IndyCar race at Texas red-flagged after big crash

Scott Dixon of New Zealand looks at the results from a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 Indy Car auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Dixon could

Scott Dixon of New Zealand looks at the results from a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 Indy Car auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Dixon could

Will Power (12), of Australia, speeds out of his stall after a pit stop past Mikhail Aleshin (7), of Russian Federation, during an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kiwi Scott Dixon has been involved in another IndyCar crash, this time at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday (NZ time).

The IndyCar race at Texas last summer started on June 12 and ended August 27.

Simon Pagenaud, of France, heads into the front stretch during the IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Will Power (12), of Australia, leads Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, out of Turn 4 during an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas. It's unfortunate it's come back to kind of a pack race.

Drive Charlie Kimball poses with the pole aware in victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 9, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kanaan admitted he drifted up and into James Hinchcliffe during the most controversial moment going into Turn 3 on Lap 153, the nine-car pileup that red-flagged the race for more than 30 minutes. Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato attempted to pass Scott Dixon, who was running second at the time, on the inside lane and clipped the grass, spinning both drivers and taking them out of the race.

Instead, Dixon got taken out in one last crash to end a wild race at the repaved and reconfigured 1 1/2-mile track and Power won under caution. The race takes place Saturday at 8PM ET and will air on NBCSN.

It was a cruel blow for Dixon who would have made a jump over a number of his championship rivals had he go on to finish the final few laps and bank a big haul of points.

"They work so hard, especially this race being the end of a string of so many races back-to-back, the fact that we've shown our resilience as well as we have is - by getting this pole is an indication of how great a team I have working with me", Kimball detailed.

The final caution came when Sato, driving the same vehicle in which he won the Indianapolis 500 in two weeks ago and pushing for another win, got his left side slightly into the grass on the front stretch with five laps to go.

The incident sent them both spinning. "I could see Dixon was able to pass me at the start/finish line". Marco Andretti finished sixth, the only other driver to complete the full race distance.

"There were a thousand events", Pagenaud said.

The resulting contact with Hinchcliffe saw carnage ensue further back, as Hinchcliffe slammed into the wall and Mikhail Aleshin collected Tristan Vautier. 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.

When told Ganassi said Hinchcliffe should have lifted, Hinchcliffe responded: "That's adorable". Carlos Munoz and Ryan-Hunter Reay were also knocked out of the race. It was inevitable something very bad was going to happen and that came with only a handful of laps remaining as Sato dropped into the dirt and lost it, veering up into Dixon and sending both cars out of the race. Dale Coyne, team owner for Vautier and Jones, walked to Kanaan's auto during the 31-minute red-flag stoppage and had some words for the Brazilian.

Team Penske's Will Power held off a thin field of hard-charging drivers who survived one of the most crash-filled races in IndyCar history.

Two were competition yellows for mandatory tire changes that IndyCar added late because of some blistering issues with tires on the fresh pavement.

Polesitter Charlie Kimball and Alexander Rossi were already out of the race before then.

The first big collision of the night occurred in the pits after a caution on lap 37. Hinchcliffe was penalized then for avoidable contact.

Before the green flag came out again, polesitter Charlie Kimball's auto was pushed to the garage because of an oil leak and done.

On lap 244, Indianapolis 500 victor Takuma Sato attempted an inside pass of Dixon for second place on the dogleg heading into Turn 1.

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