For a long time on Saturday night, this looked like the IndyCar Series championship that nobody wanted to win. Team Penske's Will Power, the perennially snake-bitten Australian, crashed on the 55th lap of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. That seemingly handed the title to his rival, Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport, who merely needed to finish fifth to clinch the crown. But for lap after lap, Hunter-Reay ran around the 2-mile oval in sixth place, falling farther behind fifth place every tour. Meanwhile, Power sat in the Penske engineering coach in the paddock, remotely watching it all unfold, his championship fate completely out of his hands.
Video Highlights 15/09/2012: MAVTV 500 (Fontana - Indycar)
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