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The 2012 Firestone 550 was the twenty-second running of the Firestone 550 and the seventh round of the 2012 IndyCar Series season. It took place on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The race was contested over 228 laps at the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, and was telecasted by NBC Sports in the United States.

United States 2012 Firestone 550
Race details
7th round of the 2012 IndyCar Series season
DateJune 9, 2012
Official nameFirestone 550
LocationTexas Motor Speedway
CoursePermanent racing facility
1.5 mi / 2.4 km
Distance228 laps
342 mi / 550 km
WeatherTemperatures reaching up to 91 °F (33 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)[1]
Pole position
DriverAlex Tagliani (Team Barracuda - BHA)
Time0:48.5695
Fastest lap
DriverRyan Briscoe (Team Penske)
Time24.5170 (on lap 141 of 228)
Podium
FirstJustin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)
SecondGraham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)
ThirdRyan Briscoe (Team Penske)

The reigning champion of the Firestone 550 was Ryan Briscoe, who won the 2010 race, as in 2011 the event contested over two races in one night, making it the Firestone Twin 275s. The race was won by Justin Wilson of Dale Coyne Racing.

ClassificationEdit

Starting gridEdit

Row Inside Outside
1 98   Alex Tagliani 10   Dario Franchitti
2 38   Graham Rahal 9   Scott Dixon
3 12   Will Power 27   James Hinchcliffe
4 11   Tony Kanaan 26   Marco Andretti
5 77   Simon Pagenaud (R) 2   Ryan Briscoe
6 22   Oriol Servià 8   Rubens Barrichello
7 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay 5   E.J. Viso
8 3   Hélio Castroneves 83   Charlie Kimball
9 18   Justin Wilson 14   Mike Conway
10 20   Ed Carpenter 15   Takuma Sato
11 19   James Jakes 6   Katherine Legge (R)
12 4   J.R. Hildebrand 78   Simona de Silvestro
13 67   Josef Newgarden (R)
Conway, Sato, de Silvestro, and Newgarden penalised 10 places for changing engine

Race resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points1
1 18   Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda 228 1:59:02.0131 17 11 50
2 38   Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 228 + 3.9202 3 27 40
3 2   Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Chevrolet 228 + 5.8619 10 5 35
4 27   James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 228 + 10.4511 6 8 32
5 4   J.R. Hildebrand Panther Racing Chevrolet 228 + 18.7749 23 0 30
6 77   Simon Pagenaud (R) Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda 228 + 21.3883 9 0 28
7 3   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 227 + 1 lap 15 0 26
8 12   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 227 + 1 lap 5 24 24
9 98   Alex Tagliani Team Barracuda – BHA Honda 227 + 1 lap 1 20 23
10 19   James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing Honda 227 + 1 lap 21 0 20
11 11   Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 227 + 1 lap 7 0 19
12 20   Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 227 + 1 lap 19 0 18
13 67   Josef Newgarden (R) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 226 + 2 laps 25 0 17
14 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 225 + 3 laps 2 0 16
15 6   Katherine Legge (R) Dragon Racing Chevrolet 224 + 4 laps 22 0 15
16 14   Mike Conway A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 224 + 4 laps 18 0 14
17 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 222 + 6 laps 8 0 13
18 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 173 Contact 4 133 14
19 5   E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 129 Mechanical 14 0 12
20 22   Oriol Servià Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 89 Fuel Pressure 11 0 12
21 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 66 Mechanical 13 0 12
22 15   Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 63 Contact 20 0 12
23 83   Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 29 Contact 16 0 12
DNS 8   Rubens Barrichello KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 0 Did Not Start 12 0 6
DNS 78   Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing Lotus 0 Did Not Start 24 0 5
Barrichello and de Silvestro did not start the race due to fuel pump issues
Notes

1 Points include 1 point for pole position and 2 points for most laps led.

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather information for the 2012 Firestone 550". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved January 25, 2015.

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