EVENT SUMMARY: Texas

2012 Season, Event Summaries — By on June 6, 2012 1:22 pm
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Firestone 550
Saturday, June 9, 2012

 

Winner: Justin Wilson
Official box score – View PDF

Post-race analysis »
Post-race point standings »
Important times »
Track facts »
Entrant facts »
History »
Session times »
Pre-race point standings »
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POST-RACE ANALYSIS

Box score: View PDF
Final results (with penalty listing): View PDF
Lap chart: View PDF
Leader Summary: View PDF
Pit stop summary: TBD

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POST-RACE POINT STANDINGS

Driver standings:

Rank Car Driver Points
1 12 Will Power 256
2 9 Scott Dixon 220
3 27 James Hinchcliffe 208
4 3 Helio Castroneves 203
5 77 Simon Pagenaud 199
6 10 Dario Franchitti 192
7 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 181
8 2 Ryan Briscoe 177
9 11 Tony Kanaan 160
10 18 Justin Wilson 156
11 4 JR Hildebrand 149
11 38 Graham Rahal 149
13 22 Oriol Servia 141
14 83 Charlie Kimball 132
15 15 Takuma Sato 124
16 8 Rubens Barrichello 118
16 5 EJ Viso 118
16 26 Marco Andretti 118
19 14 Mike Conway 111
20 19 James Jakes 109
21 67 Josef Newgarden 104
22 20 Ed Carpenter 103
23 98 Alex Tagliani 102
24 7 Sebastien Bourdais 86
25 78 Simona de Silvestro 83
26 6 Katherine Legge 76
27 25 Ana Beatriz 28
28 99 Townsend Bell 26
29 30 Michel Jourdain 16
30 17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
31 64 Jean Alesi 13
31 39 Bryan Clauson 13
31 41 Wade Cunningham 13

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Manufacturer standings:

Rank Manufacturer Points
1 Chevrolet  54
2 Honda  51
3 Lotus  28

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Rookie of the Year standings:

Rank Car Driver Points
1 77 Simon Pagenaud  199
2 67 Josef Newgarden  104
3 6 Katherine Legge  76

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Non-Leaders Circle entry winnings (unofficial tally):

Rank Car Team Prize Money
1 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing $342,000
2 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $306,000
3 19 Dale Coyne Racing $274,000
4 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing $224,000
5 98 Bryan Herta Autosport $224,000
6 7 Dragon Racing $213,000
7 25 Andretti Autosport $26,000

Notes:
- Indianapolis one-off entries that received no prize money are excluded from this list.
- Dragon Racing consolidated its #6 and #7 entries beginning at Detroit and is therefore no longer eligible to earn non-Leader Circle bonus awards.
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IMPORTANT TIMES

Green flag: 8:50 PM EDT*
Race broadcast: 8:00 PM EDT on NBC Sports Network
Qualifying: 4:30 PM EDT Friday
(UPDATE: Moved to 5:00 PM EDT due to delay for weepers)
(Broadcast 7:30 PM EDT Friday on NBC Sports Network)
Practice sessions: 1:30-2:45 PM EDT Friday
(UPDATE: Moved to 2:45-4:00 PM EDT due to delay for weepers)
7:45-8:15 PM EDT Friday
Full weekend schedule: View PDF
Radio/live timing and scoring: INDYCAR Race Control

*7:50 PM CDT (local), 6:50 PM MDT, 5:50 PM PDT, 9:50 PM BRT, 12:50 AM Sun GMT, 12:50 PM Sun NZST, 10:50 AM Sun AEST, 9:50 AM Sun JST

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TRACK FACTS

Track type: Oval
Length: 1.5 miles
Race distance: 228 laps (342 miles, ~550 km)
Number of turns: 4
Track map: View PDF
Start: Rolling
Restarts: Single-file
Event Twitter account and hashtag: @TXMotorSpeedway, #Texas550
Weather forecast: Disabled

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ENTRANT FACTS

Entry list: View PDF
Spotter guide: View PDF
Pit assignments: View PDF
Wing configuration: Modified superspeedway (single-plane front wings, single-plane rear wings with endplates, standard rear tire wheel guards)
Boost level: 130kPa
Tires available per entry: From Firestone: A proven Firestone tire specification with a 1,016 total tires is available, the identical Firehawk spec run in 2011 at Kentucky Speedway and at the Texas open test last month, with allotments as follows:
* Each entry, nine sets (36 tires) for the race weekend;
* Rookies and drivers outside the top 10 in points, one set (four tires) for the opening practice session only.Tire stagger: A single stagger of approximately 0.45 of an inch is available for all teams. Stagger, created by molding the right rear tire with a larger diameter than the left rear, helps racecars turn more naturally and smoothly on oval tracks.

