyCar title, despite his 52-point deficit to current series leader Josef Newgarden.
Power, the 2014 champion, has held the advantage over one-lap this season, taking five poles, but has triumphed only twice, at Indianapolis' road course and at Texas.
Power heads into the final four rounds fifth in the standings, behind team-mates Newgarden, Hélio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud, as well as Ganassi rival Scott Dixon.
However, he reckons the double-points nature of the Sonoma finale means he still stands a chance of capturing a second title in the category.
"We've got the pace everywhere we go," Power is quoted by the official IndyCar website.
"We've just got to have it flow for us, which is does, it ebbs and flows.
"We need to have solid races from here on out and we can win the championship.
"You've got double points at the end. If you're within 20 [points] of the guy you're chasing, you can control your own destiny in the last race by winning.
"It's a big chunk, that last race. I'll be keeping that in mind. If we can just chip away at these points in the next few races, we'll have a great shot."
Power added that he has performed better than in 2016, when he finished runner-up to Pagenaud in the standings, but that a sequence of incidents has cost him a hatful of points.
"I've been way quicker, I've felt better and I've had the energy," Power said of his 2017 season.
"[But] at St. Petersburg [I had an] engine failure. A sure win in Barber, tyre puncture. Taken out of a double-points race at Indy, there's a top 10 finish [gone].
"I've definitely had some rough days. First lap at Toronto, things like that."