News & Multimedia

Huertas Wins First Race of Houston Doubleheader

Carlos Huertas might have been the most surprised person at NRG Park at 4:50 p.m. (Central) time.

The 23-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series rookie won Race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers under caution for his first victory. Juan Pablo Montoya finished second and rookie Carlos Munoz placed third to complete a Colombia podium, and the day was made complete as Colombia won its FIFA World Cup knockout game.

Huertas' previous best finish was eighth in the opening round of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit a month ago. He is the seventh different winner in nine races.

"The kid has been getting better all year and he showed a lot today," said team owner Dale Coyne, who picked up his first victory since June 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway with driver Justin Wilson.

Huertas, who led the final seven laps (his first of the season) after Wilson had to pit for fuel, started 19th in the race that was scheduled for 90 laps but was ruled a timed race (1 hours, 50 minutes) because of rain that delayed the standing start.

"The races are so long, you always have a chance to win if you do the right things at the right time," said Huertas, who went a field-high 39 laps on one set of Firestone tires and 18.5 gallons of E85 to close out the 80 laps. "Today was really tough. I was really struggling. I had no pace in the first half of the race. But I reminded myself just to stay calm and do what you have to do and I did that.

"The team called it perfectly with the fuel, and it’s a great day.”

Sebastien Bourdais, who won on the temporary street circuit in 2006 and '07, placed a season-best fourth. Championship leader Will Power, who started 18th in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, slid into the Turn 9 tires on Lap 58 to bring out the caution flag. He finished 14th and, combined with teammate Helio Castroneves' ninth place, takes a 33-point lead into Race 2 on June 29.

Qualifications for Race 2 (10 a.m. ET June 29)

Real-time Timing & Scoring, augmented by the IMS Radio Network broadcast, will be available on IndyCar.com. All cars shall participate in one of two groups for 12 minutes each.

Group 1 shall contain all cars in the odd-numbered positions on the combined practice times sheet (Simon Pagenaud the quickest).

Group 2 shall contain all cars in the even-numbered positions on the combined times sheet (Will Power the quickest).

The Verizon P1 Award will be awarded to the best overall lap time in the qualifying sessions. The remainder of the cars in that group will be ranked in the odd-numbered positions. Even-numbered starting positions will be determined from the other group, starting with position two.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Huertas Wins First Race of Houston Doubleheader
 
Huertas Wins First Race of Houston Doubleheader
The 23-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series rookie won Race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers under caution for his first victory. Juan Pablo Montoya finished second and rookie Carlos Munoz placed third to complete a Colombia podium, and the day was made complete as Colombia won its FIFA World Cup knockout game.
Read More
Related Media
Uber
 
Ride With Uber on the Fourth
Whether you’re rocking with The Rolling Stones at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or have other plans on the Fourth of July, don’t worry about how you’re going to get home. Uber can get you there worry-free, hassle-free and safely.
Read More
Graham Rahal
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Rahal Ends Skid at Wild MAVTV 500
Graham Rahal ended a 124-race winless drought dating to April 6, 2008, on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and earned his second career victory.
Read More
Jason Sharkey
 
The Judges’ Word is Gold For Corvette Enthusiasts
One of the aspects that makes the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show -- appearing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through Saturday -- the biggest and most prestigious of its kind in the world is the judging that takes place, offering Corvette enthusiasts confirmation that their Corvette meets the highest standards.
Read More
Gabby Chaves
 
Young Chaves Eager For Another 500-Mile Battle
Defending Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves has defied most expectations for a young driver stepping up to the Verizon IndyCar Series, and has demonstrated incredible consistency and composure entering Auto Club Speedway, where he’ll race the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Honda.
Read More
Saints of Valory
 
Saints of Valory Added as Second Special Guest to Open for The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones have announced that Saints of Valory have been added as the second special guest to open their show in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 4, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 269
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Here are 5 ways IMS and @RollingStones actually belong together... Who knew?! http://t.co/u52x3fXBFa #StonesIndy http://t.co/lr0AoFeCdl
about 5 hours ago