IndyCar Series at Texas: Will Power in the Victory Lane for 31st time
Will Power (Team Penske) reaches his 31st IndyCar Series victory in a career by winning the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway. This win ties him with Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti in the ninth place on the all-time winner’s list.
Power’s victory seems dominant by the statistics, as he was leading for 180 of 248 laps, but the race had many dramatic moments and it finished under the caution. After nine cautions over the evening and many on-track incidents, just nine cars of twenty-two starters were left running at the end of the race.
The final incident of the evening happened on Lap 244, when Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport) and Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) made contact on the front straightaway, spinning into the SAFER Barrier in Turn 1. They collected Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Conor Daly (AJ Foyt Racing), forcing the remainder of the race to be run under caution.
The biggest accident occurred on lap 152, when Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing) made contact with James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports) entering Turn 3, triggering a massive pileup involving nine cars. Six cars were out of a race and the race was red-flagged to clean up debris.
Power crossed the finish line as the winner for the second time this season ahead of Tony Kanaan and teammate Simon Pagenaud. Graham Rahal (RLL Racing) and Gabby Chaves (Harding Racing) completed the top 5.
The championship leader Scott Dixon was classified 9th and he remains in the championship lead. He is 13 points ahead of reigning champion Pagenaud and 14 ahead of Indianapolis 500 winner Sato. Helio Castroneves is fourth, ahead of Texas winner Will Power.
The next race on the IndyCar Series calendar is the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America on June 23-25.