Power wins race 2 in Houston, huge crash on last lap

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Will Power’s second win of the season took a bit of a moot point after a very scary crash on the last lap of the race involving Dario Franchitti, Takuma Sato and EJ Viso.

Sato swerved going into the turn 5 right hander which borders the Reliant Astrodome and Franchitti ran into him and caught air and hit the catch fencing with the bottom of the car first. The fence was severely damaged and some debris did fly into the fence. According to Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reported that 13 people are injured and 11 of the 13 have been treated on site and 2 have been transported to a hospital for further treatment. Franchitti was reported by team owner Chip Ganassi that he is awake and alert and is complaining of back and ankle pain. He has been taken to a local Houston hospital.

INDYCAR’s Amy Konrath confirmed what Ganassi reported on television.

Power was glad to win, but his immediate thoughts were with Franchitti.

“It just looked bad, I hate seeing that,” Power said. “I just hope he’s OK…But it was a very good day. We were able to help Helio out a bit , and I just hope Dario is alright.

Power’s win makes up for what was a potential win in yesterday’s race when his run was hampered by a late yellow when Scott Dixon was on pit road which gave Dixon the edge as Power had to pit late. Power took advantage of Dixon getting a slow restart and took the lead and consistently beat Dixon on pit stops all day to take his 2nd win of the season.

Points leader Helio Castroneves benefited from qualifying being washed out this morning to start on pole and led the first 10 laps (most of which were under yellow), but he suffered the same gearbox issues today that plagued him yesterday and took his car behind the wall and his team managed to make repairs and he was able to continue the race and made up 1 position, gaining 2 valuable points.

“I will tell you one thing: This team is a testament to never giving up, and I have faith in these guys that they are going to do everything they can to make it happen in Fontana,” said Helio. Unfortunately, the race is still going on. We can’t really understand what happened, but we had a good test for Fontana. Things happen for a reason.”

With Dixon finishing 2nd, he now has a 25 points lead heading into Fontana. As we saw last year with Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay, anything can happen in a 500 mile race.

Dixon’s concerns were also with his teammate and alluded to the 2011 Vegas tragedy in describing the scene.

“Brings home what we do each weekend.”

James Hinchcliffe had a 180 turnaround today after stalling then getting hit by Ed Carpenter on the first lap of the race yesterday to finish in the 3rd postion. Justin Wilson finished 4th and now rides 4th place in the standings and 2 time Houston winner Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top 5.

Finishing order:

  1. Will Power
  2. Scott Dixon
  3. James Hinchcliffe
  4. Justin Wilson
  5. Sebastien Bourdais
  6. Simon Pagenaud
  7. Oriol Servia
  8. Charlie Kimball
  9. Mike Conway
  10. Simona de Silvestro
  11. Tristan Vautier
  12. Sebastian Saavedra
  13. Josef Newgarden
  14. Takuma Sato
  15. Dario Franchitti
  16. EJ Viso
  17. James Jakes
  18. Garahm Rahal
  19. Luca Filippi
  20. Marco andretti
  21. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  22. Ed Carpenter
  23. Helio Castroneves
  24. Tony Kanaan

Top 10 in points

 

1Scott Dixon546
2Helio Castroneves521
3Simon Pagenaud491
4Justin Wilson460
5Marco Andretti457
6Ryan Hunter-Reay446
7Will Power444
8Dario Franchitti418
9James Hinchcliffe417
10Charlie Kimball406

 

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