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12Will Power

IndyCar Series

Team: Team Penske Racing

birthdate:
3/1/1981
height:
5'8
weight:
155 lbs
birthplace:
Toowoomba, Australia
Bio:

Will Power is in his second season of IndyCar Series competition in 2009. He began the season behind the wheel of one of the most coveted rides in motorsports - the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda. Power filled in for two-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Helio Castroneves when Castroneves was unavailable to drive during pre-season testing and the first race of the year in St. Petersburg. After finishing sixth in St. Pete, Power was named to drive the No. 12 Team Verizon Wireless car for Penske Racing at Long Beach and at the Indianapolis 500 when Castroneves returned to the team.

  Power promptly won the pole at Long Beach and finished second in the race and turned in a great performance in May at the Indy 500, starting ninth and finishing in fifth place. In July, Penske Racing announced that Power would compete for the team in five additional events at Toronto, Edmonton, Kentucky, Sonoma and Miami in the No. 12 Penske Truck Rental car.

In 2008, Power began his IndyCar Series career driving for KV Racing Technology; where he earned his third Indy car victory in Long Beach and scored five top-ten finishes. In addition, the Australian started from the pole in the post-season exhibition event at Surfers Paradise and led the first 16 laps before an accident forced him out of the race.

Power began his American open-wheel racing career when he moved to the United States in 2006 and completed his first full Champ Car season. Competing for Team Australia, he finished sixth in the Championship point standings scoring nine top-ten finishes including three top-five results and his first career podium finish (he finished third in Mexico City). Power qualified in the top-ten in 12 of 14 races, including his first career pole, which he earned in his native Australia on the streets of Surfers Paradise. He also led the Series in laps and miles completed. As a result of this success, Power was named the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year and won the Bridgestone Passion for Excellence Award.

He continued with Team Australia for the 2007 Champ Car season and proved that he would be a driver to watch as he was fiercely in the hunt for the Championship until the final two races of the year and eventually finished fourth. He scored the first two wins of his Indy car career that season and recorded nine top-ten finishes including eight top-five showings with five podium finishes. Additionally, he earned five pole positions, qualified in the top-ten in 13 of 14 races and ten times in the top-five. After this stellar season, Power was honored with the 2007 Sir Jack Brabham Award, recognizing outstanding achievement by an Australian in international competition.

In 2005, Power competed in the World Series Powered by Renault, driving for Carlin Motorsport, where he secured three wins, two poles and four podium finishes. His talent caught the eye of Team Australia in the Champ Car Series and Power would miss the final two events in order to compete in the United States. Power ran two Champ Car events for Team Australia in 2005; in Mexico City he finished tenth, marking his first career Indy car top-ten finish.

For Power, racing is in his blood; his father raced in F2 and F3 in the early 80's and his great grandfather raced motorbikes. So when he began his racing career in go-karts at the age of six, it was just a matter of time before Power realized that this was his life's calling. He competed in his first go-kart race when he was eight then made the jump to cars at 15 competing on dirt tracks in his native Australia. Over the next several years, Power would work his way through the Australian racing ranks and in 2000, he moved up to the Formula Ford State Series in Australia, where he won the Queensland State Championship, qualifying on the front row for every race then going on to score 18 podiums in as many starts including seven wins. He also competed in the Formula Ford National Series in Australia that year, finishing seventh overall with five podium results.

In 2001, Power again competed in the Formula Ford National Series in Australia finishing second in the Championship with five wins and ten podium finishes in 16 events. In addition, Power was invited to participate in the Honda Indy Young Guns event at Surfers Paradise where he won the pole and the first race, and finished second in the second event. In 2002, Power competed in both the Formula Holden Championship in Australia and the Australia F3 Series. He won the Formula Holden Championship after winning seven of 12 events, as well as earning Rookie of the Year honors. Power finished second in the Australian F3 Series; and he also ran two V8 Supercar events in Queensland 500 and the Bathurst 1000.

Power moved to England in 2003, marking the first time he'd ever left his native Australia, in order to compete in the British F3 Championship. That season, Power also drove the Bathurst 24-hour race with three co-drivers. In 2004, he ran a full season of British F3 with Alan Docking Racing, where he finished ninth in the Championship. Due to his achievements in F3, Power earned tests with Minardi Formula 1, European F3000 and World Series Powered by Renault teams; all of which would help him gain worldwide recognition and eventually land him a ride the United States in Indy car competition.

Aside from racing IndyCars at over 200 mph, fitness is Power's greatest passion. He strives to workout twice a day, six days a week; during which time he either runs, swims or mountain bikes as well as does circuit weight training. He also enjoys going to the movies as well as body surfing and playing touch rugby, squash and cricket. Power is also learning to speak Spanish in his spare time. The 28-year-old is currently single and lives in Indianapolis.