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Indy 500 winner Power maintains the faith

By AAP Newswire

Will Power got out of his broken-down car at the Road America garage and turned down a drink.

He might not have been in his No. 12 Chevrolet long enough to break much of a sweat.

Just another frustrating finish for Power in what has been an uneven IndyCar season for the 2014 series champion.

He won the Indy 500 in late May, the second of two straight victories.

A month later, Power finished last at Road America after being forced out of his car following two laps because of mechanical issues.

It was the Australian's second straight early exit from a race, and fourth of the season.

"It is unbelievable the amount of DNFs I have had this season," Power said Sunday after the 222-mile road course race won by Penske teammate Josef Newgarden .

"I have never had this many in my career in such a short period of time," Power said. "Yep, that's racing. Goes one way and then the other."

The race at Road America began with optimism for Power as he started on the front row next to pole sitter Newgarden.

It was the ninth time in 10 races that Power was starting third or higher, with the exception a sixth-place start in the first race at Belle Isle.

His only start on the pole came in the Indy Grand Prix, which he won.

"Obviously this year I've had plenty of front-row starts, missing out by hundredths of seconds, so I've got to change something," Power said Saturday after qualifying.

"What do you do to find a hundredth? Or five-hundredths?"

Power hopes to reverse course at the next race in two weeks at Iowa.

He has dropped from first place in the standings.

The last time the Indy 500 winner went on to win the IndyCar points title was in 2010, when Dario Franchitti did it.

Juan Pablo Montoya nearly pulled it off in 2015 but lost the season title on a tiebreaker to Scott Dixon.

"As quickly as it is down, it can swing the other way quickly in a good way," Power said.

"When I think about it, we came into the month of May ... fifth in points and left as the leader, so it can change."