With the IndyCar season in the books and a limited amount of news to come since the season finale at Fontana, my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada and are taking a look back at the 2013 season just past. Chris and I each ranked our top 10 drivers and some of the biggest stories; now we take a look back at the field driver-by-driver.
Next up, the guy who ended 2013 on a high after three straight title defeats, Will Power…
- Team: Team Penske
- 2012: 2nd Place, 3 Wins, 5 Poles
- 2013: 4th Place, 3 Wins, 2 Poles, 4 Podiums, 7 Top-5, 9 Top-10, 351 Laps Led, 4.3 Avg. Start, 11.0 Avg. Finish
DiZinno says: A character-testing year but one where Power emerged with the last laugh for a change. It’s beyond refreshing to see him entering an offseason with a smile and momentum – three wins in the last five races, including his “most satisfying” win of his career at Fontana – will do that for you. He was hit by bad luck all too frequently, from JR Hildebrand’s aerobatics attempt in St. Pete to an engine detonation in Brazil. But he still had the pace thing down per usual and made a storming comeback in the second half of the year to end fourth in points. Not what he wanted, but a much nicer end than losing a title at the last race yet again.
Estrada says: An impressive late-season run ensured that Power would enter the off-season on a high note after various calamities had knocked him out of the championship picture early on – Tony mentioned St. Petersburg and Brazil, but let’s not forget Sebastien Bourdais spinning him out to begin the epic pileup during Belle Isle Race 2 or handling issues causing him to go from the pole to a 17th-place finish at Iowa. But toward the tail end of 2013, Power finally had things rolling his way with wins at Sonoma, Houston Race 2, and the season finale at Fontana, which appeared to send his confidence through the roof. He should back contending for a title next year.