Fort Worth, TX – Its safe to say, the old style of racing at the Texas Motor Speedway is back. The biggest question though is how long will it stay. With a newly paved track, and some new configurations to it, the Firestone tires didn’t have much dropoff. That, with a wider groove in Turns 1 and 2 led to some intense racing on the 1.5-mile track.
In the end, carnage occurred because of it, as just nine of the 22 cars would take the checkered flag. There would be 66 cautions laps too.
Will Power survived the carnage the best, leading a race-high 180 of the 248 laps en route to his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season and second of his career at Texas. It was also his 31st career trip to victory lane, trying him with Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti for ninth all-time.
Power, charged to the front from his ninth starting spot, and ended up staying there the rest of the way. He had an intense battle with Scott Dixon over the final 20 laps, but Dixon and Sato were involved in a crash with seven laps left when Sato who was running third, got too low on the exit of the dogleg and lost control of his No.26 Honda. He’d crash into Dixon, collecting themselves as well as Max Chilton and Conor Daly too.
Power, would cruise to the win under caution.
Tony Kanaan would overcome being two laps down over the final 60 laps and come home second for his third top 10 in the last four races. Kanaan, was penalized for his involvement on a Lap 151 melee that collected nine cars.
Kanaan, would make contact with James Hinchcliffe on the backstretch, causing him to spin into rookie Ed Jones. They’d collect Mikhail Aleshin, Tristian Vautier, Ed Carpenter, JR Hildebrand, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz.
But, with competition cautions flying every 30 laps in the end after that crash, Kanaan would have two shots at getting his laps back.
The cautions flew because of blistered tires which had a hand in Helio Castroneves’ hard crash on Lap 90.
Alexander Rossi also crashed on Lap 37.
Mix that with Charlie Kimball’s mechanical issue, and we’d have very few cars finish tonight.
Simon Pagenaud finished third, while Graham Rahal and Gabby Chaves rounded out the top five.
The series has a much needed week off next weekend before heading to Road America in two weeks.
Rainguard 600 Results:
- 12 Power
- 10 Kanaan
- 1 Pagenaud
- 15 Rahal
- 88 Chaves
- 27 Andretti
- 4 Daly -3
- 8 Chilton -5
- 9 Dixon OUT
- 26 Sato OUT
- 20 Carpenter -24
- 21 Hildebrand -31
- 2 Newgarden OUT
- 5 Hinchcliffe OUT
- 7 Aleshin OUT
- 18 Vautier OUT
- 19 Jones R OUT
- 14 Munoz OUT
- 28 Hunter-Reay OUT
- 3 Castroneves OUT
- 83 Kimball OUT
- 98 Rossi OUT