Hunter-Reay captures Alabama IndyCar race


American Ryan Hunter-Reay took advantage of an early error by Australian pole sitter Will Power to win the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama for the second consecutive year.

The showdown was delayed for 2 1/2 hours by severe thunderstorms and then shortened from 90 to 69 laps around the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course.

Power dominated until lap 16 when he spun off the rain-slickened course, allowing Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar season drivers’ champion, to move into the lead and seize command from there to the finish for his 12th career title, having won last year from pole.

Hunter-Reay’s Andretti Autosport teammate and countryman Marco Andretti was second with New Zealand’s defending series champion Scott Dixon third, Frenchman Simon Pagenaud fourth and Power fifth.

The race ended under caution after Russian rookie Mikhail Aleshin struck a tire barrier in the seventh turn late on.

Power, who won the season opener at St. Petersburg and finished second at Long Beach, stayed atop the season standings with 125 points, 18 ahead of Hunter-Reay and 33 clear of Pagenaud, with Dixon fourth on 87.


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