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INDY driver Will Power aims to defend his title at Sonoma Raceway

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The IZOD IndyCar Series returns this weekend, as defending back-to-back champion Will Power aims to add to his collection of wins in wine country during Sunday's GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)

SACRAMENTO, CA - The IZOD IndyCar Series returns this weekend, as defending back-to-back champion Will Power aims to add to his collection of wins in wine country during Sunday's GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

It will be the first race on the new track design of Sonoma Raceway, which was modified from a 12-turn 2.303-mile layout to a 12-turn 2.31-mile layout.

The added lenth to the track provides more opportunity for passing than what was possible before.

"The last couple years have been great for me because there hasn't been passing," Power told News10's Bryan May. "So I've been able to get out in front, but (the changes) will really be great for the fans."

The 12-turn road course, formerly known as Infineon Raceway, has featured six winners since the series began in Sonoma in 2005.  

Power and the No. 2 car come into the weekend's race as the overall points leader in the IndyCar Series with 379 points and three checkered flags already this season. He holds a five-point lead over second place driver Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 car.

2008's champion and Series favorite No. 3 Helio Castroneves is ranked thid in the point standings, 26 points off the lead with 353 and two voctories this season. 

Power was joined by fellow IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball in Sacramento on Thursday at Zocolo in efforts to promote the weekend's race.

By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net
Twitter: @News10Sean

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