IndyCar star Will Power keen for NASCAR future

Will Power inside Mark Winterbottom's FPR Falcon

Will Power inside Mark Winterbottom’s FPR Falcon

United States based Australian Will Power says that he’s keen to try his hand at NASCAR once he has achieved his goal of winning an IndyCar Series title.

Power has finished second in each of the last three IndyCar seasons, losing the championship at the final round on each occasion.

While the oval tracks have repeatedly proven Power’s downfall, the 31-year-old says that living in the NASCAR hub of Charlotte, North Carolina, has left him eyeing a future in stock car racing.

“Obviously it depends on what happens in my career as to what opportunities I’ll have,” he told Speedcafe.com in response to a question about his post-IndyCar plans.

“These days I’m living in North Carolina which is the home of NASCAR. I’d definitely like to at some point give that a go, starting out maybe in Late Model cars and just see how I run.

“That definitely interests me, but at the moment I’m just focussing on what I’ve got going on here with the IndyCar side of things.”

Currently driving for Penske Racing, which fields front-running teams in both IndyCar and NASCAR, Power is potentially well positioned to make a switch to the tin-top class.

Power however says that he is yet to even broach the subject with team founder Roger Penske.

“I haven’t actually pursued it or anything like that at this point,” he said.

“It’s just that it’s obviously really in your face when you live in North Carolina. It’s everywhere. All the teams are there, and obviously my team has got a NASCAR team as well.

“They (Penske’s NASCAR team) are actually leading the championship right now (with Brad Keselowski), so it’d be an obvious thing to give a go at some point in the future.”

This weekend sees Power racing in Australia for the first time in two years as part of the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

Driving alongside Mark Winterbottom in the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon, Power will start the event as one of the favourites to take out the Dan Wheldon Trophy.

For more with Will Power ahead of this weekend’s event, see Speedcafe.com’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 Race Guide below

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