The plan seems to be working out quite nicely for Ed Carpenter Racing. Not even halfway into the 2014 season, the team has already won two races, and the Indianapolis 500 Pole. That second win came tonight, at Texas Motor Speedway, as Ed Carpenter put his Fuzzy’s Chevrolet in victory lane. It was a three-lap shootout at the end, in which Carpenter was able to hold off Team Penske drivers Will Power and Juan Montoya, who joined him on the podium.
It appeared as though Power was well on his way to cruising to yet another victory. After dominating the early stages of the race, he ran into traffic and lost the lead to Carpenter. He was caught speeding on pit lane on his final pit stop of the night, with 30 laps remaining in the race. He rebounded nicely, and has now finished in second place for the second straight race after receiving a penalty. Power increased his lead in the championship standings over teammate Helio Castroneves to 43 points.
Both Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon kept their championship hopes alive with top five finishes on Saturday night. Chip Ganassi’s team finished 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th with it’s four drivers, with Tony Kanaan, Ryan Briscoe, and Charlie Kimball behind Dixon. Rookie Mikhail Aleshin and veteran Helio Castroneves rounded out the top ten.
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It was another rough weekend for Andretti Autosport. It began when Marco Andretti’s engine blew less than four laps into the race. Carlos Munoz spun his car entering pit lane, and James Hinchcliffe was battling handling issues all night, finishing 15th. Perhaps the biggest hit though, was to the Indy 500 champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay. His night ended with mechanical issues, continuing his run of bad luck since Indianapolis. In four of the first five races this season, Ryan finished either first or second. Since his win at Indy, he has finished 16th, 19th, and 19th respectively.
All three Team Penske cars and all four of Chip Ganassi’s cars finished in the Top 10 on Saturday night. None of the four Andretti cars even finished in the Top 12.
Teams and drivers will now get a much needed three week break before IndyCar action resumes. The next event on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar schedule is the Grand Prix of Houston, a double-header on June 28 and 29. Both races will begin at 3 PM ET and will air live on the NBC Sports Network. Dixon and Power won the two races last year.