Will Power

Basic Information

Name:
Will Power
Birthday: March 1, 1981
Birthplace: Toowoomba, Austraila
Residence: Charlotte, NC
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 155 lbs

 Biography

Will Power has long been one of the fastest – if not the fastest – drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He has produced 32 career victories, which is tied for 11th all-time with Team Penske legends Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves, and his 49 Verizon P1 Pole Awards ranks fourth on the all-time list. The 2016 season initially got off to a fast start with a pole win in the season opener at St. Petersburg, but the native of Toowoomba, Australia was unable to compete in the race due to illness that put him at a perceived points disadvantage. Power went on to collect top-10 finishes in three of the next six races before going on a mid-season tear with four wins and two runner-up efforts in six races to vault himself into championship contention despite the missed race. He and eventual series champion and teammate Simon Pagenaud went into the season finale at Sonoma Raceway as the only two title contenders but a mechanical problem unraveled his shot at a second series crown and he finished second in the championship standings. No driver has been more successful over the last eight years of Verizon IndyCar Series competition than Power. His 26 victories and 39 pole awards are the most in the series since 2009. He has won at least one race for 10 straight seasons dating back to 2007 with seven of those being multi-win years. Power began his racing career in his native Australia competing in Formula Ford including a Queensland state championship in 2000 and a runner-up national finish in 2001. He won the Formula Holden championship and placed second in the Australian F3 series in 2002 as well as competing in the prestigious Bathurst 1000 event in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The 2003 season brought a move to Europe where Power competed for three seasons in a variety of series.

Extended Stats

ON TRACK

  • 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion.
  • Has been championship runner-up four times – 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016.
  • A 29-time Indy car race winner, tying him with
  •  teammate Helio Castroneves and Rick Mears for 11th on the all-time list entering 2017 season.
  • Has won at least one Indy car race in each of the past nine seasons.
  • Has 44 career Indy car poles, ranking him fifth on the all-time list.

OFF TRACK

  • He is named after his great-grandfather William Stephen Power, who raced motorcycles. Will’s father, Bob, was also a racer.
  • Is a new father, after he and wife Elizabeth welcomed their first child, 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.
"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."