Will Power

Will Power

Will Power (born March 1, 1981 in Toowoomba, Queensland) is an Australian motorsport driver, who currently competes in the IndyCar Series.

Australian racing

Power started his career driving a 15 year old Formula Ford car in the Australian Formula Ford championship.

He won the 2002 Australian Drivers' Championship by winning 7 times and achieving 3 pole positions.

Racing in Europe

He tested a Minardi Formula One car in 2004 with fellow Australian Will Davison in Italy.

During 2005 he competed in the World Series by Renault for the Carlin Motorsport team, where he proved very competitive. During the course of the WSR championship he scored 2 race victories, with 4 trips to the podium in total and qualified his car on the front row 5 times. In addition to driving in the WSR, Power was also one of the featured drivers for the Australian team in the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix series. Power raced in the series opener at Brands Hatch and piloted Australia to a second place finish behind Team Brazil.

Champ Car

In late 2005 he joined Champ Car Team Australia at the Lexmark Indy 300 event at Surfers Paradise in Australia, which also resulted in his departure from the World Series by Renault championship even though that season was still in progress and Power ultimately ended seventh in the championship. In the Indy 300 Power ran strongly until being knocked off the track by team mate Alex Tagliani. After the Surfers Paradise event he signed a multi year contract to race for the team, which began immediately at the next Champ Car round in Mexico City after Tagliani's teammate Marcus Marshall was released for what was described as a "serious breach of contract".

Power drove full time for Team Australia in 2006. He performed well throughout the season with nine top ten finishes and strong qualifying results. At Mexico, the final round of the season, Power took his first podium finish in Champ Car. He won the "rookie of the year" award and finished in 6th place in the championship standings.

In his home race in 2006, at Surfers Paradise in Australia, he scored his first pole position of his career in Champ Cars, in front of his home crowd. However, contact from Paul Tracy in pit lane and then an ambitious overtaking move by Sébastien Bourdais resulted in a bent left steering arm, and he fell to the back, one lap down by the time the car was repaired, eventually finishing 12th.

On 8 April 2007, Power won his first Champ Car race at the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, held in the streets of Las Vegas. He qualified on pole position and led most laps, becoming the first Australian driver to win in the series. On July 8th, at the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto, with rain pouring down and visibility near zero when he got behind other cars, Will Power decided it was time to get aggressive. The Australian drove from fourth to first in 14 laps, finally splashing past rookie Ryan Dalziel to take the lead with 23 minutes to go, and went on to an easy victory.

To get to the lead, Power also had to pass three-time Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Neel Jani. Thanks to a series of late caution flags, he was able to go after each of them in turn. "I was close behind Sebastien and I knew he was quite tentative in the wet and I attacked him," Power said. "I got him on a restart. Then the next restart, I got Neel and the next restart, I got Dalziel. It's just about being aggressive at the right time and not hitting anyone". "I just drove so hard here because we've just had so much bad luck in the last few races," said Power, whose first Champ Car victory came in the 2007 opener in Las Vegas. "I didn't care; I just went hard. The car was good in the wet. It was good in the dry, and we stuck it to them." Power had podium finishes at Long Beach, Mont-Tremblant and Mexico City and pole positions at Houston, Edmonton, Surfers Paradise and Mexico City to place fourth in the final point standings in 2007.

IndyCar

The merger of Champ Car and the IRL left his future uncertain. Unrelated to this, his Walker Racing team announced they would not be making the switch from Champ Car to IRL due to lack of sponsorship.. However, Power later signed with KV Racing Technology, to drive the No. 8 Aussie Vineyards -- Team Australia car in 2008, continuing to work with Team Australia boss Craig Gore.

Power won the final Champ Car race at Long Beach in 2008, also giving Power his first IndyCar Series win. He scored two top-five finishes in IndyCar Series races, enough for 12th overall.

Motorsports Career Results

Junior Series

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

Series Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Team Final Pos Points
Australian Formula Ford Championship 2000 Robert Power PHI1
UNK
BAR1
UNK
EAS1
UNK
PHI1
UNK
QUE1
UNK
ORP1
UNK
CAL1
UNK
MAL1
UNK

Robert Power 7th 94
PHI2
UNK
BAR2
UNK
EAS2
UNK
PHI2
UNK
QUE2
UNK
ORP2
UNK
CAL2
UNK
MAL2
UNK

Australian Formula Ford Championship 2001 Power Racing PHI1
2
EAS1
1
BAR1
2
CAL1
UNK

