Will Power celebrates winning the Sao Paulo Indy 300 yesterday with his crew.
Will Power celebrates winning the Sao Paulo Indy 300 yesterday with his crew. AAP Image

Triple treat for Power

WILL Power heads into the famed Indianapolis 500 later this month in sublime form after winning his third-straight IndyCar race in Brazil yesterday.

Power held off challenges from Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato in a rain-affected street circuit race to claim his third Sao Paulo Indy 300.

It was also the Toowoomba driver's third consecutive win this season which extends his lead in the drivers' championship ahead of the Indy 500 on May 27.

Power leads the drivers' championship on 180 points ahead of Team Penske team mate Helio Castroneves, who sits second on 135 points.

A slightly sleep-deprived but happy father Bob Power said Will was ecstatic with the result.

"He was pleased, no doubt about that. He enjoyed it," Bob said after waking up in the early hours of yesterday morning to watch the race.

"That was a good drive. It gives him a good start to the year."

Power Snr, an accomplished open-wheel racer himself, had reservations about his son's chances of winning a third consecutive race, which hadn't been done at IndyCar level since 2007. But he was glad the 31-year-old Toowoomba driver's luck had changed after encountering misfortune in the first race of the season.

Will Power will now tackle the Indy 500 looking for a fourth consecutive victory.

The famed oval circuit at Indianapolis will pose a different challenge for the defending street circuit champion. Most of his success over the past two years has come on street circuits so a good result at the Indy oval would enhance his great start.