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“That was the car to win the race,” Michael said, looking at his son’s No. 26 car. “Unfortunately, we had a few mistakes called in the pits.”


PENSKE POWER: Roger Penske’s team won each of the first four IndyCar races this season and won the pole at Indianapolis, too.

By Sunday, they looked like just another race team.

Points leader Will Power finished 28th after being involved in the first crash of the day, hitting Mike Conway, who spun right in front of the Australian. A bouncing wheel from that crash hit the right front tire of Helio Castroneves’ car and he immediately started losing positions.

But that wasn’t the only problem the three-time winner had.

“First, we chose the wrong lane (on restarts), or second, it would never get the draft,” Castroneves said. “It was very weird. We tried high downforce, we tried low downforce. Certainly it was not what I was expecting.”

The Brazilian wound up 10th in his latest bid to become the fourth four-time 500 winner.

Penske’s other Aussie driver, Ryan Briscoe, did manage to finish fifth after winning the pole.


RESTART MADNESS: A year ago, drivers complained about the danger of double-file restarts.

On Sunday, they wanted them back.

After the race, drivers ranging from Scott Dixon to James Hinchcliffe complained about the tactics employed by some drivers to drop back from the pack and jump the restart, giving them enough momentum to make multiple passes.

It had some longing for the old days.

“Basically, the top four or five cars would start within two or three car lengths like you’re supposed to and from there on back, guys would drop back 15 spots and then power up. Tony (Kanaan) got to the front because he cheated and that creates a really dangerous situation,” Hinchcliffe said. “We’re going back to the double-file restarts on the rest of the tracks, and we need to go back to them here, too.”

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