Well, that’s it for this live blog. We had a few distractions during this one (learning the software, a kitten constantly jumping on the desk and blocking our view) so maybe the next one will pull together a bit better. Thanks for reading!
@CharlieKimball looks completely stoked. Second place for the young American.
Not yet in victory lane and RHR is already half out of the car, trying to peel off the helmet.
Monster steaks with extra butter for everyone at AJ Foyt Racing – Mike Conway takes the third spot on the podium.
RHR will win his third straight, this one under caution due to the complete carnage on the restart.
Cue the clown music! There are wrecks ALL over the track. Five in one turn – Briscoe, Dario, Marco, Ed Carpenter, Bourd’eh, Pagenaud are just some of the cars involved…
Pagenaud penalized for the block, so Sebastien Bourd’eh takes over 3rd. Wow!
Here’s that full course caution – sadly, Newgarten is out of the equation.
Dammit! Newgarten into the tires after Pagenaud cut him off. We’re wondering if Simon will be hearing from @BeauxBarfield soon.
We keep hearing that street races are boring… #humour
Kimball is flying! Newgarten moves to fourth. TK is saving fuel to finish. If there’s a caution, this is going to get interesting…
Holy crap! @CharlieKimball passes two cars at once and takes over second! Amazing pass!
@Justin_Wilson has climbed out on pit lane. He’d brushed the wall and their day is done. What a rotten weekend for Justin.
@RyanHunterReay is angling to take over the championship lead – he was three points behind Will Power coming into this race, and Power’s in 20th.
Ah, man – JWil is slowing on the track and pulling into the pits. Bummer – that battle with Pagenaud and Kimball was fab.
Kimball has draped himself over the back of Pagenaud and is dogging him turn by turn, battling for third. Justin Wilson is right on the rear of Kimball. RHR and TK are cruising.
RHR in the lead and trying for his third straight win of the season.
Defending champion Dario Franchitti wouldn’t mind the current running order being final – he’s up to 13 d Power’s in 20. Might help Dario back into points race.
Will Power will need to pit again for a nose/wing assembly.
Jacques DeBris has made an appearance in turn 5/6 area.
Hildebrand in – this should be just about it for scheduled pit stops.
Flat left front for Power
Will Power is slowing!
The leader pits – RHR pulls that yellow beast in for service and they’re out quickly. Newgarten makes a great pit stop as well.
Wilson and Bourd’eh pit together – unlike Friday’s practice, no contact.
Power and Kimball going to reds for the last stint. Meanwhile, Newgarten is up to 3rd.
Viso pits again – left rear tire area is the concern.
JR Hildebrand marches into the top 10.
TK in, Viso as well. Tag also pitting.
Dario pits and falls back to 20th.
Massive break dust, and a problem on the right rear, but Simon is away…
Pagenaud pits, giving up the lead…
Dario’s up to 16th, Will Power’s 11th, RHR is 2nd, Helio is 13th, Dixon is out and so is Hinch. The points race may get a good scramble when this one is over.
Kimball says “sayonara” to Sato-san and takes over 6th place.
RHR is closing on Pagenaud…we could have a race soon, and pit stops are about 10 laps away.
The Mayor of @Hinchtown’s term is over. (At least for this race.) His constituents are bummed.
@Simonpagenaud is nearly in another postal code, and second-place @RyanHunterReay is finally gaining ground on him.
A bit of pressure on @CharlieKimball now – he’s the only Ganassi car having a good race. Dario’s currently in 20th, and Dixie and Graham are out.
TK doing his usual ‘Watch me pass a zillion cars!” routine…so much fun!
Did the Mayor forgot to leave an offering of Timbits to the racing gods? They’re tinkering with the engine in the pits…
The Mayor is in the pits, and parts are being passed around. Meanwhile, @rubarrichello moving up through the pack…
Simon says, “First place? Don’t mind if I do. “
We’re gutted for Simona – someone take the Swiss Missile to Swiss Chalet for a commiserative dinner…
TK to the penalty box – drive through for hitting the tire during his pit stop.
Oh dear, the Gramburglar into the wall…locked it up big time and went a bit too straight to match the turn he was in.
If @mikeconwayindy keeps up this great outing, A.J. will be buying a fancy steak dinner for the whole team. All-you-can-eat extra butter, too.
Speaking of tires, @CharlieKimball got a bit cozy with a stack of them on course. Got it going again, though.
TK punted a tire in the pits – will he be sent to the penalty box?
Look at Sebastien Bourd’eh go! Up to P3 and keeping his foot down.
It appears @TonyKanaan was not swayed by the Timbits bribe from Mayor Hinch. He’s not letting the Mayor by without a fight. #humour
We hate seeing @simdesilvestro in the pits – she deserves a break.
Engine quit on @scottdixon9.
The Mayor of @Hinchtown suffered a 10-spot grid penalty for an engine change. We hear he was spotted during prerace doling out Timbits and campaigning for those starting ahead of him to let him by if he pulls up on their rear wing. #humour
Nice to see a lack of carnage on the start…
Be warned – we may drop some (sometimes snarky) stereotypes here in honor of the awesomeness that is Canada. We’re just having fun – nobody get upset, k?
It appears to be a gorgeous day in Tranna (as the locals call it)…