Watching from the sidelines, racing icon Mario Andretti had sided with Franchitti: "[Dario] did not block, he defended his position on the last lap like a champion is expected to do," he posted on Twitter, adding the hashtag #CommonSense to make the point.
While Franchitti was back on the podium after the appeal, there was no such reprieve for Power who ended up losing fourth place and dropped to 15th in the final classified results, classified as the first car a lap off the lead. His misfortune was a boost for others including Marco Andretti who claimed fourth (albeit not quite as good as his brief elevation to third) ahead of Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves.
Britain's Mike Conway finished in seventh place, the Dale Coyne Racing team finally having found some grip for the #18 that they had been lacking in both the qualifying sessions and which had left Conway starting the race from 20th position. Although a long way off the dream performance that saw him win the first double-header race at Detroit, it means that Conway finished ahead of his team mate and compatriot Justin Wilson who'd had a torrid day of it, with his pit lane stall before the start and then his involvement in the accident with Kimball and Briscoe that saw him penalised.
“It was a difficult day,” said Wilson, who finished in 11th place behind James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud and Simona de Silvestro. "After the stall on the pre-grid, I had to start at the back of the grid which seemed a little harsh but that's the rules. We just had to make our way through.
"The car was working well. We had a good car, we were quick and we were coming through," he continued. "I really wanted to get a good result for the Boy Scouts of America guys but obviously we'll concentrate on tomorrow now. We're going to try to tweak it just a little bit overnight so we can find a little bit more speed and I think we have a good chance tomorrow."
That was a common refrain up and down pit lane: those teams and drivers that had performed poorly on Saturday were hoping that they could find something overnight to transform their fortunes for race 2 in less than 24 hours time, while those who had done well like Dixon and Bourdais were fervently hoping that they could maintain their edge and score another big success on part two of the Honda Indy Toronto - same time, same place on Sunday.
And Bourdais had one more task for the day: sweeping up the shards of the glass trophy he'd received for second place. The bowl had detached from the base during the podium celebrations and crashed to the ground, leaving a sadly forlorn rump of glass with very jagged edges in the startled Frenchman's hands. Not that this seemed to dent Bourdais' joy at what had been by far his best result of the last year.
"I got plenty of trophies, it's not what makes your day - what makes your day is to have a day like this, make the result," he said. "We were hoping for that a long time ago, never quite got the break. Today we drove well, fought hard, and got the result in the end."
And now all he and the other 22 drivers in the field (sans
Briscoe) have to do on Sunday is the whole thing all over again one more time.
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