Tension Surrounds IndyCar's Annual Stop at Texas

Alex Tagliani wins the pole for IndyCar Series race

By Jenna Fryer
|  Friday, Jun 8, 2012  |  Updated 9:23 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

Sponsored

YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN...

    advertisement
    Photos and Videos

    Not Just IndyCar Racing at TMS

    It's a motor sports fan's dream at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, you'll find more than just IndyCar racing in Fort Worth.
    More Photos and Videos

    The tension surrounding Texas Motor Speedway began in the offseason, when drivers still reeling from the death of Dan Wheldon publicly questioned the compatibility of IndyCar and high-banked ovals.

    It's led to a conflict between a track promoter who has been a longtime IndyCar supporter and the stars of the series. When the checkered flag falls Saturday night, it could be the final time for IndyCar.

    Texas has hosted 23 previous IndyCar races dating back to 1997.

    At issue right now is safety concerns stemming from Wheldon's fatal October accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was ultimately killed when his head hit a post in the Las Vegas fence, although the style of pack racing on a high-banked oval led to his car going airborne.

    Alex Tagliani won the pole for the IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

    Tagliani turned a lap at 215.691 mph late in Friday's qualifying session to bump Dario Franchitti from the top starting spot. Franchitti went 215.646 to qualify second.

    Graham Rahal qualified third and Scott Dixon was fourth to give Honda the top four qualifying spots for Saturday night's race. Spots two through four were claimed by drivers from Chip Ganassi Racing.

    IndyCar series points leader Will Power qualified fifth as the highest Chevrolet.

    The drivers were split headed into Friday night's final practice session over the downforce limits set by IndyCar. IndyCar decreased the downforce to try to break up the pack racing, and half the drivers felt it made the cars too hard to drive.

    More: TexasMotorSpeedway.com

    Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
    View Comments (
    )
    |
    Email
    |
    Print
    Leave Comments
    What's New
    Get NBCDFW on Mobile!
    Get NBCDFW's free news and weather... Read more
    Follow Us
    Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
    Send Us Your Story Tips
    Check Out