Will Power finally claims elusive Indy 500 victory

Will Power notched the biggest victory of his career on Sunday when he won the Indianapolis 500 at the famed "Brickyard" just outside Indianapolis.

Power moved into the lead on lap 196 when the two drivers in front of him pitted and he closed out the race to record his 34th career IndyCar victory.

Power led for 59 of the 200 laps while stomping out his main racing demon.

"I was wondering if I would ever win here," Power said in a post-race interview on ABC. "Thoughts went through my mind during the month. My career, I've had so many wins, I've had so many poles but everyone talks about the (Indy) 500.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, leads the field during the 102nd Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, leads the field during the 102nd Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, leads the field during the 102nd Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, races during the 102nd Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Team owner Roger Penske, and Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrate by kissing the yard of bricks after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates by kissing the yard of bricks after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Team owner Roger Penske talks with Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates by kissing the yard of bricks after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Team owner Roger Penske talks with Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power, driver of the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates after winning the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, speeds down the front stretch during the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Team Penske Chevrolet, speeds down the front stretch during the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: A crew member tosses his tire wrench after changing a tire on the car of Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Team Penske Chevrolet, during the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, speeds down the front stretch during the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Marco Andretti, driver of the #98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda leads a pack of cars during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Alexander Rossi, driver of the #27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda leads a pack of cars during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, speeds down the front stretch during the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power, driver of the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet, speeds down the front stretch during the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Alexander Rossi, driver of the #27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda leads a pack of cars during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda leads a pack of cars during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet drives during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Simon Pagenaud of France, driver of the #22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet drives during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet drives during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet pits during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of #28 DHL Honda drives during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power, driver of the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet, turns down into turn 1 at speed during the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Danica Patrick, driver of the #13 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, gives a thumbs up during driver introductions before the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2018 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Team Penske Chevrolet, stands with Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, and Danica Patrick, driver of the #13 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, as they get introduced to the crowd during the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Crew members help sit on the the rear win of Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Team Penske Chevrolet car prior to the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the #28 Andretti Autosport Honda, holds his kid as he gets introduced to the crowd prior to the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, car sits in the pit box before going to the grid prior to the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, car sits in the pit box before going to the grid prior to the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the #28 Andretti Autosport Honda, car gets pulled through gasoline alley on the way to the grid prior to the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Will Power, driver of the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet, car sits in the pit box before going to the grid prior to the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: The Borg-Warner trophy sits on the grid and awaits the winner of the running of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Penn Grade Motor Oil on May 27rd, 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Danica Patrick, driver of the #13 GoDaddy Chevrolet kisses Aaron Rodgers prior to the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Danica Patrick, driver of the #13 GoDaddy Chevrolet prepares to drive during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Danica Patrick, driver of the #13 GoDaddy Chevrolet prepares to drive during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: A detail view of the Borg-Warner trophy prior to the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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"I couldn't imagine winning a race in front of this many people. What an event."

Pole sitter Ed Carpenter finished second and Scott Dixon was third. Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five.

Power was trailing Stefan Wilson (who finished 15th) and Jack Harvey (16th) with four laps to go when both Wilson and Harvey had to pit because they were low on fuel.

Power saw the two cars leave the track and was in utter disbelief.

"(Those) two pit and I'm screaming, 'Man I got this,'" Power said. "'I think I am going to win this.' Unbelievable."

Power was struggling to accept that he was an Indy 500 winner at age 37.

"I can't describe it," Power said. "I feel like collapsing. I want to cry."

The mood was much different for Danica Patrick as her final Indy 500 ended on the 68th lap when she crashed her car in Turn 2.

Patrick lost control as she entered the turn and her green GoDaddy Chevrolet hit the wall and rolled backward toward the infield.

"Today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race," Patrick said during an in-race interview with ABC. "But I'm grateful for all of it. Wish I could have finished stronger."

Among other drivers who exited due to mishaps were three-time winner Helio Castroneves (lap 147) and 2013 winner Tony Kanaan (188).

--Field Level Media

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