"The EJ incident could have really screwed the whole thing up, so I am pleased with my finish," he admitted. He had a ringside seat for EJ Viso's lunge into the turn 5 hairpin that ended up wrecking Scott Dixon's car: "I thought he was way too far behind the guy in front of him to make a move, and sure enough he speared into him [Dixon]. I was very lucky there because I clutched it and I waited for somebody to ram me. I got very lucky at that point in the race!"
Dixon, who ended up with a badly damaged radiator that took five laps in the pits to repair, was understandably not happy with Viso.
"I'm not sure what Viso was doing but he took us out and almost took Dario out as well," said the Kiwi. "It was one of those deals where I could see it happening in my mirror but couldn't get out of his way. We just can't buy a break I guess."
"This for sure was not the result we could have achieved," said Viso in turn. "On one of the restarts I made contact with Dixon, which I feel bad about as he finished the race some laps behind. It was a pretty messy corner and I got too close and braked on the inside and we hit. I then lost a lap waiting to be restarted and from then on there was not much else we could do."
Oriol Servia was another driver left ruing what-might-have-beens, after being punted into the tyre wall by Mike Conway on lap 25. "It was probably the worst race I can remember in a long time," he said. "It seems like drivers are losing judgement lately and finally I see some penalties so that's a good start," commenting on the drive-thru penalty given to Conway for causing the accident.
"Conway came and apologized," Servia added. "He tried to find a hole; I left him space but we had cold tyres and I think he just carried too much speed and just hit me. It's unfortunate and it cost us a position in the point standings."
Tagliani was another driver penalised, for his role in the first lap accident in turn 5 that gave Graham Rahal a puncture that led him to go off the track and end up collecting Paul Tracy in a heavy crash.
"I thought we'd have a good run," rued Rahal. "I knew [our] car was fast and I was playing it safe on the first lap of the race. I was just inside of James Hinchcliffe, trying to protect the inside and Alex Tagliani was in too deep and just went straight through me."
"It was just congestion in Turn 5," the Canadian driver countered. "I was on the inside and trying to give as much room to the guys in front, but everyone was turning and I was trying not to touch anyone on the outside. I was looking on the inside when my wing touched Rahal's inside rear and cut his tyre, I guess."
Tagliani and Conway were the root causes of the only two full course cautions during the 80 laps, but there were other minor incidents through the afternoon that were handled under local waved yellows, such as Ryan Hunter-Reay punting polesitter Takuma Sato into a spin on lap 39.