IndyCar takes over the Lone Star State this weekend in what is sure to be an exciting Saturday night under the lights! Here’s a look at some possible front runners for this Saturday’s race on the Texas high banks.
He has become IndyCar’s oval master, and coming off a recent win at the Indy 500, confidence coming into this weekend is sure to be high. In 10 career stars at Texas Motor Speedway, Power has reeled off 3 pole awards and is the defending winner of this race.
Power has led seven different times at the 1.5-mile speedway for a total of 432 laps. That total is tops among all active drivers, 60 laps more than the next closest driver of Tony Kanaan.
Additionally, the Australia native has finished each of the 10 Texas races he has competed in, not an easy task. With two victories and seven top-10s under his belt, look for Power to continue his oval dominance Saturday evening.
He has proven to be a master at working his way through the field. A fourth at Indy and a podium at Phoenix show the championship contender fairing very well when only having to turn left.
While an early exit to last year’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 was a surprise after Rossi qualified 3rd for the event, look for the 26-year-old to improve on his career-best finish of 11th from 2016. Rossi has appeared to take the next step in his IndyCar Series career and seems to be putting it all together with strong showings on both the road and oval side in 2018.
It is only a matter of time before he adds another oval victory to his Baby Borg from 2016.
He has always been strong on ovals and is coming off his first pole since 2013 at Detroit. If the hot conditions and a loose-handling race car suit the third-generation Andretti, then Saturday night’s race will be to his liking.
In 13 starts, Andretti has been running at the finish in 10 of those events while racking up a career-best finish at Texas of 3rd in 2010. Marco has six top-10 finishes and has led three different years for a total of 84 laps.
Look for MA to continue with consistency this weekend.
After finally finding the top step of the podium in Detroit, Dixon’s championship hunt is in full swing. Dixon and teammate Ed Jones have been showing speed, and the Kiwi’s expertise will be helpful with tense moments expected in Texas.
Trailing only Kanaan for laps completed at Texas Motor Speedway, Dixon has a fine record in his 18 starts in the Lone Star State.
Dixon has wins at Texas in 2008 and 2015 and has finished 12 times inside the top ten. A pole winner at the track in 2008, Dixon’s qualifying performance has been even better by starting inside the top five an incredible 10 times.
The 37-year-old has led a Texas race on eight different occasions for a total of 365 laps.
It’s tough to count out the oval expert, Carpenter. He had a very strong run at Indy and will look to back that up in Texas.
Carpenter’s most recent IndyCar Series win came at this Texas Motor Speedway back in 2014, and in 16 career starts Ed has five top-ten finishes to his record.
With his team showing speed at all oval events thus far in 2018, look for the Indianapolis native to be a threat for the win tomorrow evening.
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