"Yeah, man, another tough one," Power told Fox59.com. "I have to say Hunter-Reay is a very deserving champion. He won more races than anyone and he is a very good all-around driver. As you can see, it's a combination that is very tough to beat.
"To sit and watch this race on the couch was pretty intense realizing we had a chance to still win this championship. It's another second another year
Power realized his team did a championship effort to repair the car just so he could make 12 more laps.
"That was very impressive," Power said. "When I saw there was still a chance we could win it I didn't want to watch. But to rely on Ryan having a bad day is not the way to win a championship. Ryan is certainly a fighter and as far as all-around drivers he is on top of the list.
"But for me, if I could just finish the three oval races I crashed out of that would be big points. I wasn't being aggressive on the oval here. You just can't win, you know? I just simply have to get better on the ovals. I've won the road course championship quite convincingly so it is very obvious where I lack.
"I was just sitting there praying to have a couple of guys pass him. I feel bad for Penske Racing."
Carpenter's Dallara/Chevrolet finished 1.9132 seconds ahead of Franchitti's Dallara/Honda in a race that finished under yellow. Target/Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon in a Dallara/Honda. Hunter-Reay finished fourth in a Dallara/Chevrolet to claim the championship with Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves rounding out the top-five in a Dallara/Chevrolet.
Not only was it Carpenter's second career IndyCar win as a driver it was his first as a team owner.
Carpenter grew up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway his mother, Laura, married to former IMS President and Indy Racing League founder Tony George. So there were many times that Carpenter dreamed of winning a "500-Mile Race."
Well, he did but it came at California and not Indianapolis.
"It was a wild race," Carpenter said. "I had never done a 500 miler before other than in Indianapolis, so there were a lot of things to not know what to expect. But it was fun. We started out great, and the car was really good early. I felt really confident coming into the race that we had a good car. We started trying to make it better, because it wasn't the best car early, and we actually made it worse. We just kept working on it and got better and better as the race went on. Got a couple of good restarts in the end. I got in good position and was able to make a well timed pass on Dario and get a yellow to come out.
"The red flag, I guess that is a new procedure at IndyCar that none of us had heard about, but it worked out for me tonight, so I'll take it."
Carpenter finally got to celebrate a win a in a "500." Hunter-Reay finally got to celebrate an IZOD IndyCar Series championship but he paid tribute to how Power and his team went down fighting even after crashing into the wall.
"I think Will is one of the great talents there has been in IndyCar in a very long time," Hunter-Reay said. "He is one of the best. His talent level, what he does on the track, especially some of these road courses and street circuits some of us haven't seen at all. He certainly would be a deserving champion if he won it.
"But we had a breakout year. We really did. We fought for this thing. I certainly feel bad for Will ending up in the wall like that. They got him out there. And trust me I was not happy when I heard we had to finish one more position up because they got him back out. That was a curve ball I wasn't expecting.
"But Will coming in runner up quite a few seasons in a row, it's just a matter of time before he wins it with the talent that he has. He's certainly great for IndyCar in many ways."
It was Hunter-Reay's time on Saturday night. And it's time for Power to finally end this nightmarish cycle of losing the championship in a Greg Norman-like meltdown in the final round.
Talk about waking up in the middle of a dream Power simply wants his nightmare to come to an end.