In 2009 season Team Penske run 3-car team – Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe was joined by the 2008 rookie Will Power from Australia as part-time driver. Power originally was hired as a substitute for Castroneves while Brazilian attended to his federal tax evasion charges. Power drove the car carried the No. 12 and featured primary sponsorship of both the Verizon Wireless brand and Roger Penske’s truck rental business. The Australian drove No. 3 Honda-Dallara, replacing Castroneves, to a sixth-place finish in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first race of the year. Then Power was entered in the third car for the Indianapolis 500, in which he finished in fifth place after a pit crew gaffe on the final stop – while Power was running 2nd – cost him a shot at Castroneves for the victory. To reward Power for his efforts, he was retained by the team to drive in five more races in Toronto, Edmonton, Kentucky, Sonoma and Homestead. At the Rexall Edmonton Indy he captured his first IndyCar race win, driving the No. 12, in dominant fashion. Power’s season was brought to an abrupt close during practice for the 2009 Motorola Indy 300 in Sonoma however, when he collided with Nelson Philippe’s spun off car. Both drivers’ injuries would cause them to miss the rest of 2009 season.
|2009||IZOD IndyCar Series|
|Will Power||12||Penske Racing|
|T3734 Asst. P7301 0210AZ|