It took a lot of willpower to get the current IZOD IndyCar series points leader back behind the wheel of a racecar after a brutal accident last season, but Edmonton race fans are glad he did.

“When it happened I really thought that was it, I was done with racing,” Will Power said about his crash last year in California. “The pain was so bad, I thought that was it and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get another opportunity.”

Power broke two vertebrae in his back and fractured two more but after a long recovery, he said he’s come back stronger than ever and his results speak for themselves.

The Australian won his first two races after getting back on the track and currently leads the championship, a position he’d like to maintain coming in to Edmonton in July.

“It’s been a really good start to the season but the series this year is the most competitive it’s ever been,” he said. “You’ve got so many good drivers in good cars. I believe this is the top series in the world.”

This year’s Honda Indy goes July 23-25. Tickets are on sale now and are available through Ticketmaster. Three-day grandstand seats start at $135.

“This is one of the toughest, most physical and technical tracks that we race on,” said the winner of last year’s Edmonton race. “I’m really looking forward to coming back here. This event is probably one of the best events that we have as far as crowd noise and atmosphere so I’m very happy to be competing.”

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