Apr 7, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT
Ryan Hunter-Reay had been the class of the field in the first half of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (currently on the NBC Sports Network), but pit stops for him and Will Power allowed Charlie Kimball to take the lead at Lap 44.
Pole sitter Hunter-Reay was ahead of a wild start at the green flag, as well as a multi-car, first-lap incident in Turns 7-8 that saw Graham Rahal spin out Oriol Servia and James Hinchcliffe sustain apparent suspension damage. Rahal and Servia managed to bring their wounded cars to pit road for repairs and came back out, but Hinchcliffe came to a stop shortly afterwards at Turn 3 and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet was towed behind the track.
While Hunter-Reay sailed off from his pursuers in the first stint, Kimball battled mightily for second place with Tristan Vautier in that same frame. Eventually, Vautier faded back into the field while Kimball stayed up toward the front.
Adding to the intrigue are the multiple pit strategies that are unfolding throughout the field, which is making for a very interesting race to follow.