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.
 

Pos. # Driver Team Time/Gap
1 12 australia Will Power  Team Penske 2:32'31.0118
2 10 brazil Tony Kanaan  Chip Ganassi Racing 0.1978
3 1 france Simon Pagenaud  Team Penske 0.3740
4 15 united_states Graham Rahal  Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 0.8112
5 88 colombia Gabby Chaves  Harding Racing 1.8984
6 27 united_states Marco Andretti  Andretti Autosport 4.1632
7 4 united_states Conor Daly  A. J. Foyt Enterprises 1 lap
8 8 united_kingdom Max Chilton  Chip Ganassi Racing 3 laps
9 9 new_zealand Scott Dixon  Chip Ganassi Racing 5 laps
10 26 japan Takuma Sato  Andretti Autosport 5 laps
11 20 united_states Ed Carpenter  Ed Carpenter Racing 24 laps
12 21 united_states J.R. Hildebrand  Ed Carpenter Racing 33 laps
13 2 united_states Josef Newgarden  Team Penske 47 laps
14 5 canada James Hinchcliffe  Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 97 laps
15 7 russia Mikhail Aleshin  Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 97 laps
16 18 france Tristan Vautier  Dale Coyne Racing 97 laps
17 19 united_arab_emirates Ed Jones  Dale Coyne Racing 97 laps
18 14 colombia Carlos Munoz  A. J. Foyt Enterprises 97 laps
19 28 united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay  Andretti Autosport 97 laps
20 3 brazil Helio Castroneves  Team Penske 158 laps
21 83 united_states Charlie Kimball  Chip Ganassi Racing 207 laps
22 98 united_states Alexander Rossi  Andretti Autosport 212 laps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: CrashRacing via Motorsport.com

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