SATURDAY’S NEWS & NOTES FROM THE DXC TECHNOLOGY 600 TRIPLEHEADER

DIXON GETS THIRD CAREER TMS VICTORY, MOVES INTO THIRD ON ALL-TIME INDY CAR WINS LIST

Another Saturday, another victory for Scott Dixon.

One week after winning Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix last weekend, Dixon rolled to his third career Verizon IndyCar Series victory on Texas Motor Speedway’s high-banked/1.5-mile oval in the DXC Technology 600.

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“Car setup was obviously phenomenal,” said Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda. “Strategy was perfect. So it’s nice to have one of those nights. It’s not too often you get sort of a runaway, especially in the series at the moment. It was kind of cool to see for us.”

The result moved Dixon — a four-time series champion — past Team Penske’s Will Power into the Verizon IndyCar Series championship lead by 23 points over Rossi after nine of 17 events. Power, winner of this event last June, began the race with a five-point lead over Dixon but exited Texas in third with 321 points. The reigning Indianapolis 500 champion, Power was relegated to an 18th-place finish after a crash involving rookie Zachary Claman De Melo on Lap 205.

Dixon’s 43rd career Indy car victory broke him out of a tie with Michael Andretti for third on the all-time list. The 37-year-old New Zealander now trails only open-wheel icons Mario Andretti and all-time leader A.J. Foyt Jr. of Houston.

“It’s really cool,” said Dixon, wearing a white cowboy hat during his post-race presser. “Obviously I have massive respect for a lot of these drivers. But when you look at those names — A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, the Unsers — to me it still seems very strange that ‘Dixon’ is on that list, too.

“I feel very privileged and lucky to do what I get to do. I love racing. I love the Verizon IndyCar Series. I think it’s the best racing on the planet, one of the most difficult with all the disciplines. For me, man, I just hope it continues. I hope we can keep a winning style, pick up wins. It’s so difficult right now it’s so competitive.”

Forty-two of his wins, Dixon noted, have come while driving for Ganassi.

Dixon previously won “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” in 2008 and 2015. His third win at TMS moved him into a tie with Sam Hornish Jr. of Team Penske, and one behind all-time leader Helio Castroneves, also of Roger Penske’s juggernaut.

Dixon’s 119 laps-led moved him from fifth to second among open-wheel competitors here with 484, dating to his first start in Cowtown in 2003.

The race was the first here run with sanctioning body INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal chassis built by Dallara. The sleek chassis produces approximately 100 fewer pounds of downforce in a bid to make the cars more difficult to handle, place more emphasis on driver skill and eliminate the pack racing previously associated with TMS.

The new chassis, North Texas’ triple-digit heat and a softer tire compound provided by Firestone Racing combined to raise concerns among some drivers about the quality of show during the 372-mile event.

“I think we had a few marks on some tires, but nothing that was performance for us,” Dixon said. “Definitely wasn’t a safety issue from Firestone. They knew it wasn’t going to be. They sent out a bulletin last night saying they were 100 percent behind the tire, it was going to be no problem.We didn’t see any issues out there. There were some marks on tires, but sometimes with these tracks — the G-loads, the loading that we get — you’re going to have that.”

Dixon added some of the concern was voiced because the weekend’s first 90-minute practice was conducted during the heat of Friday afternoon, while the race started at 7:45 p.m. (CT) Saturday.

“The track changes significantly once we get to the nighttime,” said Dixon, who paced the final one-hour practice Friday evening. “Once the track temp goes down, the grip really comes up. I had that sensation at the end of the last practice last night. Once the track temp started to come down, the grip level really came up. I knew it was going to be a pretty good situation for the race.

“I think some may have wanted it to be a little bit more closer, but it looked like in the mid-pack, at least from my view when I was having to pass people, the racing was pretty tough. Definitely some side-by-side stuff, some action. It wasn’t just follow-the-leader. It was pretty cool to race out there.”

