WILL POWER WINS INDYCAR SERIES TITLE BEHIND KANAAN
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Will Power raced with his head instead of his gut. Only a catastrophe was likely to derail his IndyCar Series championship, and the Australian knew he had to throttle the aggression that has made his career — and occasionally wrecked it.
Yet after Power moved patiently and safely through the Fontana field, a restart gave him a chance to seize the lead, if only for a few laps.
Power couldn't resist. With one last daredevil move, he pulled in front for just long enough to ensure he wouldn't back into his long-awaited title.
"On that restart, I thought, 'I've got to lead a lap and not go backward,'" Power said. "That was the key to the race. No mistakes. Stay on top of the car. ... It's such an emotional moment for me. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity."
Power won his first series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race before raising the Astor Cup for the first time in a career filled with agonizing misses.
Tony Kanaan won the 500-mile, double-points race under the lights at Fontana for his first victory of the season, but Power easily preserved his healthy points lead over second-place teammate Helio Castroneves to wrap up Team Penske's first IndyCar title since 2006.
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