Firestone 550 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2012

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 08:  JR Hildebrand, driver of the #4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet Dallara, practices for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
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Updated Saturday, June 9th at 11:35 p.m. ET by Sam Quinn

The Firestone 550 ended in exciting fashion, as Justin Wilson overtook Graham Rahal on lap 226 of 228 to grab the checkered flag. This marks the 33-year-old's seventh career victory.

Wilson, who started 17th in the race, was able to grab the lead after Rahal made a slight error on the turn that resulted in the right side of his car clipping the wall. Rahal was able to regain control of his vehicle, but the loss of momentum proved too much to overcome.

This marks the first oval course victory win for Wilson, who won two prior road races on the circuit in years past.

Ryan Briscoe finished in third place and James Hinchcliffe came in fourth. Each of the top-four finishers led at one point during the race. J.R. Hildebrand rounded out the top-five.

The final 50 laps were a free-for-all. Scott Dixon was in front before he hit the wall. Then it was Will Power before he was penalized for blocking Tony Kanaan with 40 laps left. Briscoe too the lead for a bit, only to succumb to Rahal. Wilson was the only driver who was able to get out in front at the right time.

Other notables include Helio Castroneves, who finished in seventh place, and Will Power, who came away with an eighth place finish. Alex Tagliani, who was the pole-sitter heading in, finished at No. 9.

The two biggest disappointments of the race definitely come from Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti. Franchitti started second, but fell all the way to 14th place, and was only able to finish 225 of the 228 laps before Wilson crossed the finish line. Andretti continued his recent string of bad luck, falling all the way down to 17th place.

Here's a link to the complete results from the Texas Motor Speedway.

Next up in the IndyCar series is the Milwaukee IndyFest 225, where Franchitti is the defending champion.

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 09:  Justin Wilson of England, driver of the #18 Sonny's BBQ Honda Dallara, performs a burnout to celebrate winning the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Robert
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With the 2012 IndyCar Firestone 550 just a few hours from kicking off, it’s time to get excited for one of the fastest races on the calendar.

After a wild Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix last weekend and the Indianapolis 500 just two weeks ago, the talk about IndyCar being a viable threat to the NASCAR audiences is coming to fruition.

IndyCar is doing things right.

Keep it here for all of your Firestone 550 updates, as well as reactions, leaders and post-race analysis for all the motorsports fans that will not be satisfied with just the few hours of racing we get on Saturday.

Where: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas

When: Saturday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC Sports Network

Starting Lineup

1. Alex Tagliani

2. Dario Franchitti

3. Graham Rahal

4. Scott Dixon

5. Will Power

6. James Hinchcliffe

7. Tony Kanaan

8. Mike Conway

9. Marco Andretti

10. Takuma Sato

11. Simon Pagenaud

12. Ryan Briscoe

13. Oriol Servia

14. Rubens Barrichello

15. Ryan Hunter-Reay

16. EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy

17. Helio Castroneves

18. Charlie Kimball

19. Justin Wilson

20. Ed Carpenter

21. James Jakes

22. Katherine Legge

23. Simona de Silvestro

24. JR Hildebrand

25. Josef Newgarden

Drivers to Watch

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 08:  Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara, climbs into his car to qualify for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Phot
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Scott Dixon

After winning last week in Detroit and coming in a heartbreaking second place at the Indy 500, Scott Dixon will look to continue his dominance by stealing the show at Texas Motor Speedway with a huge win.

If Dixon can stay out of trouble and neither the No. 4 spot he qualified at for most of the day, he could very well be the biggest threat to win the whole race. Two straight wins will be a nice way to ease the loss at the Indy 500.

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 08:  Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Energizer Honda Dallara, looks on during qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Robert Laberg
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Dario Franchitti

The 2012 Indy 500 winner is running hot this season and looking to add another notch to his belt by winning the super-fast race at Texas. While all IndyCar races are fast, the fact that the series has made its way to a NASCAR track means the speeds will be off the charts.

With the speeds up in the area of scary, a driver like Franchitti that has raced everywhere in all kinds of cars will have the advantage. Expect the IndyCar veteran to have a say in the outcome of this race.

Check back for more on auto racing as it comes, and don’t miss Bleacher Report’s Motorsports page to get your fill of all things motorsports.


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