Pagenaud said the pre-race concerns about blistering did not affect his strategy.”I’ll tell you what,” Pagenaud said. “The biggest thing before the race I asked my racing engineer (Ben Bretzman) and I asked Cara Adams (chief engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports), ‘Is it safe?’ She said, ‘Absolutely.’ When the tire manufacturer tells you you’re going to have blisters but it’s safe, you feel more confident going into the race. It’s amazing a tire manufacturer can have that kind of confidence.”

Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet, started and finished second to score his first top-five of 2018. Rossi, driver of the No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda, earned his fourth top-five in the last five races.

Only nine of 22 starters finished on the lead lap in an event that produced just three cautions. The third and final caution — for the incident involving Power and Claman De Melo — bunched race-leader Dixon with Pagenaud, Rossi, James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport. Dixon nailed the restart on Lap 215 and his advantage grew to a massive 6.4484-seconds on Lap 244.

“Yeah, the race was smooth,” Dixon said. “Got a little tricky there towards the end. I wasn’t sure, we were kind of right in the zone to try and do that last stint without a pit stop. We had to get a pretty big fuel number. That’s what I was worried about. Simon and I kind of checked-out. I just automatically thought the others were trying to get to the end of the race without having to do that last pit stop.

“Again, pleasantly surprised once everybody pitted on the lead lap in that last pit sequence.”

Dixon’s next race will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France — the world’s most prestigious endurance event — next Saturday and Sunday as a member of Ganassi’s Ford GT program. But before packing his bags for Paris and Du Mans, ‘Dixie’ reiterated how much he enjoys competing in the Dallas-Fort Worth market and working with TMS President Eddie Gossage.

“It’s always been a special place,” Dixon said of TMS. “I think Eddie and his whole team just do a fantastic job. The track has changed throughout the years, the style of racing has changed throughout the years. That changes from year-to-year. But the way that he does it, you know, when you get to fire guns, wear cowboy hats — ’15 since my last win, nice to get a new hat, the other one was getting a little worn out. So that was definitely a positive

“I love coming here. This event is really cool.”

‘WHAT THEY’RE SAYING’ FROM THE DXC TECHNOLOGY 600

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “You know, pretty much anything bad that could have happen happened tonight for the No. 1 Verizon team.  Everyone worked real hard and the guys gave me a great car.  Everyone did everything they could tonight. It was a great effort from my team.  Pretty much, anything that could have went wrong went wrong tonight.  That is all there is to it. We will move on to Road America.”

MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “We were having a solid start, I think, and then I just lost power in Turn 1. I told the team, “No power. No power,” and then suddenly, I just saw flames coming up from the engine cover. We don’t know what happened. The only thing is that it is a pity for the team. I feel for the team not just for myself. I think we had a great car here and we could have done a great race here. It is what it is. It happens sometimes. Looking forward to the next one now.”

CN5C8939a (2)JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda):
“We were making progress on that first stint – we were one of the last cars to pit. We made up a good chunk of time, and then we had a problem with the fuel hose that first stop, lost a lot of track position. The No. 5 Arrow Electronics car was really good tonight. We didn’t have the speed we wanted in qualifying, but we’ve always said here that it is probably the least-qualifying sensitive track… We made some great passes on track and managed to make those tires last. That’s what it was about today: making those Firestone tires last. The SPM guys did a great job with that. Happy to rebound from P15. I hope Robbie (Wickens) is all right – sucks to see a team car go out, especially when he was running well like that. Good result for the No. 5 car.”

