Kiwi Scott Dixon has been involved in another IndyCar crash, this time at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday (NZ time).
“It’s so nice to be able to repay them with a pole position here at Texas Motor Speedway“.
Will Power, of Australia, does doughnuts at the finish line as fans watch following his win in the IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Series points leader Scott Dixon, his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, will start on the front row alongside him after his qualifying run of 222.516 miles per hour.
(AP Photo/Larry Papke). Tony Kanaan of Brazil sits in his vehicle on pit road during an IndyCar auto race practice session at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 9, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) and Charlie Kimball, rear, come out of Turn 4 during an IndyCar auto race practice session at Texas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 9, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.
NASCAR and Indy auto veteran PJ Jones held off Gordon on a late restart to take the victory in Race 1, followed by Gavin Harlien, Paul Morris and Matthew Brabham.
“The vehicle went high on the first lap in qualifying on the exit of Turn 2, so not as fast as should have been”, Sato said. Castroneves had to settle for 20th, the first time in nine race this season he didn’t finish in the top 10.
The final five laps were run under caution before the checkered flag flew.
“I guess I don’t have a lot of friends out there”, Kanaan said sheepishly during what normally would have been a night of jubilation for the 42-year-old Chip Ganassi Racing star.
“We paid the price for my mistake”.
The final caution came when Sato, driving the same vehicle in which he won the Indianapolis 500 in two weeks ago and pushing for another win, got his left side slightly into the grass on the front stretch with five laps to go.
Sato made a ridiculous move onto the grass and lost control of his vehicle and slid across the back of Dixon to take the 36-year-old out of contention.
“It was very intense“, Power said.
Will Power led 180 of the 248 laps and won for Team Penske, with his teammate Simon Pagenaud finishing third.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking out there”, Pagenaud said.
What ensued was a tumultuous race under a full moon, with Kanaan getting blamed – and penalized – for a big wreck before he recovered from being two laps down to get his fifth runner-up finish in Texas.
The Indy auto version of NASCAR’s “big one” happened on Lap 152 when Hinchcliffe and Kanaan made contact.
On Lap 37, Alexander Rossi found himself in the middle of Dixon and Kanaan, and three-wide approaching Turn 3 didn’t work.
While calling Kanaan someone he trusts on the track, Hinchcliffe said Kanaan drove from inside along the white line and up into him, and pushed him into Aleshin.
When told Ganassi said Hinchcliffe should have lifted, Hinchcliffe responded: “That’s adorable“.
That led to a spark-spraying chain reaction that took out both Dale Coyne Racing drivers, Tristan Vautier and Ed Jones, and sent driver-owner Ed Carpenter and his teammate JR Hildebrand to the garage. And Carpenter got his fixed vehicle back on the track down 12 laps.
Dale Coyne, team owner for Vautier and Jones, confronted Kanaan while he was sitting in his vehicle during the red flag stop. Kanaan had to serve a stop-and-hold penalty of 20 seconds once racing resumed, and although that put him two laps down, he salvaged second place by the end.
UPDATE [10:38 p.m. ET]: All drivers involved in this crash have been checked and released from the infield care center. In serving the penalty, Kanaan fell two laps off the pace, but made them up because of a couple mandatory cautions as IndyCar tried to managed increased tire wear from higher speeds than in the test.
Josef Newgarden pitted one lap before the first competition yellow because of blistering tires.