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[June 12, 2017]
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Will Power
emerged victorious Saturday night in a wild IndyCar Series race at
Texas Motor Speedway.
The Rainguard Water Sealers 600 ended under caution with only nine
cars running. Tony Kanaan finished second and Simon Pagenaud was
The race ended under caution after Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma
Sato made contact with Scott Dixon.
There was one big crash earlier in the race as the cars ran in one
pack. Three cars were side by side approaching Turn 3 when it
appeared Kanaan, who was on the bottom, moved up and made contact
with James Hinchcliffe.
Hinchcliffe's car then bounced off Mikhail Aleshin's and that
started a chain reaction that collected Tristan Vautier, rookie Ed
Jones, Ed Carpenter, JR Hildebrand, Carlos Munoz and Ryan
Hunter-Reay. No one was injured.
Kanaan was penalized for blocking and avoidable contact. In serving
the penalty, Kanaan fell two laps off the pace, but he made them up
because of several mandatory cautions as IndyCar tried to manage
increased tire wear.
On Lap 37, Alexander Rossi found himself in the middle of Dixon and
Kanaan approaching Turn 3. Rossi lost control, spinning relatively
slowly toward the outside wall. Contact ensued, knocking last year's
Indianapolis 500 winner out of the race. He was not injured.
More action followed on the pit stop under caution. Hinchcliffe spun
near the exit of pit road, forcing contact with Helio Castroneves
and Sato. Neither Castroneves nor Sato suffered much car damage and
were able to make repairs without losing a lap.
Hinchcliffe wasn't so fortunate. He was flagged for avoidable
contact, necessitating a drive-through pit road as his penalty. That
cost him a lap to the field.
After serving the penalty, Hinchcliffe came storming through the
field, getting to the back of the lead car. It was then that the
caution came out for Castroneves' crash in Turn 2, and in the cycle
of stops that ensued Hinchcliffe got his lap back.
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Castroneves wasn't injured.
On the restart, Carpenter had light contact with Vautier on the
front straightaway. Carpenter made a long spin toward Turn 1 and
saved it. All cars trailing him avoided contact.
On Lap 200, Josef Newgarden tried to go three-wide in Turn 4, and
that didn't work. He lost control and somehow kept the car close to
the wall and those trailing avoided hitting him.
NOTES: Charlie Kimball won the first pole of his IndyCar Series
career, edging Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon, but his run at
the top lasted only 28 laps. Soon after relinquishing the lead to
Tristan Vautier, Kimball's Honda began leaking oil. During the pit
stop after Alexander Rossi's crash, a significant amount of oil
dropped in the pit box and the crew was forced to push the car
behind the wall. Vautier was subbing for the injured Sebastien
Bourdais, who crashed last month in qualifying at Indy. ... After
five consecutive weeks of competition, including three weeks at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar is due for an off weekend. The
next race is June 25 at the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake,
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