ROBERT WICKENS (No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda): “I think (some cars were) being really desperate, trying to do whatever they can, I guess, to be racing. (Zach Claman) De Melo in front of me was being so dangerous and that’s how (Ed) Carpenter got by me. Ed made a mistake. I went to his inside. I don’t know if his spotter didn’t tell him I was there, but he just turned in and we had contact and went up into the wall. I mean, it sucks. We were so strong the whole night. Things were going so smoothly we were getting the fuel mileage. I don’t know, I’m just frustrated. I mean when you’re driving around slower cars, they’re getting blue flags every time at start-finish – they’re getting blue flags and they ignore every single one of them. We shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place, but it just sucks. We had such a good car.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I love winning at Texas. This place is awesome. Always a big thank you to Eddie Gossage (Texas Motor Speedway president) and his team. They do a fabulous job. The PNC Bank car is back in victory lane. It’s fantastic. The car was just stuck. Whatever we did, the car was just nailed. It was a bit loose at times, but I can’t thank the team enough. The pit stops were fantastic.” (About being patient early): “I think we bided our time a little bit. We wanted to make sure the Firestone tires were looked after as much as possible. They did a really good job. We went all the way to the end of the fuel stint and we haven’t done that in a long time. We conserved a little bit at the start, then put the hammer down.” (About being third on the all-time wins list): “It means a lot, but more so for the team. We celebrate together and we win and lose together. Forty-two of those wins have come with this team. I can’t thank them enough. Chip (Ganassi), Mike (Hull), (Scott) Harner, Barry (Wanser) and all the No. 9 car crew.” (About leading the championship): “It’s not bad. But it’s going to be hard to hold onto. We’ll see how the next races go. The car has had good speed all season and we’ll try to keep it going.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “The guys in front of me were saving a lot of fuel and completely lifting to try and make it and someone went around on the outside. Unfortunately, the timing stand was talking to me at that exact moment and I couldn’t hear my spotter call, “Outside,” and there was someone outside at that point. It’s just a bad situation, but something that happens at a track like this. It was not the guy on the outside’s fault. I didn’t know he was out there at that point. We were lifting so much trying to save fuel and he went outside me. It was just a bad deal, but we will move on to Road America.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet):
“I don’t know what happened. We definitely had a little issue with the rear of the car and it cost us the race. But it was a great weekend up until now, we qualified sixth. You know when you’re 12 laps down, it’s not worth it to put yourself out there. We’re not going to gain anything so we decided to stop. We’ll bounce back.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Honda):
“Overall, I can’t complain too much about finishing sixth. The Fleet Cost & Care team did a good job with strategy, we did a good job in the pits and the car was pretty good. We were able to make some moves, but as everybody could see, it was hard out there today to get a whole lot done. We’ve got to work on the aero package this week and move forward to allow us to follow a little bit easier, but overall, I can’t be too unhappy with that.  We salvaged another really good result out of a really tough start. We’ll keep our heads down and move on.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda): “Obviously, it was a disappointing result for a pretty solid race. The SealMaster Honda No. 18 was as good as anything else out there. I just didn’t gauge the tire degradation well enough on the first stint. We ended up pitting early and that settled the issue because there wasn’t a yellow until much later in the race. When one did finally come out, it went against us because we had just come in the pits. The guys did a great job, the car was competitive, it was fast, like it was all weekend. In the end, we just took what we could. It’s a real shame. The car and the team deserved better than eighth.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet):
“It was a mistake. I knew Robbie (Robert Wickens) was coming. I thought I could close the door, but it was a big mistake on my part. He was a lead lap car. We were having a bad day, we just didn’t have it this weekend. We just could never get the balance right where it needed to be. I made it worse by making a mistake like that so, my apologies to him. I know it doesn’t mean much now. I feel bad for those guys. I feel bad for my guys. The night certainly didn’t need to end like this. It’s a mistake on me, and I’ll have to come back and get ’em in Iowa.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a good night. We started really strong, really loved the car to start in the heat. As the temperature dropped, it got a little bit more difficult for us. We adjusted the car the wrong way as the temperature dropped, it got pretty loose for us midway through. It was a pretty fast-paced race, as well, quite physical. I was just trying to manage the balance. It was quite fun, actually. We had to keep up with the tires, keep up with the balance of the car throughout the stints and also relay to the pit what you needed for the next one. It was fun. I mean, I had a lot of good battles, especially with Alexander (Rossi) at the end. He gave me some gray hair, the last 30 laps, but we managed to hold him off. That was really cool. Just to get a good result like this for us – I think the No. 22 team needed a break. I think we got one tonight. For DXC, it’s pretty awesome. We had about 3000 employees from DXC tonight, so it was good to have a good showing.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda): “Simon (Pagenaud) did a good job defending. We tried to go up high, and I would have taken it if it was an easy one, but I couldn’t force the issue.  We came home third. The NAPA AUTO PARTS car was awesome from the get-go. We were able to pass some cars and go long on fuel. The tire life was great, so all-in-all a great effort from the No. 27 team.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda):
“The day was solid, but that’s kind of all it was. We just really couldn’t get the car up in the mix at the end – just too much understeer. I couldn’t get close to those guys to join the party. It looked like they were having fun, I just couldn’t get in there. We’ll take the top five for the DHL team. We gained a little in points and that’s what we’re really keeping our eyes on.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 ABeam Consulting Honda): “It was a tough day. Obviously, the key today was managing the tires. Unfortunately, halfway through my first stint we had a huge problem on the rear, so I had to come in to change the tires and that put us two laps down. After that, I think the team did a great job to work through it and we got two laps back in the end and fought for position. Finishing seventh is a solid finish, but starting where we did, we wanted to be a little higher. But I think it was a solid day. Thank you to ABeam Consulting for being the primary sponsor for this race. It was great to see the guests, and of course, I think the car was one of the best looking. It was a great team effort overall.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda): “We were running a legitimate fourth and the clutch failed during our stop. From them on, we had no clutch the whole race. I had the clutch in, grabbed first and then it just stalled and wouldn’t restart for five laps. We had just gotten by Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and the car was coming into its own. The U.S. Concrete car had the pace to win the race and we just had to cruise the rest of the way.”

