Kimball 1st IndyCar pole comes with record run at Texas

"I'm so stoked to win in my second home where my wife is from, Texas".

Kimball secured his first series pole by touring TMS' repaved and re-profiled 1.5-mile oval with a record two-lap average of 222.556 miles per hour, knocking Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon off P1. So far his bid is looking good as the 23-year-old Colombian-American driver also took ninth just a couple weeks ago in his season debut at the Indianapolis 500.

Kimball's run Friday was more than 3 miles per hour faster than the previous the two-lap qualifying record at Texas.

"I guess I moved up, and I really have to apologize to Hinch", Kanaan said. "The guys totally deserve it". The No. 83 Tresiba Honda was really good right out of the box and Todd made a few adjustments that made it better during the course of practice. We'll give the edge to Kanaan, though, just because he has a precedent of knowing how to hang in when the going gets tough. He led 26 laps, but that's all he had to show on his first career pole. Dixon, the current point-leader, missed the pole by less than one-hundredth of a second. They were his first top-5 finishes of the season. It was inevitable something very bad was going to happen and that came with only a handful of laps remaining as Sato dropped into the dirt and lost it, veering up into Dixon and sending both cars out of the race.

The reigning Indianapolis 500 champion lost control of his auto after touching the grass verge and collected Dixon, taking both drivers out of the race. He called rival team owner Chip Ganassi's suggestion that he should have lifted as he was in the middle of the car-sandwich "adorable".

Tristan Vautier became the latest driver of Dale Coyne Racing's No. 18 Honda on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, after Esteban Gutierrez was denied permission to race by IndyCar owing to his lack of prior experience on ovals. The result was the biggest wreck in the Verizon Indy Car Series this season. So just because a team starts strong does not mean that they're going to finish that way.

Will Power was victorious in a crash-filled Rain Guard 600 Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Through the first eight races of 2017, seven different drivers have been winners.

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Sato made a ridiculous move onto the grass and lost control of his auto and slid across the back of Dixon to take the 36-year-old out of contention. Castroneves will start 10th in the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet. Last year's TMS victor, Graham Rahal, finished fourth. The third driver out, Rahal posted an average of 220.954 miles per hour in his No. 15 Honda to knock Marco Andretti (220.318 mph) off the provisional pole.

Kanaan was cited by some as to blame for an earlier incident that saw Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi dum-dum off the sidepods of Kanaan (on the outside line) and a second Ganassi auto of Scott Dixon on the inside line, that saw the 2016 Indy 500 victor loop into a spin and strike the wall at Turn 3.

Rahal won last year's rain-delayed race here on August 27 by 0.0080-seconds over James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. "But we did our best, the vehicle was awesome", said Vautier. "It didn't quite pull all of the six gears". I don't know the reason for that ... then we basically all crashed. I was just hoping to stay in the top-10. You keep bringing yellows back and you put the whole pack back together, and that was the problem.

Only nine cars from the original 22-car field were running at the end of the race. Power was followed by Castroneves at 221.200 miles per hour. In addition, the banking in Turns 1 and 2 was decreased by 4 degrees to 20 degrees and the track widened 20 feet to 80 feet in that area.

Castroneves did not survive the race either, as his right front tire blew midway through, causing him to crash in Turn 3.

NASCAR and Indy auto veteran PJ Jones held off Gordon on a late restart to take the victory in Race 1, followed by Gavin Harlien, Paul Morris and Matthew Brabham.

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