Will Power won after leading 180 of the 248 laps at Texas Motor Speedway.
Only six cars made it to the finish line at this weekend’s RainGuard Water Sealer 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Will Power took the win after leading 180 of the 248 laps during the race, leaving behind Tony Kanaan and Simon Pagenaud.
The first crash occurred on Lap 37, when Alexander Rossi crashed into the Turn 3 wall. Under yellow flags, the drivers were led into the pits by Tristan Vautier, but James Hinchcliffe lost control of his car as he left his pitbox while trying to swerve around Helio Castroneves and looped into the Brazilian. Castroneves then pinched Sato’s Andretti car into the pitwall.
Hinchcliffe got away with no damage and continued the race, while Castroneves got pushed back to be refired and to receive a new front wing. He got away in time to not lose a lap, unlike Sato who lost a lap as his front wing was torn up and needed replacement.
After the restart of the race, Power led the column in front of Vautier and Scott Dixon. On Lap 91, Castroneves hit the wall on Turn 2 and three laps later the pits opened. Power emerged ahead of Pagenaud, Dixon, Kanaan, Aleshin, and Hildebrand. The race was restarted in Lap 103 when the right front endplate of Carpenter’s car made contact with the left-rear endplate of Vautier’s car, which looped the ECR-Chevy into a spin. Carpenter magically saved the car and then pitted and rejoined the race.
The drama continued during Lap 152, when Hinchcliffe, after backing out of a three-wide situation, made contact with Kanaan down the back straight after getting squeezed between the Ganassi car and Aleshin. As a result, both Schmidt Peterson cars, both Coyne cars, both Carpenter cars, Munoz’s Foyt machine, and Hunter-Reay’s Andretti car were all out of the race, thankfully without causing injuries for the drivers.
Some 30 minutes later, only 11 cars made it to the restart with Power leading Chilton, Pagenaud, and Kanaan. On Lap 201, Newgarden lost control of his car and smacked the Turn 4 wall. Five laps before the end of the race, Sato ran over the grass at the dogleg on the front straight, lost control and smacked into Dixon.
Finally, after leading 180 of the 248 laps, Power registered his 31st win.
|1||12||Will Power||Team Penske||2:32'31.0118|
|2||10||Tony Kanaan||Chip Ganassi Racing||0.1978|
|3||1||Simon Pagenaud||Team Penske||0.3740|
|4||15||Graham Rahal||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||0.8112|
|5||88||Gabby Chaves||Harding Racing||1.8984|
|6||27||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||4.1632|
|7||4||Conor Daly||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||1 lap|
|8||8||Max Chilton||Chip Ganassi Racing||3 laps|
|9||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||5 laps|
|10||26||Takuma Sato||Andretti Autosport||5 laps|
|11||20||Ed Carpenter||Ed Carpenter Racing||24 laps|
|12||21||J.R. Hildebrand||Ed Carpenter Racing||33 laps|
|13||2||Josef Newgarden||Team Penske||47 laps|
|14||5||James Hinchcliffe||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||97 laps|
|15||7||Mikhail Aleshin||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||97 laps|
|16||18||Tristan Vautier||Dale Coyne Racing||97 laps|
|17||19||Ed Jones||Dale Coyne Racing||97 laps|
|18||14||Carlos Munoz||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||97 laps|
|19||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||97 laps|
|20||3||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||158 laps|
|21||83||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||207 laps|
|22||98||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport||212 laps|
Source: CrashRacing via Motorsport.com