ORP1
UNK
MAL1
2
QUE1
4

SAN1
UNK

Power Racing 2nd 210
PHI2
1
ECR2
1
BAR2
3
CAL2
UNK

ORP2
UNK
MAL2
1
QUE2
4

SAN2
Canc

Australian Drivers' Championship 2002 Ralt Australia PHI1
1
ECR1
2
HDV1
Ret
ORP1
1
MAL1
1
WIN1
1

Ralt Australia 1st 197
PHI2
1
ECR2
2

ORP2
1
MAL2
2
WIN2
1

Australian Formula 3 Championship 2002 Cooltemp Racing ORP1
1
WIN1
1
UNK
2
SAN1
6
PHI1
2
SUR1
1

Cooltemp Racing 2nd 204
ORP2
1
WIN2
1
UNK
2
SAN2
4
PHI2
3
SUR2
1

British F3 2003 Diamond Racing DON1
15
SNE1
Ret

CRO1

KNO1

SIL1
CAC1
5
OUP1
12
ROC1
5
THX1
Ret
SPA1
4
DON1
Ret
BRH1
Ret

Fortec Motorsport 14th 40
DON2
23
SNE2
Ret

CRO2

KNO2

SIL2
CAC2
12
OUP2
9
ROC2
15
THX2
2
SPA2
12
DON2
11
BRH2
17

British F3 2004 Alan Docking Racing DON1
Ret
SIL1
2
CRO1
15
KNO1
2
SNE1
10
SNE3
3
CAC1
6
DON1
Ret
OUP1
12
SIL1
4
THX1
10
SPA1
8
BRH1
Ret
Alan Docking Racing 9th 111
DON2
4

SIL2
Canc
CRO2
Ret
KNO2
2
SNE2
3

CAC2
13
DON2
10
OUP2
Ret
SIL2
6
THX2
18
SPA2
9
BRH2
9
WSBR 2005 Carlin Motorsport

ZOL1
DNS
MON1
12
VAL1
3
BUG1
4
BIL1
2
OSH1
Ret
DON1
13
EST1
10

MNZ1

Carlin Motorsport 7th 64
ZOL2
Ret

VAL2
14
BUG2
1
BIL2
1
OSH2
14
DON2
Ret
EST2
12

MNZ2

A1GP

Series Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Team Rank Points
A1GP 2005/06
AUS

BRH1
4


LAU1


EST1


ECR1


SEP1


DUB1


DUR1


SEN1


MON1


LAG1


SHA1

AUS
13th 51

BRH2
2


LAU2


EST2


ECR2


SEP2


DUB2


DUR2


SEN2


MON2


LAG2


SHA2

American Open-Wheel

(American Open Wheel driver results legend) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Champ Car

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Team Rank Points
2005 Team Australia
LBH

MTY

MIL

POR

CLE

TOR

EDM

SJO

DEN

MTL

LVG

SRF
Ret

MXC
10
  Team Australia 22nd 17
2006 Team Australia
LBH
9

HOU
7

MTY
11

MIL
Ret

POR
18

CLE
9

TOR
7

EDM
6

SJO
6

DEN
4

MTL
5

ROA
13

SRF
12

MXC
3
Team Australia 6th 213
2007 Team Australia
LVG
1

LBH
3

HOU
11

POR
4

CLE
10

MTT
3

TOR
1

EDM
Ret

SJO
4

ROA
Ret

ZOL
4

ASN
14

SRF
Ret

MXC
2
Team Australia 4th 262

IndyCar

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2008 KV Racing
HMS
Ret

STP
8

MOT1
DNP

LBH1
1

KAN
Ret

INDY
13

MIL
14

TXS
13

IOW
9

RIR
Ret

WGL
15

NSH
11

MDO
4

EDM
22

KTY
Ret

SNM
25

DET
8

CHI
5

SRF2
12th 331

* 2008 season in progress
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.

Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
1 1 17 0 1 0 5 0 0

Overall Stats

Series Seasons Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Point Finishes
(Non-podium)
Teams Total Points Championships Best Finish
(Championship)
Formula Ford 2 28 0 4 5 9 1 304 0 2nd (2001)
Formula Holden 1 11 5 7 3 0 1 197 1 1st (2002)
Australian F3 1 12 unk 6 4 2 1 204 0 2nd (2002)
V8Supercar 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 82 0 45th (2002)
British F3 2 42 0 0 6 14 3 151 0 9th (2004)
WSBR 1 15 3 2 2 4 1 64 0 7th (2005)
A1GP 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 16 0 13th (2005/06)
CCWS 3 30 4 2 4 24 1 492 0 4th (2007)

Complete through 2007.

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