This week, Will’s loyalty to The Captain has paid off. Autoweek is reporting that Will Power will be in a full-time seat for the 2010 season. It won’t be with Team Penske, however. The team’s contract with their primary sponsor, Phillip-Morris, demands two and only two cars be fielded by Team Penske. Instead, Power will be driving for Penske Racing and his crew will be assembled from the recently disbanded Penske Grand Am team. This is the same team that worked on Will’s car and in his pitbox during his post-St. Pete races this year including his dominant victory at Edmonton. We’ll find out who the sponsor of the car is on Thursday, but don’t be surprised if they announce that he’ll be driving the #12 car sponsored by Verizon.
Its official as of this morning.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 19, 2009) – Penske Racing announced today that winning open-wheel racer Will Power will compete in a full-season entry for the team in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series, driving the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dallara/Honda.
Joining forces with Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, and Ryan Briscoe, a top contender for the 2009 IndyCar Series championship, Power will complete a powerful three-car lineup in 2010 for Penske Racing.
Today’s announcement is a key element of a multi-year program between Penske Racing and Verizon Wireless that began in 2009. The 2010 Verizon Championship Racing platform will include the IndyCar Series with Power, Castroneves and Briscoe and NASCAR competition with Brad Keselowski and Justin Allgaier.