Texas Motor Speedway Tag

By David Morgan, Associate Editor FORT WORTH, Texas – A day full of action at Texas Motor Speedway concluded on Saturday afternoon with one final hour of practice for drivers and teams to get their cars dialed in for the XPEL 375. When the checkered flag flew on the session, Josef Newgarden was on top of the leaderboard with a lap of 23.235 seconds (223.108 mph). After starting the day off 14th in first practice, Newgarden’s result in final practice marked a steady progression throughout the day for the Team PenskeRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor FORT WORTH, Texas – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has its work cut out heading into Sunday’s running of the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. All three team entries struggled in qualifying on Saturday, bringing up the rear of the field with three of the last four starting positions on the grid. Jack Harvey was the quickest of the three in 24th, followed by Christian Lundgaard in 25th, and Graham Rahal rolling off dead last in 27th. While polesitter Felix Rosenqvist timed in with a blazingRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor FORT WORTH, Texas – Felix Rosenqvist will lead the field to the green in Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway after putting up the fastest lap in qualifying to score the pole position. The two-lap average of 221.110 mph (46.891 seconds) was enough to boost the Arrow McLaren SP driver to the top of the board just 11 cars into qualifying, where he would outlast the remaining drivers to score his first pole since 2019 and first career pole on an oval. “It was aRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor FORT WORTH, Texas – Simon Pagenaud is off to a flying start on the first day of NTT IndyCar Series action at Texas Motor Speedway. Aided by new downforce options for the 2022 running of the XPEL 375 and a clear, cool morning, Pagenaud piloted his Meyer Shank Racing Honda to the top of the board early on in the first practice session of the day with a lap of 23.2376 seconds (223.087 mph) and remained there throughout the hour of on-track activity. “It was aRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The NTT IndyCar Series will run its first of five oval races of the season this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Unlike last year, it’ll be a single race at the 1.5-mile oval as part of a two-day show. There’s a lot of anticipation for Sunday’s XPEL 375 with the sport being three weeks removed from Scott McLaughlin scoring his maiden series win at St. Petersburg. The new Penske INDYCAR winner will look to have another strong oval outing where it all began in TexasRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor When the green flag drops on Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson will be in familiar territory. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has had his hands full since moving over to the NTT IndyCar Series last year, struggling to get a handle on driving an open-wheel car during his part-time schedule that focused only on the road and street courses. With the addition of the ovals to his schedule in 2022 allowing him to run the full season, Johnson is hoping toRead More

Posted On March 11, 2022By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Hildebrand to Run Oval Schedule with Foyt

By Motorsports Tribune Staff J.R. Hildebrand will run the oval rounds of the 2022 schedule in the NTT IndyCar Series for A.J. Foyt Racing. The 34-year-old Californian shares the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet with Tatiana Calderon, who is already contesting the road and street circuits. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to get back in the car, do a little more racing, and work with the AJ Foyt Racing squad again,” said Hildebrand, runner-up in the 2011 Indianapolis 500. “Although the results may not have looked special on paper, IRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor This time of the year, there is a clear division between the drivers still alive in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and those on the outside looking in. Add in the current high downforce/low horsepower package that is run on intermediate tracks and the situation is exacerbated, leading to what we saw in Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. On a number of occasions throughout the opening race in the Round of 8 in the Playoffs, the drivers fighting for a chance toRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Brad Keselowski entered the Round of 8 on the outside looking in. He’ll still leave Texas Motor Speedway outside the top-four standings despite finishing fourth in Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500. In fact, he cut the gap from 16 to 15 going into next Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway. It might’ve been just a point, but Keselowski’s No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang showed good pace. This was the case during long runs when Keselowski had one of the better showings outside the Hendrick Motorsports duoRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor FORT WORTH, Texas – What seemed to be a run of the mill NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway flipped a switch in the closing laps, wreaking havoc among some of the Playoff drivers. The trouble started on Lap 300, when smoke began billowing from underneath Joey Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford, signaling an expired engine and the end of his day. Already at a points deficit entering the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, Logano didn’t quite have the race he needed, finishingRead More