The IndyCar Series heads to Houston, Texas this weekend for the second doubleheader of the 2014 season. Drivers and teams will tackle the tricky 1.683-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit on Saturday and Sunday, with both races rewarding full points.
Juan Pablo Montoya brought up the idea of how cool he thought green-white-checkered finishes could be for IndyCar only moments after his third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.
“No way,” Will Power quickly responded. “Not in IndyCar.”
Except that is exactly what had just happened Saturday night after a late caution led to a restart with two laps left at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track.
IndyCar owner Ed Carpenter now drives his car only on ovals. He does it well.
Carpenter stayed in front of Will Power during a two-lap shootout to win at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night after a late caution night wiped out his huge lead. The victory came two weeks after a late accident took away any chance to win the Indianapolis 500.
It used to be easy to pick a favorite for an IndyCar race because the power teams such as Team Penske, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport.
It’s getting increasingly difficult to forecast a favorite, however, because the depth of the Verizon IndyCar Series field has increased and a new aerodynamic package along with Firestone tires that quickly degrade over the course of a fuel run has made Saturday night’s Firestone 600 a race of comers and goers.