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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.)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, and his team perform the traditional kissing of the bricks after racing to victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, drinks the traditional bottle of milk while celebrating his victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, crosses the finish line as he races to victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Will Power (left), driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, finishes second. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Andy Frame/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya is congratulated by his Penske team mate Helio Castroneves after clinching victory in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on pit road during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Penske team mates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power race side-by-wide during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya crosses the line ahead of Penske team mate Will Power to win the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda in pit lane on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda on track on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, Mark Miles and Derrick Walker announce the addition of Boston to the 2016 IndyCar Series itinerary. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)

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