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Live update: MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  August 14, 2011 03:50 PM

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Ryan Hunter-Reay has just won the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 when the race was called on Lap 220 after a controversial decision to restart after a caution came out for moisture on the track.

Lap 220, Caution No. 7, Red flag

Huge wreck on frontstrech of an ill-advised restart . Car owner Michael Andretti was livid when he tried to no avail to plead with race officials to not restart. On the restart, Danica Patrick, his driver, spun in front of heavy traffic. Will Power fell out of the race and was livid as well over the decision

Lap 206, Caution No. 6

We have moisture on the track. Hunter-Reay must be loving that development, as he's the race leader. Up to that point, he had been complaining of a tire vibration.

The Top 5: 1. Hunter-Reay, 2. Servia, 3. Dixon, 4. Hinchcliffe, 5. Power.

Lap 179

Race leader Will Power pits for fuel. He makes a 6.6-second stop. Takuma Sato goes into the lead.

Top 5: 1. Sato, 2. Hunter-Reay, 3. Servia, 4. Dixon, 5. Hinchcliffe, 6. Power.

Laps 165-167

Leaders pit under green. Will Power, who last topped off on Lap 101, stays out and is now the leader with 176 laps complete.

The top 5: 1. Power, 2. Takuma Sato, 3. Hunter-Reay, 4. Oriol Servia, 5. Scott Dixon.

Lap 119, Caution No. 5

Franchitti is out of race. The race leader touched wheels with Takuma Sato on a double-file restart on Lap 119 after the fourth caution of the race came out when Tomas Scheckter spun out of Turn 2 on lap 108 and collected Tony Kanaan's car. When the race resumed, Franchitti and Sato came around Turn 4 to take the checkered, but touched wheels, causing Franchitti to spin out and smack the inside retaining wall on the frontstretch. He had expanded his lead over Will Power by as many as 98 points, but saw it dwindle to 51 points after his crash.

Ryan Hunter-Reay is now the race leader.

Top 5: 1. Hunter-Reay, 2. Oriol Servia, 3. Scott Dixon, 4. Will Power, 5. James Hinchcliffe.

Lap 75, Caution No. 3

Moisture on the track. Drats. Light rain. Top 5 remains unchanged: 1. Dario Franchitti, 2. Takuma Sato, 3. Oriol Servia, 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 5. Scott Dixon.

Lap 72

Franchitti in the pits. Rookie James Hinchcliffe began the series of green-flag stops on Lap 70. There are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Top 5: 1. Dario Franchitti, 2. Takuma Sato, 3. Oriol Servia, 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 5. Scott Dixon.

Lap 57

We're starting to see some sprinkles. Because of a threat of rain the start of the race was moved up a half-hour.

Lap 55

Franchitti just lapped Will Power. It's a significant move, since Power trails Franchitti in the Izod IndyCar Series standings by 62 points.

Welcome to New Hampshire International Speedway!

We're 36 laps into the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 and, after a pair of early cautions, pole-sitter Dario Franchitti has led every lap.

Mike Conway spun in front of heavy traffic coming out of Turn 2 on the first lap and skidded toward the infield, collecting the car of Graham Rahal, knocking both drivers out of the race.

Helio Castroneves, making his 200th career start for Penske Racing, forced the second caution when the race restarted on Lap 8 when he, too, spun coming out of Turn 2 and struck a tire along the inside retaining wall. Castroneves' right rear struck the wall, forcing him to the pits for repairs that put him 12 laps down.

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