IndyCar race at Texas red-flagged after big crash

Tristan Vautier will race for Dale Coyne Racing this weekend in Texas- Credit Shawn Gritzmacher  IndyCar

Tristan Vautier will race for Dale Coyne Racing this weekend in Texas- Credit Shawn Gritzmacher IndyCar

Kimball is the pole-sitter for Saturday's race.

Conor Daly was P7 for A.J. Foyt Racing despite spinning while trying to avoid Sato, Chilton and Dixon up ahead, with Chilton officially classified in eighth yet stuck in the pit-lane after sustaining heavy damage to the front of his vehicle.

FILE - In this May 28, 2017, file photo, the vehicle driven by Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, goes over the top of Jay Howard, of England, in the first turn during the running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Simon Pagenaud, Graham Rahal and Gabby Chaves rounded out the top five.

The win takes Power to equal ninth on the IndyCar all-time winner's list.

"It was very intense", Power said of the wild race after climbing from his No. 12 Team Penske auto in Victory Lane. So just because a team starts strong does not mean that they're going to finish that way. I'm so stoked to win since my wife is from Texas.

They couldn't have been further off.

On the subject of whether IndyCar races should continue in this form, Kanaan said: "I think it's pretty obvious we can't". He had a strong vehicle, but was blamed for causing a nine-car pileup with less than 100 laps to go.

James Hinchcliffe got loose on lap 154 after making contact with Kanaan, who appeared to move up the track into him. With Kanaan on the inside and inching upwards, Hinchcliffe's teammate Mikhail Aleshin came in on the outside and boxed in the Oakville, Ont., native.

After serving the penalty, Hinchcliffe came storming through the field, getting to the back of the lead auto. Dale Coyne was so upset with Kanaan after the incident that he charged over to his pit during the red flag period and seemed to be screaming at Kanaan.

"Especially in a place like this, you don't crash people on objective", Kanaan added.

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

A fair number of competitors were upset with Kanaan, blaming him for causing the big Lap 152 crash. "It's a shame. He's too good of a driver". I don't know the reason for that ... then we basically all crashed. We were three wide; it happens here in Texas. "It's just going to four or five weeks before it's back to normal".

"I've already asked them", Rahal said. "We were just talking about it and her cousin said, 'Man, you haven't won for me here yet.'". It's sad. I don't do those kind of things. Race 2 featured more dirt and was won by Sheldon Creed. "You don't understand how good that feels". "We've definitely had some interesting moments where it could have gone the other way and it didn't". Gutierrez, who has never raced on an oval, simply does not have the experience necessary to safety compete at a track like Texas. It's a shame that a driver that good would do that. And Kimball has his best shot at a win right here.

In a race this close, nearly everyone was mad at someone during the race.

The green flag waved with 90 laps to go.

IndyCar officials, of course, sided with Hinchcliffe and handed Kanaan a stop-and-hold penalty for 20 seconds for avoidable contact. Kanaan, who was in contention for the victory, lost two laps by serving that penalty.

The sixth caution flag of the race came out on lap 190 as a competition caution. It also gave Newgarden a competitive advantage because the rest of the field had yet to pit.

More action followed on the pit stop under caution. Will Power led the most laps, leading 180 of the race's 248. "Going third lane was not the right idea". But yeah, and I guess it was a close call. It was my fault.

"I was much faster than the guys on the lower line", he said. "That's life, you have these insane ups and down, and that's what makes it interesting".

"There were a lot of ups and downs to the race".

Amusing enough, it was those two Penske teammates who predicted Saturday night's race would be a wreck-ravaged disaster - though they couldn't possibly have foreseen the five-crash, nine-caution night it became. "These guys want to take it three-wide with 100 laps to go, I've got no understanding why".

Four-time TMS victor Helio Castroneves hit the wall in Turn 2 on Lap 91 when it appeared a tire went out. Pagenaud (313) is second, Sato third, Helio Castroneves fourth and Power fifth (286). Rahal stalled the vehicle leaving the pits and he lost the positions he had made up during his mad dash. He worked his way back onto the lead lap with 20 to go and finished second.

That set up the dramatic battle to the finish with 19 laps left. That brought out the final caution as Power crossed the line under yellow that surely made those who remained unscathed breath a heavy sigh of relief.

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