IndyCar champ Will Power receives key to “Race City USA”

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Mooresville, North Carolina is known for being the home of multiple NASCAR operations. But last night, “Race City USA” honored its resident IndyCar champion, Will Power.

In addition to its NASCAR operation, Team Penske also has its open-wheel programs based in Mooresville. And when Power captured the Verizon IndyCar Series title back in late August, he not only gave Penske its first series title since 2006 but also gave North Carolina its first open-wheel crown from a team based in the Tar Heel state.

And so, the City of Mooresville has given Power the key to the city for that accomplishment. Additionally, the City also issued the following proclamation saluting Power and Team Penske for their efforts:

Whereas, the racing industry plays a vital and dynamic role in the economic health of the Town of Mooresville; and

Whereas, Penske Racing represents a long-term commitment to racing and the Mooresville area and continues to achieve and accomplish a tradition of excellence; and

Whereas, Penske Racing and Will Power won their 13th IndyCar Series championship and Penske Racing’s 26th national championship overall; and

Whereas, Will Power notched three wins, eight top-five finishes and four Verizon P1 Pole Awards for the season; and

Whereas, the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Championship brings pride and recognition to Penske Racing but also to the citizens and fans of Mooresville; and

Whereas, this has been an exciting and successful racing season and we are proud of the accomplishments Penske Racing has achieved.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Mayor and Board of Commissioners of the Town of Mooresville deem it an honor and pleasure to present this proclamation to Penske Racing and Will Power for winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship.

Said Power in a team release: “I know that I speak for everyone when I say that we are proud to represent this area when we are competing. It’s really become a great home for us.

“When you think of this area, the first thing that comes to your mind is NASCAR. That will never change but we hope that it’s also known that there is a bloody good Verizon IndyCar Series team here too.”