Many people believed that Will Power was destined to win a championship in IndyCar, but after some really great highs and some hard times on tough ovals, it seemed that the IndyCar crown could possibly elude Power.
Well, he proved too fast for that elusive championship and he caught it tonight. HUGE moment for me to watch him cross the line to clinch the top spot in the season standings tonight, as I have respected his immense drive and intensity to be at the front of every session he has driven in since I’ve watched him race.
It’s hard to believe that Will Power has been in IndyCar for 10 years now. Truly amazing to think about him driving this long in US open wheel racing, given the strong European and Australian racing pedigree he has earned. Although it would have been great to see what he could have done at Minardi in Formula One, the test that he had there did not provide the spark to get him a permanent drive in F1. For many drivers, after not moving forward in F1, world-class, open wheel racing does not have many other directions to go than IndyCar (and CART/Champ Car when it existed).
I’m so happy for Will and the Penske organization (i’m a former Penske employee and respect Roger Penske immensely). Congratulations Will and enjoy a well-deserved off-season.
2015 for IndyCar will carry great momentum after the way this season ended – congratulations to Tony Kanaan and the Target Racing Chip Ganassi team for ending the season so strongly. Watch out for Juan Montoya, JPM from the F1 days. Former Indy 500 winner who will be stronger next season.
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