Safe Race Proves IndyCar Should Race Texas

Race safe, but full of drama

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    Justin Wilson of England, driver of the #18 Sonny's BBQ Honda Dallara, races during the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.

    After all the hand-wringing about racing at Texas Motor Speedway, the return of IndyCar to a high-banked oval ended up as a safe, sound event with an exciting finish and a surprising winner in Justin Wilson.

    The race had drama, too. Points leader Will Power was penalized for blocking, and Graham Rahal coughed up his first win in nearly five years by brushing the wall with just over two laps remaining.

    More important, the race Saturday night went off without a hitch and was exactly what IndyCar needed in its first trip to a 1.5-mile banked speedway since Dan Wheldon's fatal accident last October in Las Vegas.

    It was such a success, a return to the track seemed to be the top topic as the post-race fireworks commemorated IndyCar's 24th race at Texas.