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Ed Carpenter shoots to revenge victory in Texas

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Sunday 8th June, 2014 - 1:07pm

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Ed Carpenter celebrates following Texas win

Ed Carpenter celebrates following Texas win

Superspeedway gun Ed Carpenter made up for his unfortunate exit from the Indy 500 by winning the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Indiana native Carpenter crafted out a thrilling win by taking the lead on lap 182 of the 248 lap affair.

It was a welcome turn of good fortune after Carpenter was taken out late at the Indy 500 two weeks ago when seemingly in a position to win.

Carpenter drove the perfect race in the #20 Fuzzy’s Chevrolet to beat Team Penske pair Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya.

“The Fuzzy’s car was hooked up by the end. I think we were for sure the car to beat at the end,” Carpenter said.

“I was a little worried about that last yellow.”

After dominating in front Power checked up in traffic, allowing Carpenter to surge to the front before the pair pitted together with 36 tours remaining.

Carpenter beat Power out but the Australian’s race was soured when he was pinged for pitlane speeding after locking up coming into pitlane.

He served his drive-through immediately with his race at the front seemingly gone.

Then a late race caution saw Penske call Power in from sixth position for fresh tyres, a gamble which paid off as the series leader rocketed to the finish for the final two green laps.

“What an awesome call by my team to get tyres. I screwed up again, that’s four drive throughs in five races. That’s not good enough,” Power said.

“I was just happy to get back to second. It was just an awesome last lap.”

Simon Pagenaud finished fourth followed by Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Ryan Briscoe with the Chip Ganassi trio having looked strong at different stages in the race.

Kanaan was the last runner to take the checkered flag on the lead lap in sixth.

The fourth Ganassi driver, Charlie Kimball was eighth from rookie Mikhail Aleshin and Helio Castroneves completed the top 10.

After a blistering start, Marco Andretti was an early retirement on lap 5 after the engine caught fire in its #25 Andretti Autosport car bringing out the first of three caution periods.

The race remained green until lap 121 when Sebastien Bourdais and Justin Wilson smacked the wall at turn 4 with Wilson claiming he was squeezed on the inside apron by the Frenchman.

Takuma Sato’s AJ Foyt Honda then caught fire bringing out the final caution with seven to go.

Power now moves to 370 points with Castroneves on 331 while Ryan Hunter-Reay, who retired on lap 136 with mechanical problems, on 310.

See below for Texas results

1

Ed Carpenter

Carpenter/Chev

248

2

Will Power

Penske/Chev

248

3

Juan Pablo Montoya

Penske/Chev

248

4

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt/Honda

248

5

Scott Dixon

Ganassi/Chev

248

6

Tony Kanaan

Ganassi/Chev

248

7

Ryan Briscoe

Ganassi/Chev

247

8

Charlie Kimball

Ganassi/Chev

247

9

Mikhail Aleshin(r)

Schmidt/Honda

247

10

Helio Castroneves

Penske/Chev

247

11

Josef Newgarden

Fisher/Honda

247

12

Graham Rahal

Rahal/Honda

246

13

Carlos Munoz(r)

Andretti/Honda

245

14

Sebastian Saavedra

KV/Chev

244

15

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti/Honda

244

16

Jack Hawksworth(r)

Herta/Honda

244

17

Carlos Huertas(r)

Coyne/Honda

244

18

Takuma Sato

Foyt/Honda

238

19

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti/Honda

135

20

Sebastien Bourdais

KV/Chev

118

21

Justin Wilson

Coyne/Honda

118

22

Marco Andretti

Andretti/Honda

3

Points standings

1

Will Power

370

2

Hélio Castroneves

331

3

Ryan Hunter-Reay

310

4

Simon Pagenaud

279

5

Marco Andretti

235

6

Carlos Muñoz

227

7

Juan Pablo Montoya

223

8

Scott Dixon

214

9

Tony Kanaan

189

10

Justin Wilson

182

11

James Hinchcliffe

181

12

Sebastien Bourdais

180

13

Ryan Briscoe

179

14

Charlie Kimball

169

15

Mikhail Aleshin

163

16

Jack Hawksworth

156

17

Takuma Sato

151

18

Josef Newgarden

151

19

Graham Rahal

147

20

Carlos Huertas

146

21

Sebastian Saavedra

138

22

Mike Conway

122

23

Ed Carpenter

104

24

Oriol Servia

88

25

Kurt Busch

80

26

JR Hildebrand

66

27

Sage Karam

57

28

James Davison

34

29

Jacques Villeneuve

29

30

Alex Tagliani

28

31

Townsend Bell

22

32

Pippa Mann

21

33

Martin Plowman

18

34

Buddy Lazier

11

35

Franck Montagny

8

 

 

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