Firestone 550K

Fin Driver Sponsor / Owner Laps Status Led Pts
1    Ryan Briscoe Team Penske   (Roger Penske) 228 running 102 53
2    Danica Patrick   (Andretti Autosport) 228 running 1 40
3    Marco Andretti Venom Energy   (Andretti Autosport) 228 running 0 35
4    Scott Dixon Target   (Chip Ganassi) 228 running 0 32
5    Dario Franchitti Energizer   (Chip Ganassi) 228 running 86 30
6    Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven   (Andretti Autosport) 228 running 0 28
7    Ryan Hunter-Reay IZOD   (Andretti Autosport) 228 running 0 26
8    Alex Lloyd Boy Scouts of America   (Dale Coyne) 228 running 0 24
9    Dan Wheldon National Guard   (Panther Racing) 228 running 1 22
10    Vitor Meira ABC Supply Co.   (A.J. Foyt) 228 running 0 20
11    E.J. Viso PDVSA / Jet Aviation   (KV Racing Technology) 228 running 0 19
12    Hideki Mutoh Formula Dream / Panasonic   (Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing) 228 running 1 18
13    Tomas Scheckter Roll Coater   (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) 227 running 0 17
14    Will Power Verizon   (Roger Penske) 227 running 4 16
15    Sarah Fisher Dollar General   (Sarah Fisher) 227 running 0 15
16    Raphael Matos HP   (De Ferran-Luczo-Dragon Racing) 226 running 0 14
17    Mario Romancini Conquest Racing   (Eric Bachelart) 226 running 0 13
18    Alex Tagliani Bowers & Wilkins   (FAZZT Race Team) 225 running 33 12
19    Justin Wilson Charter Communications   (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) 225 running 0 12
20    Helio Castroneves Team Penske   (Roger Penske) 129 crash 0 12
21    Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 129 crash 0 12
22    Bertrand Baguette Conquest Racing / RACB   (Eric Bachelart) 129 crash 0 12
23    Milka Duno CITGO   (Dale Coyne) 116 radiator 0 12
24    Simona de Silvestro Stargate Worlds / HVM   (Keith Wiggins) 97 crash 0 12
25    Takuma Sato Lotus   (KV Racing Technology) 56 crash 0 10
26    Jay Howard Service Central   (Sarah Fisher) 37 fuel pressure 0 10

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, winner Firestone 550K): “(On tonight’s race): It was pretty crazy out there. There was also a lot of tire management too. I really had to work with the tools in the car to keep a good balance throughout the stint. That really made the race fun. (On racing Danica Patrick for the lead): Danica got by us and I didn’t want to make any aggressive moves and block. I gained some momentum on the next lap, used the push-to-pass and was able to pass her out of Turn 4 and into Turn 1. She gave us a real run for our money tonight. It was fun racing side-by-side with her.”

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team “It was a good weekend last weekend in Indy and it was a good weekend here in Texas. Sometimes the little victories that I have throughout the season are not necessarily obvious on the track. Maybe there in other aspects of what I’m doing, winning little victories here and there to get everything in line to perform from top to bottom on race day. I’ve been working hard all season. It’s just really nice to have a result to show how hard I’ve been working and how hard the team has been working as well.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy): “It was definitely a good team effort. The Venom car was strong all night long and we really showed that. We went to the back a couple of times and just came forward. Never give up, I think that was the name of the game tonight.

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing): “Not a bad day for the Target team with a double top-five finish today. Our car was solid and we held our ground for the most part. Outside of that it wasn’t your typical Texas race and things got strung out a bit at the end. We’ll take the points and move to Iowa.”

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Energizer): “Great car in the front tonight, not as much in traffic. We led a bunch of laps and the Energizer car was really fast. It was a great job for Team Target. We were set up to run up front (but that didn’t happen.)”

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven): “It was a good race for us. The 7-Eleven boys did a great job on the stops. Things could have been a little bit better, but I’m happy. It was crazy out there. Unfortunately, I got chopped back to 17th by my teammate and we had to work our way back through the field. I think we had a car to finish a little bit better, but that’s the beauty of Texas. You can’t know what is going to happen until the last lap. I had some fun, for sure.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD): “I think we had to work harder than anybody else tonight to get what we got. We went from the back to the middle to the back to the middle to the back to the top seven. Once again, we raced well in a pack. We’re good in traffic, but the speed we had on our own just wasn’t enough. This #37 IZOD team is extremely resilient. The guys dig deep, I dig deep; we are a great team. We could win a lot of races together. We’ll just have to see what happens.” (How did your thumb feel tonight?): “I forgot about it during the race. The adrenaline was running so high, I could have had a knife sticking in my arm and I wouldn’t have known about it.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske): “Yeah, I was up at that front most of the night and finished out back. The Verizon car was good at front, but we struggled in traffic. Then we got out of sequence when we picked up some debris from a crashed car. We needed a yellow flag there at the end and just didn’t get it.”

E.J. VISO (No. 5 PDVSA – Jet Aviation- KV Racing Technology: “I want to thank the team for giving me a very good car today.  I think had a top five car.  Unfortunately, in the last stint, we had a problem with the handling as the car was just very loose.  I almost lost it a couple of times in turn two at the end.  That is why we lost some positions at the end. It was very strange and we are going do some research on the problem.  Our car was fast for most of the race.  We had a consistent package for the majority of the race.  I’m looking forward to the Iowa race now.”

MARIO MORAES (No. 32 KV Racing Technology): “I couldn’t hear my spotter say anyone was on the outside.  Then I got hit and started spinning.  I thought I was by myself.  It is a tough one for the KV Racing team. We have to get ready for Iowa now.”

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 FAZZT Race Team): “The team did a fantastic job tonight and gave me a really good car so it’s disappointing to not be able to capitalize on that. We had a little issue in qualifying yesterday and the guys worked on it last night and fixed the problem and you could see that we had a great car when we got out front. Once I got out front, I had a great car and the Bowers and Wilkins #77 car was absolutely amazing. We realized we had a small issue in Indianapolis and it carried over here in qualifying. But the guys worked very hard and found the problem last night and I knew that tonight when I had such a good car. But the racing is just so competitive that you just can’t make it up when you start from the back. I’m so proud of the boys and so proud to show what a good car we had when we got out front. That is testament to the hard work of the team and shows the character of everyone on this team. Now, we know we have a good car so we will leave and regroup and do a better job in Iowa.”


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