Power back on the podium

WILL Power produced one of his best drives on the IndyCar series to finish third at Edmonton but the result still saw him drop down the drivers' championship standings.

After leading the standings for most of the series thanks to three-straight wins earlier in the year, Power slipped back to third after Team Penske team mate Helio Castroneves took the chequered flag at Edmonton to jump up to second behind series leader Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Power could have slipped further down the series standings though had it not been for an amazing performance behind the wheel today (AEST).

The Toowoomba driver started from 17th on the grid after being penalised for making an unapproved engine change.

He went on a charge during the race overtaking opponents to claw his way up to third in a remarkable display of driving.

And while he has dropped to third in the drivers' championship standings, Power has closed the gap on series leader Hunter-Reay, who finished seventh at Edmonton.

American Hunter-Reay holds a 23-point lead over Castroneves, with Power just three points further behind his Penske team mate.

That has Power 26 points off the lead in the series as opposed to 34 points heading into the Canadian race.

The series now moves to Lexington, Ohio for the Indy 200 on August 5, which is another road course race.

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