IndyCar - Power in tears as he takes first IndyCar championship

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FONTANA, CA - AUGUST 30: Will Power of Australia driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet celebrates after winning the IndyCar Championship during the Verizon IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship Race at the Auto Club Speedway on August 30, 2014 in Fontana, California. Robert Laberge/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ROBERT LABERGE)

IndyCar - Power in tears as he takes first IndyCar championship

FONTANA, CA - AUGUST 30: Will Power of Australia driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet celebrates after winning the IndyCar Championship during the Verizon IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship Race at the Auto Club Speedway on August 30, 2014 in Fontana, California. Robert Laberge/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ROBERT LABERGE)

- Australia's Will Power claimed his first IndyCar Series championship after a cautious drive to ninth place in the final race of the season at Fontana, California.

That was enough to give Power a 62-point victory over runner-up Helio Castroneves after starting the 18th race of the season at the Auto Club Speedway with a 51-point lead over his Team Penske colleague.

"It is 15 years of hard work. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power.

The 33-year-old Power also began the final races in 2010 and 2012 as the championship points leader but crashed out of both events.

Tony Kanaan won Saturday's 250-lap race to earn his first win since last year's Indianapolis 500.


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