Will Power
Jun 8

From Red Flag At Indy To Green-White-Checkered Finish At Texas

Ed Carpenter leads the field back to green for a two-lap shootout. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ed Carpenter leads the field back to green for a two-lap shootout. (Photo: Getty Images)

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.

Jun 7

IndyCar: Carpenter Holds On To Win Firestone 600 At Texas Motor Speedway

Ed Carpenter takes the checkered flags at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ed Carpenter takes the checkered flags at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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.

Jun 7

IndyCar Preview: Saturday Showdown Under The Texas Lights

A new aerodynamic package and tire degradation makes Saturday night's Texas race a fascinating showdown. (Photo: Getty Images)

A new aerodynamic package and tire degradation makes Saturday night’s Texas race a fascinating showdown. (Photo: Getty Images)

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.

Jun 7

IndyCar: Power On Pole In Texas, Castroneves Expects Tougher Race

Will Power will lead the field to green in Saturday night's IndyCar Series showdown at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Will Power will lead the field to green in Saturday night’s IndyCar Series showdown at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Will Power is thinking only about racing, not points. Helio Castroneves is focusing on what he needs to do each day.

Those similar philosophies are working quite well for the Team Penske drivers, who are 1-2 in season points and trying to get Roger Penske his first IndyCar season title since 2006.