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Hunter-Reay gets wet IndyCar victory

LOUDON, N.H. -- Ryan Hunter-Reay heard the urgent call on his radio.

"They're wrecking behind you!" his pit crew warned him as a light rain fell. "They're wrecking behind you."

That collision with just 10 laps to go made a mess of the finish of the first IndyCar race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway since 1998 -- and made a winner of Hunter-Reay.

The crash occurred seconds after a decision to resume the race on a wet track that angered drivers. Will Power even flashed an obscene gesture at race officials after being involved in the wreck. That brought out the caution flag and, a short time later, the race was declared over 10 miles short of its scheduled 225-mile distance on the mile oval.

Brian Barnhart, IndyCar's vice president of competition, said he made the wrong decision.

"It was no condition to race in. Shame on him," Power said. "We worked so hard for that all day. I'm ashamed of myself for losing it. I have to say I was as angry as I've ever been when I got out of the car."

Barnhart said he hadn't considered whether to penalize Power.

The trouble began when Danica Patrick spun sideways, causing a chain reaction that involved Power and Takuma Sato, who had been involved in a collision midway through the race that knocked out series points leader Dario Franchitti.

"That was definitely my mistake," said Patrick, who felt the final restart was wrong. "I got on the throttle and [the car] came around. I take full responsibility for that one and the mess that it created. I'm one to finish races and be smart and get through it all, but it was pretty slippery out there."

Barnhart said he received input from his group of spotters and officials but said it was a difficult decision because the rain was very light. But he knew immediately after making it that it was the wrong one.

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