|Mar, 1, 1981||5' 10"||Verizon Wireless|
|Charlotte, N.C.||David Faustino|
After several years of remarkable production, Will Power captured his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with another strong season in 2014. The ultra-quick Toowoomba, Australia native produced three wins and four Verizon P1 Pole Awards driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet en route to the 2014 title.
No driver has been more successful over the last five years of Verizon IndyCar Series competition than Power. His 21 victories and 30 pole awards are the most in the series since 2009. Early and often in his career, Power was labeled as a road and street course ace. However, Power has made himself into one of the most well-rounded racers in the world today. His continued success on oval tracks in 2014 included a pole-winning run at Texas Motor Speedway and his dominant performance in winning at the Milwaukee Mile where he led 229 of the 250 laps contested.
For the fifth consecutive year, Power led Team Penske in both wins and poles. In addition to his speed, Power was one of the most consistent drivers in the series as he was running at the end of all 18 races on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. His 623 laps led were tops in the series and easily the most for Power over the course of one season in his career.
By winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series title, Power produced the 13th Indy car championship for Team Penske – the most in series history – and it’s first since Sam Hornish Jr. won it in 2006. It also marked the 26th national title won in the organization’s storied history. In addition, Power became the first Australian champion in the history of IndyCar competition.
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 Verizon 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 injuries from a frightening practice accident at Sonoma cut short his first season with the team. He began racing full-time for Team Penske in the No. 12 Verizon car in 2010 and he has been winning ever since.
“It’s amazing, man, it really is,” said Power. “This has been a dream of mine since I came to America to race and make my home. To win a championship for Roger (Penske), Verizon, Chevrolet and everyone who makes this team go is such a great feeling. I am not satisfied, though. The desire and passion is still there to win more. I feel that we can do it.”
Power and his wife, Elizabeth, were married in 2011. The couple resides in Charlotte, NC.
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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