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Josef Newgarden took out the leader, Ryan Briscoe, after Briscoe descended low in an effort to grab tires for what he thought was a strong shot at victory. Contact also claimed Hinchcliffe and JR Hildebrand, and fittingly ended under caution when Kattherine Legge hit the wall two laps from the finish.

It was such a strange night that Simona de Silvestro and her much-derided Lotus engine finished 14th out of 25 cars _ albeit six laps down.

For Hunter-Reay, the back-to-back wins put him in position to challenge Power as the series moves to the road and street courses Power is so tough at.

“It all comes down to consistency. That’s how championships are won. We have to be consistent. We have to go week in and week out, be consistently strong, be in the top five for sure every weekend,” Hunter-Reay said.

A beaming Michael Andretti said after the race that he thought that his team had a real shot at a rare 1-2-3 finish. Those hopes were erased when Hinchcliffe clipped the wall, but in the end it all worked out yet again for Andretti Autosports.

“When you see at one point all three of them right together, you’re like `Oh boy.’ You’re always holding your breath watching it. But they all really take care of each other, like each other. I knew they weren’t going to do anything stupid,” Andretti said.