IndyCar’s controversial Iowa finish, explained

IOWA SPEEDWAY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - JULY 23: #2: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet,  #6: Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, #12: Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway on Sunday July 23, 2023 in Newton, United States of America. (Photo by Phillip Abbott / LAT Images)

About the finish to Sunday’s Iowa IndyCar race…

The series’ race control team has come under fire from some who question why the last 10 laps of the 250-lap race weren’t treated in the same manner as May’s Indianapolis 500. On Sunday, Ryan Hunter-Reay slid out of the groove at Iowa Speedway and struck the wall with his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy before pitting and climbing from the damaged car.

Unlike the latter stages of the Indy 500, when three crashes resulted in three red flags being deployed to preserve green-flag laps as the various cleanups took place, IndyCar opted to use a caution flag for Hunter-Reay’s incident, using up laps 240-246 in the process and leaving four laps to settle things among the five drivers left on the lead lap.

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