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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.

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									        22 AUGUST 2010

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                           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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