IndyCar star chasing V8 bragging rights

Last updated 20:04 20/10/2010
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BRAGGING RIGHTS: Australian Will Power wants to earn the bragging rights among the IndyCar racing community at this weekend's Gold Coast 600.

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First place might be a goal too far, but Australian Will Power wants to earn the bragging rights among the IndyCar racing community at this weekend's Gold Coast 600.

Power is one of six IndyCar drivers among the 18 international pilots competing in the V8 Supercar event on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

And after narrowly missing out on this year's championship in the US, Power is hoping to at least take some solace from showing his colleagues how it's done in his home state of Queensland.

"Of course you know, I'd love to get one over all the IndyCar guys that are here," Power told AAP on Wednesday.

"It would be very funny if we ended up on the same spot on the track, give them a little bit of a shove." Power, who says he's coming to terms with the final race disappointment that saw him lose the IndyCar crown to Scotland's Dario Franchitti in Florida earlier this month, will drive at Surfers for Ford Performance Racing.

He'll be joined in the field by Penske Racing teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe, while Franchitti, Alex Tagliani and Scott Dixon have also made the trip to south-east Queensland.

And the opportunity to return to Queensland after IndyCar ended their long association with Surfers Paradise in 2008 is an exciting one for the Toowoomba-born Power.

"I love coming here to race on the Gold Coast, one of my favourite tracks, and we don't have a race here any more so it's good to come home," he said.

The man who pipped Power to the IndyCar title, Franchitti, will drive alongside Steven Johnson in one of the Jim Beam Racing Falcons and despite denying a local favourite he says Australians should be proud of their motorsport competitors.

"I think Australians right now, the racing fan in Australia, is doing pretty well," the Scotsman told AAP.

"You've got Ryan and Will in IndyCar, Mark Webber in F1, Casey Stoner just tearing it up in MotoGP and obviously all these great drivers in V8s.

"It's a good time to be an Australian race fan." But the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner admitted there was some chat going on between him and Power ahead of this weekend's races.

"There's been some good natured banter with some of the other drivers and obviously Will himself but it's all good," he said.

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