This year’s PPG 375 at Texas Motor Speedway was a thrilling and hyper-competitive showcase, proving why the NTT INDYCAR SERIES offers the most dynamic and engaging racing on the planet.
A combination of additional aerodynamic options available at Texas and a successful high-line practice session – meant to “rubber-in” a second groove and promote passing opportunities – led to the most exciting INDYCAR SERIES race in years at Texas Motor Speedway.
A look behind the numbers:
2.15: Average running position of winner Josef Newgarden for the 250 laps of racing at TMS.
3: Positions gained by David Malukas (seventh to fourth) and Callum Ilott (12th to ninth) in the final 25 laps of the race.
5: Different race teams to lead laps in this event (Andretti Autosport, Arrow McLaren, Chip Ganassi Racing, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR, Team Penske).
7: Different race teams represented in the top 10 finishers (Andretti Autosport, Arrow McLaren, Chip Ganassi Racing, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD, Juncos Hollinger Racing, Meyer Shank Racing, Team Penske).
8: Drivers to lead laps. Those drivers represented six different countries.
15: Positions improved by Rinus VeeKay (26th to 11th), most of any driver in the race.
16: Top-10 finishes at Texas by Helio Castroneves, who placed 10th. Castroneves has four wins and seven podiums at TMS.
26: Lead changes, the most at TMS since 2000 and the third-most ever at TMS. This was the most lead changes in an NTT INDYCAR SERIES race other than the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge since the current IR-18 bodywork was introduced in 2018.
26: Career victories for Josef Newgarden, which ties him for 15th with Rodger Ward on the all-time INDYCAR SERIES win list.
28: Entries, the most at TMS since 2011.
34: Laps in which Callum Ilott improved his position – most of any driver in the PPG 375.
93: On-track passes made by Pato O’Ward, the most of any driver in this year’s race. It’s the most since Tony Kanaan made 94 on-track passes in 2016.
169: Passes for position in the top five.
194: Top-five finishes by Scott Dixon in his INDYCAR SERIES career. Dixon (194-for-370) has finished in the top five in 52.3 percent of his starts.
256: The number of passes for position in the top 10.
370: Career starts for Scott Dixon, pushing him past A.J. Foyt into fourth on the all-time INDYCAR SERIES list.
439: The number of passes for position, the most in six years at TMS.
1,070: Number of on-track passes, the most in seven years at TMS. It’s the second-highest total since INDYCAR began tracking on-track passes in 2006.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads to the longest-running event – other than the Indianapolis 500 – on the schedule, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Sunday, April 16. Live coverage starts at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and INDYCAR Radio Network.