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Texas: Race results

Helio Castroneves dominated the Firestone 550 night race at Texas Motor Speedway to win by almost five seconds from Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Marco Andretti held the lead early in the race before handing off to his Andretti Autosport team mate Ryan Hunter-Reay, but traffic congestion helped Helio Castroneves take the lead shortly before the midway point of the 228-lap race after which he was never dislodged again, duly claiming the first Team Penske win of a highly unpredictable 2013 season.

Tyre management and pit strategy proved keys to the night, and as the only driver to really be able to maintain any consistency on a set of tyres over an entire 50-plus lap run Castroneves simply couldn't be touched. Hunter-Reay held on to second place and only five cars - all Chevrolet-powered - finished on the lead lap. Dario Franchitti was first Honda home in sixth place just ahead of polesitter Will Power.

The night saw only three cautions - an engine failure for Pippa Man on lap 3, a gear problem fo Scott Dixon on lap 54, and a spin for new Panther driver Oriol Servia on lap 113. With Servia able to continue after his incident, only two drivers - Mann and Dixon - failed to complete the two-hour race.

Race results

1. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske Chevrolet 1hrs 52mins 17.4594secs after 228 laps
2. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Chevrolet + 4.6919s
3. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Chevrolet + 11.6088s
4. #20 Ed Carpenter ECR Chevrolet + 17.6930s
5. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti Chevrolet + 19.5078s
6. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Honda + 1 laps
7. #12 Will Power Penske Chevrolet + 1 laps
8. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR Honda + 1 laps
9. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Chevrolet + 1 laps
10. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM Chevrolet + 1 laps
11. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Honda + 1 laps
12. #16 James Jakes RLL Honda + 1 laps
13. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Honda + 2 laps
14. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Chevrolet + 2 laps
15. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Honda + 2 laps
16. #78 Simona De Silvestro KV Racing Chevrolet + 2 laps
17. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Honda + 2 laps
18. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Honda + 3 laps
19. #4 Oriol Servia Panther Chevrolet + 3 laps
20. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Chevrolet + 4 laps
21. #15 Graham Rahal RLL Honda + 5 laps
22. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA Honda + 5 laps
23. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda Mechanical after 61 laps
24. #18 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Honda Mechanical after 2 laps

Fastest lap
#11 Tony Kanaan - 215.761mph (24.2769s) on lap 51



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Polesitter Will Power leads fellow front row an Marco Andretti to the line at the start of the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 8 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Helio Castroneves leads the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 8 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Helio Castroneves celebrates after winning the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 8 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Helio Castroneves wins the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 8 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Will Power celebrates with his team after winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates with his team owner Roger Penske after winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates with his wife Liz after winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Gregg Ellman/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Team Chevy sweeps the podium as Tony Kanaan (center), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Saturday, August 30, 2014, during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Teammate Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, finishes second, and Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet V6, finishes third. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Gregg EllmanLAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, makes a quick pit stop while racing to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Brian Cleary/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship by posing with the Astor Challenge Cup Saturday, August 30, 2014 after the last race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Chevrolet clinches its third straight Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates winning the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship by hoisting the Astor Challenge Cup Saturday, August 30, 2014 after the last race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Chevrolet clinches its third straight Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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