Hunter-Reay, Power and Rahal vie for tangles on the right track

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In a wild first lap of Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, Will Power Penske Chevy’s Verizon Team hit Ryan Hunter-Reay’s DHL Andretti Autosport Honda in the left rear tire (photo), pushing him off the track and into the tire barriers at turn 1 before pushing Graham Rahal aside at turn 3, where he swept Felix Rosenqvist before weighing down the wall.IndyCar officials penalized Power for avoidable contact and sent him to the back of the field during the restart – where he quickly threw his Verizon Chevy off the track at turn 14 and ruined the front wing.

“He (Power) gets what he deserves,” said Rahal, watching the monitor and being interviewed by NBC. “It is disappointing to see movements of despair like this at the start of the race. I have already done them so I know them well. But we had a good chance for another good finish and we had a good car all weekend. It’s just a shame that we didn’t have a chance today. ”

Power finished 11th while starter Rahal, fifth place, was ranked 23rd and Hunter-Reay (who finished fourth) 22nd.

“I was nailed from behind and I don’t know where he (Power) was going,” Hunter-Reay told NBC. “He seems to be driving a little more desperately lately – like a wrecking ball. We all know you can’t win everything in the first round, so I guess I’ll ask her about it when we meet, but that’s too bad.

“The first two races of the season, we had our own problems – electrical and mechanical – so we were finally on the road, then turn 1 happened. We could have had a lot of time to fight today, but that’s what it is. ”

The 2014 IndyCar Series champion and 2018 Indy 500 winner didn’t see it the same way.

“I don’t really agree with the penalty at the start of the race,” said Power. “I felt it was just a matter of racing.

“A difficult day for us. I guess in the end things could have been worse and the 11th is a small victory. But not the day we needed. I got a podium yesterday, but I just didn’t have it today. “

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