Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

IndyCar race at Texas red-flagged after big crash

IndyCar race at Texas red-flagged after big crash

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez). Will Power (12), of Australia, speeds out of his stall after a pit stop past Mikhail Aleshin (7), of Russian Federation, during an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, left, stands by an emergency worker, right, and his vehicle after being involved into a multicar accident going into Turn 3 during an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Charlie Kimball comes out of Turn 4 during qualifying for an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 9, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.

It brought out the final caution of the evening, allowing Power to cruise to his second victory of the IndyCar Series season.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The IndyCar race at Texas resumed after being red-flagged almost 31 minutes Saturday night to clean up after an accident involving nine cars in the third and fourth turns.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Will Power was trying to figure out how to hold off Scott Dixon for the lead as the two went side-by-side in the closing laps of the IndyCar race at Texas.

But Will Power had anticipated every bit of that before starting the race that he won under caution late Saturday night.

Only nine cars from the original 22-car field were running at the end of the race.

Tony Kanaan finished second, but it wasn't all easy for the driver of the No. 10.

Kanaan, who was in the eye of the storm from the competitors, said IndyCar should race at Texas but shouldn't be racing the way they all did on Saturday. "During qualifying we just took a swing at it and went out and got the job done".

Sato, driving the same auto in which he won the Indianapolis 500 two weeks earlier, was pushing for the lead when he clipped the grass along the front stretch. Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato attempted to pass Scott Dixon, who was running second at the time, on the inside lane and clipped the grass, spinning both drivers and taking them out of the race.

Race victor Will Power said he'd told the series in advance that a pack race was possible based on the new conditions for this Texas race. I'm definitely going to go see him if he wants to see me, or I'll call him. It was the Team Penske driver's second victory this season and 31 of his career. Simon Pagenaud placed third Graham Rahal placed fourth and Gabby Chaves rounded out the top five.

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Though the chaos at Texas began well before the Kanaan-caused crash and extended well beyond it, the havoc hit its crescendo when James Hinchcliffe collided with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate Mikhail Aleshin on Lap 153 as the drivers went three-wide into Turn 3.

On Lap 37, Alexander Rossi found himself in the middle of Dixon and Kanaan, and three-wide approaching Turn 3 didn't work. Tony went from all the way on the white line, driver's left, and just drove right into a left-hand corner and drove me straight into Mikhail. Carlos Munoz and Ryan-Hunter Reay were also knocked out of the race.

Kimball, who earned his first IndyCar Series pole, and everyone else quickly got going fast on the 1 1/2-mile track that was completely repaved earlier this year.

Not only did Hinchcliffe and Dale Coyne blame Kanaan - Coyne even tearing into him as the Brazilian sat in his vehicle on pitlane following the inevitable red flag - but IndyCar Race Control concurred.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Tony Kanaan, who was directly involved in two of the crashes that depleted the field, recovered from receiving a stop-plus-20-second penalty and being two laps down to take second in his Honda-powered entry.

All drivers involved in the crash were evaluated and released from the infield care center.

When the yellow came back out after 30 minutes, 42 seconds under the red flag, INDYCAR told teams they would be required to change tires after 30 green-flag laps for the remainder of the race. Kimball is the pole-sitter for Saturday's race.

The first caution came out when 2016 Indianapolis 500 victor Alexander Rossi found himself three-wide between Kanaan and Dixon entering Turn 3. Hinchcliffe's auto got squeezed, slammed into the third turn wall and major carnage ensued. Hinchcliffe got loose coming out of his pit, then swerved into Castroneves at the same time Sato was pulling out of the first stall.

Hinchcliffe, charging hard out of Turn 2, had plenty of room on entry to Turn 3, but as the trio got close to their turn-in point, Kanaan crept high and hit the Hinchcliffe's SPM Honda, which then hit Aleshin's SPM Honda, and both SPM drivers were headed into the wall.

Polesitter Charlie Kimball completed just 41 laps before an oil leak sidelined him and sent the No. 83 machine to the garage. The other was last year's Pocono race, which was also won by Will Power.

Castroneves crashed hard into the outside wall exiting Turn 2 on Lap 90.

The Verizon IndyCar Series has a needed week off next weekend after five consecutive on-track weekends (three at Indianapolis, Detroit doubleheader and Texas), although Andretti Autosport and Dale Coyne Racing, and perhaps one other team, are scheduled to test Wednesday at Road America.

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