Biography

Will Power has long been one of the fastest - if not the fastest - drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He has produced 29 career victories, which is tied for 11th all-time with Team Penske legends Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves, and his 44 Verizon P1 Pole Awards ranks fifth on the all-time list.

The 2016 season initially got off to a fast start with a pole win in the season opener at St. Petersburg, but the native of Toowoomba, Australia was unable to compete in the race due to illness that put him at a perceived points disadvantage. Power went on to collect top-10 finishes in three of the next six races before going on a mid-season tear with four wins and two runner-up efforts in six races to vault himself into championship contention despite the missed race. He and eventual series champion and teammate Simon Pagenaud went into the season finale at Sonoma Raceway as the only two title contenders but a mechanical problem unraveled his shot at a second series crown and he finished second in the championship standings.

No driver has been more successful over the last eight years of Verizon IndyCar Series competition than Power. His 26 victories and 39 pole awards are the most in the series since 2009. He has won at least one race for 10 straight seasons dating back to 2007 with seven of those being multi-win years.

Power began his racing career in his native Australia competing in Formula Ford including a Queensland state championship in 2000 and a runner-up national finish in 2001. He won the Formula Holden championship and placed second in the Australian F3 series in 2002 as well as competing in the prestigious Bathurst 1000 event in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The 2003 season brought a move to Europe where Power competed for three seasons in a variety of series.

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Biography

Will Power has long been one of the fastest - if not the fastest - drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He has produced 29 career victories, which is tied for 11th all-time with Team Penske legends Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves, and his 44 Verizon P1 Pole Awards ranks fifth on the all-time list.

The 2016 season initially got off to a fast start with a pole win in the season opener at St. Petersburg, but the native of Toowoomba, Australia was unable to compete in the race due to illness that put him at a perceived points disadvantage. Power went on to collect top-10 finishes in three of the next six races before going on a mid-season tear with four wins and two runner-up efforts in six races to vault himself into championship contention despite the missed race. He and eventual series champion and teammate Simon Pagenaud went into the season finale at Sonoma Raceway as the only two title contenders but a mechanical problem unraveled his shot at a second series crown and he finished second in the championship standings.

No driver has been more successful over the last eight years of Verizon IndyCar Series competition than Power. His 26 victories and 39 pole awards are the most in the series since 2009. He has won at least one race for 10 straight seasons dating back to 2007 with seven of those being multi-win years.

Power began his racing career in his native Australia competing in Formula Ford including a Queensland state championship in 2000 and a runner-up national finish in 2001. He won the Formula Holden championship and placed second in the Australian F3 series in 2002 as well as competing in the prestigious Bathurst 1000 event in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The 2003 season brought a move to Europe where Power competed for three seasons in a variety of series.

Power came to the United States in 2006 to compete in the Champ Car World Series and earned rookie-of-the-year honors with Team Australia. He scored his first career Indy car win on the streets of Las Vegas in 2007. He joined Team Penske in 2009 as a fill-in for Helio Castroneves and collected his first team win at Edmonton. As a fulltime competitor in 2010, the Aussie rung up five wins, a series-best eight poles and a second-place finish in points.

The 2011 season proved to be even more dominant for Power. He earned eight more Verizon P1 Pole Awards and six victories to lead the series, but ill-timed incidents on track kept Power from his first series championship and left him with another runner-up series finish. It is during this season, however, that the evolution of Will Power from a road and street course ace to one of the most well-rounded drivers in the series began to take shape as he won his first career oval race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Over the course of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Power continued to add to his impressive totals with a combined nine Verizon P1 Pole Awards and six wins during that span.

After four consecutive top-five finishes in the VICS standings, Power put everything together in 2014 to win his first series championship and the 13th INDYCAR title for Team Penske. His three wins that season included a victory in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans at Belle Isle Park and a dominant win at The Milwaukee Mile. He also logged seven podium finishes and four pole awards. With his series title, Power also became the first Australian to win the VICS crown and the first to win a major motorsports championship since 1980 when Alan Jones won the F1 title.

A chance to repeat as champion in 2015 was on the table, but an incident during the season finale at Sonoma relegated Power to a third-place finish in the final standings. He was able to add a victory and a series-best six pole to his racing resume.

Power and his wife, Elizabeth, were married in 2011 and are expecting the birth of their first child in December 2016. The couple resides in Charlotte, N.C.

Career Highlights

2015 - This season brought on the difficult task of trying to repeat as champion, something that has only been done twice in the last 14 seasons. Power made a solid run at another Astor Cup trophy, but ultimately fell short of the goal. He finished third in the standings, behind teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, and champion Scott Dixon, and finished the year with one win, seven top-five finishes and a series-leading six Verizon P1 Pole Awards. Power will return to the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet after one year in the No. 1 championship car designation.

2014 - Secured his first Verizon IndyCar Series title - the 26th national championship for Team Penske -  in his eighth season of competition. Scored wins at St. Petersburg, Belle Isle Park in Detroit and Milwaukee to best teammate, Helio Castroneves, by 62 points for the championship. Led 229 of 250 laps at Milwaukee for third career oval victory. Picked up a series-high four Verizon P1 Pole Awards and seven podium finishes. Led a career-high 623 laps on the season, tops in the series. Will take the champion's designation for 2015 and run the No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet. 

2013 - Finished fourth in the final IndyCar Series championship standings to mark his fourth consecutive season inside the top five. Closed the year strong with victories in three of the final five races. Also won three pole positions to lead Team Penske. Won at Sonoma for the third time in four years and captured the second race of the Houston doubleheader race weekend. Claimed his first 500-mile victory and second oval win when he won the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

2012 - Won his third consecutive Mario Andretti Road Course title while finishing as IndyCar Series runner-up for the third consecutive season. Earned three victories and led the series with five pole positions. Finished second in overall title chase by just three points after an accident in the season finale at Auto Club Speedway ended his day early.

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Career Highlights

2015 - This season brought on the difficult task of trying to repeat as champion, something that has only been done twice in the last 14 seasons. Power made a solid run at another Astor Cup trophy, but ultimately fell short of the goal. He finished third in the standings, behind teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, and champion Scott Dixon, and finished the year with one win, seven top-five finishes and a series-leading six Verizon P1 Pole Awards. Power will return to the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet after one year in the No. 1 championship car designation.

2014 - Secured his first Verizon IndyCar Series title - the 26th national championship for Team Penske -  in his eighth season of competition. Scored wins at St. Petersburg, Belle Isle Park in Detroit and Milwaukee to best teammate, Helio Castroneves, by 62 points for the championship. Led 229 of 250 laps at Milwaukee for third career oval victory. Picked up a series-high four Verizon P1 Pole Awards and seven podium finishes. Led a career-high 623 laps on the season, tops in the series. Will take the champion's designation for 2015 and run the No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet. 

2013 - Finished fourth in the final IndyCar Series championship standings to mark his fourth consecutive season inside the top five. Closed the year strong with victories in three of the final five races. Also won three pole positions to lead Team Penske. Won at Sonoma for the third time in four years and captured the second race of the Houston doubleheader race weekend. Claimed his first 500-mile victory and second oval win when he won the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

2012 - Won his third consecutive Mario Andretti Road Course title while finishing as IndyCar Series runner-up for the third consecutive season. Earned three victories and led the series with five pole positions. Finished second in overall title chase by just three points after an accident in the season finale at Auto Club Speedway ended his day early.

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

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