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HISTORY

Last five wins: 2011 – (Race 1) Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
2011 – (Race 2) Will Power, Team Penske
2010 – Ryan Briscoe, Team Penske
2009 – Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
2008 – Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
2007 – Sam Hornish, Jr., Team Penske
Last five poles: 2011 – Alex Tagliani, Sam Schmidt Motosports (215.186 MPH)
2010 – Ryan Briscoe, Team Penske (215.273 MPH)
2009 – Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (214.513 MPH)
2008 – Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (214.878 MPH)
2007 – Scott Sharp, Rahal Letterman Racing (215.260 MPH)
Track lap record: 236.678 MPH (2001, Paul Tracy (CART sanction))

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SESSION TIMES

Race – Official results

Rank Start Car Driver Engine Laps Comment
1 17 18 Justin Wilson H 228
2 3 38 Graham Rahal H 228
3 10 2 Ryan Briscoe C 228
4  6 27 James Hinchcliffe C 228
5 23 4 JR Hildebrand C 228
6 9  77 Simon Pagenaud H 228
7 15  3 Helio Castroneves C  227
8 5 12 Will Power C  227
9 1  98 Alex Tagliani H  227
10 21 19 James Jakes H  227
11 7 11 Tony Kanaan C 227
12 19 20 Ed Carpenter C  227
13 25 67 Josef Newgarden H 226
14  2  10 Dario Franchitti H 225
15 22 6 Katherine Legge C 224
16 18 14 Mike Conway C 224
17 8 26 Marco Andretti C 222
18 4 9 Scott Dixon H 173 Contact
19  14 5 EJ Viso C 129 Mechanical
20 11 22 Oriol Servia C 89 Mechanical
21 13 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay C 66 Mechanical
22 20 15 Takuma Sato H 63 Contact
23 16 83 Charlie Kimball H 29 Contact
24 12 8 Rubens Barrichello C 0 DNS
25 24 78 Simona de Silvestro L 0 DNS

Red=Non-Leaders Circle Entries

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Official starting grid: View PDF

Notes:
- 14-Conway and 78-de Silvestro serve 10-spot grid penalties for unapproved engine changes made after Detroit. 15-Sato and 67-Newgarden serve 10-spot grid penalties for unapproved engine changes made this weekend.

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Practice 2 – Friday late

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL#
1
9
Scott Dixon H 0 216.139 124.245 0 34 2
2
14
Mike Conway H 0.0889 215.349 188.416 0.0889 34 21
3 98 Alex Tagliani H 0.1116 215.148 132.546 0.0227 12 3
4
15
Takuma Sato H 0.1817 214.531 177.221 0.0701 28 4
5
2
Ryan Briscoe C 0.1819 214.529 132.554 0.0002 23 3
6
38
Graham Rahal H 0.2626 213.822 127.200 0.0807 23 13
7
12
Will Power C 0.3137 213.377 127.624 0.0511 35 4
8
10
Dario Franchitti H 0.3320 213.218 204.241 0.0183 24 13
9
20
Ed Carpenter C 0.3495 213.066 196.978 0.0175 19 3
10
67
Josef Newgarden H 0.3561 213.009 97.479 0.0066 23 7
11
26
Marco Andretti C 0.3782 212.818 130.870 0.0221 26 14
12
5
EJ Viso C 0.4068 212.571 100.187 0.0286 34 3
13
4
JR Hildebrand C 0.4591 212.121 17.595 0.0523 19 7
14
27
James Hinchcliffe C 0.4777 211.961 104.769 0.0186 34 1
15
28
Ryan Hunter-Reay C 0.4820 211.924 129.966 0.0043 27 10
16
3
Helio Castroneves C 0.4916 211.842 127.606 0.0096 26 12
17
83
Charlie Kimball H 0.5401 211.427 104.802 0.0485 35 3
18
18
Justin Wilson H 0.5511 211.333 210.773 0.0110 15 3
19
77
Simon Pagenaud H 0.5644 211.220 193.562 0.0133 39 12
20 8 Rubens Barrichello C 0.5952 210.958 140.809 0.0308 27 2
21
19
James Jakes H 0.6478 210.512 117.105 0.0526 19 11
22
11
Tony Kanaan C 0.6514 210.481 133.290 0.0036 24 6
23
22
Oriol Servia C 0.7310 209.810 195.741 0.0796 23 13
24
6
Katherine Legge C 0.9168 208.260 200.693 0.1858 27 6
25
78
Simona de Silvestro L 3.1808 191.062 191.062 2.2640 2 2

