Lest it be lost in the shuffle, we need to point out that motor racing for the southern hemisphere consists of more than Supercars and the exploits of Perth’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Will Power is another Australian driver who has made a solid career at going fast. He recently won the IndyCar Grand Prix for the second straight year and provided his employer Roger Penske Racing with its 200th series victory.
The IndyCar Grand Prix is notable, because unlike it more famous cousin, the Indianapolis 500, the cars in the grand prix prove that Indy cars are indeed capable of making right turns, as the race is run on a road course like those used by F1.
The Indy road course in run at the same venue as the Indianapolis 500, on a closed course that features 14 turns.
Power has won three of the last four times and his boss, Roger Penske, had some nice things to say, telling the Associated Press, “Power did a great job and the strategy was right.”
If the Yanks were not sufficiently humbled by seeing one of their showcase races won by a foreigner, they must be positively chagrinned that second place went to Kiwi Scott Dixon.
Every time Power has had the pole, he has won the race, which makes it sound more and more like the race belongs on the F1 circuit, where grid position means everything.
Wait, an Aussie and a Kiwi is not disgrace enough?
Third place went to a rookie, Robert Wickens, who is a, gasp, Canadian.
Power seemed to have superior equipment to complement his driving skills and once he took the lead from Wickens, he drove the rest of the race with one eye in the mirror, never trailing again from the mid-point of the race on. He did have a tense moment nearer the end, when a full course caution saw his growing lead shrunk to less than one second, but he made it home on time.