Notes and quotes from the IndyCar race at Texas

Ed Carpenter was victorious in the Saturday night showdown at Texas Motor Speedway.

Notes and quotes from the IndyCar race at Texas

He started fifth, took advantage of a late race restart opportunity and shook off bad luck from Indianapolis to score his third win in Verizon IndyCar Series competition.

Ed Carpenter had the right amount of laps left after a late-race caution for Takuma Sato’s blown engine to hold off Will Power. Carpenter won after Power pitted during the caution for fresh rubber.

Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet

Photo by: Chris Owens

Power went from sixth to second but ran out of laps at the end of the race. Power, who had led over 100 laps, was handed a pit-lane speeding penalty.

“Another drive-thru, that’s four drive-thrus in five races. That’s not good enough. Anyone who says I don’t get drive-thrus or penalties are crazy, man,” Power said.

Carpenter slowed down quite a bit on the last restart, but claimed Montoya was laying back.

“I’m the leader of the race, you’re not supposed to lag back, we talked about that in the driver’s meeting.” Carpenter said.

Montoya saw things differently.

“If you want to jump it [the restart] a little bit, you can jump it a car length or two, but 200, 300 yards, are you kidding me?”

Carpenter had the last laugh.

“He ended up finishing what, third anyway, right? Doesn’t matter,” Carpenter said.

Outside front row starter Josef Newgarden finished 11th after struggling with the setup.

“It’s a good day just cause we can drive it on the trailer I guess that’s a good way to put it. We just had a lot of rear issues, we were struggling with a loose car tonight,” Newgarden said.

Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

Photo by: Chris Owens

Newgarden wasn’t the only driver struggling with a loose car. Fourth place finisher Scott Dixon had a very loose race car.

“I’m just actually glad I got to the end. The car was so loose the whole race I hardly had to turn left,” Dixon said.

Top rookie Mikhail Aleshin was 7th on the last restart, but alleged that Kimball and Briscoe incurred rules violations, which Indycar agrees with.

"Following the conclusion of the race, VICS officials reviewed the results and penalized Ryan Briscoe, Sebastian Saavedra, Josef Newgarden and Charlie Kimball 30 seconds for failing to follow the direction of race control."

“For sure it’s a good result, we just need to find out if we can get our 7th place back. If we can, it will be awesome, but anyway the car was good,” Aleshin said.

The race started off with Marco Andretti gaining over a half dozen positions in the first lap, before his engine failed on the third lap of the race.

Andretti Autosport’s night went from bad to worse, as Carlos Munoz spun on pit road under caution and Ryan Hunter-Reay’s engine failed at lap 135 of 248. Munoz ended up finishing highest of the AA drivers with a 13th place finish.

The night’s only accident took place in turns 3 and 4 with Sebastien Bourdais and Justin Wilson getting into each other. Neither driver was seriously injured.

Carpenter’s next race will be in Iowa after Mike Conway takes the Fuzzy’s Vodka car over for the Houston double-header.

shares
comments
Walker, Texas Director: Changes coming to the IndyCar schedule?

Previous article

Walker, Texas Director: Changes coming to the IndyCar schedule?

Next article

Ed Carpenter victorious in Texas

Ed Carpenter victorious in Texas
Load comments
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win Prime

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win

Saturday, Oct. 16th, marks the 10th anniversary Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500.

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Prime

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Jack Harvey’s move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate, but their combined strength could prove golden, says David Malsher-Lopez.

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Prime

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong résumé and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear. By David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star Prime

2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star

Alex Palou has captured Chip Ganassi Racing's 14th IndyCar drivers' championship, and in truly stellar manner. David Malsher-Lopez explains what made the Palou-Ganassi combo so potent so soon.

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Prime

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021
IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch Prime

IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch

The 2021 IndyCar silly season is one of the silliest of all, but it’s satisfying to see so many talented drivers in play – including Callum Ilott. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

IndyCar
Sep 11, 2021
IndyCar young guns are great, but the elders aren’t done yet Prime

IndyCar young guns are great, but the elders aren’t done yet

The ace 20-somethings in IndyCar have risen to become title contenders, but the best of the series veterans are digging deep and responding – and will continue to do so over the next couple of years, says David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Prime

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021