Hunter-Reay at the double
Franchitti endures engine problems before race has even begun
Last Updated: June 24, 2012 9:07am
Ryan Hunter-Reay: passed Scott Dixon with 12 laps remaining in Newton
Ryan Hunter-Reay made it back-to-back wins in the IndyCar Series, moving up to second in the standings with victory in the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
Hunter-Reay passed Scott Dixon with 12 laps remaining to give the Andretti Autosport team their fourth triumph in six races at the venue in Newton.
His team-mate Marco Andretti was second, followed by Tony Kanaan and then Dixon in a race that saw 10 of the 25 cars fail to finish.
"I wish we had some more one-mile ovals coming up. Those are fun," Hunter-Reay said afterwards. "The racing that we've had on them, it seemed like it was pretty exciting."
Dario Franchitti, who had started out on pole, saw his hopes of glory ended when his engine blew before the green flag dropped, damaging his hopes of a fourth straight series title.
Current leader Will Power was also forced to retire, after 68 laps, after being shunted from behind by EJ Viso, who then accused his rival of blocking him.
"He just blocked me, blocked me and you know I couldn't go any lower," he said. "He just kept going and I had nowhere to go."
Power now leads by three points from Hunter-Reay, who was also the winner last week at the Milwaukee Mile.