Castroneves takes lead with Texas win
9 June 2013 – Hélio Castroneves moved to the top of the IndyCar standings with a dominant victory at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The Penske driver, who started from sixth, took the chequered flag 4.6 seconds ahead of reigning World Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, with Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan completing the podium.
In a race dominated by tyre and fuel management, Castroneves gradually carved his way through the field, taking advantage of his rivals' relative struggles to keep the Firestone rubber in check. Having entered the weekend level on points with Marco Andretti, the Brazilian now leads the championship by a solid margin of 22.
"The Chevy [Chevrolet] guys did a great job because we were able not only to manage the tyres, manage the fuel and it was setup," Castroneves explained after the race. "We were just doing a lot of homework and it paid off. Thank God it paid off."
Ed Carpenter was the next across the line behind the leading trio of drivers, edging out Marco Andretti who lost some time due to a botched pit-stop. Dario Franchitti and pole-sitter Will Power were next up in sixth and seventh places respectively, while Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe and E.J. Viso rounded out the top ten runners.
Scott Dixon and Pippa Mann were the only retirements of the 228-lap race.
The IndyCar field will be back in action at Milwaukee on the weekend of 14-15 June