Verizon IndyCar Series - Firestone 600 Preview

The Sports NetworkJune 3, 2014 

Date: Saturday, June 7

Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Site: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 248

Miles: 372 (600 kilometers)

Capacity: 112,552 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 19th

On TV: NBC Sports Network

Announcers:

On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite

Race record: Sam Hornish Jr., 2007, (177.314 mph)

Qualifying record: Gil de Ferran, 2003 (222.864 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Helio Castroneves

Runner up: Ryan Hunter-Reay

Pole winner: Will Power (219.182 mph)

Top 10:

1. Helio Castroneves (Start: 6)

2. Ryan Hunter-Reay (3)

3. Tony Kanaan (13)

4. Ed Carpenter (9)

5. Marco Andretti (2)

6. Dario Franchitti (4)

7. Will Power (1)

8. Josef Newgarden (7)

9. James Hinchcliffe (12)

10. EJ Viso (5)

Average speed: 177.257 mph

Time of race: 1 hr., 52 mins., 17.4594 secs.

Margin of victory: 4.6919 secs.

Caution flags: 3 for 27 laps

Lead changes: 4 among 4 drivers

Past winners

2013 Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevrolet, 177.257 mph

2012 Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 167.217 mph

2011 Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 181.649 mph (race 1)

2011 Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 206.693 mph (race 2)

2010 Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 159.508 mph

2009 Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 172.677 mph

2008 Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 159.740 mph

2007 Sam Hornish Jr, Dallara-Honda, 177.314 mph

2006 Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 185.710 mph

2005 Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 165.047 mph

2004 Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 153.965 mph

2003 Al Unser Jr, Dallara-Toyota, 168.213 mph

2002 Jeff Ward, G-Force-Chevrolet, 164.984 mph

2001 Scott Sharp, Dallara-Oldsmobile, 150.873 mph

2000 Scott Sharp, Dallara-Oldsmobile, 169.182 mph.

1999 Scott Goodyear, G-Force-Oldsmobile Aurora, 151.177 mph

1998 Billy Boat, Dallara-Oldsmobile Aurora, 145.388 mph

1997 Arie Luyendyk, G-Force-Oldsmobile Aurora, 103.903 mph

Last race

Race: Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit/Race 2 (June 1)

Site: The Raceway at Belle Isle -- Detroit, Mich.

Miles: 163.8

Laps: 70

Finish line order: Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Charlie Kimball, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe

Time of Race: 1 hr., 45 mins., 53.3410 secs.

Average speed: 93.211 mph

Margin of victory: 1.6836 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 13 laps

Lead changes: 7 among 7 drivers

Lap leaders: T. Sato 1-10; J. Hinchcliffe 11-20; M. Conway 21-24; W. Power T. Sato 1-10; J. Hinchcliffe 11-20; M. Conway 21-24; W. Power 25-26; M. Aleshin 27; H. Castroneves 28-33; J. Hawksworth 34; H. Castroneves 35-70.

Entry list

#2 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/Team Penske

#3 * Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil Chevrolet/Team Penske

#7 Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#8 Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#9 Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#10 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#11 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Chevrolet/KVSH Racing

#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Chevrolet/Team Penske

#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#17 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing

#18 Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#20 Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN) Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

#25 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL Honda/Andretti Autosport

#34 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Andretti-HVM

#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#99 Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England) Honda/BHA/BBM

Leading contenders

Name 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2011 2012 2013
Helio Castroneves Won 16 2 Won 20 10 4 7 Won
Ryan Hunter-Reay 20 16 7 19 9 21 2
Tony Kanaan 7 2 5 8 6 11 5 11 3
Ed Carpenter 9 18 9 9 18 16 12 4
Marco Andretti 14 19 19 4 3 13 6 17 5
Will Power 13 14 3 Won 8 7
Josef Newgarden 13 8
James Hinchcliffe 20 19 4 9
Takuma Sato 25 5 12 22 11
Simon Pagenaud 6 13
Justin Wilson 27 15 19 17 21 Won 15
Charlie Kimball 30 23 23 17
Graham Rahal 11 22 9 30 2 21
Scott Dixon 2 12 Won 3 4 2 2 18 23
Ryan Briscoe 3 2 Won 6 3 3
Juan Pablo Montoya
Carlos Munoz

Notes

The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway is the eighth race on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. This is the second event on an oval this season. Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

Construction of Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995. This 1.5-mile racetrack has 24 degrees of banking in all four turns and 5 degrees of banking on both the front and back straightaways. The length of the front straight is 2,250 feet, and the back straight measures 1,330 feet.

Since 1997, there have been 25 IndyCar races held at Texas. The series competed twice there each season from 1998-2004. In 2011, the event at Texas was split into two races (each one was 114 laps/171 miles in length).

Helio Castroneves holds the record for most IndyCar wins at Texas with four (October 2004, June 2006, June 2009 and June 2013).

Tomas Scheckter holds the record for most poles at Texas with three.

Team Penske has the most team victories at Texas with eight.

The October 2001 race featured a track record for most lead changes with 32. Sam Hornish Jr. was the winner of that event.

The furthest back a driver has started and won an IndyCar race at Texas is 17th, accomplished by Justin Wilson in June 2012.

Hornish holds the record for most laps led by an IndyCar race winner at Texas. He won at this track in June 2007 after leading a total of 159 laps.

The closest margin of victory in an IndyCar race at Texas came on Sept. 15, 2002 when Hornish beat Castroneves to the finish line by only 0.0096 seconds.

The next IndyCar events are the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. It's the second weekend doubleheader of the season. Race 1 at Houston's Reliant Park is scheduled for June 28, and race 2 is slated for June 29. Scott Dixon (race 1) and Will Power (race 2) won there last year.

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