Is this Australia's most underappreciated athlete?

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Will Power mightiness beryllium successful the moving arsenic 1 of Australia's astir underappreciated athletes.

The 41-year-old from Toowoomba conscionable keeps connected delivering down the IndyCar instrumentality and is doing it again successful an ultra-consistent 2022 campaign.

Power is the bid person aft 5 races, remarkably finishing either 3rd oregon 4th successful each event.

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Will Power of Australia celebrates aft winning the Indianapolis 500 successful 2018. (Getty)

He is good known and good loved among some Australian and American motorsport followers yet a drawstring of near-misses mean helium has not rather recovered the level of fame and adulation that his grounds astir apt deserves.

Power - who volition commencement 11th successful Monday's (AEST) iconic Indianapolis 500 - has 1 IndyCar Series triumph (2014) and 1 500 triumph (2018) to his name.

And with 40 vocation contention wins Power ranks 5th connected the all-time database down AJ Foyt (67), Mario Andretti (52), Scott Dixon (51) and Michael Andretti (42).

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Will Power astatine the 2022 Grand Prix Of Long Beach. (Getty)

But 4 title runner-up finishes (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016) person blocked him from genuinely joining the sport's pantheon.

Even portion starring this year's championship, Power has not got the aforesaid headlines as Kiwi sophomore Scott McLaughlin, divisive Frenchman Romain Grosjean oregon young blistery changeable Formula 1 aspirants Colton Herta and Pato O'Ward.

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Will Power celebrates aft winning the Indianapolis 500 successful 2018. (Getty)

Power discussed his bequest in a wide ranging and fascinating interrogation with NBC Sports.

"All you tin bash is look astatine the stats," Power said.

"At the Indianapolis 500, I'm lone a single-time winner. I've won once. When you look astatine IndyCar arsenic an wide bid and championships, past you look astatine contention wins and poles. Everyone has their spot successful the sport. That's each you tin bash is look astatine numbers to effort to recognize that. And, astatine times, that doesn't archer the full story."

Will Power talks with Scott McLaughlin successful Fort Worth. (Getty)

Power admitted that the mislaid championships "ate distant astatine maine a lot."

"I could rather easy beryllium a four-time champion if things had gone otherwise implicit the years. Being a one-time champion is precise overmuch disappointing...

"I'm an affectional idiosyncratic and things similar that upset me. As I've gotten older, I've calmed and accepted that's life. I'm highly fortunate to beryllium successful the presumption I'm in. I'm fortunate and blessed to person a vocation successful motorsports, which I am."

Before Power attempts to physique connected that legacy, let's reply immoderate of the cardinal questions up of the large race.

WHAT TIME DOES THE INDY 500 START IN AUSTRALIA?

Exclusive sum of the Indianapolis 500 starts astatine 1am Monday AEST with the greenish emblem acceptable for 2.45am.

HOW DO I WATCH THE INDY 500 IN AUSTRALIA?

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Scott Dixon reacts to winning the rod grant for the fastest qualifying speed. (Getty)

WHAT IS THE STARTING GRID FOR THE INDY 500?

Row 1: Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Rinus VeeKay

Row 2: Ed Carpenter, Marcus Ericsson, Tony Kanaan

Row 3: Pato O'Ward, Felix Rosenqvist, Romain Grosjean

Row 4: Takuma Sato, Will Power, Jimmie Johnson

Row 5: David Makulas, Josef Newgarden, Santino Ferrucci

Row 6: Simon Pagenaud, JR Hildebrand, Conor Daly

Row 7: Callum Ilott, Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal

Row 8: Sage Karam, Marco Andretti, Devlin DeFrancesco

Row 9: Colton Herta, Scott McLaughlin, Helio Castroneves

Row 10: Kyle Kirkwood, Dalton Kellett, Juan Pablo Montoya

Row 11: Christian Lundgaard, Jack Harvey, Stefan Wilson

Kellett hits the partition during Indy 500 practice

WHO ARE THE LAST 10 INDY 500 WINNERS?

2021: Helio Castroneves

2020: Takuma Sato

2019: Simon Pagenaud

2018: Will Power

2017: Takuma Sato

2016: Alexander Rossi

2015: Juan Pablo Montoya

2014: Ryan Hunter-Reay

2013: Tony Kanaan

2012: Dario Franchitti

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WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES FOR THE INDY 500?

$7: Scott Dixon

$7.25: Alex Palou

$9.50: Colton Herta

$10: Scott McLaughlin

$10.50: Josef Newgarden

$11.50: Pato O'Ward

$13: Will Power

Helio Castroneves celebrates winning the 105th moving of the Indianapolis 500. (Getty)

WHY DO THEY CELEBRATE WITH MILK AT THE INDY 500?

The contented started successful 1936 erstwhile operator Louis Meyer drank buttermilk successful Victory Lane due to the fact that his parent said it would refresh him connected a blistery day, according to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Indianapolis Star reports that a dairy manufacture enforcement saw a selling accidental and beverage has been portion of each contention since 1956.

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