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IndyCar race at Texas red-flagged after big crash

Will Power won a chaotic IndyCar race at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, holding his nerve to prevail in an accident-disrupted marathon that saw only nine cars finish.

Power, who won for the 31st time in his career, said the pack racing experienced by the field was a result of the tires staying good for too long. I'm so stoked to win in my second home, where my wife (Liz) is from, Texas. "All the family is here, it just feels awesome".

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. Kimball will start in the pole position with Scott Dixon in the second spot for Saturday's s.

Dixon, in his No 9 NTT Data Honda, and Japanese driver Takuma Sato appeared to collide and then they both spun out.

The race featured a total of 23 lead changes among seven different drivers. They felt it might put on a good show for the fans, but also lead to some unsafe racing. We had two good cars that went out.

The final five laps were run under caution before the checkered flag flew. The crash on lap 153 took out some of the big names in the race, including J.R. Hildebrand, Ed Carpenter, Mikhail Aleshin, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Carlos Muñoz, Ed Jones and Tristan Vautier.

Vautier's effort was impressive, as it was his first time driving an Indy auto since the 2015 season-finale. 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.

It followed insane moves by Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden among others and really damaged the credibility of the sport.

The carnage caused a red flag stoppage for 30 minutes, 40 seconds. Replays appeared to show that Kanaan moved up into Hinchcliffe's vehicle. "It was really surprising to see".

"I had to avoid a lot of contact, as well, got really frustrated in the middle of the race and then towards the end".

"I'm really excited to be on pole", Kimball said. "It is what it is". But yeah, and I guess it was a close call.

Dale Coyne, team owner for Vautier and Jones, confronted Kanaan while he was sitting in his vehicle during the red flag stop.

Kanaan wasn't making friends earlier either as he was also involved in a previous three-wide incident that sandwiched Alexander Rossi, who broke loose and crashed out of the race. It is also the 89th pole for Chip Ganassi Racing. Obviously everything was a bit faster than what you've done all season, but I got back in it pretty quick, and the team made it easy because the auto was so good from the start.

"He wasn't driving smart, or respectfully", Hinchcliffe said.

"If he wants to play that game", he added, "Mikhail probably should have lifted being the last guy to the party".

The 36-year-old Australian Team Penske driver claimed his second win of the season after a 248-lap race that was repeatedly interrupted after crashes involving multiple cars. Castroneves went hard into the wall and eventually came to rest on the inside of the third turn.

The first big collision of the night occurred in the pits after a caution on lap 37. Hinchcliffe was penalized, forcing him to come through pit road, putting him down a lap.

Not so easy for everyone else, including Simon Pagenaud, his Team Penske teammate who finished third.

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. Last year's TMS victor, Graham Rahal, finished fourth.

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