BRABHAM FLIPS IN QUALIFYING SESSION, WINS STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS OFFROAD RUMBLE FEATURE

DIXON CRUISES TO DXC TECHNOLOGY 600 VICTORY, THIRD INDYCAR SERIES WIN AT TMS

10:10 p.m. — Another Saturday, another victory for Scott Dixon.

One week after winning Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix last weekend, Dixon rolled to his third career victory on Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval in the DXC Technology 600.

GettyImages-970635618.jpgDixon led the race’s final 119 of 248 laps en route to a margin of victory of 4.2943-seconds over Simon Pagenaud in the No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet. Alexander Rossi finished third in the No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda fielded by Andretti Autosport.

The result moved Dixon past Penske’s Will Power into the Verizon IndyCar Series championship lead by 23 points after nine of 17 events.

“I love running at Texas, this place is awesome,” said Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda. “The car was stout, it was on rails. Super-proud of the whole effort on the team. I love driving for Chip and hope we can get a few more.”

Dixon’s 43rd career Indy car series victory broke him out of a tie with Michael Andretti for third all-time. The New Zealander now trails only open-wheel icons Mario Andretti and all-time leader A.J. Foyt Jr. of Houston.

“It means a lot more for the team,” Dixon said of his latest accomplishment. “Forty-two of those wins have been with this team.”

Dixon previously won “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” in 2008 and 2015. His third win moved him into a tie with Sam Hornish Jr. of Team Penske, and one behind all-time leader Helio Castroneves, also of Team Penske.

Dixon’s 119 laps-led moved him from fifth to second among open-wheel competitors here with 484 dating to 1997.

ROOKIE WICKENS ELIMINATED IN CRASH WITH CARPENTER

Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Robert Wickens’ impressive run in the DXC Technology 600 ended with an expensive thud on Lap 173 Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

Wickens, of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, was eliminated along with owner/driver Ed Carpenter after contact heading into Turn 3 of the high-banked/1.5-mile oval. Wickens was attempting to overtake Carpenter on the inside of the turn when Carpenter’s No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet moved down. Both cars slid up the 24-degree banking and into the outside SAFER Barrier.

Both drivers were examined and released from the infield care center.

“It was a big mistake on my part,” Carpenter said. “He was a lead-lap car and we just didn’t have it this weekend . Didn’t have the balance where it needed to be. I made it worse by making a mistake like that.”

Wickens said Carpenter apologized to him during their mandatory visit to the care center. “Just sucks,” said Wickens, driver of the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda. “Such a good car and you’re racing people not in position (to win)…just disappointed. He apologized to me but it doesn’t mean anything.”

