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Verizon IndyCar Series - Shell Pennzoil GP/Houston (Race 1) Preview

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DATE: Saturday, June 28
SITE: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at NRG Park -- Houston, Texas
TRACK: 1.683-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit
ANNUAL: 2nd (IndyCar-sanctioned race)
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/ SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 3:43 p.m. ET (expected green flag)
QUALIFYING TIME: 11:00 a.m. ET (Saturday)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Scott Dixon
RUNNER-UP: Simona De Silvestro
POLE WINNER: Takuma Sato (finished 17)
LAPS: 90
MILES: 153
QUALIFYING RECORD: Takuma Sato, 2013 (97.305 mph/60.4535 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Scott Dixon, 2013 (76.856 mph/1 hr., 54 mins., 48.3924 secs.)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Scott Dixon36James Jakes9
2Simona De Silvestro57Graham Rahal24
3Justin Wilson128Sebastien Bourdais14
4Simon Pagenaud49EJ Viso8
5Josef Newgarden1810Luca Filippi7
2013 Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston (Race 1) Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 78.856 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 54 min., 48.3924 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Takuma Sato (97.305 mph/60.4535 secs.)
FASTEST LAP: Will Power, (98.007 mph/60.0201 secs.), Lap 56
Past Shell Pennzoil GP/Houston (R. 1) Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Scott Dixon (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 78.856 mph/1:54:48.3924
Past Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston (Race 1) Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Takuma Sato -- 17
Last Race Results
RACE: Firestone 600 (June 7)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 372 (600 kilometers)
LAPS: 248
WINNER: Ed Carpenter
RUNNER-UP: Will Power
THIRD: Juan Pablo Montoya
FOURTH: Simon Pagenaud
FIFTH: Scott Dixon
POLE WINNER: Will Power (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 1 min., 25.5758 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.5247 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 178.301 mph
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 3 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Power 1-56; Montoya 57-60; Power 61-99; Montoya 100-102;
Carpenter 103-125; Power 126-170; Carpenter 171; Montoya 172-177;
Power 178-181; Carpenter 182-212; Power 213; Carpenter 214-248.
Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston (Race 1) Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Chevrolet/Team Penske
7Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia)Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
8Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
9 *Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France)Chevrolet/KVSH Racing
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Chevrolet/Team Penske
14Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16Luca Filippi (Savigliano, Italy)Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
17Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing
18Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia)Honda/Dale Coyne Racing
19Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Honda/Dale Coyne Racing
20Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing
25Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Honda/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Honda/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)Honda/Andretti Autosport
34Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia)Honda/Andretti-HVM
67Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN)Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France)Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
99Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England)Honda/BHA/BBM
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (finish from last year)
Driver2013
Scott DixonWon
Justin Wilson3
Simon Pagenaud4
Josef Newgarden5
Graham Rahal7
Sebastien Bourdais8
Luca Filippi10
Charlie Kimball11
Will Power12
Marco Andretti13
Sebastian Saavedra14
Mike Conway16
Takuma Sato17
Helio Castroneves18
Ryan Hunter-Reay20
Tony Kanaan21
James Hinchcliffe24
Juan Pablo Montoya---
Ryan Briscoe---
Carlos Munoz---
Jack Hawksworth---
Carlos Huertas---
Mikhail Aleshin---
 
Mover of the Week
Graham Rahal - started 21 and finished 12
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Will Power
Last Week's Pick to Win (Helio Castroneves) - finished 8
 
NOTES:
Race 1 of the Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston at NRG Park is the ninth event on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The second race of the Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston is scheduled for Sunday, June 29 (3:50 p.m. ET - expected green flag).

This will be the second time this season that IndyCar runs two full-distance races at a venue on the same weekend. The Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit hosted the first weekend doubleheader of the year in IndyCar earlier this month. The third and final doubleheader weekend will take place on the streets of Toronto, scheduled for July 19-20.

Last October, the Shell Pennzoil GP of Houston was the first open-wheel race held at NRG Park (then known as Reliant Park). Champ Car competed there from 2006-07. Sebastien Bourdais won both times at this street circuit.

IndyCar moved the weekend doubleheader in Houston from October to June on this year's schedule. In the 2013 doubleheader at this circuit, Scott Dixon won the first race, and Will Power scored the victory in the second event.

CART raced on a a 1.527-mile temporary street circuit in downtown Houston from 1998-2001. Dario Franchitti won the first race. Paul Tracy (1999), Jimmy Vasser (2000) and Gil de Ferran (2001) claimed victories in the other events.

The Shell Pennzoil GP of Houston will be the seventh and eighth races on a road/street course in 2014. The first six events were won by Will Power (St. Petersburg), Mike Conway (Long Beach), Ryan Hunter-Reay (Barber), Simon Pagenaud (Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Power (Belle Isle-1) and Helio Castroneves (Belle Isle-2).

06/24 14:32:17 ET

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