IndyCar race at Texas red-flagged after big crash

Kimball, whose best lap of two was clocked at 222.747 miles per hour, fell just shy of the track's one-lap qualifying record of 222.864 miles per hour set by Gil de Ferran of Team Penske in 2003.

But it was the incident involving Kanaan which was the biggest talking point.

It was Power's 31st career victory, and that ties him with Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti on the all-time career list.

"Over the moon to win here", Power said.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Graham Rahal thrust his arm out of the cockpit and into the air even before crossing the finish line at Texas a year ago, unable to contain the emotions that came with finally winning a race.

Power, whose wife is from Plano, won his second Verizon IndyCar Series race at TMS after leading a race-high 180 laps.

"All the family is here, it just feels awesome", Power said.

Charlie Kimball streaked to the IndyCar Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

They couldn't have been further off. Ed Carpenter Racing teammates Ed Carpenter and JR Hildebrand sustained damage to their cars but were able to return later after making repairs in the garage area. "Tony turned down into me and pinched me down with nowhere to go".

That's when "The Big One" happened - a huge crash by any racing standards. Hinchcliffe's auto bounced off Mikhail Aleshin's vehicle and that started a chain reaction that collected Tristan Vautier, rookie Ed Jones, Ed Carpenter, JR Hildebrand, Carlos Munoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Hinchcliffe's vehicle veered into the barrier and a nine cars were collected in the incident.

The large amount of debris led to a 30-minute red flag.

Hinchcliffe and Carpenter put the blame on Kanaan, who was lined up to resume the race when Dale Coyne went up the No. 10 auto, leaned into the cockpit and said something.

Coyne believed Kanaan was the cause of the crash. He won by eight-thousandths (0.008) of a second, crossing the line only inches ahead of and side-by-side with James Hinchcliffe, with Tony Kanaan right behind them. "It's a shame. He's too good of a driver. I just had to go out and get the most out of it", Kimball said. Either he didn't know we were three wide or didn't care.

"When you're the guy in the middle, it's tough".

"I thought it was good racing".

"We had a run on (Tony Kanaan) and he had plenty of room on the left, but he just came to the right", said Hinchcliffe. "I don't know; we've got to figure it out".

The series leader was in the hunt for the win at the latest round of the series at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday (NZ Time), but was involved in a crash with five laps to go. Chaves is only running the three super speedway races this season with the brand new Harding Racing team in an effort to make a full-time run in 2018. It's unfortunate it's come back to kind of a pack race.

James Hinchcliffe's Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 5, which was the first to bounce around in the chain-reaction pile-up.

Only seven of the 22 cars that started finished the race.

"It's hard to hold back when you had the year that we had. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) we're never like that and past year I didn't make it through much of the race". It's a shame that a driver that good would do that.

The race featured nine caution flag periods for a total of 66 laps.

The green flag waved with 90 laps to go.

Indy auto forced Kanaan to stop and hold in his pit for 20 seconds for avoidable contact, putting him two laps down.

Tristan Vautier stepped into the No. 18 Honda after almost two years away from IndyCar and looked like he didn't lose a step. Castroneves had to settle for 20th, the first time in nine race this season he didn't finish in the top 10. It also gave Newgarden a competitive advantage because the rest of the field had yet to pit. The layout included several jumps, including a 140-foot flight between dirt ramps, part of the legends auto oval, most of pit lane and a jump into the infield.

But after that, Rahal finished sixth in the Indianapolis Grand Prix and then led two laps at the Indianapolis 500 on way to a 12th-place finish. "I got a penalty, paid a penalty".

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