Honda IndyCar Texas Race Report

6/8/2013

Honda Racing Report

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Firestone 550K                                                                                                               Race Report

Circuit:                Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Fort Worth, TX

2012 Winner:       Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing Honda) 157.217 mph average

Weather:              Clear, warm, 83 degrees F

 

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

  1.

  6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

228

177.257 mph average, led 132 laps

  2.

  3.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

228

+4.6919 seconds, led 35 laps

  3.

13.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

228

 

  4.

  9.

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

228

 

  5.

  2.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

228

Led 57 laps

  6.

  4.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

227

 

  7.

  1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

227

Led 4 laps

  8.

  7.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

227

 

  9.

12.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

227

 

10.

  5.

E.J. Viso

Andretti Autosport/HVM

Chevrolet Dallara

227

 

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

21.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

227

Running

12.

10.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

227

Running

13.

23.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton

Honda Dallara

226

Running

15.

20.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

226

Running

17.

  8.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

226

Running

18.

24.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson

Honda Dallara

225

Running

21.

17.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

223

Running

22.

14.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

223

Running

23.

11.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

  61

Did not finish – mechanical

24.

19.

Pippa Mann

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

    2

Did not finish – mechanical

 

                  

                Franchitti Leads Honda Finishers in Texas

 

On a night when tire management and consistent handling were the keys to success, Dario Franchitti and his Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing team recovered from a poor opening segment in Saturday night’s Firestone 500K and combined long runs between pit stops with handling improvements during each stop to finish sixth at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

Other Honda-powered IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams, including Josef Newgarden, Justin Wilson, James Jakes and Scott Dixon, all ran in the lead pack at times during the 128-lap contest, but all encountered problems at various times to prevent strong results. 

 

Dixon was the first to encounter difficulty, a broken rear axle component resulting in a long pit stop, followed by a brief flash fire during attempted repairs that resulted minor injuries to three Ganassi pit crew members.  Newgarden, who ran as high as second in the early laps, was caught out by a pair of unfortunately-timed yellow flags, putting him one lap down to the leaders in eighth at the checkers. 

 

Wilson, the 2012 Texas race winner, and Jakes, coming off a second-place finish last week in Detroit, both had long runs in the lead group.  Like Newgarden, Wilson also ran as high as second, but rapid tire wear during the closing third of the race sent him spiraling down the order to an unrepresentative 15th-place finish.  Jakes also spent the first half of the contest near the front of the field, but dropped in the final 30 laps to finish 12th.

 

Honda Fastest Seat in Sports winner Mona Wimberly from San Antonio, Texas, led the field prior to the race start in the two-seat Honda IndyCar driven by racing legend and Indianapolis 500 champion Mario Andretti.  For more information on how you can receive the ride of a lifetime in the Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes, go to www.shophonda.com

 

Next week, the IZOD IndyCar Series continues its June run of oval track weekends with the first “short track” race on the 2013 schedule, the June 15 Milwaukee IndyFest at the historic Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.

 

 

IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 8 of 19 rounds):

1. Helio Castroneves     259 points (1 win)                     6. Simon Pagenaud  194 (1 win)

    Marco Andretti          237                                 7. Scott Dixon             193

3. Ryan Hunter-Reay     232 (1 win)                               8. Justin Wilson                    184

4. Tony Kanaan            195 (1 win)                      9. James Hinchcliffe   176 (2 wins)

5. Takuma Sato            194 (1 win)                    10. Dario Franchitti      168

 

Manufacturers’ Championship:     

1. Chevrolet                              63                    

2. Honda                         57                     

 

 

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) started 4th, finished 6th"We had way, way too much understeer at the start of the race – massive ‘push’, probably the most I’ve ever had on an oval, and that cost us a great deal of track position.  But the team made some great calls in the pits, we improved the car at every stop and our strategy of long runs [between pit stops] gained us back a lot of what we lost in the early going.  By the end of the race, the car was quite good, better than last year’s car.  But we started out too far off on the setup and ran out of time to completely recover.”

 

Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara) started 2nd, finished 8thWe had a good result, considering everything. I think we got hosed a little bit on some of the yellows and that pushed us back a bit. I think we had a top-five car; I don't think we had the winning car, but we were pretty good in the mix and I think to secure decent results is satisfying. We definitely want more, but I think we learned a lot tonight.”

 

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race win:  "It was a disappointing outcome to the weekend for Honda and our teams.  Several of our teams and drivers showed signs of competitiveness tonight, but no one was able to run consistently at the front.  We trust that the three Target Chip Ganassi Racing mechanics injured in Scott Dixon's flash fire [Tyler Rees, Adam Rovazzini and Greg Shuker] are all okay.  It appears transmission oil leaked out onto the exhaust while the team was attempting to repair Scott's driveline issue, causing the fire.  We'll regroup from this and work hard for better results next weekend in Milwaukee."

 

 

For photos from tonight’s race, go to:

http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101673

 



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