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2014 Fontana: IndyCar Race Results - Kanaan Wins! Power is Champion!
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 31, 2014 - 06:56 AM
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2014 Fontana: IndyCar Race Results - Kanaan Wins! Power is Champion!



Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.
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Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Power, who entered the 18th race of the season with a 51-point lead over Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, had been the championship runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012. It was the ninth consecutive year that the series champion was determined in the season finale.

"It's 15 years of hard work. I was crying as I crossed the (finish) line," said Power, who finished 62 points ahead of Castroneves. "It's surreal. It's just a fantastic way to finish the season."

Power provided Team Penske its 13th Indy car championship and the first since 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.

"Tonight showed everyone the strength of our team," said team owner Roger Penske, who has won the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race 15 times.

Tony Kanaan, the 2004 series champion, won the 250-lap by 3.6750 seconds over Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and 2013 champion Scott Dixon.

Kanaan was the 11th different winner of the season, which tied the Indy car single-season record set in 2000 and matched in 2001. Ed Carpenter, who won at Auto Club Speedway in 2012 and was runner-up in 2013, placed third and Juan Pablo Montoya finished fourth.

"It's been a long time coming," said Kanaan, who claimed his first victory since the 2013 Indianapolis 500. "We had a team meeting this afternoon and (team owner) Chip Ganassi said if you win you can brag about it for seven months."

Castroneves, who started from the pole and led 41 laps, was assessed a drive-through penalty for a pit lane entry violation on Lap 218 that put him a lap down. He finished 14th in the race and second in the championship for the fourth time in his career.

"It's another second, but well done to Will," said Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. "It stings a little bit, but it motivates me to come back stronger next year and win a championship."

 

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2014 Fontana (Auto Club): IRL IndyCar Race Results
Pos Num Driver Engine Laps Status
1. (7) Tony Kanaan Dallara-Chevy 250 Running
2. (5) Scott Dixon Dallara-Chevy 250 Running
3. (14) Ed Carpenter Dallara-Chevy 250 Running
4. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya Dallara-Chevy 250 Running
5. (11) James Hinchcliffe Dallara-Honda 250 Running
6. (4) Takuma Sato Dallara-Honda 250 Running
7. (12) Ryan Briscoe Dallara-Chevy 250 Running
8. (19) Carlos Munoz Dallara-Honda 250 Running
9. (21) Will Power Dallara-Chevy 250 Running
10. (3) Josef Newgarden Dallara-Honda 250 Running
11. (18) Marco Andretti Dallara-Honda 249 Running
12. (6) Charlie Kimball Dallara-Chevy 249 Running
13. (16) Justin Wilson Dallara-Honda 249 Running
14. (1) Helio Castroneves Dallara-Chevy 249 Running
15. (17) Jack Hawksworth Dallara-Honda 249 Running
16. (9) Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara-Honda 248 Running
17. (20) Sebastian Saavedra Dallara-Chevy 248 Running
18. (15) Sebastien Bourdais Dallara-Chevy 245 Running
19. (10) Graham Rahal Dallara-Honda 244 Running
20. (13) Simon Pagenaud Dallara-Honda 243 Running
21. (22) Carlos Huertas Dallara-Honda 21 Driver Illness
22. (8) Mikhail Aleshin Dallara-Honda 0 Did Not Start

Race Statistics

Winners average speed: 196.111
Time of Race: 02:32:58.4659
Margin of victory: 3.6750
Cautions: 1 for 12 laps
Lead changes: 17 among 9 drivers
Lap Leaders:
Montoya 1
Castroneves 2-5
Montoya 6- 33
Dixon 34-35
Castroneves 36-37
Andretti 38
Montoya 39-56
Hinchcliffe 57-73
Montoya 74-99
Carpenter 100-102
Hunter-Reay 103-107
Montoya 108-119
Hunter-Reay 120-140
Dixon 141-143
Castroneves 144-178
Kanaan 179-188
Power 189-196
Kanaan 197-250

Point Standings: Power 671, Castroneves 609, Dixon 604, Montoya 586, Pagenaud 565, Hunter-Reay 563, Kanaan 544, Munoz 483, Andretti 463, Bourdais 461




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