Power looks for elusive IndyCar title at Fontana

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm •  Published: August 28, 2014
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It all seems so simple for Will Power.

Stay on the lead lap, keep his car out of scrapes and within shouting distance of Helio Castroneves and the IndyCar championship will be Power's after Saturday's race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

No one knows better than Power that nothing comes easy in the series finale.

Power has started the final race of the year in first place three times since 2010. But he's still chasing that elusive first championship.

This might finally be Power's time, though. He has a 51-point lead over Penske teammate Castroneves — another elite driver in search of his first series title — and will clinch the crown by finishing sixth or better.

Simon Pagenaud is third, 81 points behind Power.

"It's just about, obviously, just aim for a top-five finish," said Power, who won last year's race at Fontana. "The mindset is just to really work hard on getting the car right. Obviously the rest you can't control."

To win the championship, Power must overcome a history of heartbreaking finishes.

In 2010, Power crashed out at Homestead after a brush with the wall. Dario Franchitti won the title by a mere five points, even though Power had the dominant car all season.

Power won the pole and led for 48 laps at Kentucky the following year. But he finished in 19th place and Franchitti repeated as champion.

The cruelest of all of Power's finales came at Fontana in 2012.

Power got loose near the apron and fishtailed up into the wall, ending his race after just 66 laps. That clinched the third consecutive second-place finish for Power, who ceded the title to Ryan Hunter-Reay by just three points.

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