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Will Power has long been one of the fastest – if not the fastest – drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He has produced 32 career victories, which is tied for 11th all-time with Team Penske legends Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves, and his 49 Verizon P1 Pole Awards ranks fourth on the all-time list. The 2016 season initially got off to a fast start with a pole win in the season opener at St. Petersburg, but the native of Toowoomba, Australia was unable to compete in the race due to illness that put him at a perceived points disadvantage. Power went on to collect top-10 finishes in three of the next six races before going on a mid-season tear with four wins and two runner-up efforts in six races to vault himself into championship contention despite the missed race. He and eventual series champion and teammate Simon Pagenaud went into the season finale at Sonoma Raceway as the only two title contenders but a mechanical problem unraveled his shot at a second series crown and he finished second in the championship standings.

No driver has been more successful over the last eight years of Verizon IndyCar Series competition than Power. His 26 victories and 39 pole awards are the most in the series since 2009. He has won at least one race for 10 straight seasons dating back to 2007 with seven of those being multi-win years. Power began his racing career in his native Australia competing in Formula Ford including a Queensland state championship in 2000 and a runner-up national finish in 2001. He won the Formula Holden championship and placed second in the Australian F3 series in 2002 as well as competing in the prestigious Bathurst 1000 event in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The 2003 season brought a move to Europe where Power competed for three seasons in a variety of series.