The NTT IndyCar Series wraps up the most intense stretch of its 2019 season with the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The second of five ovals on the IndyCar calendar this season, Texas has been a mainstay of the series since the 1996-97 season, and thanks to its two races per season from 1998-2004, is actually the most raced active track in the history of current IndyCar sanctioning, dating back to the formation of the Indy Racing League for the 1996 season.
Two decades of racing means that many of IndyCar’s top veterans have won here at least once. Defending winner Scott Dixon has three Texas victories to his name, giving him a chance to tie Helio Castroneves for the most in track history with a fourth this weekend, while 2017 winner Will Power has two. Graham Rahal won 2016’s postponed event, while oval specialist Ed Carpenter’s most recent IndyCar victory came here in 2014 as well.
But it’s still Dixon who enters this weekend as the talk of the series after ending last weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader on a high note. One day after crashing out of a race for the first time in years, the five-time series champion put the mistake behind him and becoming the only driver to repeat in the Motor City this year. After taking four podiums in seven rounds leading up to the second Detroit race, Dixon’s win was just his first of the 2019 season.
However, Josef Newgarden remains the points leader, and the Team Penske driver will be looking for redemption after a crash on Sunday cut his bid for a Detroit sweep short. Newgarden’s win in the Saturday round was his second of the season, and his pole-winning run on Sunday looked to set him up for a sweep, but contact with James Hinchcliffe put an end to the pursuit. The crash also allowed Alexander Rossi, who bounced off of Hinchcliffe in the fracas but was able to continue, to pull within 15 points of the championship lead.
The DXC Technology 600 airs on Saturday at 8:30PM ET on NBCSN. After being at a track every single weekend since heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to kick off the month of May, the NTT IndyCar Series finally gets a breather next weekend, but will be back in action in two weeks’ time as the series returns to Road America.