Will Power delivered another championship-caliber season for Team Penske in 2012 as he won his third consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series Mario Andretti Road Course Championship in his third full-time season with open-wheel racing’s most successful team. Though the Australian driver just missed his ultimate goal of winning the overall series championship as he finished a mere three points short in the final standings, Power enjoyed another winning and remarkable season.
Power experienced extreme highs and lows over the course of the 15-race 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. Driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet, the 31-year-old racer started the season by dominating the field. Following a pole-winning effort and a seventh-place finish at the opening race in St. Petersburg, Power reeled off three consecutive race victories at Barber Motorsports Park, on the streets of Long Beach and then in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Unfortunately the middle stretch of the season saw Power fall victim to a series of unfortunate events which led to finishes outside the top 10 in four of six series races. Once the schedule shifted back to five consecutive road/street course races, Power returned to form as he won three consecutive pole positions at Mid-Ohio, Sonoma and Baltimore and recorded four consecutive podium finishes at Edmonton, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma and Baltimore. Unfortunately for Power and the Verizon team, he made contact with the wall on lap 59 of the season finale at California’s Auto Club Speedway oval which eventually took him out of the race and championship contention.
Power led Team Penske for the third consecutive year in both race victories (three) and poles (five) in 2012. He closed out the season ranked second in the IndyCar Series with seven top-five finishes, 10 top-10 results, 294 laps led and he was best among all drivers as he led at least one lap in 10 different races. Power also demonstrated remarkable consistency by being ranked at the top of the IZOD IndyCar Series standings for 10 of the 15 races in 2012.
Power moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue his motorsports dream after honing his skills in his native Australia and in some Europe’s toughest open-wheel racing training grounds. He quickly became a winning driver in the Champ Car World Series with Walker Racing and Team Australia before he joined KV Racing Technology in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Power came on board at Team Penske in 2009, initially filling in for Helio Castroneves at the beginning of the season. Through his strong performances, Power earned a part-time opportunity with the team when Castroneves returned to action. He scored his first win for Team Penske on the streets of Edmonton in 2009 before a frightening practice accident at Sonoma cut short his first season with the team. Since he began racing full-time for Verizon Team Penske in 2010, Power has produced 14 wins and 24 poles to lead all IndyCar drivers over that period of time.
Aside from racing Indy cars at over 200 mph, fitness is Power's greatest passion as he strives to work out twice a day, six days a week. Known for his intensity and his dry sense of humor, Power also enjoys listening to music of all kinds and playing the drums. Power and his wife Elizabeth were married in 2010 and they live in Charlotte, NC.