Will Power ( born March 1, 1981 in Toowoomba, Australia) is an Australian racing driver. Since 2008 he starts in the IndyCar Series, and in 2010, 2011 and 2012 runner-up. Since 2009 he is the Team Penske under contract.
- 3.1 Career stations
- 3.2 Individual results in the IndyCar Series
Beginnings in motorsport (1998-2002)
After he had taken part in the Australian Formula Ford 1998, Power began his motorsport career in 2000 in the Australian Formula Ford Championship, where he reached the seventh place in the overall standings. A year later, the runner-up was. In 2002 he won the championship title at the Australian Drivers' Championship and was, although he did not compete at all races, as well as runner-up of the Australian Formula 3 Championship.
British Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5 ( 2003-2005)
In 2003, Power in the British Formula 3 Championship. He started only in some races and finished 14th in the overall standings. A year later, he remained in this championship and improved to ninth overall. In both years, he is not winning the race and his best result achieved were several second places. As a power in the meantime had no money for the British Formula 3 Championship, his countryman Mark Webber helped him out with 500,000 euros. He also completed 2004 test runs for the Formula 1 team Minardi, which belonged to his compatriot Paul Stoddart. 2005 moved Poweer in the Formula Renault 3.5 to Carlin Motorsport. He chose two races for themselves and took the end of the season in seventh place overall. He had, however, omit the last run, as he made his debut in the Champ Car at the weekend. Power started in two races of the season, finishing in 22nd place overall.
Champ Car (2006-2007)
After driving in winter 2005/2006 at the A1GP race two, he returned in 2006 back in the Champ Car series and played a full season for the team Australia. Although power did not win a race, but was as best rookie sixth in the championship. Power was started in 2007 with a victory at the season opener the season well. With another victory, he finished the season in fourth place in the overall standings.
IndyCar Series (since 2008)
Following the merger of Champ Car and IndyCar Series 2008 his former team was disbanded and he joined a still painted in the Australian national colors of the team KV Racing car. He won the race in Long Beach, that also was the last race of the Champ Car series. In the overall classification, he finished the season in twelfth place overall. As the end of the season no agreement on a future of Australian race at Surfer's Paradise could be found, the sponsorship for power was not extended. As a result, KV Racing, which in 2009 had mostly only used a race car separated from power.
Initially, only for the first race of the 2009 season but he came as a substitute for the event due to a court hearing Hélio Castroneves at Penske Racing for use. After Castroneves had returned already after the first race, Penske put in a total of six races, another a car, which was driven by power. Power showed good performances and won the race in Edmonton. His season ended early, however, after a serious accident on the mountainous route from Sonoma. Nelson Philippe had in qualifying turned right behind a hill and it stalled the engine. During the subsequent EJ Viso directly the car missed even a hair's breadth, crashed full power in the obstacle. As a result, the season was ended early for both drivers in 2009. Power had broken two vertebrae. In the overall classification, he finished 19th place.
Because of its good services, Penske Racing decided in the 2010 season alongside the existing regular drivers Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves another racing car, which was driven by power use. Power good start to the new season and took over with victories in the first two races of the season in Sao Paulo and St. Petersburg, where he started from pole position, the championship lead. In the next two races, which, like the first two, held on circular courses, he scored each pole position and finished third once and fourth once. In the next four races, which were held on oval courses, power is not followed up on the success on the racetrack and lost the lead in the championship after the seventh race to Dario Franchitti. With a fifth place in the eighth race in Newton, which was his best oval placement, he received the lead after a race back. In the ninth race at Watkins Glen, which was the prelude to the second round -haul portion of the season, he won his third race. He started from the pole position, achieved the fastest lap and led the race most of the rounds. A race later in Toronto, he decided to write another race for themselves. In the next two races he was starting from pole position in second place. A year after his accident in Sonoma Power won also the last circuit race of the season and walked away with a big lead in the final stage of the season, which took place on ovals. At the first race of the second phase oval in Joliet, power lost by a glitch valuable points. Since the last pit stop too little fuel was refilled, he had shortly before the end of the race times to the box and lost the second place he occupied until then. In the next two races Franchitti further reduced the lead of Power. For the season finale at Homestead Power went as championship Leading the race. After a wall power had contact with a suspension failure at the box. Although he went to a repair on track again, but finally had to give up after a few rounds. Franchitti finally handed an eighth place to win the championship. With 602 to 597 points at the end of the season was Power runner-up. However, he won the Mario Andretti Trophy, which was awarded to the most successful drivers in the round courses, with over 100 points ahead of Franchitti.
2011 Power denied his second full season for Penske. After power starting from the pole position came second in the first race of the season, he scored a start-finish victory in the second race at Barber Motorsports Park. In the third race in Long Beach Power posted while again the pole position, but in the race he was only in tenth place finish, as his teammate Castroneves, who under braking during a restart, collided with him. In the fourth race in São Paulo, which was the last time being non- oval races, Powers followed second win of the season from pole position. At the Indianapolis 500, the first oval race of the season, he came in 14th place finish. Two weeks later, during the race weekend in Fort Worth, on the two races were held, Power posted, after a third place in the first race, his first victory on an oval course.
