Hunter-Reay wins rain-shortened IndyCar race

By HOWARD ULMAN | August 14, 2011 | 6:29 PM EDT

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay raced to his first IndyCar victory of the year after a slippery, crash-marred finish that left drivers upset that it was restarted in rain with about 10 laps left.

Moments after the race resumed Sunday, Danica Patrick's car slid sideways, starting a chain reaction that knocked Will Power and Takuma Sato out of the race.

Officials reverted to the race order that existed before the final restart, leaving Oriol Servia in second place and Scott Dixon in third.

Power, second in the series point standings, was irate as he left his car and flashed an obscene gesture. But he cut Dario Franchitti's lead from 63 points to 47 with five races left. Franchitti led for 115 laps before a crash ended his race on the 119th.