Speed and Will Power earn re­wards

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NDYCAR racer Will Power has re­ceived the best pos­si­ble getwell gift in the US. Power is out of a body brace af­ter break­ing his back in a crash dur­ing a guest drive with the crack Penske Racing team at the Sonoma track in Cal­i­for­nia.

Now he has a full-time IndyCar ride for the 2010 sea­son.

Af­ter star­ring with Team Aus­tralia in the failed Champ Car se­ries, the speedy Aussie gave up his For­mula One dream in Bri­tain and shifted fo­cus to the US.

He was given a third Penske Racing car for the Indianapolis 500 and a cou­ple of other races and has been re­warded for his speed and com­mit­ment with a full­time third car next year.

The move means Power will join Ryan Briscoe in an Aussie su­perteam, with this year’s Indy 500 win­ner He­lio Cas­tron­eves as their team­mate.

‘‘To be able to com­pete for a full sea­son with Penske Racing is re­ally a dream come true for me,’’ Power says.

‘‘Work­ing with the team this past sea­son was the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my ca­reer and I can’t wait to race for the IndyCar Se­ries cham­pi­onship in 2010.

‘‘I re­ally have to thank every­one at the team for this op­por­tu­nity. I in­tend to make the most of it.’’

Bil­lion­aire team boss Roger Penske is con­fi­dent that, just as Briscoe did this year, Power will chal­lenge for the IndyCar crown next year.

‘‘Will proved he could con­sis­tently com­pete for wins and poles this year, de­spite his lim­ited time on track,’’ he says.

‘‘We be­lieve he can be a le­git­i­mate cham­pi­onship con­tender next sea­son for our team, along with He­lio and Ryan.’’

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