By: Tanner Watkins
June 5, 2019 | 1:00 PM
After finishing off the Detroit doubleheader just three days ago, it is already time to shift our focus to night racing under the lights for IndyCar’s annual visit to Texas Motor Speedway.
On Saturday night, 22 drivers will take to the high banks of “No Limits Texas” for what track promoter Eddie Gossage claims as America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race. The event will be shown live on NBCSN and represents the midpoint of this 17-round season.
Heading into the Texas showdown this weekend, we have seen six different winners through the first eight races. Furthermore, Team Penske has won the last two NTT IndyCar Series oval events (Gateway 2018 and Indianapolis 2019) and nine of the last 13 oval races dating back to Phoenix in 2017.
As the series points leader heading into a wild card weekend like Texas, Josef Newgarden is putting an emphasis on finishing a challenging stretch of racing over the last month.
“We had a pretty good weekend at Detroit, picking up a win and a pole in the process. Unfortunately, things didn’t go our way on Sunday, so I’m ready to get back in the car at Texas and put that behind us,” said Newgarden.
“Thankfully, we still came out of there with the points lead, making Texas a really important race for us. I’ve had some up and down moments, but all the Team Penske cars – especially my Fitzgerald USA Chevrolet – always have run well there. So I’m ready to wrap up what’s been a pretty busy last 30 days with a solid run this weekend.”
On the flip side, rookie Colton Herta is trying to right the oval-racing ship after failing to finish his first IndyCar start on an oval at the Indianapolis 500. Following a solid weekend in Detroit and a positive test at Texas in April, Herta is hopeful entering Saturday’s race.
“I’m excited to get back on an oval again at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Herta.
“We tested there in April and the No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda car was great. We’re coming off another strong weekend after the Detroit Grand Prix, so the boys and I hope to use that momentum to build more confidence to bring home a strong result.”
Practice for the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway opens on Thursday evening with a two-hour practice session that begins at 8:00 PM Eastern. Teams will get a one-hour practice on Friday starting at 3:00 PM Eastern and then qualifications will be shown live on NBCSN at 6:45 PM Eastern on Friday evening.
The race will go green at 8:45 PM Eastern on NBCSN on Saturday night. All practice sessions will be shown live on the NBC Sports Gold IndyCar Pass, and fans can check out RaceControl.IndyCar.com for live timing and scoring as well as radio commentary from the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network.
DXC Technology 600 Fast Facts
Race weekend: Thursday, June 6 – Saturday, June 8
Track: Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval
Race distance: 248 laps / 357.12 miles
Entry List: DXC Technology 600 (PDF)
Firestone tire allotment: Fourteen sets for use through the weekend
Twitter: @TXMotorSpeedway @IndyCar, #DXC600, #IndyCar
Event website: www.TexasMotorSpeedway.com
INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com
2018 race winner: Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda)
2018 NTT P1 Award winner: Josef Newgarden (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet), 46.9964 seconds, 220.613 mph (two laps)
Qualifying records (based on track distance of 1.44 miles)
One lap: Charlie Kimball, 23.2730, 222.747 mph, June 9, 2017
Two laps: Charlie Kimball, 46.5861 seconds, 222.556 mph, June 9, 2017
NBCSN television telecasts: Qualifying: 6:30 p.m. ET Friday, NBCSN (live); Race: 8 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN. Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for NBC broadcasts alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Jon Beekhuis and Robin Miller are the pit reporters.
Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Anders Krohn with Jake Query and Nick Yeoman in the turns.
All NTT IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 98, XM 202, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. Live coverage of NTT IndyCar Series qualifying is available on Sirius 98, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.
NBC Sports Gold livestreaming: All NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.
At-track Schedule (all times Central)
Thursday, June 6
7 – 9 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice #1, NBC Sports Gold (live)
Friday, June 7
2 – 3 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice #2, NBC Sports Gold (live)
5:45 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (single car/cumulative time of two laps), NBCSN (live); NBC Sports Gold (live)
Saturday, June 8
7:01 p.m. – Driver introductions
7:40 p.m. – Command to start engines
7:45 p.m. – DXC Technology 600 (248 laps/357.12 miles), NBCSN (live)
Header image by Chris Owens/INDYCAR. Fast Facts by INDYCAR.