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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway officially opened for the month of May with a chaotic road course race that started with a wreck, saw Canadian James Hinchliffe and the mayor of the city injured by flying debris, and, finally, Simon Pagenaud celebrate a fuel-mileage victory. Pagenaud won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, the first IndyCar Series race on IMS road course, by stretching his fuel the final 29 laps. The Frenchman was one of several drivers to gamble on gas, and he took the lead when Oriol Servia had to stop with four laps remaining. Pagenaud managed to make it to the finish for his third series victory despite having to keep an eye on his mirrors. Ryan Hunter-Reay was second and Helio Castroneves third on his 39th birthday. "Man I didnt know what we were asking for, but we made fuel," Pagenaud said in Victory Lane. "The fuel saving was amazing. It was nerve-wracking. I was worried about RHR coming back, and I didnt know what Helio was doing here. I dont like racing off throttle." Sebastien Bourdais and Charlie Kimball rounded out the top five. Hinchcliffe, of Oakville, Ont., was taken from the track on a stretcher and transported to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion after he was hit in the head with debris. A replay appeared to show debris from a car in front of him flew into his cockpit following a restart. IndyCar said hell have to be re-evaluated before hes cleared again to drive. Preparations begin Sunday for the Indianapolis 500, with qualifying scheduled to begin next Saturday for the May 25 race. IndyCar policy in the past has been to hold a driver with a concussion out of the car a minimum of seven days. Andretti Autosport said EJ Viso will be the standby driver for Hinchcliffe. "Im a little stiff and sore and Id love to be back in the car tomorrow, but I suppose I should probably let the doctors make that decision," Hinchcliffe said in a statement. Hunter-Reay said he drove by Hinchcliffes car and couldnt figure out what happened. "I was actually next to him on track and all of a sudden debris went everywhere and he slowed up," Hunter-Reay said about his teammate. "It was something that happened in front of him and he was hit." The race began with a violent wreck when pole-sitter Sebastian Saavedra stalled on the standing start. He was hit by multiple cars, and debris struck Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard as he waved the green flag. Saavedras car simply didnt go when the lights went out and, after Hunter-Reay frantically darted around him, Saavedra was clipped by Carlos Munoz and then hit hard from behind by Mikhail Aleshin. "We just followed protocol at the start," Saavedra said. "As soon as I released the clutch, it went from 11,000 rpm to zero. This should not have happened, unfortunately." The initial hit from Munoz didnt seem too bad, but Aleshins direct hit sprayed debris all over the track, sending spectators and track workers standing along the wall scrambling for cover. Saavedra was seen in his cockpit with his arms in the air anticipating a potential collision as cars tried to weave their way around his stalled KV Racing car. He was visibly upset after the accident as he talked to his team on his pit stand. He had won the first pole of his career -- in part because Hunter-Reay had his two fastest laps disallowed for causing a caution in Fridays qualifying -- and was looking for a strong finish at the famed race track. "Man, we had an opportunity to be at the front of the pack in this amazing place. We wanted to bring it home in the same place," he said. "To not even get a chance because of a freaking electrical thing ..." It had many drivers complaining about the standing starts, which have been problematic since IndyCar began using them at some tracks last season. The incident damaged several cars one day before teams begin practice for the May 25 Indianapolis 500. "I think IndyCar has had like two good standing starts since we started them last year," said driver/owner Ed Carpenter, who saw Mike Conway have to take his car to the garage for repairs after the accident. "Havent been a fan, still not a fan." Drivers also grumbled about the way race control was restarting the races, with the leader having to use a late restart zone. Graham Rahal said he was victimized when he was run into from behind by Juan Pablo Montoya. "These restarts are pretty stupid. You cant see back there because the rear wings are so big, and the officials, we need to work with them to try to change this because theres going to be a lot of accidents," Rahal said. "I said the restart before, I said to my dad, Somebodys going to get hurt out here because you cant see. "They need to let the leader go earlier. Right now, the way it is, theyre trying to be like NASACAR and this isnt NASCAR. We cant just bump-draft each other." Fake Nike NFL Jerseys . After rookie right-hander Alex Colome excelled in a 5-2 victory in the opener, the Rays fell to Chris Tillman and the Orioles 4-1 on Friday night. NFL Jerseys China . As each game passes (each has played close with the exception of last night) it becomes clearer just how evenly matched these two teams are and how one mistake, or one bad inning, is likely to sway the result. With the players association in the midst of meetings in Las Vegas, a vote will be held on Friday to decide the CFLPAs presidency and other executive positions. Wholesale NFL Jerseys China . Left-handed reliever Boone Logan agreed to a $16.5 million, three-year contract on Friday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Nike NFL Jerseys China . LOUIS -- St. TORONTO -- Another night, another tough outing for Jonathan Bernier. The