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FONTANA, Calif. Julio Jones Womens Jersey . —Out of the
corner of his eye, Ryan Hunter-Reay saw his only competition for the IndyCar
championship crash out of the title-deciding season finale. Will Powers accident
should have given Hunter-Reay a wide-open road to his first championship.
Instead, he had to hang on for 500 nerve-racking miles, withstand several hairy
restarts and a controversial red-flag to snatch the title away from Power on
Saturday night. Needing to finish fifth to win the title after Power exited the
race, Hunter-Reay did one better, finishing fourth to put the American flag back
atop the IndyCar podium. Hunter-Reay claimed the title by three points over
Power to become the first American since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006 to win the
IndyCar championship. “I just drove 500 miles like it was for my life,” he said.
“I cant believe were IndyCar champions. I cannot believe this. My dream has come
true.” Power, denied for a third consecutive year, was in street clothes
watching the finish on television after crashing out early at Auto Club
Speedway. He took a 17-point lead into the finale, but once out of the race,
gave Hunter-Reay total control of his destiny. But it certainly wasnt easy.
Hunter-Reay struggled all week at California, even wrecking in Wednesdays open
test session, and was off at the start of the race. But he picked his way
through the field and was on the edge of where he needed to finish as the laps
wound down. Still, a flurry of late cautions made for some hair-raising restarts
and a late red-flag that drew the ire or team owner Michael Andretti.
Hunter-Reay managed to hang on in a race that was won by Ed Carpenter, another
American. “We were struggling all weekend. I didnt want to let anyone really
know about it that much. We were really in the woods,” Hunter-Reay said. Power,
an Australian who has finished second in the points three years in a row,
visited Hunter-Reay after the finish. “At the end of the day, Hunter-Reay is a
deserving champion, a real fighter,” Power said. Hunter-Reay won a series-best
four races this season, his third with Andretti Autosport. He used a string of
three consecutive wins during the summer to climb into the championship, and
with Power in position to clinch two weeks ago at Baltimore, he won again to
stay in the hunt. He was rewarded on the eve of the championship race with a new
two-year contract from Andretti, the team he has credited for giving him the
continuity and support he needed to put together the best season of his career.
“It was really an unbelievable weekend,” said Andretti, who won his fourth
championship as an owner but first since 2007. Power, meanwhile, was left
wondering how yet another title slipped away. Hes the most dominant driver on
road and street courses, and knows that racing on ovals is the one glaring
weakness in his program. And when he looks back at this season, he knows that a
blocking penalty at Texas and crashes on the ovals at Indianapolis, Iowa, and
now, California, cost him the title. “I wish I could put my finger on one
particular thing I dont do right,” Power said. “If you look at it, three ovals I
crashed out of is a massive hit on points. Its over a whole season that you win
a championship and that was proven tonight.” Power crashed 55 laps into the
race, spinning hard into the outside wall when his car slipped in a seam in the
track. Its the third consecutive year Power has gone into the finale with the
title on the line and had an incident snatch away his chances. He brushed the
wall at Homestead in 2011 and lost the title by five points to Dario Franchitti.
Last year, his points lead was gobbled up when another car hit him on pit road
in the penultimate race, and he was involved in the 15-car accident that killed
Dan Wheldon in the finale. Power broke his back in that accident in Las Vegas.
“Man, depressing,” Power said after leaving the wreck. “I wish I could care
less.” Power laughed nervously, searching and failing to find the right words to
describe his frustration. “I dont know what to say. Its depressing,” he said.
“Depressing to lose the championship again that way. Nothing I can say, mate,
its just depressing. I dont know what emotion to even feel right now.” But his
Penske team, which has not won a championship since Hornish in 2006, worked
furiously to get his car back on the track so he could turn 12 laps and gain
more points in the standings. Power had already changed into street clothes,
rushed back into his firesuit, and had a total change of attitude when he got
back in the car. “Keep our fingers crossed,” he smiled, his mood completely
changed. Both Power and Hunter-Reay went into the race seeking their first
career title, and Power said he watched on TV the closing laps unsure how it
would end. He was cracking self-deprecating jokes when it was over, perhaps an
unusual reaction for one of the most intense and driven drivers in the series.
“Well, Ive done it for two years in a row, so Ive kind of learned how to cope
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night.BERKELEY, Calif. —California wide receiver Keenan Allen will skip his
senior season to enter the NFL draft. Allen said in an announcement through the
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