When you return to the road courses in Toronto Power scored the pole position and led the race until a caution period. Through a pit stop he fell back into midfield. First, he collided with Franchitti, which he lost more seats, and a collision with Alex Tagliani finally finished his race final. In Edmonton Powers followed fourth win of the season. In Lexington Power fell back through an unfortunate for him yellow phase into midfield. At the following race in Loudon, he was considered a fifth, after he had collided on a damp track at the final restart with other vehicles and the race result was finally put on the stand before the restart. Power was previously though so upset about the decision of the Race Direction to release the race again that he showed an obscene gesture toward the race director. For this power was subject to a suspended sentence to the end of the season and also had to pay a $ 30,000 penalty.
The following two races on the racetrack in Sonoma and Baltimore, he scored from the pole position starting two wins and led both races at the time. With a second place finish at Motegi Power took over two race weekends left in the season the lead again in the championship. In the second to last race in Sparta Power led the race until his car was damaged during a pit stop in a collision with Ana Beatriz. Then he was no longer able to drive competitive lap times and came in 19th place finish. He lost the championship lead to Franchitti. At the last race of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Power was in a ground accident, the 34 cars involved 15 involved. Power took off and flew several feet through the air. Power was able to rely on their own the vehicle, but was subsequently admitted with pain in the lower back in a hospital. We found no serious injuries. Dan Wheldon suffered fatal injuries in this accident. Power finished the season again second in the overall standings with 555 to 573 behind Franchitti. Like last year, he won the Mario Andretti trophy for the most successful pilots on the road courses.
2012 Penske held fast to his driver trio. Chevrolet became the new engine supplier of the racing team. At the season opener in St. Petersburg generated power while the pole position, but in the race he fell with a different strategy than the pilots later leading back and came in seventh place finish. A race later in Birmingham it ran for power the other way. In qualifying, he placed ninth, after he was removed his fastest lap due to a red flag. In the following race he took the lead with an appropriate strategy and fast lap times. Power finally won his first race of the season. It was followed by two more wins in the next two races. In Long Beach, he won from twelfth place starting where he sat on a two-stop strategy, in São Paulo, he led the race from the pole position starting almost always on. After an accident at the Indianapolis 500, the first oval race of the season, he was on the street circuit in Detroit fourth. This was followed by three oval races. At first, the Firestone 550, Power spectacular block lying Tony Kanaan at the top, for which he received a drive-through penalty. He finally came in eighth place finish. In the next three races, he scored no top - 10 finishes, thus lost its results so far ahead in the standings and lost the overall lead to Ryan Hunter -Reay. With a third place in Edmonton and a second place in Lexington but he regained the overall lead two races back again later. After a second place in Sonoma and a sixth place in Baltimore Power went from the lead into the season finale at Fontana. When trying to go in the middle field to Hunter -Reay past, power lost control of his vehicle and drove into the wall. His team succeeded in that car make for some rounds again ready to race, so that power eventually improved from 25th to 24th place and import two more points. Since Hunter -Reay but finished the race in fourth place, Powers handed projection not and he was the third time in a row, second in the IndyCar Series. Power defeated Hunter -Reay with 465 to 468 points.
2013 reduced his Penske IndyCar team on two vehicles. Power and Castroneves stayed with the team. At the season opener in St. Petersburg, he scored the pole position for the fourth year in a row at this event. In the race he collided lying in third place with the lapped JR Hildebrand and fell back. He came in 16th place finish. In the first 13 races power came only five times in the top -10 finish and a third place in West Allis, he just stood in a race on the podium. In several races Power was involved in racing incidents that prevented him from better rankings. In Toronto he fell, for example, in both races in the top -5 lying within the last two rounds by an accident from. After a fourth place in Lexington Power succeeded in the 15th race at Sonoma his first IndyCar victory of the season. He benefited from a pit incident of Scott Dixon and his crew. Dixon had a mechanic Powers, who was uninjured approached, and was penalized with a drive-through penalty. Thus, the leadership went to Power. The next race weekend in Baltimore Power was twice - once in training, once in the race - with Dixon involved in a collision. Power was 18th and scored the most laps led. In the two following races in Houston to power dueled in both races with Dixon for the win. After he had become fallen in the first race by an unsuitable for him yellow phase into midfield and twelfth, he won the second race in which he had Dixon overtaken just before the race half-time and held until the end behind. At the season finale in Fontana, with the power for the first time in four years, had no shot at the title, he succeeded in starting from the pole position a victory. It was only his second victory on an oval course. While power in the previous years had more problems on ovals, he showed in the 2013 season better on the six oval races. He finished each, led to five, was three times on the pole position and came three times in the top fifth
Power, who completed no lead lap only four races, the season eventually finished with 498 points in fourth place overall. He was defeated for the first time his teammate Castroneves, who had become with 550 points overall runner.
2014 remained Power along with Castroneves at Penske and received with Juan Pablo Montoya another teammate.
On 17 December 2010 married his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Power Cannon.
- 2005: Formula Renault 3.5 ( 7th place)
- 2005: Champ Car ( 22nd place)
- 2006: A1GP
- 2006: Champ Car ( 6th place)
- 2007: Champ Car (4th place )
- 2008: IndyCar Series (No. 12)
- 2009: IndyCar Series ( No. 19 )
- 2010: IndyCar Series (2nd place)
- 2011: IndyCar Series (2nd place)
- 2012: IndyCar Series (2nd place)
- 2013: IndyCar Series (4th place )
- 2014: IndyCar Series
Individual results in the IndyCar Series