Will Power
Will  Power
Team Penske
Will Power
rank
07
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Mar 1, 1981
12 Chevrolet Australia Verizon P1 Award
Website willpower12.com
Hometown
Toowoomba, Australia
Residence
Mooresville, NC

ON TRACK

  • 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion
  • Championship runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Has won at least one Indy car race in each of the past eight seasons
  • Has 36 career Indy car poles, ranking him sixth on the all-time list

OFF TRACK

  • He is named after his great-grandfather William Steven Power, who raced motorcycles. Will’s father, Bob, was also a racer
  • Has three brothers, including Damien, a stand-up comedian who references Will’s racing successes in his act
  • Loves to play drums in his spare time; bought a drum set with his first work paycheck at the age of 15
  • Has a rigid workout regimen including exercising six times a week – swimming, cycling, weightlifting and rowing
  • Worked with motorsports journalist David Malsher on the “Sheer Force of Will Power” a 2016 book that tells Power’s story as a race.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 3 0 1 2 3 0 3
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 1 6 7 10 298 13
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 3 4 8 15 623 18
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 3 3 7 9 351 15
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 3 5 7 10 294 12
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 6 8 11 12 518 15
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 5 8 11 13 460 16
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 6 1 2 4 6 135 6
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 2 5 3 11
2008 Champ Car 1 1 0 1 1 81 1
2007 Champ Car 14 2 5 8 9 153 11
2006 Champ Car 14 0 1 3 9 14 13
2005 Champ Car 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total 158 25 43 71 103 2930 134

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Team Penske

Roger Penske has been racing and winning in the United States since 1958 and has scored victories in every series in which he has competed.

Penske was one of America's most successful young road racers before he retired from driving in 1965 to focus on his business interests. He fielded Corvettes in the 1966 endurance races at Daytona and Sebring before joining forces with driver Mark Donohue to race in the USRRC and Can-Am sports car series. Penske Racing found success early with Donohue, winning two consecutive USRRC championships and three SCCA Trans-Am championships.

Penske Racing and Donohue moved into Indy car racing by racing in two USAC-sanctioned road races in 1968. In 1969, the team entered the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, and Donohue finished seventh, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Since then, a Penske Racing car has been in Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 15 times -- most recently in 2009 with Helio Castroneves -- and won the Verizon IndyCar Series championship in 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr. and 2014 with Will Power.

Drivers who have competed in Penske Racing cars in CART and the Verizon IndyCar Series include Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Al Unser Jr., Tom Sneva, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Emerson Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr., Gil de Ferran, Gary Bettenhausen, Paul Tracy, Andre Ribiero, Ryan Briscoe, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.

 

 

Team Website teampenske.com
First Start
October 23, 2005
Surfers Paradise
First Win
April 8, 2007
Las Vegas (Street)
First Pole
October 21, 2006
Surfers Paradise

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2015
    • Finished third in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Team Penske, with a win at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis
    • Won a series best six pole positions
    • Led 11 races for a total of 298 laps
    • Finished on the podium three times and recorded seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes
  • 2014
    • Finished first in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded wins at St. Petersburg, Belle Isle Race 1 and Milwaukee.
    • Posted 15 top-10 finishes in the 18 races.
    • Earned four pole starts, including Texas for second year in a row.
    • Led 11 races for total of series-high 623 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded victories at Sonoma, Houston Race 2 and Auto Club Speedway (the latter two in a row).
    • Earned three poles, including the season opener and season finale.
    • Posted seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes overall.
    • Led 15 races for total of 351 laps.
    • Was running at finish in 16 races.
  • 2012
    • Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded wins at Barber, Long Beach and Sao Paulo (all in a row).
    • Posted 10 top-10 finishes overall.
    • Earned poles at St. Petersburg, Sao Paulo, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma and Baltimore (the latter three in a row).
    • Paced all drivers with 10 races led for 294 laps.
  • 2011
    • Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded six victories (Barber, Sao Paulo, Texas Race 2, Edmonton, Infineon, Baltimore).
    • Earned series record-tying eight pole positions, with a season-long average starting position of 3.6.
    • Led 13 of the 17 races for 518 laps.
    • Performed clean sweep at Barber -- won pole, led most laps, won race.
    • Won Mario Andretti Road Trophy for second consecutive year.
  • 2010
    • Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded five victories (Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg, Watkins Glen, Toronto, Infineon).
    • Had 13 top-10 finishes overall.
    • Earned series-record eight poles.
    • Won inaugural Mario Andretti Road Trophy.
  • 2009
    • Recorded one victory and four top-five finishes in six races for Penske Racing.
    • Earned pole start at Long Beach and finished second.
    • Led 90 of 95 laps to post first victory at Edmonton following series merger.
  • 2008
    • Finished 12th in IndyCar Series standings for KV Racing Technology.
    • Won on the streets of Long Beach in Champ Car-sanctioned finale.
    • Recorded five top-10 finishes, closing season with eighth- and fifth-place finishes.
  • 2007
    • Finished fourth in the Champ Car World Series for Team Australia with wins at Las Vegas and Toronto.
    • Earned pole positions at Las Vegas, Edmonton, Surfers Paradise and Mexico City.
    • Recorded eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
  • 2006
    • Named Champ Car Rookie of the Year Award after finishing sixth in standings for Team Australia.
    • Earned three top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes.
    • Won pole position at Surfers Paradise.
  • 2005
    • Competed in two Champ Car World Series races with Team Australia with best finish of 10th at Mexico City.

Will's Road To Indy

  • 2005
    • Finished Finished fourth (sprint) and second (feature) for Australia in A1GP event at Brands Hatch.
    • Finished seventh in the World Series powered by Renault for Carlin Motorsport with wins at Le Mans and Bilbao.
  • 2004
    • Finished ninth for Alan Docking Racing in British F3 with five podium finishes.
    • Earned tests with Minardi Formula 1, European F3000 and World Series Powered by Renault teams.
  • 2003
    • Competed in British F3 Championship with Diamond Racing, finishing 14th in standings.
    • Recorded four top-five finishes topped by second place at Thurxton.
  • 2002
    • Won the Formula Holden Championship in Australia and was second in the Australian F3 series.
    • Competed in the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar event.
  • Early Career
    • Finished second in the Formula Ford National Championship in Australia in 2001.
    • Invited to the Honda Indy Young Guns event at Surfers Paradise and finished second in that event.
    • Won Queensland state championship in Formula Ford and finished seventh in Formula Ford National Championship in 2000.
Team Website teampenske.com