INDYCAR officials announced Carpenter will be penalized for avoidable contact, an issue that will be addressed post-race.

The yellow flag sent race-leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing into the pits, along with Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport and James Hinchcliffe, Wickens’ teammate. Dixon exited the pits with the lead, while Rossi’s crew struggled with its re-fueling hose. The 2016 Indy 500 champion fell to fifth, but still on the lead lap.

ROOKIE ROBERT WICKENS LEADS AT HALFWAY

Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Robert Wickens was setting the pace as the DXC Technology 600 reached halfway Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

Wickens, of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, took the lead on Lap 95 of the scheduled 248-lapper in his No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda and held it until pitting for fuel and tires under green on Lap 126. That move handed the lead to Alexander Rossi, driver of the No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda fielded by Andretti Autosport.

At Lap 124, Honda-powered cars occupied the top seven spots _ Wickens, Rossi, James Hinchcliffe of SPM, Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay, both of Andretti Autosport.

The top-running Chevrolet-powered entry was wheeled by pole-sitter Josef Newgarden of Team Penske in eighth.

HINCHCLIFFE HANDS OUT … HIMSELF

8:33 p.m. —

DXC TECHNOLOGY DRONE DELIVERS GREEN FLAG

8:18 p.m. — 

ROOKIE MATT LEIST’S RACE GOES UP IN FLAMES

8:13 p.m. — An already triple-digit-hot Texas June evening got even hotter for Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Matheus “Matt” Leist on Lap 7 of the DXC Technology 600.

Leist’s No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet burst into flames as it lost power down the back stretch and rolled to a halt on the apron in Turns 3 of the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval. Leist, a 19-year-old native of Brazil, quickly freed himself from the cockpit as flames began to engulf the rear end and cockpit area of the Dallara-built chassis.

“We lost power in Turn 1 and I parked the car,” said Leist, who started 19th in the 22-car field. “I feel for the team. I think we had a great car for the race.”

NBC Sports Network reported the fire destroyed the car’s data system, meaning cause of the fire may never be known. Leist’s car is owned by native Texan and open-wheel legend A.J. Foyt Jr.

Track temperature at the start of the 248-lap/372-mile event was reported at 110 degrees.

5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN TONIGHT’S DXC TECHNOLOGY 600

6:14 p.m. —

PACK RACE OR SINGLE-FILE? — That seemingly annual debate resurfaced after Friday night’s final Verizon IndyCar Series practice, when Tony Kanaan of A.J. Foyt Racing said he couldn’t pass anyone … the racing would be single-file … and degradation of Firestone’s latest Firehawk tire would be an issue. Those arguments largely were downplayed by Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, although the four-time series champ agreed with his former teammate that “tire deg” will be a concern up-and-down pit road.

CHEVROLET OR HONDA? — All teams are competing with Dallara’s IR-12 universal aero chassis with either Chevrolet or Honda 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. Team Chevy, represented by Team Penske, won the first two oval-track events this season at ISM Raceway outside Phoenix (Josef Newgarden) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Will Power). The Honda camp rebounded by sweeping last weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Park with Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport. Which OEM has the ponies to conquer TMS?

CARPENTER BACK IN THE SADDLE — Ed Carpenter, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, is competing tonight for the first time since his second-place finish to Will Power in the 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. An oval-track specialist, Carpenter will make only six starts this season in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, so he’s not counting championship points. He’s looking to add trophies to his team’s facility in Indianapolis. Ed led 90 laps en route to his victory here in 2014.

DIXIE ADDING TO HIS OPEN-WHEEL LEGACY — Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon posted his 42nd career victory last Saturday in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. That win tied the New Zealander with Michael Andretti for third on the all-time list, trailing only open-wheel legends Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt Jr. At age 37, the humble and gracious Dixon continues to prove he is one of domestic open-wheel racing’s all-time talents. Dixon’s resume includes wins at TMS in 2008 and 2015.

