Firestone Twin 275s Race 1 Report

Circuit: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Fort Worth, TX
2010 Winner: Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske Honda) 159.508 mph average
Weather: Clear, warm, 86 degrees F

Race 1 Results:

Fn. St. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Laps Average
Speed/Notes
1. 2. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 114  
2. 7. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 114 -0.0527 seconds
3. 3. Will Power Team Penske Honda Dallara 114 -0.2064 seconds
4. 1. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Dallara 114 -0.4109 seconds
5. 4. Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 114 -1.4174 seconds
6. 9. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Honda Dallara 114 -1.4337 seconds
7. 19. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 114 -2.1127 seconds
8. 12. Vitor Meira A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 114 -2.5355 seconds
9. 20. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 114 -2.8146 seconds
10. 13. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Honda Dallara 114 -4.3388 seconds
11. 6. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 114 -4.7842 seconds
12. 21. Paul Tracy Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 114 -7.0124 seconds
13. 23. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 113 Running
14. 25. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 113 Running
15. 28. Jay Howard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 113 Running
16. 10. Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 113 Running
17. 27. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 113 Running
18. 5. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher Racing Honda Dallara 113 Running
19. 16. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 113 Running
20. 15. James Hinchcliffe-R Newman Haas Racing Honda Dallara 113 Running
21. 14. Oriol Servia Newman Haas Racing Honda Dallara 112 Running
22. 24. Ana Beatriz-R Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 112 Running
23. 11. JR Hildebrand-R Panther Racing Honda Dallara 112 Running
24. 22. Mike Conway Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 112 Running
25. 30. James Jakes-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 112 Running
26. 29. Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing Honda Dallara 111 Running
27. 18. Davey Hamilton Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 109 Running
28. 26. Sebastian Saavedra-R Conquest Racing Honda Dallara 97 Running
29. 8. Wade Cunningham-R Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Dallara 92 Did not finish - crash
30. 17. Charlie Kimball-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 92 Did not finish - crash

Dario Dominates Race 1 in Texas

Dario Franchitti snatched the lead from pole qualifier Alex Tagliani on the opening lap and went on to dominate the first of two 114-lap races making up Saturday night's Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway. Although never far out front - his victory margin over teammate Scott Dixon was just 0.0527 seconds - Franchitti led nearly every lap en route to his 28th career victory.

The grid for tonight's second 114-lap race was set by blind draw at the conclusion of the opening race. Franchitti will start 28th, while championship rival Will Power drew the third starting position. Tony Kanaan will start from the pole. Live television coverage of the unique, two-race event continues on VERSUS.

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 2nd, finished 1st, 28th IndyCar victory: "The car was great tonight, the biggest problem I had was with traffic, especially when the car was sliding around on old tires. That was tough. Otherwise, it was a great night and a strong 1-2 finish for the [Ganassi] team. Now, let's see what we draw [for a Race 2 starting position]. That's going to be real important.

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