Power wins wild IndyCar race at Texas under caution
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 3:48
After starting ninth, Will Power emerged victorious under caution in Saturday night's Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 180 of 248 laps along the way.
Power finished ahead of Tony Kanaan, who other drivers blamed for an earlier nine-car crash that led to a almost 31-minute red flag.
Kanaan was able to continue, but was levied a 20-second stop-and-hold penalty for avoidable contact when racing resumed.
Castroneves did not survive the race either, as his right front tire blew midway through, causing him to crash in Turn 3.
Mikhail Aleshin's Schmidt Peterson Motorsport No. 7. Tony had a half a racetrack to his left and just drove right. He then pushed his way among the leaders and into a second-place run.
"On the last lap of practice we got pretty neutral with the setup and probably got too conservative going into qualifying".
The ground: Last year's race saw many cars run incredibly low; James Hinchcliffe wound up being penalized (and knocked out of slim championship contention) for his auto being so low that it dragged the bottom around the track.
"Either the spotter didn't tell him we were three-wide or he didn't care, which I find hard to believe because Tony doesn't race like that", Hinchcliffe said.
"Our auto started off struggling a little bit in the race, but then as the high-line started coming in we were getting better", said Rossi. [He or his spotter clearly should have seen Hinchcliffe there, per the stewards; see update below.] Kanaan's vehicle will be continuing on the race, however, the others involved in the crash were not.
The race ended under caution with only nine of the 22 cars running. I was trying to get some space with Dixon.
"I guess I moved up, and I really have to apologize to Hinch", Kanaan said. It's sad. I don't do those kind of things. "You never - especially in a place like this, you don't crash people on goal".
Describing the incident afterward, Kanaan commented: "Honestly, I didn't see it".
"Obviously I had to pay that in the pits for the longest 20 seconds of my life". "The guys totally deserve it", said Kimball, whose second qualifying lap of 23.2730 seconds also eclipsed the 14-year-old record of 23.5031 seconds held by Gil de Ferran.
"I don't think we should be doing this the way it is", Kanaan said.
"I know people will agree and people will disagree with me, but it was a "new" track". "There are two lanes here, but there aren't three". I didn't understand what was going on because I gave space to them, but something was going on with James and Kanaan. The highest-placing Penske auto, and the highest starting Chevrolet in the entire field, was Will Power coming home in ninth. His sportscar commitments in Europe are likely to keep him from stepping into the Dale Coyne Racing machine again anytime soon, but if he's available the DCR team would likely love to snap him up for more races while Sebastien Bourdais recovers from his Indy injuries. The Frenchman qualified fifth and led for 15 laps.
"I was a bit nervous to be honest", admitted Vautier. "The way they work is very impressive, and we've seen it since the start of the year they've been strong".
Sato made a three-wide pass for third with seven laps to go, then tried to go three-wide on the outside for the lead with six remaining.