Niagara Gazette

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July 13, 2013

Controversy marks first day of IndyCar in Toronto

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Niagara Gazette — "Jay called the green and I saw it move, I just went," Bourdais said. "He braked because he saw I was getting a run. He basically tried to get it aborted."

Dixon team strategist Mike Hull implored the driver to stay composed. He pulled himself together and went on to pass Bourdais with nine laps remaining, but he still believed Bourdais had an illegal start.

"I hate dwelling on bad things, but I think it's a point that needs to be addressed," Dixon said.

Things really got interested on the final restart of the race, with one lap remaining, as Power tried to pass Franchitti for third. The two cars bobbled as they raced for position, Power eventually got past Franchitti, but couldn't make it stick as he hit the tire barrier after slipping ahead.

"It's a load of crap, the call," Franchitti said before winning his appeal. "There's a lot of frustrations with IndyCar, and this says a lot."

Before the penalty, he was certain he'd done nothing wrong and was defending his position. "It's always someone else's fault with Will," he said.

His reaction upon being told about the penalty was immediate anger.

"Of all the stuff that went on, all day, anybody I raced against would protect the inside and the person trying to pass people would be on the outside," Franchitti said. "I made my intentions very clear.

"Will shoehorned his way in there, out of control, I braked late, my car is dancing around. He bounced off the wall, bounced off of me and he proceeded to keep the thing locked up and headed into the tires. I don't see how that has anything to do with me. I was defending the inside, I gave him the outside as was my right, and that was it."

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