Saturday’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway marked the start of the second half of the 16-race Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
But just like it has been throughout the first half, Juan Pablo Montoya continues to maintain his stranglehold on the VICS points standings.
Race winner Scott Dixon joined Montoya as the only drivers with two victories thus far this season.
However, because Montoya finished fourth, Dixon wasn’t able to appreciably cut Montoya’s lead. Dixon still trails Montoya by 43 points. Will Power remains in second place, 35 points behind Montoya.
In fact, there was no change in the first five positions in the standings.
The driver making the biggest gain in the points was Tony Kanaan, who finished second in Saturday’s race. Kanaan climbed three spots in the standings, from 12th to 9th.
Gaining two spots each were Sebatian Bourdais (up to 7th), and Jack Hawksworth (up to 17th).
Gaining one spot each was Marco Andretti (up to 6th), Charlie Kimball (up to 10th), Takuma Sato (up to 14th), James Jakes (up to 15th) and Gabby Chaves (up to 16th).
Simon Pagenaud suffered the biggest loss in the standings, dropping two spots that knocked him out of the top 10 and down to 11th.
Losing one spot was Carlos Munoz (down to 12th).
|As of: Firestone 600||+/-||Points||Behind||Wins|
|1||Juan Pablo Montoya #2||–||348||‒||2|
|2||Will Power #1||–||313||35||1|
|3||Scott Dixon #9||–||305||43||2|
|4||Helio Castroneves #3||–||286||62||0|
|5||Graham Rahal #15||–||261||87||0|
|6||Marco Andretti #27||+1||255||93||0|
|7||Sebastien Bourdais #11||+2||244||104||1|
|8||Josef Newgarden #67||–||215||133||1|
|9||Tony Kanaan #10||+3||215||133||0|
|10||Charlie Kimball #83||+1||214||134||0|
|11||Simon Pagenaud #22||-2||213||135||0|
|12||Carlos Munoz #26||-1||208||140||1|
|13||Ryan Hunter-Reay #28||–||183||165||0|
|14||Takuma Sato #14||+1||180||168||0|
|15||James Jakes #7||+1||155||193||0|
|16||Gabby Chaves #98||+1||153||195||0|
|17||Jack Hawksworth #41||+2||135||213||0|
|18||James Hinchcliffe #5||-1||129||219||1|
|19||Luca Filippi #20||–||120||228||0|
|20||Stefano Coletti #4||–||115||233||0|