Australian driver Will Power is gearing up for the 2023 IndyCar Championship season, with the hopes of retaining his crown. In the past 18 years, only two drivers have achieved consecutive titles: Sébastien Bourdais and Dario Franchitti. Power is aware of the opportunity to join that elite group, but is also focused on taking each race as it comes and performing at his best.
One of his main rivals looks to be American driver Josef Newgarden, who has finished second in the championship in the past three seasons despite winning eleven races. Power’s other Penske teammate, Scott McLaughlin, also had a successful rookie season with three wins in 2022.
However, Power acknowledges that there are many other talented drivers in the field, including 2021 champion Alex Palou, Colton Herta, and veteran Scott Dixon, who is seeking a record seventh championship.
The 2023 season will also bring some changes, with the Indianapolis 500 no longer offering 100 points for the winner, but rather 50 like the other races. The organizers have also promised to make this the most sustainable championship in history, with the use of renewable racing fuel and Firestone tires for street circuits.
As Power prepares to defend his title and make history, he knows that each lap will be crucial in the 17 races that make up the upcoming season.