Will IndyCar Return to Texas In 2018 With a “Pack Race” Why I Hope So

INDIANAPOLIS – Now that we’re two days after the thrilling but dangerous Rainguard 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, my thoughts on this race remain unchanged, this is the type of racing that we need every time the Verizon IndyCar Series visits the 1.5-mile track. The only issue is, will it remain that way? Yes, I get that the 66 cautions laps were way too many. Yes, I also get that the box score says there were just six cars on the lead lap and only nine of…

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Will Power Wins Crazy Rainguard 600 at Texas

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…

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Team Penske Charges to the Front, Dominates Rainguard 600

Fort Worth, TX – I wrote earlier in the week that Team Penske’s season has gone in stages. Through the first two races of the year they’ve led just 18 total laps, or nine percent. Then, they had a dominating run in the next three races, leading all but 14 of the 425 combined laps, or 97-percent. But, they’ve had a rough stretch since, until tonight. Entering tonight, they led just 30 total laps over the last 340 total laps in the last three races, or eight percent. But, like I…

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Graham Rahal’s Win Streak Ends, But He Still Finishes 4th at Texas

Fort Worth, TX – It seemed like Graham Rahal may never lose a Verizon IndyCar Series race again. After dominating last weekend on the streets of Belle Isle, Rahal won both races and entered this weekend’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway as the defending race winner. The Rahal/Letterman/Laningan Racing driver started 11th in Saturday night’s Rainguard 600 and battled his No.15 Honda all night. But, by battling his car, he was far enough back to avoid all the carnage, and was one of just a handful of cars left running…

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Tony Kanaan Comes From 2 Laps Down to Finish 2nd

Fort Worth, TX – There’s a lot of people unhappy with Tony Kanaan leaving the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. He was the one most pointed to for two crashes in tonight’s Rainguard 600. But, he’s not having any of that though, as he’s happy to come away with a second place result at the 1.5-mile track under the lights on Saturday. The second place finish though was as hard fought as he’s ever had. Kanaan, was penalized twice for the Lap 151 melee, forcing him to come to the…

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Dale Coyne Not Happy After Both Drivers Involved In Lap 151 Melee, Ganassi Blames Hinchcliffe

Fort Worth, TX – The Lap 151 melee sparked a new definition of “Indy Rivals.” James Hinchcliffe, Mikhail Aleshin and Tony Kanaan went three-wide down the backstretch of the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway and unfortunately, only one of them came out unscathed. Kanaan and Hinchcliffe made contact with one another causing an eight car melee behind. Fortunately, everyone was okay, but tempers were hot after.

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Strong Run for Gabby Chaves Saturday Night in Texas, Finishes 5th

Fort Worth, TX – What a run its been for Harding Racing so far in 2017. The newly formed team is showing the other teams that are on the fence about joining the Verizon IndyCar Series, that it doesn’t take long to sustain success. In their first race, the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, Gabby Chaves started 25th and finished ninth. It was Chaves’ third career IndyCar top 10 and the teams first in their first career start. 

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Takuma Sato Overcomes Pit Road Incident, Crashes In End, Finished 10th

Fort Worth, TX – Saturday night’s Rainguard 600 is even more proof why Takuma Sato is a strong Verizon IndyCar Series championship contender. Sato, won the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, then followed that up with finishes of eighth and fourth respectively on the streets of Belle Isle. He was up to third in the standings heading into this weekend’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway. But, Sato showed his resiliency and came away with his fourth straight top 10 finish and sixth in nine races this season. On Lap…

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Chip Ganassi Racing Looks Strong This Weekend in Texas

Fort Worth, TX – We all knew that Chip Ganassi Racing would be strong this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway. Last year, Honda drivers led 488 of the overall 648 superspeedway laps, including all but 11 laps in this very race. They did that without Chip Ganassi Racing. Imagine that stat now with Ganassi on their side. At Indy, they led 181 of the 200 laps two weeks ago. Ganassi driver Max Chilton led a race high 50 laps that day. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan had two of the better…

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