Power still en­joy­ing 2018 Indy 500 win high

Manila Times - - Motor Sports -

IT’S been more than six months since Will Power of Aus­tralia won the 2018 In­di­anapo­lis 500 but he still draws much at­ten­tion in his coun­try.

Power, win­ning this year’s Indy 500 has him run­ning for the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport’s “Best Sport­ing Mo­ment” of 2018 in its an­nual Sport Per­for­mance Awards com­pe­ti­tion. Vot­ing con­tin­ues until to­day (Sun­day) to de­ter­mine which of the 12 nom­i­nated sport­ing mo­ments will be hon­ored.

Power re­cently com­pleted a “vic­tory lap” of his home­land that hon­ored him as the first Aus­tralian to cap­ture mo­tor sports’ great­est race. He made stops in Syd­ney, the na­tion’s cap­i­tal of Can­berra, Bris­bane and his home­town of Toowoomba, meeting with political of­fi­cials and a mul­ti­tude of me­dia in ad­di­tion to spend­ing qual­ity time with fam­ily. The Team Penske driver felt hon­ored to be hon­ored and wel­comed back by so many of his fel­low Aus­tralians.

“I’m just a kid from Toowoomba and took it me a long time to achieve my dream of rac­ing in a top-level se­ries, to be­come a cham­pion and win the In­di­anapo­lis 500,” Power said. “It’s a child­hood dream – ever since I could re­mem­ber, I’ve wanted to be in mo­tor sports. Through ded­i­ca­tion and per­sis­tence, I’m liv­ing my child­hood dream. It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing.”

Among the many dig­ni­taries Power met in his Aus­tralia trip were Aus­tralian Prime Minister Scott Mor­ri­son, Mem­ber of Parliament and Speaker of the House; Se­na­tor Brid­get McKen­zie, the na­tion’s Minister for Sport, and Se­na­tor Don Far­rell, the Shadow Minister for Sport; An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, the Pre­mier of Queens­land; and Michael de Brenni, Queens­land Minister of Sport.

It made for a busy but worth­while visit, one that spurred re­newed in­ter­est in a pos­si­ble re­turn of Indy car rac­ing to the land Down Un­der. Power was happy to serve as an emis­sary for the sport dur­ing his an­nual visit home.

“I only get back to Aus­tralia about once a year for, maybe, three weeks,” he said dur­ing a visit to Parliament House in Can­berra. “Ob­vi­ously, this time I’ve come back to Aus­tralia as an Indy 500 cham­pion. I’ve been do­ing lots of me­dia.

“Here at the Parliament House, it’s the first time I’ve ever been here. I got to meet the Prime Minister. I got to meet the Minister for Sport, the Shadow Minister for Sport and a lot other peo­ple. It was a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

AFP PHOTO

Will Power of Aus­tralia par­tic­i­pates dur­ing a warmup ses­sion for the Ver­i­zon IndyCar Se­ries GoPro Grand Prix, in Sonoma, Cal­i­for­nia, in 2015.

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