Will Power started the season in the No. 3 Team Penske IndyCar while the team's ace was going through a trial of tax evasion. When Helio Castroneves was cleared of all charges, Penske prepared a third car to run at the Long Beach IndyCar Series ...
Will Power started the season in the No. 3 Team Penske IndyCar while the team's ace was going through a trial of tax evasion. When Helio Castroneves was cleared of all charges, Penske prepared a third car to run at the Long Beach IndyCar Series event for the super-sub Aussie and the Brazilian was back in control of the No. 3 car.
Power ran the No. 12 backup Penske IndyCar at Long Beach and lo and behold finished second on the street circuit. Power was out of the cockpit but still a team member with a ride at the Indianapolis 500.
His next ride with the team after Indy would be in the season finale in Homestead. The two main team drivers for the rest of the season would be Castroneves and Australian Ryan Briscoe.
Since then, Castroneves has been on a roll doing his usual climbing of the fence to celebrate his first victory of 2009 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All three team drivers ran in the Indy 500 with Power taking 5th and Briscoe ending 15th -- all on the lead lap.
Castroneves sat on the pole at Iowa due to Midwest rains canceling qualifying and the grid was set by owner entrant points per the Indy Racing League. The Brazilian shared the center stage with Power whose points in St. Petersburg gave the No. 3 team the edge over Briscoe who was leading the driver standings at the time.
Castroneves commented at Iowa Speedway: "I have to thank Will (Power) because he helped by having this car finish sixth at St. Petersburg. Those points definitely kept me in the front of the pits and now gave me the pole position at Iowa."
Now Power is back for five races out of the eight remaining ones, not counting this weekend's challenge on the Watkins Glen road course. His first race back in the No. 12 with sponsorship from Penske Truck Rental will be next weekend for the July 12th street circuit in Toronto.
"I am really looking forward to getting back on the track and driving for Penske Racing," said Power. "I have learned so much working with everyone on the team this season and I plan to make the most of this opportunity to drive the Penske Truck Rental car at these five upcoming races and help the team however I can."
Power will campaign the third Penske car at Edmonton, Kentucky, Sonoma and the season ender at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"Will has done a terrific job for Penske Racing and he has earned the opportunity to compete in more races," said Roger Penske. "Will is a great asset to the team and we are excited to have him compete at these additional five races in the Penske Truck Rental Indy car."