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09/11/12
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IZOD IndyCar championship at a glance  After 14 races, more than 1,700 laps and 3,000 miles of intense racing competition this season, the race for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship has come down to two of INDYCAR's top heavyweights: Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Power leads Hunter-Reay by 17 points, 453-436, entering the Sept. 15 MAVTV 500, the season-finale of the 15-race season. The race broadcast starts at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.

The winner of the title will earn a $1 million bonus.

A look at the title contenders:

ITEM WILL POWER RYAN HUNTER-REAY
Age 31 31
Hometown Toowoomba, Australia Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Residence Charlotte, N.C. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Height 5-10 6-1
Weight 155 175
Team Team Penske Andretti Autosport
Car #12 Verizon Team Penske #28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda
Engine Chevrolet Chevrolet
Crew Chief Billy Vincent Josh Freund
Position in Points First Second
Points 453 436
2012 Races  in Points Lead 10 2
Starts 14 14
2012 Wins 3 4
2012 Top 5s 7 6
2012 Top 10s 10 9
2012 Poles 5 1
2012 Starts, ovals 4 4
Best 2012 Finish, ovals Eighth (Texas) First (Milwaukee, Iowa)
Worst 2012 Finish, ovals 28th (Indianapolis) 27th (Indianapolis)
Avg. 2012 Finish, ovals 17.8 12.5
2012 Points,  Ovals 74 136
Avg. 2012 Points, ovals 18.5 34.0
2012 Poles,  Ovals 0 0
Career Starts, Auto Club Speedway 0 0
Best Season Finish 2nd (2010, 2011) 7th (2010, 2011)
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