Firestone 550 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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.
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Where: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas
When: Saturday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
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
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.
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.
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