Season Review: Will Power

In a series of blogs that will be featured throughout the offseason, I review and talk about all 21 full-time drivers of the 2013 Indycar Season one at a time. I try to be as honest as I can in these reveiws, and I would like to hear your thoughts on what I say. Enjoy:

Will Power
#12 Team Penske

4th in points scoring 498 points.

Best finish: 1st (x3 Sonoma, Houston Race 2, Fontana)
Worst finish: 24th (Sao Paulo)

Best moment: Win at Fontana
Worst moment: Baltimore

Grade: B+


Before you get all uppidy on me for giving Will Power a B+, listen: he didn't win the championship. That's his bar, and he did not get over it. Following three straight seasons of finishing runner-up in the Indycar Championship, Power entered 2013 with something to prove. But with a terrible first half of the season ruined any chance of Power winning the title. He did notch three wins in the second half of the season, but it was one of those "too little, too late" things. He did have great wins at Houston Race 2 and a brilliant drive at Fontana, but it still could not make up for another disappointing season for a driver who is the best road racer in the series. He qualified very well all season, but throughout the season, he lost a total of 127 positions from start to finish. That is unacceptable.

More consistency is needed from Power in 2014 if he wants to capture the elusive title he's been chasing. But with Penske behind him, anything is possible. He will rocket out early again, but can he handle that mid-season stretch that always gives him trouble?


Will Power - Texas Motor Speedway: Day 2
If Power continues to improve on the ovals, watch out everyone else (Photo: Tom Pennington / Getty Images)


Stay tuned for P3 Simon Pagenaud!

-Matthew Hickey