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Will Power Wins The WILD 2017 INDYCAR Rainguard Water Sealers 600

FORT WORTH, Texas (Saturday, June 10, 2017) – Will Power survived a Wild West night of racing at Texas Motor Speedway to win the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 and join a pair of greats on the all-time Indy car victory list.

The Team Penske driver won the incident-filled race on the 1.5-mile oval, taking the checkered flag in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet under caution ahead of second-place Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda from Chip Ganassi Racing.

The victory is the 31st in Indy cars for the 36-year-old Australian, tying him with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for ninth all time. It is also his second win this season and second at Texas Motor Speedway.

“Over the moon to win here,” Power said. “My second home and my wife is from here, so we spend a lot of time down here, so just an amazing feeling.”

The frenetic Verizon IndyCar Series race featured 23 lead changes among seven drivers, though Power led a race-high 180 of the 248 laps. He won under the last of nine caution periods after four cars – including Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon battling for second place right behind Power – were involved in a crash in Turn 1 on Lap 244.

Power’s win is the ninth at Texas Motor Speedway for Team Penske and the legendary team’s record 191st victory in Indy car history.

“It was a matter of getting to the front,” said Power, who started ninth in the 22-car field. “We talked about that in our pre-race strategy meeting, that track position is going to be everything because I know whoever would have the lead and (stay on) the bottom of the track would be very difficult to pass.”

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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2017 INDYCAR Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Race Results

FORT WORTH, Texas – Results Saturday of the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (9) Will Power, Chevrolet, 248, Running
2. (4) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 248, Running
3. (12) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 248, Running
4. (11) Graham Rahal, Honda, 248, Running
5. (20) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 248, Running
6. (15) Marco Andretti, Honda, 248, Running
7. (21) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 247, Running
8. (6) Max Chilton, Honda, 245, Running
9. (2) Scott Dixon, Honda, 243, Contact
10. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 243, Contact
11. (14) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 224, Contact
12. (18) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 215, Running
13. (17) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 201, Contact
14. (16) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 151, Contact
15. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 151, Contact
16. (5) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 151, Contact
17. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 151, Contact
18. (22) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 151, Contact
19. (13) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 151, Contact
20. (10) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 90, Contact
21. (1) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 41, Mechanical
22. (3) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 36, Contact

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 140.491 mph
Time of Race: 2:32:31.0118
Margin of victory: Under caution
Cautions: 9 for 66 laps
Lead changes: 23 among 7 drivers

Lap Leaders

  • Kimball 1-15
  • Vautier 16
  • Kimball 17-22
  • Vautier 23
  • Kimball 24-28
  • Vautier 29-40
  • Newgarden 41-46
  • Power 47-57
  • Vautier 58
  • Power 59-111
  • Kanaan 112
  • Power 113-140
  • Chilton 141-148
  • Power 149-192
  • Dixon 193-197
  • Power 198-231
  • Dixon 232-234
  • Power 235-236
  • Dixon 237
  • Power 238
  • Dixon 239-240
  • Power 241
  • Dixon 242
  • Power 243-248

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings

  1. Dixon 326
  2. Pagenaud 313
  3. Sato 312
  4. Castroneves 305
  5. Power 286
  6. Rahal 283
  7. Newgarden 277
  8. Kanaan 264
  9. Rossi 254
  10. Hinchcliffe 232

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Tristan Vautier Drives the #18 to a Surprising 5th Place Start

It had been nearly two years since Tristan Vautier last put a wheel on the Texas Motor Speedway oval, but it didn’t look like it when he took to the track on Friday and qualified fifth for Saturday’s RAINGUARD Water Sealers 600.

The Frenchman, who is replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais at this weekend’s event, was 16th in line to qualify and he immediately jumped up to third place provisionally with his 221.801mph two-lap average around the 1.5-mile oval.

The driver of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry owed part of his qualifying success to his teammate Ed Jones who was second in line to qualify and who provided the team with important feedback following his run.

The team had elected to take a more conservative approach heading into qualifying with a higher level of downforce on their cars. With Jones only registering a two-lap average of 217.315mph the team proceeded to make changes to Vautier’s car, which allowed him to eventually place fifth on the starting grid. Jones will be starting from 19th.

SOURCE: Dale Coyne Racing ♦ PHOTO: Brian Groce

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Charlie Kimball Grabs First Career Pole, Sets Texas Track Record

Charlie Kimball sped to the first pole position of his Verizon IndyCar Series career, claiming the Verizon P1 Award in record time for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kimball, who will make his 109th start Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network), set one- and two-lap INDYCAR qualifying records on the 1.5-mile oval to earn the first starting position for the 248-lap race.

Kimball averaged 222.556 mph over two laps in the No. 83 Tresiba Honda to beat the old record held since 2013 by Will Power by more than 3 mph. Kimball’s qualifying run was more than a full second faster than Power’s previous standard.

“I’m really excited to be on pole. The guys totally deserve it,” said Kimball, whose second qualifying lap of 23.2730 seconds also eclipsed the 14-year-old record of 23.5031 seconds held by Gil de Ferran.

“The No. 83 Tresiba Honda was really good right out of the box and Todd (Malloy, engineer) made a few adjustments that made it better during the course of practice. During qualifying, we just took a swing at it and went out and got the job done.”

Kimball credited the effort of teammate Scott Dixon at a Texas Motor Speedway test in April for helping all four Chip Ganassi Racing cars roll off the transporters fast today. Dixon, in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda, appeared bound for the pole until Kimball’s attempt.

“I knew we were going to have a good car. … I just had to go out and get the most out of it,” Kimball said. “I think it showed because I had to make some adjustments for the balance of the car, and I had the confidence to do that and take a fairly big swing at the car for that second lap because I think the first lap wasn’t fast enough to beat Scott, but the second lap was.”

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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2017 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Starting Grid

ROW 1

1. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 222.556
2. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 222.516

ROW 2

3. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 222.442
4. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 222.007

ROW 3

5. (18) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 221.801
6. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 221.654

ROW 4

7. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 221.489
8. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 221.458

ROW 5

9. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 221.277
10. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 221.200

ROW 6

11. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 220.954
12. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 220.845

ROW 7

13. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 220.707
14. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 220.487

ROW 8

15. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 220.318
16. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 220.004

ROW 9

17. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 219.947
18. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 218.960

ROW 10

19. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 217.315
20. (88) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 215.562

ROW 11

21. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 215.521
22. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, no speed

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2017 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Qualification Results

Qualifying Friday for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, and speed:

1. (83) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 222.556
2. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 222.516
3. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 222.442
4. (10) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 222.007
5. (18) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 221.801
6. (8) Max Chilton, Honda, 221.654
7. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 221.489
8. (26) Takuma Sato, Honda, 221.458
9. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 221.277
10. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 221.200
11. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 220.954
12. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 220.845
13. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 220.707
14. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 220.487
15. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 220.318
16. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 220.004
17. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 219.947
18. (21) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 218.960
19. (19) Ed Jones, Honda, 217.315
20. (88) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 215.562
21. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 215.521
22. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, no speed

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