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Firestone 550

Fort Worth, TX
09 Jun Race Complete
Firestone 550
Firestone 550 Track
Race Review

From 17th on the starting grid, Justin Wilson, the driver of the No. 18 Sonny's BBQ car for Dale Coyne Racing, charged to the front -- overtaking Graham Rahal's mishandling car on Lap 226 of 228 -- to win the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.

It was the first IZOD IndyCar Series oval victory for Wilson, who led Rahal across the start-finish line by 3.9202 seconds. Ryan Briscoe finished third and James Hinchcliffe was fourth. All four led multiple laps in the fast and furious race.

"It's just fantastic," said Wilson, who previous best IZOD IndyCar Series oval finish was seventh. "Dale has put so much into making us competitive, so this one is for him and (wife) Gail and the team. I just can’t believe we managed to pull this off.  The car was fantastic, and on the long runs it just got better and better."

Rahal appeared to be on his way to his first oval victory, but the No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing car brushed the Turn 4 wall as he was fighting understeer.

"I saw him sliding more and more every lap, and I didn’t think there was a chance," Wilson said. "But when I saw him hit the wall, I thought, 'OK, now it’s time to go.' It was four-wheel drifting all the way into Turn 3 and all the way out of Turn 4.  You were having to hang on out there."

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Firestone 550
About the Track
Firestone 550 Track

Track Info

The 24 degrees of banking in the turns and the wide (58 feet) racing surface has produced memorable moments since the series began racing at the 1.5-mile oval in 1997.

Past Track Winners

2012 Justin Wilson
2011 Will Power
2011 Dario Franchitti
2010 Ryan Briscoe
2009 Helio Castroneves
2008 Scott Dixon
2007 Sam Hornish, Jr.
2006 Helio Castroneves
2005 Tomas Scheckter
2004 Helio Castroneves
2004 Tony Kanaan
2003 Gil de Ferran
2003 Al Unser, Jr.
2002 Sam Hornish, Jr.
2002 Jeff Ward
2001 Sam Hornish, Jr.
2001 Scott Sharp
2000 Scott Goodyear
2000 Scott Sharp
1999 Mark Dismore
1999 Scott Goodyear
1998 John Paul, Jr.
1998 Billy Boat
1997 Arie Luyendyk

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