The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway takes place tonight with the ‘Drivers, restart your engines’ command coming at 9:15PM.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe will lead a Honda 1,2,3 from the green flag on lap 72 of the 289 lap race with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay and Hinchcliffe’s team mate Mikhail Aleshin in third place.
Where are Penske? I hear you ask. Will Power, in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet can’t be ruled out for the win as the Australian will restart the race as the highest placed Chevrolet driver in fourth place. Power has narrowed the gap in the championship to just 20 points following his fourth win of the season at Pocono Raceway on Monday.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud crashed out of Monday’s race and as he admitted on Monday has work to do up until the end of the season.
The Frenchman restarts the Firestone 600 from 15th place. Juan Pablo Montoya who has had a challenging 2016 campaign restarts tonight’s race from 10th place having made his way through the field from 17th on the grid.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 AAA Insurance Chevrolet restarts the race from seventh place so by the end of the race we can expect one if not all of the Penske cars to be challenging at the front of the field.
Reigning series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet is another driver to look out for in the race. The New Zealander restarts the race from 14th place but has been extremely competitive on ovals having won in Phoenix at the start of the season but he is also the defending race winner.
James Hinchcliffe who leads the race and has done for the past 76 days will also be a contender having shown great race pace on ovals this year.
Mikhail Aleshin is another driver to watch. The Russian, who restarts the race from third place showed last weekend that he is an extremely fast driver. Aleshin took his first Verizon P1 Award at Pocono and finished Monday’s race in second place, claiming his first ever podium in the Verizon IndyCar Series.