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Old 3 Jun 2015, 13:38 (Ref:3544552)   #1
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Round 9: Firestone 600, Texas Motor Speedway, 5th - 6th June, 2015.

Round 9: Firestone 600, Texas Motor Speedway, 5th - 6th June, 2015.

On June 7th 1997, the Indy Racing League held the "1997 True Value 500", the 6th round of the fledgling series at the Texas Motor Speedway, or TMS. It was the first night race in the history of American Open Wheel Racing and was won by Arie Luyendyk, driving a Panoz G-Force-Oldsmobile for Treadway Racing. Since then it has been a perennial event on the IndyCar series calendar.

From 1998-2004, the track hosted a second race in October and in 2007, the race distance was increased from 500 to 550 km. In 2011, the 'Firestone Twin 275s' were held, made up of two 275km races, separated by a "halftime", with half points awarded for each race. The grid for the second race was decided by a random draw, which proved so unpopular the twin race format was scrapped for 2012. In 2014, the race was further extended to 600 kilometers.

In 2001, CART scheduled the "Firestone Firehawk 600" at TMS for April 29th but after practice and qualifying, the race was cancelled as most drivers reported vertigo like symptoms and vision problems, after sustaining high lateral forces of 5.5G, due to driving in excess of 230 mph or 370 km/h on the 24 degree banking. TMS sued CART, after it emerged CART officials had ignored repeated requests to test their cars before the race. This resulted in a settlement estimated to have been around $5–7 million, which CART paid to TMS. Many pundits have cited the law suit and settlement as a key reason for CART's eventual demise.

The introduction of aero-kits this season has not been without its problems, particularly with cars taking off during accidents, which happened in practice at the Indy 500. Modifications have been made to the aero-kits to prevent this happening at Superspeedways. However, with the increase in downforce generated by the aero-kits, will track speeds increase sufficiently with a recurrence of the problems faced by drivers in the 2001 CART "Firestone Firehawk 600"?

Some Trivia:
The driver with the most wins is Hélio Castroneves: 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013.
The team with the most wins is Team Penske: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013.

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Length: 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Turns: 4
Lap record: April 28 2001. Paul Tracy, 0:22.542, 239.552 mph-385.521 kmh. Team Green, Reynard 01i-Honda HR-1 V8t, CART FedEx Championship Series.

Last year's winner:
Ed Carpenter,
Ed Carpenter Racing,
Dallara DW12-Chevrolet.

Laps: 248
Distance: 372 Mi-598.676 Km.
Time: 2:01:25.5758.
Average speed: 178.301 Mph-286.947 kmh.

TV Coverage:
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Green flag at 8:00pm ET.

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Briscoe, Mann and Vautier are added to the Texas entry list.

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The race is on NBC Sports Network.
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BudLightJaguar should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridBudLightJaguar should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Why on earth Youtube Live has those awful graphics?
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IndyCar are streaming qualifying at 4:15 pm ET.
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tux should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridtux should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridtux should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
I might be, being all "health & safety" here but is it wise to have so many cars, people & equipment on pitlane during qualifying?

What if someone has a mechanical problem and spins towards the inside of the track?
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Starting grid:

1 Will Power Dallara-Chevrolet 47.9140 218.519 MPH
2 Simon Pagenaud Dallara-Chevrolet 47.9580 218.441 MPH
3 Helio Castroneves Dallara-Chevrolet 48.0398 218.069 MPH
4 Carlos Munoz Dallara-Honda 48.0923 217.831 MPH
5 Juan Pablo Montoya Dallara-Chevrolet 48.1589 217.530 MPH
6 Graham Rahal Dallara-Honda 48.1792 217.438 MPH
7 Scott Dixon Dallara-Chevrolet 48.1853 217.411 MPH
8 Tony Kanaan Dallara-Chevrolet 48.2016 217.337 MPH
9 Charlie Kimball Dallara-Chevrolet 48.2047 217.323 MPH
10 Sage Karam(R) Dallara-Chevrolet 48.2942 216.920 MPH
11 Marco Andretti Dallara-Honda 48.3042 216.876 MPH
12 James Jakes Dallara-Honda 48.3067 216.864 MPH
13 Takuma Sato Dallara-Honda 48.3465 216.686 MPH
14 Josef Newgarden Dallara-Chevrolet 48.4530 216.210 MPH
15 Ed Carpenter Dallara-Chevrolet 48.4558 216.197 MPH
16 Tristan Vautier Dallara-Honda 48.5160 215.929 MPH
17 Jack Hawksworth Dallara-Honda 48.5853 215.621 MPH
18 Sebastien Bourdais Dallara-Chevrolet 48.6569 215.303 MPH
19 Ryan Briscoe Dallara-Honda 48.6888 215.162 MPH
20 Gabby Chaves (R) Dallara-Honda 48.6926 215.146 MPH
21 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda 48.7198 215.026 MPH
22 Pippa Mann Dallara-Honda 48.8041 214.654 MPH
23 Stefano Coletti(R) Dallara-Chevrolet 49.4315 211.930 MPH
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Not a greatt crowd, most of the spectators are in the central section of the main stand.
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Not a greatt crowd, most of the spectators are in the central section of the main stand.
And aerial photos showed that parking lot was nowhere near full.

E: But the race is almost ready to start.
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rwintle should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridrwintle should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Nice touch having Hinch as Grand Marshal.
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The start's been waved off but they go again and it's a clean start.
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Huh? Yellow for "track inspection". Sounds like NASCAR-like BS to me.
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The first yellow of the race but no indication as to why.
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Huh? Yellow for "track inspection". Sounds like NASCAR BS to me.
What exactly is wrong with the track? It been fine for the last 80 odd laps.
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