Will Power crossed the checkered flag third in Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey IndyCar finale, but the result was enough to deliver to the Aussie his second title in the series.
Power was up against his Penske teammate Josef Newgarden, and while the latter finished runner-up to race winner Alex Palou at Laguna Seca, it wasn't enough to outscore Power in the final standings of the championship.
The latter won only one race this season, but a remarkable string of top-five finishes ultimately allowed him to prevail.
However, it was anything but a conservative Sunday drive in the hills of Monterey for Power who survived fluctuating tyre strategies and his rivals' attacks to get the job done.
"Man, I had to drive the thing today," Power said, basking in the sun in victory lane.
"It was on the edge, very loose. Man, what a relief. What a relief to get that done!"