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Relief and disbelief for Will Power after his first IndyCar title

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Will Power kisses the Astor Cup at Auto Club Speedway after winning his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship. (Courtesy: IndyCar)

FONTANA, CA – After three previous failed attempts to climb to the summit of the IndyCar series, things began to hit home for Will Power as the laps dwindled at the MavTV 500.

“I had tears in my eyes,” said Power as he comfortable sat in 9th place in the series final race of the season.

Well in back of him was Helio Castroneves-the next closest challenge for series championship. Nothing for Power, though, was guarenteed considering that he finished in 2nd place three previous times with the title lost in the final race of the season.

But when he finally crossed the finish line the driver had a combination shock, excitement and relief as he finally could get his hands on the Astor Cup after so many near misses.

"It's such a relief for me to get that done, man," said Power in an interview from Fontana on Sunday evening.

Power had a chance to celebrate at the Auto Club Speedway with his team and family, including his mother who watched her first race with her son on Saturday evening.

In the end Power finished 62 points ahead of Castroneves in the standings and was 85 points ahead of his other teammate Juan Pablo Montoya who finished fourth.

To see Larry Hawley's interview with Power, click on the video above.