Speed and Will Power earn rewards
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.’’