Michael Andretti doesn't fault IndyCar for leaving James Hinchcliffe stranded in his disabled vehicle for the entire race at Barber.
''It's unfortunately just part of it - there's no way they should throw a yellow just because a car is stuck on the track,'' Andretti said Saturday. ''It's just bad luck. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and you know what they say - that's racing.''
Hinchcliffe's car was damaged in traffic on the first lap of the race in Birmingham, Ala. IndyCar threw a caution to clean up debris, and the damage on Hinchcliffe's car caused a tire problem that brought him to a stop on the track.
The caution period wasn't long enough for IndyCar officials to tow Hinchcliffe back to the pits, so his car was simply pulled out of the way with IndyCar intending to tow him back during the next yellow.
Only there were no more cautions, and Hinchcliffe was stranded on the course for the final 8...