FORT WORTH, Texas ( June 8, 2013) - Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves became the first four-time IZOD IndyCar Series winner at Texas Motor Speedway with a dominating performance in Saturday night's Firestone 550.
Castroneves (No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet) led the final 132 laps of the 228-lap event and cruised to a 4.692-second margin of victory over runner-up and reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet) of Andretti Autosport. Reigning Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan (No. 11 Sunoco/Turbo Chevrolet) finished third for KV Racing Technology.
The win for Castroneves was his fourth at Texas Motor Speedway, breaking a tie for most career victories with Sam Hornish Jr. His other victories came in the fall of 2004 as well as this annual June event in '06 and '09.
The victory was the first of the season for Castroneves as well as Team Penske and, more importantly, gave him sole possession of the IZOD IndyCar Series championship lead. Castroneves, who entered the Firestone 550 tied with Marco Andretti (No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet), now owns a 22-point advantage over Andretti, who finished fifth.
In the early going, it seemed that Andretti Autosport was going to find its way to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway for the first time since 2004, but long fuel runs with less Firestone tire wear than his fellow competitors gave Castroneves a distinctive edge.
Andretti and Hunter-Reay led 92 of the first 96 laps, with Andretti pacing the way from the outset with 57 laps led. Castroneves' teammate Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) led the other four laps before Castroneves took complete control. He continually was able to stay out longer than the rest of the field and did not falter on older tires.
Castroneves, who gave team owner Roger Penske his record eighth win at Texas Motor Speedway, paced a dominant display by Chevrolet as the engine manufacturer swept the top five finishing positions and eight of the top 10. It was the first win by Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway since Tomas Scheckter in 2005.