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Wickens crashes out of Texas IndyCar race

FORT WORTH, Tex. – Robert Wickens of Guelph appeared to be in line for a top finish in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway when he crashed out with 77 laps to go of the 248-lap race on the 1.5-mile high-banked oval Saturday night.

Wickens, who had led 31 laps, and Ed Carpenter tangled as Wickens attempted to put himself four laps ahead of Carpenter.

“I went to his inside,” Wickens is quoted on his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports website. “I don’t know if his spotter didn’t tell him I was there, but he just turned in, and we had contact and went up into the wall. It sucks. We were so strong the whole night.

“Things were going so smoothly, and we were getting the fuel mileage in the Lucas Oil car. I’m just frustrated. When you’re driving around slower cars, they’re getting blue flags every time at start/finish and they ignore every single one of them… We shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place, but it just sucks because we had such a good car.”

The cars touched in the third corner, did a quarter spin to the left and made contact with the SAFER barrier. Neither driver needed help getting out of his car and both were taken to be checked out at the infield care centre. Both were released.

Scott Dixon won the race in two hours, 53.2155 seconds while Simon Pagenaud was second, 4.2943 seconds behind, and Alexander Rossi was third. James Hinchcliffe, Wickens’ teammate, was fourth. Wickens, who had qualified fourth, was classified 19th in the 22-car field.

The finish leaves Wickens seventh in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings with 244 points. Dixon leads at 357 and is followed by Rossi at 334, Will Power at 321, Ryan Hunter-Reay at 308, Josef Newgarden at 289 and Graham Rahal at 250.

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