IndyCar: First lap of Portland Grand Prix starts with big crash, Andretti lands upside down

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PORTLAND, Oregon – The start of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland has begun with a real bang.

Seven drivers were involved in a Turn 3 crash on the opening lap. James Hinchcliffe and Zach Veach made the initial contact, then collected Sebastien Bourdais, Graham Rahal, Ed Jones and the worst for the wear, Marco Andretti, whose car wound up on its side, almost completely upside down.

Rescue workers righted the car and Andretti was able to climb out uninjured. In fact, all drivers involved were unhurt.

“I was a little worried about my head, that was a little scary, but we’re good to go,” Andretti told the IndyCar Radio Network.

Scott Dixon has fallen to 21st place after missing an opening lap crash, but was not involved.

But perhaps the biggest victim of the crash was Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon. Dixon’s car was hit hard in the rear but suffered only minor damage.

Dixon started the day with a 26-point lead over Alexander Rossi. But following the Lap 1 incident, Dixon has mathematically dropped out of the lead – he restarted in 21st place – and now trails Rossi by 14 points as the race resumed.

On Lap 8, shortly after the restart, pole sitter Will Power unexpectedly slowed, allowing several cars to pass him and allowed Alexander Rossi to grab the lead. Power fell all the way back to 12th position — the problem appears to be a first gear issue — but he’s trying to work his way back up the pack.

Still, this is a 105-lap race on the 1.964-mile permanent road course, so look for a lot of other action still to come.

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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