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Power wins wild IndyCar race in Texas

Associated Press logo Associated Press 11/06/2017 Stephen Hawkins

Australia's Will Power has won a wild IndyCar race under caution at a repaved and reconfigured Forth Worth, Texas track as only eight of the 22-car field managed to finish.

Power boosted his title push, claiming his second win of the season as he finished ahead of Brazil's Tony Kanaan.

With a full moon looming over the track, the red flag came out after an accident involving eight other cars that was blamed on Kanaan, who recovered from an ensuing 20-second penalty for his runner-up finish.

Driving his Team Penske Chevrolet, Power led for a race-high 180 laps and made the decisive pass for the lead on Lap 243 when he edged in front of the championship series leader, Scott Dixon of New Zealand.

The final caution came a lap later when Japan's Takuma Sato, driving the same car he won the Indianapolis 500 in two weeks ago and pushing for another, got his left side slightly into the grass on the front stretch, with five laps to go.

That sent him spinning, and also took out Dixon.

"It was very intense," Power said. "I could see Dixon was able to pass me at the start/finish line. So, I was starting to think about what I was going to do there at the end."

It was the 31st career victory for Power, who climbed to fifth in the season standings on 286 points, closing on Dixon who leads on 326 after nine of the 17 races.

France's Simon Pagenaud was third, ahead of defending race champion Graham Rahal (US), who was coming of winning both races at Detroit last week.

Gabby Chaves finished fifth and Marco Andretti in sixth was the only other driver to finish all 248 laps at the 1.5 mile track.

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