Don’t be shocked to see the Honda drivers give the Chevrolet stars a run for their money for Saturday’s DXC Technology 600 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network), See, Chevrolet had the preferred package for last year’s race at Texas. Or so we thought.
In the first superspeedway race of the new unified race car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chevy drivers combined to lead nearly the entire race and take the top two finishing positions. But, the next race at Texas, Honda led 66-percent of the laps (162 of 248) and took eight of the top nine finishing positions.
Now, heading into this weekend, Chevy has just dominated at Indy for a second straight year. But, can they sustain that this weekend in Texas or will it be Honda dominating once again?
Graham Rahal at Texas last year – INDYCAR Media Site
Look for Honda to have something for Chevy again this weekend.
Alexander Rossi finished runner-up in the Indy 500 on May 26 and was third in last year’s race at Texas. Marco Andretti has finished in the top six in literally every other year lately at Texas and is due for another this year after a 14th place run last June.
Scott Dixon has three career Texas wins (2008, 2015, 2018) including last year’s race to go along with four runner-ups (2003, 2006, 2011, 2011 -Duels) and three top five finishes in his last five Texas starts overall.
James Hinchcliffe has two top four finishes in his last three Texas starts including a runner-up after leading 188 laps in 2016. Graham Rahal has three straight top six finishes including a win in that 2016 race. His teammate Takuma Sato finished third in Indy and has two straight top 10 finishes at Texas himself.
Sebastien Bourdais had a top five car for most of the day at Indy and has two straight top 10 finishes at Texas as well.
So, with how good those drivers have been, watch out for Honda.