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IZOD IndyCar Series: Firestone 550 at Texas – Race Results

Helio Castroneves dominated the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway to take sole possession of first place in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings through eight of 19 races.

Driving the Chevrolet-powered No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske car, Castroneves led 132 of 228 laps on the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval and won by 4.6919 seconds over reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 1 DHL car for Andretti Autosport.

Castroneves is the seventh different winner in eight races this season, and the first to win four IZOD IndyCar Series races at Texas Motor Speedway. It was his first win on an oval since 2010 at Twin Ring Motegi.

“It was just the setup; we did a lot of homework. Awesome job everyone,” said Castroneves, who broke a tie with Johnny Rutherford for 12th on the all-time Indy car list with his 28th victory.

Castroneves broke a tie with Marco Andretti, who led 57 laps early and placed fifth, to move 22 points clear heading to the Milwaukee IndyFest on June 15 at the Milwaukee Mile.

It was the first victory of the season for Team Penske and the sixth different team to hoist a trophy in Victory Circle.

Results Saturday of the Firestone 550 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.455-mile Texas Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

 

1. (6) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 228, Running

2. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 228, Running

3. (13) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 228, Running

4. (9) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 228, Running

5. (2) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 228, Running

6. (4) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 227, Running

7. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 227, Running

8. (7) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 227, Running

9. (12) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 227, Running

10. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 227, Running

11. (21) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 227, Running

12. (10) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 227, Running

13. (23) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 226, Running

14. (18) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 226, Running

15. (20) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 226, Running

16. (22) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 226, Running

17. (8) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 226, Running

18. (24) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

19. (16) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 225, Running

20. (15) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 224, Running

21. (17) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 223, Running

22. (14) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 223, Running

23. (11) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 61, Mechanical

24. (19) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 2, Mechanical

 

Race Statistics

Winners average speed:  177.257

Time of Race: 01:52:17.4594

Margin of victory: 4.6919

Cautions: 3 for 27

Lead changes: 4 among 5 drivers

 

Lap Leaders:

Andretti 1 – 53

Power 54 – 57

Hunter-Reay 58 – 92

Andretti 93 – 96

Castroneves 97 – 228

 

Point Standings: Castroneves 259, Andretti 237, Hunter-Reay 232, Kanaan 195, Sato 194, Pagenaud 194, Dixon 193, Wilson 184, Hinchcliffe 176, Franchitti 168.

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