Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hunter-Reay wins at Loudon and Power flashes the double bird!

Hunter-Reay wins at Loudon and Power flashes the double bird!

INDYCAR returned to their small bull-ring ovals at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and it was anything but dual.

It all started on lap one when Graham Rahal made contact with Mike Conway’s spinning car on lap one. Both cars were done for the day.

Dario continued to dominate the race until light rain brought out the caution.

On the restart after a lengthy caution delay, Dario Franchitti came down on Takumo Sato and hit the inside way of the front stretch. Franchitti day was done and he put all the blame on Sato in his post-race interview.

Ryan Hunter-Reay resumed the race in position number one and that would prove to be his finish position until the race was called with five laps left.

The highlights of this race will be the call by INDYCAR race control to attempt to re-start the race with five laps to go. Rain brought out the yellow again with just under 20 laps to go in the Movethatblock.com225.

Coming off turn four on the re-start with five to go, Danica Patrick spun her tires and took out multiple cars. Among the cars, Will Power, Ed Carpenter, Takumo Sato, and Danica. The race was then red-flagged. About 15 minutes passed until the checkered was displayed and Ryan Hunter-Reay was declared the race winner.

What happened in between the red flag and the checkered flag is what will keep INDYCAR in the news for a few days.

Among the highlights of ABC’s coverage was Michael Andretti’s rant directly after the restart with five to go, with Michael being quoting

“This is the worst officiating I’ve ever seen, sorry Brian, but this was bad”

“You just don’t do that , it was wetter than when they threw the yellow earlier”

“Normally Brian does a great job, but this one, he really missed it”

Among the Will Power quotes after he flipped the double bird to race control while walking next to Penske President Tim Cindric (see picture)

“I was begging him, we were begging him, please don’t go green”

(On Brian Barnhardt) “ There is no use, he makes such bad calls all the time this is gonna be it, they can’t have this guy running the show , because this was his decision that put a lot of drivers in danger and you saw how many people crashed on the front straight and it was no condition to race in, shame on him.”

“I just can’t believe they make decisions like that, I mean what are those guys up there doing, I mean they have Al Unser Jr, he’s raced, he would never race in these conditions. So to me it was disgraceful.”

(On fines coming Power’s way) “Yeah I know I lost my temper , but it was bad of me to do that, I couldn’t help it, I was so emotional about it. We had such a good day and we begged them, begged them not to do it.”

In the end Ryan Hunter-Reay captured his first race win of 2011 and the third for Andretti Autosport. As Michael Andretti , CEO of Andretti Autosport said “ This is the third race winner of the season from our team and I just have to thank our sponsors for the decision they made this year” .

A very exciting race for INDYCAR and hopefully for T.V. ratings as well.

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