IRL: Texas II: Toyota race report

Castroneves Makes Toyota Two for Two at Texas - After leading much of the early portion of the race, Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) powered by Danny Wheldon for the lead on Lap 180 and went on to win Sunday's Texas 500 by .3732 seconds. The...

Castroneves Makes Toyota Two for Two at Texas

- After leading much of the early portion of the race, Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) powered by Danny Wheldon for the lead on Lap 180 and went on to win Sunday's Texas 500 by .3732 seconds. The victory allowed Toyota to sweep the weekend's two feature races after Todd Bodine won Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in a Toyota Tundra.

- Today's victory is the second of the season for Toyota and its 13th in 32 IndyCar Series races. It also marks Toyota's third win in four races here at the Texas Motor Speedway and its second straight Fall triumph here after Gil de Ferran's win last October.

- Helio Castroneves' victory is his first of the season and the sixth of his IndyCar Series career. His last IRL win came at Nazareth in 2003. The triumph also marks the second of the season for Marlboro Team Penske and is the team's 12th in IRL competition - seven of those coming with Toyota power.

- Toyota-powered cars led 159 of 200 laps run today with Helio Castroneves leading 103, Sam Hornish in front for 53 and Scott Sharp leading three laps. Castroneves earned the three bonus points for leading the most laps. It's the third time in the last four races that he has led 100 or more laps. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner finished second in the series in laps led this season with (504).

- Helio Castroneves' victory marks his fifth top-five showing of the season and his 13th top-10 finish in 16 races this season.

- Scott Dixon' sixth-place finish gives him nine top-10 finishes in 15 races this season.

- After running in and around the top-five all day, Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) earned a season- best eighth, it's his sixth top-10 finish of the season. In addition, Sharp competed in his 98th IndyCar Series race and his 90th consecutive event - both IndyCar Series records.

- A.J. Foyt IV (Conseco Toyota) earned his first career IndyCar top-10 finish today with a 10th.

- With the victory, Helio Castroneves moved up to fourth-place in the final point standings. Two other Toyota-powered drivers also finished in the top-10 overall with Sam Hornish Jr. in seventh and Scott Dixon in 10th.

Next Race: Toyota Indy 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 6, 2005, ESPN

-toyota-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Todd Bodine , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske