Verizon IndyCar Series - Shell Pennzoil GP/Houston (Race 1) Preview
06/24/2014 2:38 PM
06/24/2014 2:47 PM
Date: Saturday, June 28
Start Time: 3:43 p.m. ET (expected green flag)
Site: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at NRG Park -- Houston, Texas
Track: 1.683-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit
Year: 2nd (IndyCar-sanctioned race)
On TV: NBC Sports Network
On Radio: IMS Radio Network/ SIRIUS XM Satellite
Race record: Scott Dixon, 2013 (76.856 mph/1 hr., 54 mins., 48.3924 secs.)
Qualifying record: Takuma Sato, 2013 (97.305 mph/60.4535 secs.)
Defending champion: Scott Dixon
Runner up: Simona De Silvestro
Pole winner: Takuma Sato (97.305 mph/60.4535 secs.)
1. Scott Dixon (Start: 3)
2. Simona De Silvestro (5)
3. Justin Wilson (12)
4. Simon Pagenaud (4)
5. Josef Newgarden (18)
6. James Jakes (9)
7. Graham Rahal (24)
8. Sebastien Bourdais (14)
9. EJ Viso (8)
10. Luca Filippi (7)
Average speed: 78.856 mph
Time of race: 1 hr., 54 min., 48.3924 secs.
Margin of victory: Under Caution
Caution flags: 7 for 27 laps
Lead changes: 4 among 3 drivers
2013 Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 78.856 mph/1:54:48.3924
Race: Firestone 600 (June 7)
Site: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
Miles: 372 (600 kilometers)
Finish line order: Ed Carpenter, Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon
Time of Race: 2 hrs., 1 min., 25.5758 secs.
Average speed: 178.301 mph
Margin of victory: 0.5247 secs.
Caution flags: 3 for 23 laps
Lead changes: 11 among 3 drivers
Lap leaders: Power 1-56; Montoya 57-60; Power 61-99; Montoya 100-102; Power 1-56; Montoya 57-60; Power 61-99; Montoya 100-102; Carpenter 103-125; Power 126-170; Carpenter 171; Montoya 172-177; Power 178-181; Carpenter 182-212; Power 213; Carpenter 214-248.
#2 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/Team Penske
#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil Chevrolet/Team Penske
#7 Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
#8 Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
#9 * Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
#10 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
#11 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Chevrolet/KVSH Racing
#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Chevrolet/Team Penske
#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises
#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
#16 Luca Filippi (Savigliano, Italy) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
#17 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing
#18 Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing
#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing
#20 Mike Conway (Bromley, England) Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing
#25 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Honda/Andretti Autosport
#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) Honda/Andretti Autosport
#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL Honda/Andretti Autosport
#34 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Andretti-HVM
#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton
#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
#99 Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England) Honda/BHA/BBM
|Juan Pablo Montoya|
This will be the second time this season that IndyCar runs two full-distance races at a venue on the same weekend. The Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit hosted the first weekend doubleheader of the year in IndyCar earlier this month. The third and final doubleheader weekend will take place on the streets of Toronto, scheduled for July 19-20.
Last October, the Shell Pennzoil GP of Houston was the first open-wheel race held at NRG Park (then known as Reliant Park). Champ Car competed there from 2006-07. Sebastien Bourdais won both times at this street circuit.
IndyCar moved the weekend doubleheader in Houston from October to June on this year's schedule. In the 2013 doubleheader at this circuit, Scott Dixon won the first race, and Will Power scored the victory in the second event.
CART raced on a a 1.527-mile temporary street circuit in downtown Houston from 1998-2001. Dario Franchitti won the first race. Paul Tracy (1999), Jimmy Vasser (2000) and Gil de Ferran (2001) claimed victories in the other events.
The Shell Pennzoil GP of Houston will be the seventh and eighth races on a road/street course in 2014. The first six events were won by Will Power (St. Petersburg), Mike Conway (Long Beach), Ryan Hunter-Reay (Barber), Simon Pagenaud (Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Power (Belle Isle-1) and Helio Castroneves (Belle Isle-2).
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