INDIANAPOLIS – Just look at the names that have won for Roger Penske. The storied organization has 201 career Verizon IndyCar Series wins. Drivers like Al Unser Sr and Jr., Bobby Unser, Tom Sneva, Mark Donohue, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Emerson Fittipaldi and more have driven for the Captain over the last several decades. In fact, out of those 201 wins, 19 different drivers have reached victory lane for them. But, among those 19 drivers, no one has won more than Will Power.
The Australian native won his 34th career race, 31 of which with Penske, which moves him into sole possession of the all-time winningest driver for Penske. Helio Castroneves is second best with 30, while Mears is third with 29. The next best has 12.
That’s how dominant Power has been in his tenure with Penske. But, what he’s doing now though is making him among the best overall racers this series has ever seen.
Power’s INDYCAR career started off as a road/street course ace only. His first 11 wins were on those circuits. In fact, 19 of his first 20 wins in the series were either on a road or street circuit. His first oval win didn’t come until 2011. The next was 2013. From that point on though, he’s won more races on ovals than any other driver in the series with six. That’s six in 31 tries. Ryan Hunter-Reay is the next best with five. No one else has more than three.
Furthermore, Power has now won the last three superspeedway races, all on different tracks too. He won last June in Pocono. He followed that up with a win at Pocono in August. That came after winning the 2016 Pocono race. That also means Power has won four of the last five races on high speed superspeedways.
Find me someone better.
Find me someone better on road/street courses too? Only Michael Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais have more than his 27 career wins on those tracks.
That means Power is coming in as a complete driver. He can win any given race on any given track on any give day. Name me another driver that can do that right now.
Power says that he’s so comfortable on ovals now that he’d like to race on them every week. That just shows you how far he’s come.
He’s now tied with Al Unser Jr. for eighth on the all-time wins list. He also has 51 career poles, which ranks him third most ever. He’s two poles away from second most ever. He’s six wins away from third most ever.
Power is only 37 years old. At this rate, he can go down as one of the best ever. This Indy 500 win puts an exclamation point on that.