FANDOM


Template loop detected: Template:Infobox motor race

The Firestone 600 is an IndyCar Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth, Texas. The race is held on a Saturday night in early June. From 1997 until 2005, it served as the first race after the Indianapolis 500. It resumed this place in 2010 and in 2011. When it debuted in 1997, it was the first IndyCar race in the state of Texas since 1979.

Since its inception, the Firestone 600 has widely been considered the second-largest oval track race on the IndyCar Series calendar (second only to the Indy 500) in terms of attendance, popularity, and prestige.

HistoryEdit

The first Championship/Indy car races in the Dallas/Fort Worth area took place at Arlington Downs Raceway in nearby Arlington, Texas. AAA sanctioned five races from 1947-1950. USAC sanctioned ten Championship car events at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. The race was discontinued when the track closed in 1981.

In 1997, the IndyCar Series debuted at the track on a Saturday night in early June. It marked the first-ever superspeedway night race for American open wheel racing. During the race, one of the electronic scoring wires malfunctioned in the pit area, which caused unexpected scoring errors. Billy Boat was scored as the leader, and took the checkered flag as the winner. Arie Luyendyk, who felt he had been robbed of the win, stormed victory lane, where he was arracked by Boat's owner, A. J. Foyt. Quickly the fight broke up. The next morning, it was determined that Luyendyk actually was the official winner. Foyt refused to return the trophy, and the race has since become a famous part of Texas Motor Speedway lore. Luyendyk received a replacement, and the "official" trophy years later, presented to him by track president Eddie Gossage.

The IndyCar Series races at Texas have widely been regarded by media, fans, and competitors, as the best racing in the series. Side-by-side racing has produced some of the closest two-car and three-car finishes in series history.[1][2]

In the 2013 season Pippa Mann was the first driver out of the race because the Dale Coyne prepared car caught fire.

For 2014, the race will be extended to 600 kilometers.[3]

Fall raceEdit

From 1998-2004, a second 500 km IndyCar Series race was held at the track in the fall. Known commonly as "Texas II," the race was always held during the day. It served as the IndyCar Series' season finale for each of its runnings. The fall race was discontinued after 2004 when the Ferko lawsuit forced NASCAR to eliminate the Grand Slam and give the circuit its desired second Nextel Cup race.

In 2003, Gil de Ferran was leading on lap 187 when Kenny Bräck crashed on the backstrech. The massive accident seriously injured Bräck, and he raced only limitedly afterwards. With the race winding down under caution, and with cleanup still ongoing, officials stopped the race after 195 laps when it was clear they would not have time to go back to green. de Ferran was declared the winner in what was his final race in IndyCar (he had announced his retirement during the season).

Race length Edit

When the track opened, the one-lap distance was measured as Template:Convert/mi. IndyCar Series races were originally 208 laps (312 mi/500 km) long. In 2001, timing and scoring officials revised the measurement as Template:Convert/mi, and the races were changed to an even 200 laps (291 mi/468.319 km). In 2007, the race was lengthened to 228 laps in an effort to create a longer product for time value purposes. Using the traditional Template:Convert/mi measurement, the race became 342 miles (550.4 km). However, official IndyCar timing and scoring maintained the Template:Convert/mi measurement, and the race was officially 331.74 miles (533.88 km). Starting in 2014, the race is extended to 600 kilometers.

In addition, the start time was moved to 9:00 p.m. CDT (10:00 p.m. EDT) so the event would take place almost entirely under the lights, rather than in the mid-summer twilight.[4]

Twin racesEdit

For 2011, a special Twin race format was adopted, a throwback to the USAC-style twin races of the 1970s and early 1980s. The race would consist of two 275-km (114 laps) races, with each race declaring a separate winner, and each race awarding half points towards the season championship. The starting lineup for the first race was determined during standard time trials. After the completion of the first race, a "halftime" was observed, and the starting lineup for the second race was determined by a random draw.

A mild controversy resulted from the halftime draw for the second race's lineup. It differed from previous "twin" races where the finishing positions for the first race determined the lineup, or the finishing positions were inverted. It was considered unfair by some,[5] and it was magnified when points contenders Will Power and Dario Franchitti drew 3rd and 28th starting positions, respectively. For 2012, the twin-race format was scrapped.

Champ Car raceEdit

Main article: Firestone Firehawk 600

The CART Champ Car series scheduled a race at the track for April 29, 2001. Following practice and qualifying, however, the race was cancelled "due to irresolvable concerns over the physical demands placed on the drivers at race speeds."[6] All but four drivers reported they had experienced vertigo-like symptoms due to lateral g-forces from driving in excess of 230 mph (370 km/h) on the steep 24 degree banks.

The Dayton Indy Lights race was completed with two cautions.

