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[...] only the wrong strategy at Barber Motorsports Park and a gearbox glitch at Long Beach prevented him from standing on the podium's center step at all four. [...] is he in physically good shape? [...] Power's communication as a whole - with sponsors, media and fans - has improved noticeably in 2010.
22 AUGUST 2010 p22-25WillPower.indd 22 6/30/10 3:12:48 PM DETCELFER DETCELFER REFLECTED STRENGTHS SHTGNERTS SHTGNERTS Will Power can feel himself evolving into a better driver in his ﬁrst full year at Team Penske, even if recent race results haven’t shown that. Words David Malsher Main Image Steve Swope “I ’m not interested in being known as a road or street course specialist,” says road and street course specialist Will Power. “In the IndyCar Series, that would mean I’m only doing half the job. I want to be the complete package: that’s how Dario [Franchitti] and [Scott] Dixon won this championship.” admits), he was lapped. Eﬀectively game over. At Indy, he qualiﬁed second and might have beaten Franchitti to Victory Lane but that’s a moot point: he had to serve a drive-through penalty when he was waved out of the pits with the fuel hose still attached. In Texas, he dueled with race-winning teammate Being in the hunt for the IZOD IndyCar Series title is exactly Ryan Briscoe until the No. 12 Verizon car collected a suspension what’s expected of him by his boss, Roger Penske. The Captain arm from Simona de Silvestro’s wrecked HVM machine. A long listened to former employee Derrick Walker’s suggestion that he pit stop for makeshift repairs necessitated a brave strategy take Power when Team Penske needed a backup plan for 2009 gamble that didn’t pay oﬀ. At Iowa, Power scored his ﬁrst pole should incumbent star Helio Castroneves have the tax evasion position and led the ﬁrst 32 laps until the car’s handling went trial go against him. When it didn’t, RP still wanted to add more loose and he dropped down the ﬁeld before clawing his way races to the Power plan. In turn, those earned the Australian a back to ﬁfth following a late pass on Scott Dixon. A DNF for full time ride for 2010. But having access to one of the best cars Franchitti put Power back into the lead of the championship. in the ﬁeld leaves a driver with an obvious mission. “Yeah, I think we’ve been unlucky on the ovals,” he says. “If “I hope we don’t have anyone on the team who isn’t a title Indy and Texas had gone smoothly, I think I’d be leading the contender,” states Penske ﬁrmly when asked if he’s surprised at points now, even if Dario had won Iowa instead of retiring. But Power’s form. “We knew Will was fast, and he’s been our lead on the other hand, it’s been a massive education. I don’t want dog in the road races, although Helio won at Barber and Ryan to sound like a broken record over this, but it’s just l
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