Toronto goaltender wasnt sharp in a disappointing 5-3 home loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. It came just three nights after Bernier was pulled after allowing five goals on 32 shots in the Maple Leafs lopsided 7-1 home defeat to the New York Rangers. Bernier was the victim of some bad luck as two Islanders goals were deflected off Toronto players. But Berniers inability to keep the puck from entering the no-play zone behind the Leafs net allowed New Yorks Michael Grabner to score easily unassisted early in the second, to the dismay of the Air Canada Centre gathering of 19,164. "That was obviously my bad," Bernier said. "I thought the puck was stopped. "When I looked up to see where the guy was, the puck was still rolling." Despite giving up five goals against the Rangers, Bernier made his sixth straight start Tuesday. And he wasnt surprised that Leafs coach Randy Carlyle let him finish the contest rather than go to James Reimer for a second consecutive contest. "Why would I get pulled," Bernier said when asked if he appreciated Carlyles decision to leave him in. Bernier has often been outstanding this season for Toronto (21-18-5) and Carlyle wasnt about to blame his netminder for the clubs second straight disappointing defeat following three consecutive wins. "You could say it wasnt one of his better nights, thats for sure," Carlyle said. "Weve called upon him too many times this year in a lot of situations. "We did some good things but it just seemed like we were climbing a mountain. Every time we got things going and got back even we couldnt push it over the mountain. I thought we played passive, we were afraid to make a mistake versus being aggressive and going after it." Frans Nielsen, Calvin De Haan and Cal Clutterbuck had third-period goals as New York (16-22-7) outscored Toronto 3-1 in the final period to kick off a six-game road trip with its second win in as many nights. The Islanders beat the Dallas Stars 7-3 on Monday. Toronto outshot the Islanders 26-25 and made it interesting when Nazem Kadris shot deflected in off Joffrey Lupul at 16:55 of the third to cut New Yorks lead to 4-3. It was Lupuls 13th goal of the season but Clutterbuck cemented the win with an empty-net goal at 19:51, his sixth. "Early on I dont know if it was nerves or a lack of poise or confidence," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "But now were just playing with an attitude, playing with an edge, playing with confidence and doing the right things to give us a chance." Islanders captain John Tavares had another productive outing with three assists. Tavares, named to Canadas Olympic team earlier Tuesday, had three goals and two assists against Dallas. "We got some timely goals and you take advantage of those when they come your way," Tavares said. "We did a good job trying to limit their chances.dddddddddddd "When you start to win a few, your confidence starts to come back. I still think the ability is here, its the execution and obviously thats been there the last few weeks." Kyle Okposo had the other goal for the Islanders. Tyler Bozak and Mason Raymond also scored for Toronto, which fell to 14-10-1 at home. Forward Nazem Kadri added two assists and caught Carlyles eye. "I though Nazem was more noticeable around the puck, I thought he was much more visible with the puck," Carlyle said. "I just think weve got to get a lot more aggressive. "Were not skating and being the tenacious Toronto Maple Leafs that I expect or everybody expects. Obviously we dont have enough tenacity in our game right now." Kadri said theres only one way for Toronto to get out of its present funk. "You just have to go back to work," he said. "Obviously it takes away a bit of momentum with those lucky bounces but theres nothing you can do. "I have to play like that more often, its about finding that consistency. The best is ahead of me, I just have to make sure I keep working." Bozak opened the scoring, deflecting Paul Rangers point shot past New York goalie Kevin Poulin at 5:05 of the first, his sixth of the season. Bozak has two goals and four assists in four games since returning from an oblique injury. Poulin started ahead of regular Evgeni Nabokov, who was injured in Monday nights 7-3 win over Dallas. Nabokovs absence is a definite concern as the Islanders were 1-9-2 when he was out with a groin injury earlier this season. Okposo pulled New York even at 19:16 with his 17th goal of the season, his wrist shot eluding Bernier. New York went ahead on the peculiar no-play zone incident early in the second. Bernier left his crease to stop a loose puck behind the Toronto goal but couldnt prevent it from going outside the no-play zone. That allowed Grabner to take the loose puck and score his sixth goal unassisted on the wraparound at 3:06. Toronto had four power-play chances in the period but only scored at 8:25 to make it 2-2. Poulin stopped Jake Gardiners point shot but Raymond converted the rebound for his 12th goal of the season but just his second in 16 contests. NOTES -- Defenceman Tim Gleason made his Toronto debut . . . Toronto beat the Islanders 5-2 in the first meeting of the season Nov. 19 at the ACC . . . The Leafs visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday before heading to Washington on Friday night. Their next home game is Sunday against New Jersey . . . The Islanders placed Nabokov (lower body) on injured reserve after Mondays game and recalled Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the AHL . . . Okposo missed Mondays win over Dallas to be present for the birth of his daughter . . . Tavares extended his points streak to seven straight games but teammate Thomas Vaneks string ended at nine contests. ' ' '

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