Ryan Hunter-Reay, who came into the race only six points behind the leader, fought forward from his seventh-place starting spot into third place on a late restart when Alex Tagliani hit him from behind, spinning the No. 28 car and causing him to drop a lap down. An extremely frustrated Hunter-Reay finished 18th. Unofficially, he remains second in the point standings with two races to go, 36 points behind leader Will Power. Hunter-Reay did record the quickest lap of the race in the No. 28 DHL / Sun Drop Chevrolet.
“I drove SO hard all day, pushed SO hard to get from seventh to third, I can’t even tell you how hard I drove just to hold-off cars that were quicker at times, just to put us in the position to challenge for a win,” said a distraught Hunter-Reay on pit lane. “We had a great car at the end, and… then it was the usual Tag (Tagliani). He just got in there, locked up the brakes and got into the back of me. I can’t tell you how frustrated I am after the engine problems last (race, at Mid-Ohio), and then this. We had a podium (finish). I can’t get over it right now. It’s unreal.”