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DATE: Saturday, June 8
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 122,377 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 18th
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 8:45 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, June 7/4:30 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Justin Wilson
POLE WINNER: Alex Tagliani (finished 9)
LAPS: 228
MILES: 342 (550 kilometers)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Billy Boat, 1998 (225.979 mph)
RACE RECORD: Will Power, 2011 Race 2, (206.693 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Justin Wilson176Simon Pagenaud9
2Graham Rahal37Helio Castroneves15
3Ryan Briscoe108Will Power5
4James Hinchcliffe69Alex Tagliani1
5J.R. Hildebrand2310James Jakes21
2012 Firestone 550 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 167.217 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 Hr., 59 mins., 2.0131 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.9202 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Alex Tagliani (215.691 mph)
FASTEST LAP: Ryan Briscoe, 213.648 mph, Lap 141
Past Firestone 550 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Justin Wilson (17) -- Dallara-Honda -- 167.217 mph
2011 -- Dario Franchitti (2) -- Dallara-Honda -- 181.649 mph (race 1)
2011 -- Will Power (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 206.693 mph (race 2)
2010 -- Ryan Briscoe (1) -- Dallara-Honda -- 159.508 mph
2009 -- Helio Castroneves (4) -- Dallara-Honda -- 172.677 mph
2008 -- Scott Dixon (1) -- Dallara-Honda -- 159.740 mph
2007 -- Sam Hornish Jr (2) -- Dallara-Honda -- 177.314 mph
2006 -- Helio Castroneves (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 185.710 mph
2005 -- Tomas Scheckter (1) -- Dallara-Chevrolet -- 165.047 mph
2004 -- Tony Kanaan (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 153.965 mph
2003 -- Al Unser Jr (7) -- Dallara-Toyota -- 168.213 mph
2002 -- Jeff Ward (7) -- G-Force-Chevrolet -- 164.984 mph
2001 -- Scott Sharp (2) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile -- 150.873 mph
2000 -- Scott Sharp (12) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile -- 169.182 mph.
1999 -- Scott Goodyear (8) -- G-Force-Oldsmobile Aurora -- 151.177 mph
1998 -- Billy Boat (2) -- Dallara-Oldsmobile Aurora -- 145.388 mph
1997 -- Arie Luyendyk (11) -- G-Force-Oldsmobile Aurora -- 103.903 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called True Value 500 (1997-98), Longhorn 500 (1999), Casino
Magic 500 (2000-2001), Boomtown 500 (2002), Bombardier 500 (2003-04),
Bombardier Learjet 500 (2005-06), Bombardier Learjet 550 (2007-09),
Firestone 550k (2010), Firestone Twin 275s (2011). Race increased from
500 kilometers to 550 in 2007, and then changed to twin 275-kilometer
events in 2011. Race returned to 550 kilometers for 2012.
 
Past Firestone 550 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Alex Tagliani -- 9
2011 -- Alex Tagliani -- 4 (Race 1)
2011 -- Tony Kanaan -- 5 (Race 2)
2010 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 1
2009 -- Dario Franchitti -- 5
2008 -- Scott Dixon -- 1
2007 -- Scott Sharp -- 7
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr -- 4
2005 -- Tomas Scheckter -- 1
2004 -- Dario Franchitti -- 2
2003 -- Tomas Scheckter -- 18
2002 -- Tomas Scheckter -- 17
2001 -- Mark Dismore -- 20
2000 -- Buddy Lazier -- 7
1999 -- Mark Dismore -- 8
1998 -- Tony Stewart -- 14
1997 -- Tony Stewart -- 5
Last Race Results
RACE: Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit/Race 2 (June 2)
SITE: The Raceway at Belle Isle -- Detroit, Mich.
MILES: 164.22
LAPS: 70
WINNER: Simon Pagenaud
RUNNER-UP: James Jakes
THIRD: Mike Conway
FOURTH: Scott Dixon
FIFTH: Dario Franchitti
POLE WINNER: Mike Conway (finished 3)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 56 mins., 14.7861 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.6274 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 84.906 mph
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 22 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Mike Conway - pole; Will Power 1-3; Conway 4-28; Tony Kanaan
29-38; Tristan Vautier 39; Conway 40-45; Charlie Kimball 46-48;
Simon Pagenaud 49-54; James Jakes 55-58; Pagenaud 59-70.
Firestone 550 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)DHL/Andretti Autosport
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil)AAA Insurance/Team Penske
4Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
6Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia)Dragon Racing
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France)Dragon Racing
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh,Scotland)Belkin/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)KV Racing Technology
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing
15Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Midas/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16James Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/RLL Racing
18Pippa Mann (Ipswich, England)CyclopsGear.com/Dale Coyne Racing
19 *Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
25Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)RC Cola/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
55Tristan Vautier (Corenc, France)Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
67Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN)Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France)Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Thun, Switzer.)Nuclear Entergy Areva/KVRT
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)NovoLog FlexPen/Chip Ganassi Racing
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, QB, Canada)Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autospt
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last eight years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120112012
Justin Wilson---------2715191721Won
Graham Rahal---------1122---9302
James Hinchcliffe------------------20194
Simon Pagenaud------------------------6
Helio Castroneves5Won162Won201047
Will Power---------13---143Won8
Alex Tagliani------------14184149
Tony Kanaan37258611511
Ed Carpenter2091899---181612
Dario Franchitti8144---55Won714
Marco Andretti---1419194313617
Scott Dixon11212Won342218
Ryan Hunter-Reay------20---16719921
Takuma Sato---------------2551222
 
Mover of the Week
Dario Franchitti - started 16 and finished 5
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dario Franchitti
Last Week's Pick to Win (Helio Castroneves) - finished 8
 
NOTES:
The Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway is the eighth race on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. This is the second event on an oval this season. Tony Kanaan won the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

Construction of Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995. This 1.5-mile racetrack has 24 degrees of banking in all four turns and 5 degrees of banking on both the front and back straightaways. The length of the front straight is 2,250 feet, and the back straight measures 1,330 feet.

Since 1997, there have been 24 IndyCar races held at Texas. The series competed twice there each season from 1998-2004. In 2011, the event at Texas was split into two races (each one was 114 laps/171 miles in length).

Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. share the record for most IndyCar wins at Texas with three each. Hornish is now a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Castroneves will attempt to win at this track for a fourth time this weekend.

Alex Tagliani won the pole position at Texas in 2011 (race 1) and 2012. Tomas Scheckter holds the track record for most pole wins three.

Team Penske has the most team victories at Texas with seven. Castroneves and Will Power are those Penske drivers entered in this year's race. Power's only win on an oval came at this track in 2011 (race 2).

The October 2001 race featured a track record for most lead changes with 32. Hornish was the winner of that event.

The furthest back a driver has started and won an IndyCar race at Texas is 17th, accomplished by Justin Wilson one year ago.

Hornish holds the record for most laps led by an IndyCar race winner at Texas. He won at this track in June 2007 after leading a total of 159 laps.

The closest margin of victory in an IndyCar race at Texas came on Sept. 15, 2002 when Hornish beat Castroneves to the finish line by only 0.0096 seconds.

The next IndyCar race is the June 15 Milwaukee IndyFest at The Milwaukee Mile. Ryan Hunter-Reay won last year's event there.

06/06 09:46:47 ET

As of June 6, 2013, at 09:46 AM ET

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