After getting crashed out at Indy, Ed Carpenter finally had the kind of race he deserved at last night’s Firestone 600, putting the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet into the winner’s circle just .5 seconds ahead of the Penskes of Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya. “I knew we had a good car,” said Carpenter. “We had a good test here. I got extra motivated for tonight … the Fuzzy’s car was hooked up by the end. I though for sure, we were the car to beat.”
Carpenter won’t race again until the July 6 race at Pocono. While his partner behind the wheel of the no. 20, road-course specialist Mike Conway, will be driving in both rounds of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on June 28-29.
Simon Pagenaud was the highest finishing Honda driver in fourth, with Scott Dixon rounding out the top five, making it a 1-2-3-5 finish for the Chevrolet guys. Here’s how the rest of the Firestone 600 played out for the rest of the IndyCar field.
|2||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||3|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin (R)||Honda||-1 Lap|
|3||Helio Castroneves||Chevy||-1 Lap|
|8||Ryan Briscoe||Chevy||-1 Lap|
|83||Charlie Kimball||Chevy||-1 Lap|
|67||Josef Newgarden||Honda||-1 Lap|
|15||Graham Rahal||Honda||-2 Laps|
|34||Carlos Munoz (R)||Honda||-3 Laps|
|27||James Hinchcliffe||Honda||-4 Laps|
|98||Jack Hawksworth (R)||Honda||-4 Laps|
|18||Carlos Huertas (R)||Honda||-4 Laps|
|17||Sebastian Saavedra||Chevy||-4 Laps|