In a stunning crash, IndyCar point leader Will Power slammed into the wall, and his car was knocked out of the season's final race Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
That opened the door for Ryan Hunter-Reay to win the Izod IndyCar Series championship. Hunter-Reay, who started the race 17 points behind Power, was running 11th in the MAVTV 500 race.
It's the third consecutive year that Power, an Australian who drives for Team Penske, was on the verge of winning his first title and then lost it during the final race of the season.
Power had just passed Hunter-Reay for 13th on Lap 55 of the 250-lap race when Power lost control of his No. 12 car, spun and slammed into the Turn 2 wall at the two-mile Auto Club Speedway oval.