Given that race control had presumably been trying to provide a thrilling end to the race for fans, they had now ended up with the worst case scenario - a chaotic, confusing situation with no one knowing what was going on. Would the race resume? If not, would the race result be taken from the point of the red flag, or from before that disastrous attempt to go green? In terms of final positions and championship points, it made a huge difference to Power, and also to Servia who had jumped Hunter-Reay at the restart for the lead.
Finally, the chequered flag flew - the race was called, and race control determined that the final restart had 'aborted' and therefore the results stood from the preceding lap, meaning that Power kept his fifth place after all. It was some comfort at last for the furious Aussie, but heartbreak instead for Servia.
But there was genuine delight further down pit road for Andretti Autosport, who could finally celebrate a win for Ryan Hunter-Reay - his first of the season (the last being Long Beach in April 2010), the fifth of his career in the series and a world away from the heart-break of failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in May and the ignominy of having to buy a seat for Hunter-Reay from AJ Foyt's team. It leaves Danica Patrick as the only one of the four-driver team not to have claimed a race win this season.
It was not perhaps the ideal way to win a race, but Hunter-Reay was happy to take it anyway it came: "I wish that it was different, but we'll take it after the year that we've had," he said. "It was a strange day. But sometimes racing is strange."
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