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Will Power looks to turn season around this weekend in Toronto

After starting out the year with a seventh place finish and then three wins in a row, Will Power has yet to find any luck in the  five races that have followed. In those five races, he has only two top 10s and two wrecks to go with those.

As a result of the falter, he now only leads the points by three points over Ryan Hunter-Reay and 15 points over Scott Dixon. However, Power has something on his side. The driver leading the points at the halfway point of the season has won six of the last 13 titles.

In the road championship standings, Power still has a solid lead as he leads Dixon by 50 points. The road courses are where Power seems to shine as he has an average qualifying position of third with two poles and two second-place efforts. When it comes to the racing, he has an average finish of 2.8 and is just two laps shy of surpassing 1,500 laps led in his career.

This weekend, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to the streets of Exhibiton Place in Toronto. Power has had success there before, winning in 2007 in Champ Car and then again in 2010 in an IndyCar. Last year, he won the pole, though came home with a 24th place finish after being involved in a crash.

“Toronto is certainly a place where I have had some success in the past and I hope we can keep that going for Verizon and the entire Team Penske crew,” Power says. “We have some unfinished business and I know everyone here is working hard to get back to victory lane. The car and Chevy engine have been right where we need them to be successful, now it is our job to finish.”

If all goes right, victory lane is where Power will end up as Team Penske as a whole has been strong on the road courses this year so far. In the five road/street course races so far this year, Team Penske drivers have combined to win the race and pole for four of the events with a team average qualifying position of 7.1 and a team averaging finishing position of 7.9. Castroneves won the first event of the season at St. Petersburg, while Power followed it up by winning the next three.

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