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Power out to end IndyCar win drought
Ed Jackson
07:35 AEST Fri Apr 19 2013

Will Power hopes a return to one of his favourite circuits in the United States will end his nearly year-long wait for a race win in the IndyCar championship.

Power hasn't tasted victory since winning the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil on April 29 last year, the third race win in a row at the start of the 2012 campaign.

Part of that hat-trick of victories was the Grand Prix of Long Beach in California, venue for this weekend's event.

The 3.167km (1.968 mile) street circuit is one Power's most successful, having won there in 2008 as well as last year, while he begun the 2009, 2010 and 2011 events from pole position.

The 32-year-old Australian heads into this weekend's event eighth on the championship standings with 47 points from two starts.

Brazilian teammate Helio Castroneves is the championship leader with 79 points.

Power said he was looking forward to returning to Long Beach, where will he will aim to join luminaries such as Mario Andretti, Paul Tracy and Al Unser Jr as back-to-back winners on the street circuit.

"Great location ... very cool street circuit," Power said.

"I've won it twice now and the cool thing about winning that race is you get your face on a plaque there in victory lane.

"You see some pretty big names in there like Al Unser Jr, Paul Tracey, (Sebastien) Bourdais, going way back Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti ... It's a cool place to win at."

Power will chase a fourth pole position at Long Beach when qualifying gets underway on Saturday at 2pm (0200 Sunday AEST).

Sunday's 80-lap race begins at 1.45pm (0645 Monday AEST).