More Power to Penske

Posted by Iannucci | 5/25/2009 | 3 comments »
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The intrepid Curt Cavin notes that Will Power's 5th place finish at Indianapolis has been enough to earn him some more races.

Team Penske owner Roger Penske said today that he will field the Australian driver in more races this IndyCar Series season, but not at this weekend’s event in Milwaukee.

“We can’t do that,” Penske said as his primary driver, Helio Castroneves, was being photographed with his winning car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “But we’re going to run him more.

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Note that Power currently sits 8th in championship points despite not racing at Kansas. This is pretty amazing, although he has a teammate (Julio Something-or-other) who also missed a race but is 2nd in the points.

Also, if Team Penske is set to enter Will Power for even a few races, that would seem to take him out of the running for replacing Vitor Meira at Foyt Enterprises, right?


  1. Erin the Greyt // May 25, 2009 6:06 PM  

    Maybe that is why Penske announced Will would run more races to keep him away from Foyt.

  2. Mike // May 26, 2009 12:10 PM  

    I have doubts that Will would have taken the seat at Foyt, but I could be wrong...drivers want to drive, but Will knows that a ride at Foyt would be a rather ginormous step backwards in terms of quality of ride. Coupled with the possibility of pissing off the Captain and jeopardizing his future there...nah, ain't gonna happen.

  3. Iannucci // May 26, 2009 12:46 PM  

    Just for clarification, I'm certain Will Power is under his "Test Driver" (or whatever it is) contract with Team Penske for the full year, so by discussing him driving for Foyt I only meant that as a farmed out driver like Alex Lloyd was for Ganassi with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. I don't think it's Will's choice at this point, and even if it was you're right Mike that he wouldn't want to do anything to jeopardize a future with Penske.