IndyCar results and points standings after XPEL 375 Sunday at Texas

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Pato O’Ward led the final 24 laps Sunday to win the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway, topping the results as the latest first-time winner in the NTT IndyCar Series to shake up the points standings.

The Arrow McLaren SP driver, who turns 22 Thursday, joined Alex Palou (who won the season opener at Barber Motorsports Park) as a first-time winner this season. Three of the first four races have been won by the three youngest drivers in IndyCar: O’Ward, Colton Herta, 21 (who won at St. Petersburg last week) and Palou, 24.

O’Ward finished 1.24 seconds ahead of Josef Newgarden. Graham Rahal was third, and Scott Dixon finished fourth after leading a race-high 163 of 248 laps to keep his lead in the points standings. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver holds a 22-point lead over O’Ward (153-131) with Palou in third.

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Here are the IndyCar final results and points standings Sunday in the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. Click here for the lap leader chart.

Here is the finishing order with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out:

1. (4) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 248, Running
2. (6) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 248, Running
3. (9) Graham Rahal, Honda, 248, Running
4. (1) Scott Dixon, Honda, 248, Running
5. (10) Colton Herta, Honda, 248, Running
6. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 248, Running
7. (2) Alex Palou, Honda, 248, Running
8. (7) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 248, Running
9. (12) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 248, Running
10. (21) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 248, Running
11. (19) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 248, Running
12. (13) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 248, Running
13. (3) Will Power, Chevrolet, 248, Running
14. (11) Takuma Sato, Honda, 247, Running
15. (20) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 246, Running
16. (17) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 246, Running
17. (5) Jack Harvey, Honda, 115, Mechanical
18. (22) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 30, Mechanical
19. (14) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 0, Contact
20. (15) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 0, Contact
21. (16) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 0, Contact
22. (18) Ed Jones, Honda, 0, Contact
23. (23) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 0, Contact
24. (24) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 0, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 169.360 mph; Time of race: 2:06:31.1155; Margin of victory: 1.2443 seconds; Cautions: 3 for 35 laps; Lead changes: 12 among 9 drivers; Lap leaders: Dixon 1-70; Palou 71-73; Carpenter 74; VeeKay 75-79; Dixon 80-139; Rahal 140-152; Dixon 153-185; O’Ward 186; Power 187; Newgarden 188-189; Sato 190-201; Newgarden 202-224; O’Ward 225-248.


POINTS

Click here for the points tally in Sunday’s race.

Through four races, here are the full points standings for:

Drivers

Entrants

Engine manufacturers

Top 10 in the standings: Scott Dixon 153, Pato O’Ward 131, Alex Palou 127, Josef Newgarden 116, Graham Rahal 107, Simon Pagenaud 102, Colton Herta 100, Scott McLaughlin 99, Will Power 99, Jack Harvey 90.


NEXT: The NTT IndyCar Series will race at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, May 15 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on NBC.

Houston Supercross by the numbers: Five riders begin to gap the field

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Chase Sexton stumbled in San Diego and Eli Tomac had a hard fall in Anaheim 2, but the Monster Energy Supercross numbers for Houston suggest they will continue to be the ones to beat in Houston. To do so, they will have to turn back challenges from another pair of riders who have swept the top five in the first three rounds and another with a worst finish of sixth.

Houston Supercross numbers
Cooper Webb’s ability to close races makes him a Houston favorite. – Feld Motor Sports

Despite an accident in his heat in San Diego that sent him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), Sexton recovered to score a top-five that weekend. His podium finish in Anaheim 1 and overall win last week in Anaheim 2 makes him one of the three riders with a perfect top-five record. He is joined by Cooper Webb, who finished second in the first two rounds and fourth last week, and Ken Roczen, whose consistency in the first three races contributed to him grabbing the top spot in this week’s NBC Supercross Power Rankings.

There are reasons to believe Webb and Roczen can keep those streaks alive.

Webb is the only multiple winner at Supercross’ current Houston stadium. His pair of wins came in 2019 and 2021, the same year he won his two 450 championships.

Clinton Fowler points out this week, that Webb has carried that strength into 2023. Webb had a late surge in Anaheim 1, advancing from fifth to second in the final six laps. In San Diego, he set his ninth fastest lap with two to go and his eighth fastest on the final lap. He posted his fastest lap of Anaheim 2 on Lap 12 while the rest of the field did so on Lap 6 on average.

By comparison, Tomac set his 14th fastest lap on the final circuit in route to winning the Main at San Diego while he was trying to keep Webb at bay.

With a sixth at San Diego, Dylan Ferrandis barely missed sweeping the top five in his first three races as did Tomac with a sixth last week at Anaheim 2.

This will be the 46th year Supercross has visited Houston and with 55 races the city is tied for the second-most with Detroit.

Jim Pomeroy won the first race in the Astrodome during the inaugural season of 1974 on a 250, which was the premiere class at the time. Houston was one of three races held that year along with events at Daytona International Speedway and the Los Angeles Coliseum. All three venues return in 2023 with the first SuperMotocross championship finale returning to the famed LA Coliseum in September.

Webb won most recently in 2021 in the final race of three held there that year as the series executed a strategy of racing in residencies to limit travel during height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomac and Justin Barcia also won in Houston in 2021.

Two privateers have started the season on a high note.

Joshua Cartwright and Joshua Varize have each made the last two Mains. Cartwright finished 18th in San Diego and 21st last week in Anaheim 2 – all while working fulltime as a Business Intelligence Analyst at the University of Texas, Dallas. Varize earned a top-15 (12th) in San Diego and was 21st in Anaheim 2 in his third season on a 450.

Michael Mosiman scored his first 250 win last year in San Diego. – Feld Motor Sports

The numbers show none of the active 250 Supercross East riders have won in Houston, so no matter who steps on top of the box, there is going to be a fresh face. That is not surprising since most of the top competitors have not raced at this venue yet.

Michael Mosiman has a pair of top-fives there, however. His best finish was a second in the second 2021 race. Garrett Marchbanks scored a top-10 in his rookie season of 2019 in Houston.

In the 250 East division, Hunter Lawrence is one of the favorites to win the title now that Christian Craig has moved to 450s. Last year he had four wins and nine podiums, but failed to set a fast lap in a race.

The other 250 riders with 2022 wins this week are Mosiman, who earned his first Supercross win last year in San Diego, and Nate Thrasher, who became the fifth new class winner at Daytona.

Jeremy Martin will attempt to extend a record this week in Houston. His division leading SuperMotocross podiums number 65. He has 26 wins in the combined sessions, which ranks fourth all time.

Last Five Houston Winners

450s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Cooper Webb
2021, Race 2: Eli Tomac
2021, Race 1: Justin Barcia
2020, no race
2019, Cooper Webb
2018, Jason Anderson

250s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Colt Nichols
2021, Race 2: Jett Lawrence
2021, Race 1: Christian Craig
2020, no race
2019, Dylan Ferrandis
2018, Aaron Plessinger

By the Numbers

Anaheim 2
San Diego

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