Texas Motor Speedway one year ago without a doubt produced an exciting race with guys nose to wing all around the 1.5 mile high banked oval. But along with that came the carnage of guys making overly agressive moves and going all in for the chance to lead. Only about 11 out of 22 cars actually made it the checkard flag by the end of the 600 kilometers and all the carnage added up close to $500,000. 2018 however, a very different story.
A little more single file groove going through the 4 turns but passing was accomplishable and far less wrecks took place.
Some interesting strategy took place with the Firestone tires being very gratable. Team Penske's setup on all three of their cars made their tires blistering at a much more rapid rate than the rest of the field causing them to make multiple pit stops to adress the issue.
Canadian rookie Robert Wickens was able to take advantage of the 3 Penske's problems and take the lead for several laps before falling back a bit after pit stops and making his way through the field when trying to pass Ed Carpenter going into turn 3 and collecting both drivers and sending both cars on the tow truck.
Scott Dixon would be able to lead 119 laps enroute to his second victory in two weeks.
All around the race was interesting even though no pack racing occured. IndyCar is looking at different aero configurations for the super speedways after the lack of passing that took place at Indianapolis. Who knows what the future holds for speedway racing in IndyCar, but its looks like it is someting to look forward to.