From first practice,
(extreme left) records
and analyzes data of
every parameter so
the no. 12 team can
prepare for every
come race day.
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that comes with the territory. My outlook
is that the more comfortable Will is with
the car, the faster he’s going to go.”
“You have to have a technical
understanding,” says Power of his
ever-increasing data bank. “You can’t
just report what a car’s doing and hope
your team can sort it out. There are so
many things that could be causing the
one characteristic that you’re trying to
alter, so you have to get a finely tuned
awareness of what might be causing it.”
Power plays down his contribution to
strategy meetings, though. “I normally
just tell Tim I’ll do whatever he says!
Seriously, I have absolute faith in him. I’ll
give my opinion about how many yellows
there may be, tire degradation rates and
how much I can save fuel. Then Tim puts
me in the right spot on the track, and his
student of your driver to understand what
triggers him and what information he wants.
Will’s always been very trusting in trying
100 percent to execute my plan rather
than question it. And he certainly never
needs the motivational messages.
strategies work 90 percent of the time.
The other 10 percent is stuff that no one
could take into account – like Toronto this
year, where suddenly the pit closed under
yellow and the best guys got punished…”
A bashful Cindric says: “I’d say that
80 percent of my decisions are ones
most race fans could make. Experience is
the main thing, and also demeanor. I have
to be in control and set the tone for the
rest of the guys. If the driver gets upset
and you do, too, then everyone else won’t
know what to think. So you need to be a
Just as George Martin is regarded
as the “the fifth Beatle,” so Robbie
atkinson is a less well-known, but
no less crucial member to Will
Power’s Verizon Team Penske crew.
as data acquisition and Generation
engineer, he’s integral to group
discussions on strategy.
“One of the biggest things that
helps us is the interaction
between dave [Faustino ]and
Robbie,” says Penske president
Tim cindric. “They work well
together and there is a good
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balance of conversation prior to
the race, discussing the possible
scenarios and how to respond to
Faustino agrees: “yeah, Robbie
is a top guy who makes sure we
have the best quality data possible.
He’s so good at helping us be super
precise with our fuel strategies.”
crew is doug Snyder, inside front
wheel; Gary Prall, fueler; damon
Lopez, airjack; Shaun Rinaman,
outside rear; Trevor Lacasse,
inside rear; Kory Smith, front hose-
puller; dale Bara, “stop board”/
water; don Textor, rear tire-passer.
F. Peirce Williams/La T
Will Power’s pit crew has
become ever more slick.
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