IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves has finally found the winner's circle this season, coming out the winner at the famed Texas Motor Speedway at the 2013 Firestone 550.
As IndyCar PR tweeted out, it was a razor-sharp finish for the Brazilian driver:
Lap 228: CHECKERED: #3 Castroneves wins the #Firestone550 by 4.6919 seconds. It's his fourth win at Texas.— INDYCAR PR (@INDYCARPR) June 9, 2013
Though the majority of the field was blown out by the top five, the race wasn't short on dramatic moments. IndyCar PR had the breakdown for some of the early lead changes:
Marco Andretti commanded the early lead.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was right behind him, though, and eventually took over the lead on Lap 70.
Lap 70: #1 Hunter-Reay leads #25 Andretti by 1.3296 seconds. #Firestone550— INDYCAR PR (@INDYCARPR) June 9, 2013
But a pit stop to replace four tires would set up a showdown between Andretti and Castroneves—a showdown that Castroneves would use as his opportunity to take the lead and never give it up.
Lap 94: Leader #1 Hunter-Reay on pit lane for four tires and fuel. New leader is #25 Andretti, who leads #3 Castroneves by .7200 of a sec.— INDYCAR PR (@INDYCARPR) June 9, 2013
After the stops, #3 Castroneves is still the race leader.— INDYCAR PR (@INDYCARPR) June 9, 2013
Castroneves has been close several times in this young IndyCar season. He had three top-five finishes in seven starts coming into the race and was already atop the leaderboard.
With the win, Castroneves became the first driver in history to win the marquee race four times. Andretti, who had been tied with Castroneves in the points standings, finished fifth.
Here's a look at the complete results from Texas.
|Pos.||Driver||Laps||Running / Reason Out|
|16||Simona De Silvestro||226||Running|
This was a huge win for Castroneves. It should create some separation between him and the rest of the pack just eight races into the season.