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HOW THE RACE UNFOLDED

Takuma Sato's opening lead, Will Power's finishing lead and everything in between.

Laps 1-27

Track conditions were dry in pleasant weather a day after rain and a wet course produced slower qualifying speeds. Juan Pablo Montoya, returning to open-wheel after a stint in NASCAR, said of qualifying, "I haven't driven in rain for seven years." ... The race's opening segment ran smoothly with no cautions. Pole-sitter Takuma Sato was in control throughout, gradually extending his lead over Ryan Hunter-Reay to 5.3 seconds. ... After starting in the second-to-last position, Graham Rahal drove aggressively to move up nine spots. ... Last year's winner,James Hinchcliffe, qualified 19th then fell to 22nd with electronics problems. He was the first driver to pit after falling 22 seconds behind Sato. ... Because the street course has low grip levels, tire choices became as important as fuel strategies. Redwalled tires, used in rainy qualifying, have more grip but wear out faster than blackwalled tires. Marco Andretti pitted on Lap 22 after losing eight positions on blackwalls and switched to reds. ... Tony Kanaan, who started second, said on the fourth lap his car began losing power.

Leaders after 27 laps

Helio Castroneves

Takuma Sato

Tony Kanaan

Will Power

Ryan Hunter-Reay

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Laps 28-55

More drivers headed into pit road on Lap 28 to change tires. Takuma Sato's team made a crucial decision going to the harder blacks, which take longer to warm up. Coming up from third, Will Power gradually cut into Sato's lead and passed A.J. Foyt's driver heading into Turn 2 on Lap 31. Sato suddenly found himself caught between Penske teammates Power and Helio Castroneves. ... In the middle of the pack, Marco Andretti moved past Juan Pablo Montoya on Lap 41, but rookieJack Hawksworth passed both to move into 14th. Hawksworth's day would end prematurely later while Montoya's car had a bad gearbox. ... Tony Kanaan struggled with the back end of his No. 10 car, previously driven by Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti. "My two best friends drove that car," Kanaan said. ... Power's strategist for Penske said the team was saving the redwalled tires for what became a sprint in the race's closing laps. ... Sato briefly retook the lead on Lap 53.

Leaders after 55 laps

Takuma Sato

Will Power

Scott Dixon

Helio Castroneves

Ryan Hunter-Reay

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Laps 56-83

Will Power retook the lead on Lap 58 after Takuma Sato pitted for fresh tires. Sato slipped to seventh place while Mike Conway and Simon Pagenaud moved up. ... Conway, starting 12th, passed Ryan Hunter-Reayfor third on Lap 64 but lost position and ruined his race when he missed pitting on Lap 77 with the other drivers. Before the mass pitting, Power and second-place Helio Castronevesled Conway by 10 seconds. ... The race's first caution was issued on Lap 76, when Charlie Kimball's car failed to make a turn. ... When the caution was lifted for a single-file restart on Lap 82, Power caused an "accordion effect"by not accelerating after the pace car cleared the track. Marco Andretti and Jack Hawksworth crashed in the jam, leaving the race, and Andretti's owner, Michael Andretti, said Power should be penalized. Power said he did not brake during the restart. Scott Dixon said drivers behind the leaders might have been "greedy," adding Pagenaud had a "lucky restart.''

Leaders after 83 laps

Will Power

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Helio Castroneves

Scott Dixon

Simon Pagenaud

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Laps 84-110

The second restart, on Lap 87, went off without incident. ... Mike Conway was penalized for passing the pace car. He would finish 16th. ... Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves ran on the red tires. Power cruised through the final laps, running the race's fastest lap (103.945 mph) on No. 95. ... With 10 laps remaining, Josef Neugarten, who qualified last at No. 22, passed Ryan Briscoe for ninth place, where he would finish. ... Power extended his lead over Hunter-Reay to 2.528 seconds and ended up winning by 1.9475. Hunter-Reay said his car could match Power's pace but, "We didn't have enough speed to catch Will's draft."

Leaders after 110 laps

Will Power

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Helio Castroneves

Scott Dixon

Simon Pagenaud

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