Ryan Hunter-Reay got his first Indy Car victory of the year after a greasy, crash-marred end that left drivers upset that the race was started again in rain with around 10 laps left.
Moments after the race resumed on an overcast afternoon, Danica Patrick’s car slid sideways, starting a chain reaction that knocked out the cars of Will Power and Takuma Sato.
Officials reverted to the race order that existed before the final restart, leaving Oriol Servia in second place and Scott Dixon in third in the 225-mile race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the first Indy Car race at the track since 1998.
Power, second in the series point standing, was irate as he left his car and flashed an obscene gesture that was caught on camera. However he cut Dario Franchitti’s lead from 63 points to 47 with five competitions left. Franchitti led for 115 of the 225 laps before being hit from behind by Sato, ending his completion on the 119th.
Hunter-Reay then got the lead and held it most of the means for his fifth triumph in 113 IndyCarraces.
He came in third in two of his three previous races and now has five successive top 10 finishes after managing just one in his other eight
According to the driver for Andretti Autosport, he wished his win “was in a little bit different way, but we’ll absolutely take it after the year we’ve had.
“It was a strange day, but sometimes racing is strange.”