By: Spencer Neff
June 8, 2019 | 11:05 AM
Tonight, the NTT IndyCar Series will run the first of two scheduled night races in 2019. Before the green flag for the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, here’s all the latest to get you ready for the 248-lap race on the 1.44-mile oval.
Drivers to Watch
In yesterday evening’s qualifying, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato earned his second pole of 2019. With a two-lap average of 220.250 mph, Sato will start out front for the first time on an oval since 2017 at Pocono Raceway.
On April 7, Sato backed up his pole position at Barber with a dominating race win, leading 74 of 90 laps. In addition to Sato, Honda-powered cars locked out the Top Four positions on the grid.
Lining up beside Sato is 2018 Series Champion Scott Dixon. After winning Sunday’s Race 2 at Belle Isle, the defending TMS winner will look to make it two in a row. On Thursday evening, Dixon led an opening practice that was cut short due to rain.
Rookie Colton Herta will also look to continue a winning streak of his own. On March 24, the Harding Steinbrenner Racing driver became the youngest winner in series history at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.
After falling out of the Indianapolis 500 with a gearbox issue, the second-generation driver makes his second oval start tonight. On Friday afternoon, he posted the best practice lap with a speed of 222.451 mph. In qualifying, he earned a starting spot of tenth.
Despite struggling with an ill-handling race car and failing to complete his qualifying attempt, Tony Kanaan will make history tonight. As he starts last on the 22-car grid, the June 2004 winner at the track will make his 369th career start. With this feat, he will tie Car Owner A.J. Foyt for second-most all-time.
Race Day Info
Today’s race will feature a half-hour pre-race show on NBCSN which begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, eventually leading into their race broadcast which kicks off at 8:30 p.m.
Additionally, fans can catch all 248 laps of the action on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network. To listen to the radio network – and view timing and scoring – check out RaceControl.IndyCar.com.
During today’s on-track action, join us on Twitter as well. We will be online during the day with insight on all the latest developments.
Header image by Chris Owens/INDYCAR.