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INDYCAR: Ryan Hunter-Reay gets his first win of the season in a controversial and rainy finish in New Hampshire.
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We start -- would the IndyCar you know it's been awhile since teams raced on -- -- try Iowa four races ago. It's been a real long time since their last visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Tony Stewart took the checkered flag -- in 1998. The only driver in the field with -- experience today at the magic mile how about the championship leader Dario Frank Keating who raced in a Sprint Cup race their back in 2008. He was on the pole today. And we had plenty of problems early. Mike Conway out of shape all boats turned to opening lap Graham -- -- fast car nowhere to go. Both drivers are done big time disappointment for ray -- it has been a run of bad luck. -- -- First lap on the restart next Helio Castroneves. The same spot same result into the wall third caution of the day parade at. Dario Franchitti has led every lap at this point in there you see -- precipitation. How about another caution lap 1103 why not gonna work Marco Andretti in the red card Thomas Schechter sliding sideways into the Green that's totally could not. Almost drivers had visions of a good run Busch after filling in for the injured Justin Wilson could not hear. Going upside down it's scary the good news is could not okay. Three start comes on lap 190 friend you leading but he's got problems Tacoma solid contact. Dixon's parents give me plenty to be inside wall first time this season He has failed to finish your race. So I was pretty good today yeah it was really very good and it's always you know that. I began a series against guys like tiger he's just it's X -- only nine. Really much. Saying that target team and. Very good run today. Nine laps to go in the race Ryan hunter ray leading drivers pleading not to throw the Green until the track using -- IndyCar throws the -- and look what happens. Patrick going around championship contender Will Power goes into the wall you see the replay. This was a wild crash. After all of this happens and they sort through it eventually IndyCar decides to throw the red flag. And very -- Will Power eventually sliding into the inside wall He is not happy and during the red flag IndyCar officials talk about it. And they decide to abort that last restart making Ryan hunter ray your race winner it is the first time He has won on an -- In IndyCar. Our car though it towards the end of the stands as is great and in traffic was awesome I mean we we open up huge gaps in Serbia and now. And Dixon and then these guys are hard to think before they did a great arms and this car and I love short trackers in the it's beat and bang Indian and guys take each other out and you know and that's what happens the weather unfortunately when we had a straight -- lead it started raining and you know sometimes that happens but. Then the luck we had this year we we we I think we actually deserve that when the guys did in sorry to see Dario -- and talk to get that tangled up there. So your headliners on the results page about Scott Dixon's last week the last week's winner finishes third Will Power in championship contention He finished fifth. Oriole Serbia a runner up best ever run that's good right wrong He thought He should've won the race let's hear from him. I mean I don't use you know -- ahead when they're doing that the yellow came in all I know it was clear to me either -- -- I mean the guys. For sure they would have not a rematch of guards did their thing Green He missed not by much at and so all of a sudden there's a guys in the back and they decide that He wanted to race. Indictment that advantage. This season might not disbarment. I was sick and -- on the race and I think Ryan hunter Wright deserves to win the race but if you guys how we normally race even when the you know I know they wrecked a lot of 'cause that we don't know I'm a racing you -- racing on the -- You know the course reminds counts and we got good backs -- restarts and I I don't know what -- trying to -- you know it's the way it. Sixers actually no way to show its -- -- it was a mistake I was gone over the radio I'm not I'm not the only one. And NBC what happened and they were asked him for that kind of situation. -- that is sort of play -- the race because that it was who won who didn't win He now so it's unfortunate finish site tonight what I think was otherwise a pretty pretty in the race. You know every time I hit the throttle all the way up until love -- Evans still minus -- on the Green flag there was no attraction there's seldom. You know it's not a terrible decision to go Green. And now the points and we should make this point they're unofficial at this stage frank -- leading by. 47 over Will Power now Scott Dixon finds himself. 73 behind no changes in the top three. You know what I'm confused on an issue I don't normally turn to Robin Miller but in the case of today's IndyCar race that's exactly what I'm gonna do don't don't finish. Incredible so Robin what's your take on what happened on the aborted restart. You're cracking me up by -- meant the race is official yet which is a perfect ending to this day -- because. Might retire -- my producer -- of the fourth turn. And it's rain and harder when they went back to Green that I was when they went to -- the first time or like you gotta be kidding me so we ran up to the big screen to watch the crashing got they're just in time. And I think what really bothers people is as that Green Barnhart primark tee -- always he's always talked in the drivers he's listened to them all the time. And for him to basically say that He didn't get much input from the drivers that race it was a race -- ball where He didn't -- -- do it is insanity because. All the drivers -- agreement it is wet out here you cannot throw the Green and they're and they're young they're teller team managers. Andy the race control can hear what the drivers have to say the other part its interest in is. The race restarts. And Orioles certainly takes the lead Scott Dixon goes in the second because -- spun his tires and didn't get with -- and as you heard Dixon's day. By most weekends of racing IndyCar races you don't revert back the yellow comes on its how you're lined up and Ed Dickson was really good but He says today. Petr deserved to win the race but if they play -- rules we usually are He didn't win the race so it was it was a and a long line of bad decisions by Brian Barnhart. This might be that could -- brother this was perfect. Well there was no doubt how Will Power felt about the whole thing what do you think about his actions every climb in the car. Well I think it's great because now they'll be on sports setter every other TV show the world because. The double fingers are hard did they're hard to top and that's great -- and He -- I've never He snapped He lost He would creek which ought to tell you. How and since He was that they even thought about gone back to Green when a guy loses it like He did and they were trying to come in down in. And I just think He upright He might get find out as much as Randy Bernard got to like the PR they got out of all this brouhaha. I think regular garden might pay Will Power. -- Lost in all of this is the fact that Dario Franchitti gets wrecked out of the race. He records his first -- and have been a couple of years and He lost ground in the championship chase. He lost grab a guy that did it back into the wall which is exactly how this race went. And Frankie was untouchable I mean he'll -- up at -- secondly just like dad He had a -- to beat all weekend. And it. You know Sammy I heard people say well He lived in a little bit on Sosa -- took the blame after the race instead had several -- -- -- moved over on and on top let him and it's my ball. All it did was. It prolong the agony -- he's still going to be hard to beat for the championship weather -- these guys that's gonna make nasal more interest in here near the end of the season we like to see that but I take this. Indy cars ran on an old today it would rain -- in the rain and NASCAR didn't run on a road course because they don't run rain tires. I give the big check mark to the IndyCar Series today because they put on a held a show voice. I -- go Robin this is my warning the year in your head to the airport I want no reports of double birds out of your car okay. And then after that double bird not often talked about seldom seen that a thanks Robin we'll see you next time.