|Mar, 1, 1981||5' 10"||Verizon Wireless|
|Indianapolis, Ind.||David Faustino|
Will Power delivered another championship-caliber season for Team Penske in 2012 as he won his third consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series Mario Andretti Road Course Championship in his third full-time season with open-wheel racing’s most successful team. Though the Australian driver just missed his ultimate goal of winning the overall series championship as he finished a mere three points short in the final standings, Power enjoyed another winning and remarkable season.
Power experienced extreme highs and lows over the course of the 15-race 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. Driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet, the 31-year-old racer started the season by dominating the field. Following a pole-winning effort and a seventh-place finish at the opening race in St. Petersburg, Power reeled off three consecutive race victories at Barber Motorsports Park, on the streets of Long Beach and then in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Unfortunately the middle stretch of the season saw Power fall victim to a series of unfortunate events which led to finishes outside the top 10 in four of six series races. Once the schedule shifted back to five consecutive road/street course races, Power returned to form as he won three consecutive pole positions at Mid-Ohio, Sonoma and Baltimore and recorded four consecutive podium finishes at Edmonton, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma and Baltimore. Unfortunately for Power and the Verizon team, he made contact with the wall on lap 59 of the season finale at California’s Auto Club Speedway oval which eventually took him out of the race and championship contention.
Power led Team Penske for the third consecutive year in both race victories (three) and poles (five) in 2012. He closed out the season ranked second in the IndyCar Series with seven top-five finishes, 10 top-10 results, 294 laps led and he was best among all drivers as he led at least one lap in 10 different races. Power also demonstrated remarkable consistency by being ranked at the top of the IZOD IndyCar Series standings for 10 of the 15 races in 2012.
Power moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue his motorsports dream after honing his skills in his native Australia and in some Europe’s toughest open-wheel racing training grounds. He quickly became a winning driver in the Champ Car World Series with Walker Racing and Team Australia before he joined KV Racing Technology in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Power came on board at Team Penske in 2009, initially filling in for Helio Castroneves at the beginning of the season. Through his strong performances, Power earned a part-time opportunity with the team when Castroneves returned to action. He scored his first win for Team Penske on the streets of Edmonton in 2009 before a frightening practice accident at Sonoma cut short his first season with the team. Since he began racing full-time for Verizon Team Penske in 2010, Power has produced 14 wins and 24 poles to lead all IndyCar drivers over that period of time.
Aside from racing Indy cars at over 200 mph, fitness is Power's greatest passion as he strives to work out twice a day, six days a week. Known for his intensity and his dry sense of humor, Power also enjoys listening to music of all kinds and playing the drums. Power and his wife Elizabeth were married in 2010 and they live in Charlotte, NC.
2011 - Finished second in the IZOD IndyCar season championship for the second consecutive year. Tied the IZOD IndyCar record with six wins (Barber, Sao Paulo, Texas-2, Edmonton, Infineon and Baltimore).Tied his own IZOD IndyCar record with eight poles (St. Pete, Barber, Long Beach, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Edmonton, Infineon and Kentucky). One of three drivers to ever win four consecutive poles. Won the Mario Andretti Road Course Championship for the second consecutive season.
2010 - Finished second in the IZOD IndyCar Series season championship standings, won the inaugural Mario Andretti Road Course Championship. Earned a series leading five victories (Brazil, St. Petersburg, Watkins Glen, Toronto & Sonoma) and a series record eight pole positions (St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Alabama, Watkins Glen, Edmonton, Iowa, Mid-Ohio & Sonoma). Scored 11 top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes.
2009 - Made his debut with Team Penske filling in for Helio Castroneves at the St. Petersburg Grand-Prix. At Long Beach he strapped into the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Honda/Dallara, put it on the pole and finished second in the race. At Edmonton he scored his first victory for the Team, driving the No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Honda/Dallara from the pole to the winner's circle.
2008 - Made IndyCar Series debut after two full seasons and two races in Champ Car World Series.
Driving the KV Racing Technology #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara entry, earns three top-five finishes and six top-ten finishes. Wins final Champ Car event at Long Beach after starting fourth and leading a race-high 81 laps.Starts from pole in the IndyCar Series post-season exhibition at Surfers Paradise, and leads 16 laps before an accident forces him out of the race. Finishes 12th in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings.
2007 - Competes in second full season in Champ Cars with Team Australia. Earns nine top-10 finishes including eight top-five showings with five podiums and two wins. Becomes first Australian driver to win a Champ Car event (Las Vegas). Qualified in top-10 in 13 of 14 races, 10 times in first two rows with five poles. Finishes fourth in Championship standings.
2006 - Competes in first full season in Champ Cars with Team Australia. Earns nine top-10 finishes including three top-five showings and first career podium. Qualifies in the top-10 in 12 of 14 races, twice in first two rows with first career pole (Surfers Paradise). Led Series in laps (1191 out of 1251) and miles (2350.748 out of 2432.645) completed. Finishes sixth in Championship standings. Wins Roshfrans Rookie of the Year Award and the Bridgestone Passion for Excellence Award.
2005 - Competes in World Series Powered by Renault for Carlin Motorsport as well as two Champ Car World Series events with Team Australia.Finishes seventh in World Series Powered by Renault Championship despite missing last two events. Earns two wins, Le Mans and Bilbao, four podiums and two poles. Makes Champ Car debut in Surfers Paradise, Australia and earns first Champ Car top-10 finish in second start at Mexico City. Finishes 17th in Championship.
2004 - Competes in full season of British F3 Championship with Alan Docking Racing. Finishes ninth in Championship earning five podium finishes including two seconds at Knockhill. Tests for Minardi Formula 1, European F3000 and World Series Powered by Renault teams.
2003 - Competes in three rounds of British F3 Championship with Diamond/Ralt - Honda Mugen Racing. Also competes in Fortec Motorsport/Dallara-Renault Series. Drives Bathurst 24-hour race with three co-drivers.
2002 - Competes in Formula Holden (Australian Gold Star Drivers Championship) as well as in?Australian Formula 3. Wins Formula Holden Championship with seven wins in 12 races and named Rookie of the Year. Finishes second in Australian Formula 3 after earning six wins and 10 podiums in 12 starts. Runs two V8 Supercar events at Queensland and the Bathurst 1000.
2001 - Competes in Formula Ford National Series in Australia. Finishes second in Formula Ford National Series with five wins and 10 podiums in 16 starts. Invited to Honda Indy Young Guns event Surfers Paradise. Places second overall after winning first race and placing second in second race.
2000 - Competes in Formula Ford State Series in Australia and Formula Ford National Series in Australia. Wins Queensland State Championship, earning 18 podiums in 18 starts including seven wins, nine second-place and two third-place results. Finishes Seventh overall in National Series with five podium results. Runs the Formula Ford Gold Coast Indy support races and wins one of two races.
1999-1997 - Competes on dirt tracks in Australia. Competes in karting events in his native Australia
2013 IZOD IndyCar Series Season Statistics
|Date||Event||Start||Finish||Points (Behind)||Rank (+/-)|
|3/24/13||Honda Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg||1||16||NA||NA|
|4/7/13||Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama||2||5||NA||NA|
|4/21/13||Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach||3||16||NA||NA|
|5/5/13||Sao Paulo Indy 300||22||24||NA||NA|
Fun with Helio and Will at Verizon 2013 Photo Shoot - Team Penske drivers, Helio Castroneves and Will Power caught goofing around behind the scenes at the 2013 Verizon photo shoot.