IndyCar heads to Texas for a showdown in Forth Worth after the duel in Detroit. Here's Christopher DeHarde with a list of five drivers who are hoping for a strong and uneventful showing this weekend...
Coming off of a grueling doubleheader at Detroit, the Verizon IndyCar Series makes its first of two visits to the Lone Star State this weekend with the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Below are five drivers that are in need of a good performance and why.
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay
The Indianapolis 500 champion and winner of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama had a disastrous weekend in Detroit. Hunter-Reay went from leading the championship standings to third, trailing Will Power by 27 points. Detroit was the only weekend where everything went truly bad for RHR, since he did well at Long Beach until he and Josef Newgarden got into it. If RHR wants to regain his championship momentum, Texas would be the ideal place to regain it. He finished second last year, so a repeat performance would be a welcomed breath of fresh air.
2. Graham Rahal
3. Jack Hawksworth
Hawksworth has been a case of missed opportunities this year. He qualified very well at Long Beach, Indianapolis and Detroit’s first race, but one thing after another led to finishes lower than where he started. If Hawksworth and his Bryan Herta Autosport team can put a good performance together, we might see the rookie get a top five or top 10 finish if everything can hold together.
4. Will Power
Sure, he’s the points leader, but Detroit had its fair share of controversy for Will Power, and given how he lost the title in 2010, 2011 and 2012, who knows how valuable points will be for the Toowoomban Tornado. He’s returning to the site of his first oval win back in 2011 and will be looking for another success in Texas to get more of a lead over his teammate Helio Castroneves. If Power wants to further stamp his authority on the championship lead, a pole and a win here will go a long way toward helping him achieve that goal.
5. Justin Wilson
With three top ten finishes this year, Wilson’s off to an okay start to his 2014 campaign, but his Indy 500 performance left a lot to be desired. He’s returning to the site of his last win in IndyCar racing and needs to capitalize on the opportunity to vault him into the top five in points. He ended last year sixth in the standings, so this race could be the turning point for him.