Power's Thoughts Are With Family in Ravaged Homeland

January 19, 2011

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 19, 2011) - It's been an emotional last week for Verizon Team Penske driver Will Power. Power's hometown of Toowoomba, Australia, a city located on the East Side of Australia, has been hit with torrential rains, a rare inland tsunami and destructive floods over the last week and a half.

The devastation has made international headlines. There has been wide spread property damage and as many as 15 people are reported to have died as a result of the floods.

The specific area that Power calls home has definitely been affected by the natural disaster. Power's parents own a canvas-making business in Toowoomba, which is about 80 miles west of Brisbane, and it was damaged. Fortunately, no one in the family was injured. Power, who was in the U.S. when the floods hit the area, kept track of his family's status through Facebook and with his Verizon phone.

"The family business did suffer some damage due to the floods, but compared with many we got off pretty easy," said Power, who finished second in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car . "My family has been very fortunate in that their house is situated on high ground and their home escaped the ravages of the floods."

A large area of Queensland, Australia has been affected by the floods in and around Toowoomba and towards the southeast in Brisbane, Australia. The clean-up efforts have really just begun in the region.

All three Team Penske drivers - Power, Sydney, Australia native Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves - have donated signed memorabilia to be auctioned off to raise funds to be given to flood victims.

Those wishing to contribute to the cause can do so by visiting http://telethon.smartservice.qld.gov.au/ - a site set up by the Queensland government to aid flood victims.