Will Power
Will  Power
Team Penske
Will Power
rank
05
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
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Hometown
Toowoomba, Australia
Residence
Charlotte, NC

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

"When you look at the field, every single driver on that board can win a race in the right situation. The competition is tougher because everyone gets more accustomed to the cars and tracks and the whole system, and it's great to be involved with it. It really is. It's great to be a part of that competition and create a situation where these drivers become household names, as they should."

ON TRACK

  • 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion.
  • Has been championship runner-up four times – 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016.
  • A 32-time Indy car race winner, which ranks ninth on the all-time list
  • Has won at least one Indy car race in each of the past 11 seasons (2007-2017).
  • Has 50 career Indy car poles, tying him with longtime teammate Helio Castroneves for third 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.
  • Became a father for the first time after he and wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their son, Beau, in December 2016.
  • Has three brothers, including Damien, a stand-up comedian who references Will’s racing successes in his act (Twitter: @DamienPower01).
  • 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.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 3 6 9 10 443 13
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 4 2 8 11 139 13
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 187 32 50 86 121 3512 157

** 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

  • 2017
    • Placed fifth in the Verizon IndyCar Series for Team Penske with three wins. Won at Indianapolis GP, Texas and Pocono.
    • Earned season-long Verizon P1 Award after winning a season-best six poles.
    • Finished on the podium seven times and recorded nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes
    • Led 10 races for 443 laps.
  • 2016
    • Finished second in the Verizon IndyCar Series for Team Penske with four wins in 15 starts after missing the season opener at St. Petersburg due to illness.
    • Won at Belle Isle-2, Road America, Toronto and Pocono.
    • Won pole positions at St. Peterburg and Road America.
    • Led eight races for 139 laps.
    • Finished on the podium seven times and recorded eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
  • 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
    • Won Verizon IndyCar Series championship driving for Team Penske after years of coming close.
    • Recorded three race wins (St. Petersburg, Belle Isle-1, Milwaukee) and was never lower than second place in point standings.
    • Led series in poles (four), races led (11), laps led (623) and top-10 finishes (15) while also tying for most wins (three) and most times running at the finish of races (18).
    • Finished on podium seven times and clinched championship with ninth-place finish in Auto Club season finale.
  • 2013
    • Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded wins at Sonoma, Houston-2 and Auto Club Speedway.
    • Earned three poles, including season opener and season finale.
    • Posted seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
    • Led 15 races for total of 351 laps.
  • 2012
    • Finished second in standings for third straight year with Team Penske.
    • Recorded three victories (Barber, Long Beach, Sao Paulo).
    • Earned pole positions at St. Petersburg, Sao Paulo, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma and Baltimore (the latter three in a row).
    • Led 10 of the 15 races for 294 laps.
    • Won Mario Andretti Road Trophy (most points earned on road/street courses) for third consecutive year.
  • 2011
    • Finished second in standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded six victories (Barber, Sao Paulo, Texas-2, Edmonton, Sonoma, Baltimore).
    • Earned series record-tying eight pole positions, with 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 point standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded five victories (Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg, Watkins Glen, Toronto, Sonoma).
    • Had 13 top-10 finishes overall.
    • Earned series-record eight poles.
    • Won inaugural Mario Andretti Road Course Trophy.
  • 2009
    • Competed in six races for Team Penske but made the most of it, earning one race win (Edmonton) and two pole positions (Long Beach, Edmonton).
    • Earned a top-10 finish in every race he started.
    • Suffered concussion and fractured vertebrae in practice crash at Sonoma, ending his season.
  • 2008
    • Finished 12th in point standings for KV Racing Technology.
    • Earned three top-five starts and three top-10 finishes in six road/street-course events.
    • Finished third in Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year standings.
    • Won Champ Car World Series finale at Long Beach.
    • Won pole for Surfers Paradise exhibition race at conclusion of season.
  • 2007
    • Finished fourth in Champ Car World Series for Team Australia, earning his first career Indy car wins at Las Vegas (street course) 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 World Series Rookie of the Year after finishing sixth in point standings for Team Australia.
    • Earned three top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
    • Won first career 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.
    • Made Indy car debut in his home race at Surfers Paradise, finishing 15th.

Will's Road To Indy

  • 2012
    • Competed in V8 Supercar doubleheader at Surfers Paradise for Ford Performance Racing, placing third in both races.
  • 2010
    • Drove in V8 Supercar doubleheader at Surfers Paradise for Ford Performance Racing.
  • 2005
    • Finished fourth (sprint) and second (feature) for Australia in A1GP event at Brands Hatch..
    • Finished seventh in 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 One, European F3000 and World Series Powered by Renault teams..
  • 2003
    • Competed in British F3 championship with Diamond Racing, finishing 14th in season standings.
    • Recorded four top-five finishes topped by second-place run at Thruxton.
  • 2002
    • Won 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 Formula Ford National Championship in Australia in 2001.
    • Invited to Honda Indy Young Guns event at Surfers Paradise and finished second.
    • Won Queensland state championship in Formula Ford and finished seventh in Formula Ford National Championship in 2000.