NTT IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald USA Team Penske Chevrolet took his third win of the season in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Tennessee native who started the race from seventh place and came through the field capitalizing on others misfortune as well as a great strategy call from Team Penske president Tim Cindric to win the race race just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi.

Speaking following the race, Newgarden who leads the championship by 25 points from Alexander Rossi who came home second for Andretti Autosport in the No.27 GESS Capstone Honda Newgarden said:

It’s these guys (on the crew), man, they keep putting me out front (and) I’m just trying to get it done at the end. How about this Fitzgerald car; it looked good. It was good to have the Fitzgeralds here tonight. I knew we had a rocket ship and it was all about getting in the front. We were better in the front than we were in the back. We knew if we could get some (track) position we would be OK. Team Chevy doing a great job for us. A good day to capitalize on some points. These guys put me in position so it’s all up to them.” (About the final restart): “He (Alexander Rossi) was fast. Honestly, he ran a great race. Both him and (Scott) Dixon ran me really fair at the end. It was hard to get away on the restart; that was my biggest concern was getting a jump getting going again. (Rossi) was good, man, he was just hard to hold off. He was so good in dirty air. I saw him earlier in the race and how good he was behind people. I knew it was going to be tough, really tough, but you saw the speed I had on the frontstretch to hold him off, so thanks to Team Chevy. It was a good day in Texas, man. I’m glad we finally figured this place out. It’s been a while.” (About getting his first win on a superspeedway): “You know, we’ve been close here before, not necessarily at the end of the race. I know we’ve had good cars here before and have not been able to make it happen and one thing happens or another. To just finally figure it out has been great.

Alexander Rossi who started the race from eleventh commented on his night in Texas by saying:

“It was a great run by the Fleet Cost & Care guys. We raced smart tonight and made moves when we had to. The guys did a hell of a job in the pits and made our lives easier. That first stop was phenomenal, we jumped a lot of guys. I’m proud of this organization. We’ve kept our heads down, and finally, I think we’ve been rewarded a little bit. Honda was great tonight and the fuel mileage was great. On that first stint, even with the parade and pace, I think we went 63 laps or something, which was awesome, so hats off to Honda for giving us that. Our guys have worked awfully hard and I’m extremely proud of them.”

Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fleet Cost and Care Honda had a great race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing coming from ninth place to finish the race on the podium in third place just ahead of Santino Ferrucci who had his best career finish in the NTT IndyCar Series ending the race in fourth place in the No.19 Cly Del Manufacturing Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

Speaking following the race, Ferrucci said:

I can’t thank my crew enough. We had a stellar crew in the pits, they did fantastic stops, and we just made our way to the front while avoiding a couple of incidents in front of us.,” said Ferrucci. “I can’t thank my spotter Pancho (Carter) enough to get me to push my limits in the car, coaching me throughout the race. To bring home a top five with our Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda, my first one in the IndyCar Series feels pretty good. For someone who had no experience on ovals, I’m starting to say I love them. I’m happy with a fourth place. After Indy, knowing what kind of car we had, how hard our crew has been working and how much power we have from Honda as well, I knew we could do something special here, regardless of what happened in qualifying, and we did.

Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda started the race from fifth place and finished the event in fourth place and speaking following the race he said:

I thought for sure tonight was the night we were going to pull the DHL car into victory lane and get some cowboy hats. It wasn’t meant to be, unfortunately. I think leading that much maybe put us in a position where we were pitting a lap or two early and then that kind of snowballed on itself. It became a fuel mileage race with the way the yellows fell and nothing went our way then. We definitely showed we were here and showed we are fast and capable of winning – it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t turn this into a ‘W’ because I think this was a night to take advantage of, no doubt. These DHL guys did a great job, the car was awesome. But then it got to a point where I was in the most extreme fuel map, just letting guys go. It was a disaster after that. Big thanks to the guys, we’ll move on to Road America, and hopefully, get a win there

Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud came home in sixth place in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet for Team Penske having started the race from fifth.

Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda started the race from 14th place and followed up his second place finish in Detroit last Sunday with a seventh place and speaking following the race he said:

Starting from 14th today was not the best starting position. I was trying to be patient out there and just sort of focusing on each car in front of us, one after the other, and moving our way up through the field. I think we did a good job there. The Arrow car was very consistent throughout the whole race and that made me feel confident. The Arrow guys had great pit stops and we had a good strategy. We had some bad luck with the yellow flags at the end, but fortunately, we had some fuel there to push to the end. I’m still super happy and proud of P7 at my first Texas Motor Speedway race. My first goal coming into the weekend was to finish the race. My second goal was to get a top 10, so to be seventh is a great result.”

Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing came home home in eighth place and speaking following the race he said:

We finished eighth and got some good championship points, but obviously, we were hoping for a lot better. The No. 18 SealMaster Honda was good. I think we had a top-five car. The guys did a good job with the pit stops. We had a strategy that could have worked, but the yellows worked against us. Honestly, I am not really sure what happened. We’ll just have to sit down and take a look at the race and get it figured out.

Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet came through the field from 15th place for Team Penske to finish the race in ninth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:

It was kind of a frustrating night. It was totally a track position race and I pushed up high in the beginning of the first stint and that was it. I got stuck in traffic and just never got our lap back. Ninth was actually a reasonable finish after such a bad run there. We’ll take the Verizon Chevy back to the shop and be ready for Road America in a couple weeks.”

Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda came through the field from 21st place to round out the top ten and speaking following the action he said:

“We couldn’t pass on track tonight, but the No. 98 team did everything else right. Our strategy was there, the car balance was good – I just wish we had started further forward. This is a track position race; the car was good enough to compete, but we just couldn’t get the position

Conor Daly in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet for Carlin Racing had a great race coming through the field from 19th on the grid to finish the race in 11th place and speaking following the event he said:

“I think we can be super happy with that result for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet. We had a bit of a slow start. I just really struggled at the beginning of the first stint, but once we changed to the second set of tires, we just kept going faster and faster and were able to get into the lead group even though we were a lap down. We were keeping up with those guys really well and we just had solid pace all night. Every restart we seemed to pass people, which is a lot of fun, and we just kept working on it little by little. I’m pretty happy with moving from 19th to 11th and I think it’s something we can all be proud of coming out of this weekend.”

Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda finished the race in 12th place for Chip Ganassi Racing and speaking following the event he said:

The goal today was to run all the laps, complete all the laps and gain experience. We tested here before, but this was my first race at Texas Motor Speedway. We had a game plan, and we accomplished what we set out to do tonight in the NTT DATA Honda. This is something we can build off of and improve upon for future ovals.”

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Autogeek Chevrolet and his team mate Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Autogeek Chevrolet finished the race in 13th and 14th place respectively and speaking following the race they said:

That was a very difficult race, right from the start. I struggled in traffic, but we weren’t great on our own either. I couldn’t defend any positions as I couldn’t drive the car hard at all, then we were just trying not to impede anyone else’s race. I am disappointed, as I really enjoy racing at Texas Motor Speedway, but we just didn’t have it tonight. I wish the next oval was not so far off, but I am looking forward to getting back in the car in Iowa and coming back much stronger there.

Pigot said:

“Obviously, it was a frustrating race; a very difficult race. We just seemed to struggle over the course of a stint, keeping the tires underneath us. The balance just went away too quick, unfortunately. It was very tough to keep position and pass cars. We’ll look at everything to see where we can get better for the next oval; until then, I’m looking forward to Road America in a couple of weeks.

Takuma Sato in the No.30 ABeam Consulting Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing who started the race from pole position came home in 15th place, three laps down having been forced to serve a drive through penalty after hitting one of his pit crew members during his first stop.

Speaking following the race he said:

I’m deeply sorry. The guys built a great car today and then I blew it. I overshot the pit, and fortunately, no one was seriously injured.”

Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing finished the race in 16th place and speaking following the action he said:

We did what we could. We made 27 changes I think overnight, so it was a completely new setup going to the race. So, I just tried to manage what we got. I think we got to a point that we have something to work with. I’m glad we finished. We could have finished probably in the top 12 if it wasn’t for that penalty, but when you try, you’re trying too hard. All in all, we finished, we’re learning. We have to take what we learned here and take it to the next oval.

Defending series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda retired from the race following contact with Colton Herta. James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda retired from the race and speaking following the race the Mayor of HinchTown said:

We were coming up on some lapped cars and I tried to use those lapped cars to get a pick on (Alexander) Rossi. We got a good run on the outside, but I just got a little bit high and got into the grey. The car pushed to the outside and then just snapped on me, tagged the right rear into the wall and just went around. My fault. I was trying to make moves at the end of the race and get a good result for the No. 5 Arrow guys, they really deserved it. We’ve had just garbage luck this year. The car was good, strategy was good, Arrow guys were good in the pits, just my mistake.

Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Fiap Chevrolet for Carlin Racing was forced to retire from the race with a mechanical issue and speaking following the event he said:

Unfortunately, we had a mechanical issue out there, but no damage to the car. It just stepped out right at the exit of Turn 4. The car loaded up and gave me a little bit of strange feedback as I turned into Turn 3 and then I honestly thought we had a right rear puncture, but it looks like it was more of a bad wheel bearing and not quite as easy of a fix as we were hoping for. It’s a shame that our day ended early because the No. 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet was really good all weekend when we were in clean air. The No. 7 (Marcus Ericsson) car and I were just going forward out there. It felt like we were driving away from the leader who had caught up to the back. I feel bad for these Carlin guys. They put in so much effort and to have something like that pop up out of nowhere totally unexpected just really hurts.

Zach Veach was running well for Andretti Autosport before he was forced to retire and speaking following the race he said:

The Gainbridge car was great today, I just got caught up in lapped cars that weren’t giving way. I was running seventh and was trying to get around Spencer (Pigot) and another lapped car – they just made it too hard. I came off the bottom of Turn 2 with Spencer and he cut down even further and basically took all the air off my wing. We hit the wall and went for a ride. The crew did a great job to get me back out, but in the end, we just didn’t have anything else to gain. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is, and we’ll look ahead to the next one.

Mathues Matt Leist retired from the race with handling issues. The next event on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule is the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America on June 23.

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