IndyCar: The Grand Prix of Louisiana was a particularly bizarre IndyCar race


The first ever IndyCar race at NOLA Motorsports Park was strange if not somewhat shambolic. 75 of the last 80 minutes were spent behind the Safety Car and during that time only one full lap was completed without any yellow flags. Officials made six attempts to restart the race after a caution period on lap 16, but every time they tried, drivers would spin or crash almost immediately and the procedure would have to start again.

James Hinchcliffe (who started 16th) won the race in an unfancied car because he stayed on track when most other drivers stopped for fuel. This gave him the lead, and because the race never restarted properly, Hinchcliffe made his fuel stretch to the finish and nobody got a chance to overtake him. It was an odd strategy that worked perfectly for such an odd race.

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