Will Power’s 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season is one he’d like to forget, where nothing seemed to click although he still had a mathematical – if remote – shot to win the championship by way of double points at the last race.
But for 2016, the 2014 champ is already calling his shot.
Asked whether IndyCar would need to change anything about its racing format for 2016, Power said no, but then added his warning shot.
“No, I think the Series has produced great racing until the very end over the years. When you get four people at the last race of the year at Sonoma with a chance to win the title, I call that pretty exciting. Then, again, I think I’m going to wrap up the championship in 2016 long before the last race,” Power said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press.
Power reflected on the year where he said the “unexpected happened,” and also noted that of course a driver who maximized his or her score in double points races would be a fan of double points. He did say he’d like to see them removed, though.
Power, now 34, also confirmed to the Free Press‘ Mike Brudenell he’s on a multi-year contract with Team Penske and would like to continue in the sport for another four or five years.
At 34, Power is the second-youngest member of Team Penske. Simon Pagenaud is 31 while Helio Castroneves is 40 and Juan Pablo Montoya will turn 40 later this month.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”