Notes:
- 15-Sato stops on the frontstretch due to an engine fire with ~5 mins left; yellow flag followed by checkered.
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Qualifying

Rank Car Driver Engine Warmup Lap 1 Lap 2 AVG Diff.
1 98 Alex Tagliani H 211.492 215.795 215.587 215.691 –.—-
2 10 Dario Franchitti H 212.274 215.871 215.421 215.646 0.0102
3 38 Graham Rahal H 214.394 216.140 214.972 215.554 0.0308
4 9 Scott Dixon H 210.994 215.762 214.902 215.331 0.0812
5 12 Will Power C 214.786 216.041 214.200 215.116 0.1297
6 27 James Hinchcliffe C 210.641 215.055 214.785 214.920 0.1743
7 11 Tony Kanaan C 213.796 214.883 214.520 214.701 0.2239
8 14 Mike Conway H 211.591 214.205 214.712 214.458 0.2792
9 26 Marco Andretti C 211.511 214.611 214.238 214.424 0.2869
10 15 Takuma Sato H 212.705 214.211 214.181 214.196 0.3390
11 77 Simon Pagenaud H 211.580 213.940 214.224 214.082 0.3650
12 2 Ryan Briscoe C 214.246 214.887 213.239 214.063 0.3701
13 22 Oriol Servia C 212.203 214.029 213.884 213.957 0.3937
14 8 Rubens Barrichello C 212.903 214.196 213.702 213.949 0.3955
15 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay C 211.251 214.144 213.711 213.927 0.4004
16 5 EJ Viso C 211.634 213.487 213.401 213.444 0.5112
17 3 Helio Castroneves C 211.876 213.659 213.146 213.402 0.5209
18 83 Charlie Kimball H 211.224 213.329 212.339 212.833 0.6522
19 18 Justin Wilson H 210.265 212.288 211.984 212.136 0.8139
20 20 Ed Carpenter C 211.980 210.936 212.355 211.643 0.9289
21 19 James Jakes H 207.077 210.591 211.903 211.245 1.0222
22 6 Katherine Legge C 199.943 209.651 211.443 210.543 1.1875
23 78 Simona de Silvestro L 196.197 203.825 204.307 204.066 2.7669
24 4 JR Hildebrand C 210.118 202.678 202.513 202.596 3.1394

Notes:
- 67-Newgarden did not attempt to qualify due to an engine issue.

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Qualifying order (View PDF): 20-Carpenter, 11-Kanaan, 5-Viso, 18-Wilson, 83-Kimball, 26-Andretti, 27-Hinchcliffe, 8-Barrichello, 6-Legge, 4-Hildebrand, 10-Franchitti, 14-Conway, 15-Sato, 19-Jakes, 12-Power, 22-Servia, 28-Hunter-Reay, 9-Dixon, 78-de Silvestro, 98-Tagliani, 77-Pagenaud, 2-Briscoe, 38-Rahal, 67-Newgarden, 3-Castroneves
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Practice 1 – Friday early

