Fast Facts: Will Power

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Driver Will Power is the two-time runner-up to Dario Franchitti in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship (2010 and 2011) and remains a threat to win the championship in 2012 as a member of Team Penske, driving the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dallara-Chevrolet. Get to know Power in this edition of Fast Facts.
  • William Steven Power was born March 1, 1981, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, the son of open-wheel driver Bob Power. His career began at Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick and Carnel Raceway in Stanthorpe, making his way through the ranks of Queensland and Australia Formula Ford Championship. In 2002 he moved onto Formula Holden and Australian Formula 3, winning the 2002 Australian Drivers’ Championship.

  • Power moved to the British Formula 3 Championship in 2003 and 2004, and in late 2005 earned a spot on Champ Car Team Australia, competing in the season-ending races at Surfers Paradise in Australia and Mexico City. He drove full-time in Champ Car in 2006, earning the series Rookie of the Year title. In April 2007, Power won his first Champ Car race on the streets of Las Vegas.

  • In 2008, with the merger of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League, Power signed with KV Racing Technology and finished 12th in final points that year. In 2009, he was hired by Team Penske to replace Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 car, who was facing tax evasion charges; Castroneves was acquitted two races into the season, but Penske provided Power with a part-time ride in the No. 12 Verizon Wireless car for the rest of the season before making him a full-time driver in 2010.

  • Power is the two-time winner of the Mario Andretti Road Course Championship in the IndyCar Series (2010 and 2011), and has 10 wins in 49 IndyCar Series races coming into the 2012 season as well as 15 poles.

  • Find out more about Power at his website,
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