The Verizon IndyCar Series moves the street circuit of Detroit to the oval of Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600. Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda heads into the race following a strong weekend in Detroit where he started race 2 from pole position and went on to finish the event in 4th place.
Sato is currently in third place in series points standing and speaking ahead of the race in Texas he commented by saying:
Texas has always shown very close racing and its an exciting high speed oval. This weekend will be more challenging as it’s Turn 1 and Turn 2 are a different style (than last year) with new architecture but more grip for the new, repaved surface. Team has shown very strong speed at Texas Motor Speedway and we are carrying good momentum from Indianapolis and Detroit, so I am really looking forward to have another competitive weekend.
Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Curb Honda goes into the Texas weekend having finished race two in Detroit in seventh place and speaking ahead of the event at Texas Motor Speedway the California commented by saying:
This will only be my second race at Texas Motor Speedway, so I’m not entirely sure what we should expect now with the track changes. Thoug, I do think the race will be pretty exciting with the repave and the restructures of Turn 1 and 2. It will be an amazing event for the fans to come out and see. With it being a night race, it’s going to be quite a spectacle.
Marco Andretti heads into the Texas weekend having finished the second race in Detroit in 13th place and speaking ahead of the race here he commented by saying:
There’s definitely some unknowns going into Texas after the track changes. I don’t know if it’s going to be a pack race with the new repave or not. It’s unknown, but that’s always brings an element of fun. We’ve been quick at Texas in the past and usually find a good racing line, so we’ll work hard to bring results.
Ryan Hunter Reay goes into the Texas weekend following a tough race 2 in Detroit where he finished the race in 17th place one lap down on race winner Graham Rahal so he will be hoping to bounce back from a tough race last time out.
Speaking ahead of Texas, Hunter Reay commented by saying:
Texas is always such a fun race. Eddie and his team do such a great job with the event and we enjoy being back at TMS each year. With the new track changes, there will a little bit of an unknown, but I’m looking forward to getting onto a different type of track with the DHL team. We’ll see what the weekend holds.