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL#
1
10
Dario Franchitti H 0 214.724 209.167 0 41 30
2
9
Scott Dixon H 0.0512 214.274 208.676 0.0512 36 3
3
67
Josef Newgarden H 0.0659 214.146 137.892 0.0147 41 5
4
98
Alex Tagliani H 0.0865 213.965 136.199 0.0206 45 39
5
11
Tony Kanaan C 0.1284 213.600 129.056 0.0419 31 30
6
28
Ryan Hunter-Reay C 0.1393 213.505 138.675 0.0109 36 35
7
5
EJ Viso C 0.1424 213.478 115.592 0.0031 38 36
8
77
Simon Pagenaud H 0.1518 213.396 213.071 0.0094 45 44
9
27
James Hinchcliffe C 0.1757 213.189 130.386 0.0239 27 9
10
38
Graham Rahal H 0.1767 213.180 213.180 0.0010 47 47
11
2
Ryan Briscoe C 0.1968 213.006 209.538 0.0201 57 41
12
14
Mike Conway H 0.2072 212.916 211.731 0.0104 39 34
13
20
Ed Carpenter C 0.2315 212.705 206.538 0.0243 31 24
14
15
Takuma Sato H 0.2831 212.261 209.535 0.0516 47 30
15
83
Charlie Kimball H 0.3089 212.039 129.879 0.0258 44 3
16 8 Rubens Barrichello C 0.3100 212.030 210.881 0.0011 41 32
17
22
Oriol Servia C 0.3107 212.024 204.415 0.0007 38 36
18
12
Will Power C 0.3165 211.974 136.282 0.0058 43 4
19
3
Helio Castroneves C 0.3416 211.759 137.229 0.0251 32 3
20
4
JR Hildebrand C 0.3447 211.732 209.388 0.0031 37 10
21
26
Marco Andretti C 0.3867 211.373 127.362 0.0420 23 6
22
18
Justin Wilson H 0.4217 211.075 211.075 0.0350 39 39
23
19
James Jakes H 0.5868 209.680 200.980 0.1651 42 38
24
6
Katherine Legge C 0.8508 207.487 203.729 0.2640 51 48
25
78
Simona de Silvestro L 1.2784 204.032 200.884 0.4276 30 29

Notes:
- Session delayed due to weepers on track.
- 14-Conway has pit fire with ~30 mins left; track remains green, limited damage, team’s fueler suffers 2nd-degree burns to his right hand and will not participate for the “immediate future.”
- 14-Conway stops on track and requires help back to pits with ~15 mins left; yellow flag.

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PRE-RACE POINT STANDINGS

Driver standings:

Rank Car Driver Points
1 12 Will Power 232
2 9 Scott Dixon 206
3 3 Helio Castroneves 177
4 10 Dario Franchitti 176
4 27 James Hinchcliffe 176
6 77 Simon Pagenaud 171
7 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 169
8 2 Ryan Briscoe 142
9 11 Tony Kanaan 141
10 22 Oriol Servia 129
11 83 Charlie Kimball 120
12 4 JR Hildebrand 119
13 8 Rubens Barrichello 112
13 15 Takuma Sato 112
15 38 Graham Rahal 109
16 5 EJ Viso 106
16 18 Justin Wilson 106
18 26 Marco Andretti 105
19 14 Mike Conway 97
20 19 James Jakes 89
21 67 Josef Newgarden 87
22 7 Sebastien Bourdais 86
23 20 Ed Carpenter 85
24 98 Alex Tagliani 79
25 78 Simona de Silvestro 78
26 6 Katherine Legge 61
27 25 Ana Beatriz 28
28 99 Townsend Bell 26
29 30 Michel Jourdain 16
30 17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
31 39 Bryan Clauson 13
31 64 Jean Alesi 13
31 41 Wade Cunningham 13

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Manufacturer standings:

Rank Manufacturer Points
1 Chevrolet 48
2 Honda 42
3 Lotus 24

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Rookie of the Year standings:

Rank Car Driver Points
1 77 Simon Pagenaud 171
2 67 Josef Newgarden 87
3 6 Katherine Legge 61

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Non-Leaders Circle entry winnings (unofficial tally):

Rank Car Team Prize Money
1 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing $316,000
2 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $266,000
3 7 Dragon Racing $213,000
4 19 Dale Coyne Racing $209,000
5 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing $171,000
6 98 Bryan Herta Autosport $144,000
7 25 Andretti Autosport $26,000

Notes:
- Indianapolis one-off entries that received no prize money are excluded from this list.
- Dragon Racing consolidated its #6 and #7 entries beginning at Detroit and is therefore no longer eligible to earn non-Leader Circle bonus awards.

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