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IndyCar Driver Preview: Will Power

Mar 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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#12 Will Power

  • Team: Team Penske
  • Engine: Chevrolet
  • Sponsors: Verizon
  • 2012: Second place, 3 Wins, 5 Poles

2012 WRAP: For yet another year, Team Penske’s lead dog paced the IndyCar Series field on outright speed, and once again came up just shy of the ultimate prize. Power, unfortunately, was only able to convert one of his five poles into wins. His other two came from sheer will, determination and mastery of fuel mileage and passing in Barber and Long Beach. There were too many races where he was caught out on pit stop sequences. His Fontana spin was yet another crucial mistake in a title-deciding race.

2013 OUTLOOK: The unquestioned top driver on IndyCar’s road and street courses, Power will only be able to break his three-year string of runner-up championship finishes if he improves on ovals. Power scored just one top-10 in the five oval races, with his 86 points tying him for only 18th in those standings. Hunter-Reay won the oval standings with Power 82 points behind; Power beat Hunter-Reay to the road course championship by 79. Even just minor top-10 placings on the ovals, on a regular basis, should be enough to balance Power’s skill on the twisty circuits for him to get over the title hump. He’s already swept the four testing sessions

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