ROOKIE WICKENS IS WICKED FAST — Robert Wickens’ European racing background didn’t prepare him for the oval-track portion of the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. But the 29-year-old Canadian has adapted quickly, beginning with a second-place finish in the No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda to Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden at ISM Raceway’s 1-mile oval near Phoenix. Wickens’ ninth-place result in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 earned Rookie of the Year honors. He qualified fourth — first-in-class among the Honda camp — and figures to race up-front.

DXC TECHNOLOGY 600 PRE-RACE INFORMATION

Updated 2:56 p.m. — 

6:45 p.m. — Grid Cars
7:01 p.m. — Driver Introductions
7:31 p.m. — Invocation/National Anthem
7:33 p.m. — Flyover
7:34 p.m. — DXC Drone Delivery
7:40 p.m. — “Drivers, Start Your Engines!”
7:45 p.m. — Green Flag

Re/Max Skydiver Team will descend into Texas Motor Speedway, where they will deliver the American Flag prior to the singing of the national anthem. Captain Al Saylor says the adrenalin rush sparked by seeing thousands of spectators watching their landing is palpable.

O'Reilly Auto Parts ChallengePresentation of Colors will be presented by the Grapevine-Southlake Police Department combined with the National Guard.

Invocation will be delivered by Bret Shisler of the Texas Alliance of Raceway Ministries (TXARM).

The Flyover will be conducted by three F-16s out of the 457th FS Air Force Reserve, the only such unit in the state of Texas. The 457th Fighter Squadron is assigned to the 301st Operations Group, which has supported a number of missions related to Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagles Homeland Defense and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The DXC Technology Inspire 2 Drone will be used for the delivery of the green flag to Honorary Starter Dan Hushon, senior vice president, chief technology officer for DXC Technology. The Inspire 2 model has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 50 mph in just five seconds and has a maximum speed of 58 miles per hour. The drone, which will take off in Turn 3 at approximately 7:34 p.m., will fly through Turn 2 and then Turn 1 before heading down the frontstretch for the flag delivery on the DXC Technology 600 ballfield logo.

“Drivers, Start Your Engines” command will be delivered by Candi Lamarr, the director of global operations and sponsorship marketing and communications for DXC Technology.

The National Anthem will be sung by Dr. Kat Strus, a Retired United States Air Force Lt. Colonel.

Jessica Graf, who rose to fame on Big Brother and then won Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly’s season for “The Amazing Race”, will be in the Fastest Seat in Sports tonight at 7:45 p.m.

Ed “Too Tall” Jones will be a guest of Ed “Too Fast” Jones, NTT Data and Chip Ganassi Racing for the DXC Technology 600. On top of taking part in pre-race driver introductions, “Too Tall” will watch “Too Fast” take the green flag for the DXC Technology 600 from atop the team’s No. 10 pit box. The Joneses met for the first time on Thursday at a luncheon in The Speedway Club and found out despite diverse backgrounds they have some common interests.

Class champions from the third round of this weekend’s United States Auto Club Quarter Midget (USAC .25) event at Texas Motor Speedway will be honored prior to driver introductions.

9:00 a.m. — Saturday’s Schedule

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. USAC Racing
11 a.m. Gates at Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway Open
12 p.m. Speedway Children’s Charities Auction Closes
12–7:30 p.m. Texas Motor Speedway Credential Office Open
12–8 p.m. Outdoor Powersports Offroad Ruckus Open (South Infield)
1:30 p.m. Legends Racing at Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway
2 p.m. VICS Garage Open
2–7 p.m. VICS Credentials Open
3:30 p.m. Gates 3, 4, 5, Victory Lane Club and Luxury Suites Open
Gates 2 & 6 Open for Victory Lane Club and Luxury Suites Only
3:30–5 p.m. Pits Open
5:10–5:45 p.m. Barr Tunnel at Section 121 Closed
5:15–5:45 p.m. Stadium SUPER Trucks Race #1
7:45 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series
DXC Technology 600 (248 Laps, 372 Miles)
25 min post Checkered Flag Barr Tunnel at Section 121 Closes
30 min post Checkered Flag Stadium SUPER Trucks
No Limits Off Road Rumble
Post SST Race Barr Tunnel Opens

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