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New Hampshire results protest denied

Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti - who had been invited to participate in the protest hearing because of the team's obvious interest in the outcome - was delighted that his driver's win had been ratified. "We are very pleased with the decision given by the committee on the New Hampshire race finish," he said. "We at Andretti Autosport believed all along that Ryan was the winner of the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 and this decision verifies his victory."

"I have always felt that we won the race in New Hampshire," said Hunter-Reay. "The conditions were not ideal that day. And a proper decision needed to be made."

Andretti said he was pleased the matter had been resolved ahead of back-to-back road races in Sonoma and Baltimore, starting this weekend. "We can now focus on getting back to victory lane at those races," he said.

The ruling can still be protested by the two teams up until 5pm local time on Friday, August 26.

Even if the protest had been successful, its scope had been limited to consider only the top three positions and would not have affected drivers such as Danica Patrick or Will Power who crashed at the final restart and could have lost a number of positions and points if the entire final running order had stood to be rewritten.




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Oriol Servia, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon on the podium after the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. August 2011. [Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Will Power - Team Penske
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/JOE SKIBINSKI]
Will Power - Penske  [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Carlos Munoz celebrates his first IndyCar pole at Texas Motor Speedway
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport [credit: Walter Kuhn]
Marco Andretti - Andretti Autosport [credit: Chris Owens]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Richard Dowdy)

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