Past winnersEdit

AAA Championship car history (Arlington)Edit

Season Date Race Name Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1947 November 2 Arlington 100 USAflagsmall Ted Horn Ted Horn Enterprises Horn Offy 95 100.89 (162.366) 1:10:25 86.001
1948 April 25 Arlington 100 USAflagsmall Ted Horn Horn Enterprises Horn Offy 95 100.89 (162.366) 1:17:00 78.644
1949 April 24 Arlington 100 USAflagsmall Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Offy 95 100.89 (162.366) 1:16:40 83.15
July 17 Universal Speedways Race of Champions USAflagsmall Mel Hansen Lesovsky Offy 50 53.1 (85.456)
1950 April 30 MGM Sweepstakes USAflagsmall Duane Carter Sprint Car 30 31.86 (51.273) 0:22:44 84.087

USAC Championship car history (College Station)Edit

See Texas World Speedway

Season Date Race Name Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1973 April 7 Texas 200 USAflagsmall Al Unser Vels Parnelli Jones Parnelli Offenhauser 100 200 (321.868) 1:18:19 153.224
October 6 Texas 200 USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen Team Penske McLaren Offy 100 200 (321.868) 1:05:58 181.91
1976 August 1 Texas 150 USAflagsmall A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing Coyote Foyt 75 150 (241.401) 0:52:04 172.885
October 31 Benihana World Series of Auto Racing USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford Team McLaren McLaren Offenhauser 100 200 (321.868) 1:19:50 150.315
1977 April 2 Texas Grand Prix USAflagsmall Tom Sneva Team Penske McLaren Cosworth 100 200 (321.868) 1:16:05 157.711
July 31 American Parts 200 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford Team McLaren McLaren Cosworth 100 200 (321.868) 1:13:05 164.191
1978 April 15 Coors 200 USAflagsmall Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Parnelli Cosworth 100 200 (321.868) 1:09:08 173.594
August 6 Texas Grand Prix USAflagsmall A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing Coyote Foyt 100 200 (321.868) 1:15:27 159.06
1979 April 8 Coors 200 USAflagsmall A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing Coyote Foyt 100 200 (321.868) 1:32:37 129.574
July 29 Lubrilon Grand Prix USAflagsmall A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing Parnelli Cosworth 100 200 (321.868) 1:13:39 162.934
1980 Race cancelled

Indycar Series history (Fort Worth)Edit

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1996-97 June 7, 1997 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk* Treadway Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 208 312 (502.115) 2:19:48 133.903 Report
1998 June 6 USAflagsmall Billy Boat A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Oldsmobile 208 312 (502.115) 2:08:46 145.388 Report
September 20 USAflagsmall John Paul, Jr. Byrd/Cunningham Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 208 312 (502.115) 2:21:53 131.931 Report
1999 June 12 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear Panther Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 208 312 (502.115) 2:00:06 150.069 Report
October 17 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore Kelley Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 208 312 (502.115) 2:14:16 135.246 Report
2000 June 11* USAflagsmall Scott Sharp Kelley Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 208 312 (502.115) 1:47:20 169.182 Report
October 15 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear Panther Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 208 312 (502.115) 1:43:36 175.276 Report
2001 June 9 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp Kelley Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 200 300 (482.803) 1:55:44 150.873 Report
October 6* USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. Panther Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 200 300 (482.803) 1:43:36 168.523 Report
2002 June 8 USAflagsmall Jeff Ward Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Chevrolet 200 300 (482.803) 1:45:50 164.984 Report
September 15 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 200 300 (482.803) 1:46:29 163.981 Report
2003 June 7 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Kelley Racing Dallara Toyota 200 300 (482.803) 1:43:48 168.213 Report
October 13 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran Team Penske Dallara Toyota 195* 292.5 (470.733) 1:48:56 156.268 Report
2004 June 12 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:53:24 153.965 Report
October 17 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara Toyota 200 300 (482.803) 1:49:32 159.397 Report
2005 June 11 Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 200 300 (482.803) 1:45:47 165.047 Report
2006 June 10 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:34:01 185.71 Report
2007 June 9 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. Team Penske Dallara Honda 228 342 (550.395) 1:52:15 177.314 Report
2008 June 7 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 228 342 (550.395) 2:04:36 159.74 Report
2009 June 6 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara Honda 228 342 (550.395) 1:55:16 172.677 Report
2010 June 5 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Dallara Honda 228 342 (550.395) 2:04:47 159.508 Report
2011 June 11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 114 171 (275.197) 0:54:47 181.649 Report
25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Team Penske Dallara Honda 114 171 (275.197) 0:48:09 206.693
2012 June 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Dallara Honda 228 342 (550.395) 1:59:02 167.217 Report
2013 June 8 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 228 342 (550.395) 1:52:17 177.257 Report
  • 1997: Billy Boat took checkered flag as the winner due to scoring error; Luyendyk declared official winner the following day.
  • 2000: Postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain.
  • 2001: Postponed from September 16 due to 9/11.
  • 2003: Race shortened due to crash involving Kenny Bräck.

NotesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:Sequence Template:IndyCar Series races

Smallwikipedialogo.png This page uses some content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Firestone 550. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Autopedia, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.