Team Penske’s Will Power, driver of the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet will start his 200th Verizon IndyCar Series start from 2nd on the grid for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course.
The Australian who won his first Indianapolis 500 earlier this summer heads into the race today in fifth place in the championship, 93 points behind series leader Scott Dixon.
Power has scored two Verizon P1 Award’s this season having been on pole for the Iowa Corn 300 and the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Power has won two races this season having swept the month of May with the IndyCar Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Speaking ahead of the race he said:
We’re ready to head to Mid-Ohio. I really enjoy road course racing and it’s a really fun track. The No. 12 Verizon Chevy team and I are excited to go back. The crowd was really great there last year and always is, so it’s a fun place to go. We’re focused on winning and trying to get as many championship points as possible, so that’s what we’re really going for there.
Power began his IndyCar career while the series was still split with Champ Car in 2008 with KV Racing Technology taking victory in Long Beach which was his maiden IndyCar Series win.
In 2009, Power replaced Helio Castroneves at Team Penske while the Brazilian was dealing with his court battles over alleged tax evasion.
The Australian took his first Penske victory in Edmonton in 2010 finishing the season in 19th place. In 2010, Power was handed a full-time drive with Roger Penske’s outfit finishing second in the championship winning five races.
In 2011 he finished in second place once again winning six races. Power has one championship, having won the title in 2014. The Australian has amassed 29 series race wins and will be hoping to celebrate another win today. Speaking following qualifying for today’s race Power said:
Yeah, pretty good, yeah happy with front row. Obviously, it’s a real track position track, it’s difficult to pass and everyone is fast these days, so qualifying means a lot. Yeah, Alex (Rossi) just pumped out one really good lap there. I thought my lap was really good, and then I came in and saw what he did and that was a solid lap.”