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Rahal wins second career IndyCar race after wild ride at Auto Club Speedway

  • Simon Pagenaud (22), from France, leads the field toward Turn 1 on Saturday June 27, 2015, on the opening lap of the IndyCar auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

    Simon Pagenaud (22), from France, leads the field toward Turn 1 on Saturday June 27, 2015, on the opening lap of the IndyCar auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)  (The Associated Press)

  • Takuma Sato (14), from Japan, leads during the early laps Saturday, June 27, 2015, during the IndyCar auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

    Takuma Sato (14), from Japan, leads during the early laps Saturday, June 27, 2015, during the IndyCar auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)  (The Associated Press)

  • Juan Pablo Montoya (2), from Colombia, drives next to Simon Pagenaud, from France, Saturday, June 27, 2015, during the IndyCar auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)

    Juan Pablo Montoya (2), from Colombia, drives next to Simon Pagenaud, from France, Saturday, June 27, 2015, during the IndyCar auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (AP Photo/Will Lester)  (The Associated Press)

Graham Rahal held onto the lead out of a caution with three laps left to earn his second IndyCar win, closing out a wild, record-setting day at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday.

A sparse crowd showed up to Auto Club Speedway, but the few fans got to see quite a show as cars sling-shotted past each other at an average of 205 mph and raced up to five-wide around the 2-mile oval.

The 500-mile race eclipsed the season high for lap changes — 37 at Indianapolis — by the midpoint and had 83 overall, topping the IndyCar record of 73 set at Auto Club Speedway in 2001.

Rahal went in front late and stayed there after a late red flag, winning under caution after Ryan Briscoe went airborne in a collision with Ryan Hunter-Reay. Rahal's first victory was at St. Petersburg in 2008.