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IndyCar: Will Power’s victory at Pocono was remarkable

Australian driver Will Power scored a particularly special victory in the Pocono 500 having made four extra pitstops compared to most of the other race leaders. Power’s additional stops (two for damage) meant he had to work through the yellow flag periods to come from a lap behind to win. That might be common on the short oval circuits but not the long 2.5 mile triangle at Pocono.

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Will Power narrowly missed the IndyCar Championship for the 5th time

Will Power was beaten to the 2016 IndyCar title earlier this month. Simon Pagenaud was a deserving winner, but incredibly it was the FIFTH TIME Will Power has fallen short in a season finale where he had a chance at winning the championship.

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IndyCar: Exhaustion and relief. Will Power’s reaction to winning the Indycar title is beautiful to watch

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Will Power entered the final IndyCar race of 2014 with a significant points lead but, having lost the title during the final round three times before, his history of missed chances weighed heavy on his shoulders. Power described the days leading up to the race as the worst of his life and that pressure grew substantially after qualifying when a mistake left him 21st on the grid.

The pressure intensified further during the race as Helio Castroneves brought himself into a position to steal the title from Power. It was tense. Very tense. It must have been horrible inside Will Power’s car where he had to deal with handling problems as the laps wore down.

When the chequered flag came out, and Will Power’s ninth place was enough to secure the championship, he crossed the finish line in tears. When he got back to pitlane there were no fist pumps, no screams, no wild celebrations with mechanics. Will just sat in his car exhausted. He was so emotionally drained that he could barely speak when a camera was eventually thrust in front of him. Will clearly outlined his personal torment, his relief, and did so with pure honesty. It was beautiful. I highly recommend clicking here to watch the interview as it was the sort of emotionally raw moment that makes sport so compelling.

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IndyCar: Will Power is creating some great sporting theatre

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The final race of the 2012 IndyCar season was one of the most remarkable in recent history. Will Power entered the season finale with a 17 point advantage over his nearest rival and partway through the race he was comfortably on-track to become champion. Shockingly, Power lost focus, crashed into the wall, and threw away the title at the very last hurdle. It was a dreadful mistake to make with the ultimate prize in sight. This huge moment was all the more incredible because Power had lost the 2010 championship during the final race by doing exactly the same thing. History had repeated itself in the cruellest of ways.

In addition to those two near misses, Power also finished runner up in 2011 – another season that went down to the final race. He is always the bridesmaid but never the bride.

With two races remaining in 2014, Will Power has yet another great opportunity to win the championship as he holds a 39 point advantage over his nearest rival. Either he will finally seal the deal and put an end to his personal torment, or he will choke once again and become runner up for the fourth time.

Regardless of the outcome, it’s going to be great sporting theatre.

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