Officiating sideshow overshadows IndyCar momentum

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Once again, IndyCar put on a pretty good show.

And once again, a sideshow threatens to upstage it.

Ryan Hunter-Reay won Saturday’s race at Milwaukee, bringing home a trophy for team owner Michael Andretti — the man who saved big-time racing at the historic but financially troubled track by agreeing to take over as promoter to get it back on the IndyCar schedule this year.

But confusion reigned afterward, as an official had to explain a mistaken penalty to driver Scott Dixon earlier in the race.

Following what already had been a rough week, series officials now must cross their fingers and hope that their mistake doesn’t end up figuring prominently as Dixon continues to contend for a championship.