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The 2023 PPG 375 at Texas Motor Speedway was 250 laps on the 1.5-mile superspeedway totaling 375 miles, however INDYCAR uses a measured track length of 1.44 miles for timing and scoring.
One minute before the command to start engines, the ambient temperature was 73 degrees with 42% relative humidity and cloudy skies. The track temperature was 79 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
At 11:01 a.m. CDT, Darren Huggins, Berkshire Hathaway's National Collision Director, gave the command, "Drivers, start your engines." All 28 engines fired and all cars rolled on the grid.
The No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet of pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist led the field to the green flag, which flew the fourth time past the flag stand.
Rosenqvist was passed by the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Scott Dixon on Lap 2. On Lap 3, the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet of Josef Newgarden took the lead. Dixon again claimed the lead on Lap 4 and was passed by Newgarden on Lap 6, who went on to lead the remainder of the first half of the race.
The race's first full-course caution occurred on Lap 48 when the No. 11 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Takuma Sato made contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2. The car came to rest on the backstretch. Leaders under the first caution, which was 12 laps in duration, were Newgarden, Pato O'Ward, Alex Palou, Dixon and Alexander Rossi.
During the caution, there was contact in the pits between the No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet of Rossi and the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda of Kyle Kirkwood. Rossi was issued a drive-through penalty for improper release from his pit box.
Newgarden's early dominance was put on hold when O'Ward took over the lead after the halfway point and led consistently until a serious of three cautions kicked off on Lap 179.
Lap 179: A 14-lap caution period began when the Rosenqvist made contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 4 with his car eventually coming to rest in Turn 2. Leaders under this second full-course caution were O'Ward, Newgarden, Palou, Romain Grosjean and Dixon.
Lap 210: The No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda of Sting Ray Robb brushed the wall in Turn 2 and made further hard contact with the inside wall on the backstretch. Leaders at the start of the third full-course caution, which lasted nine laps, were Palou, O'Ward, Newgarden, Grosjean and Colton Herta.
Lap 223: The No. 29 Andretti Autosport Honda of Devlin DeFrancesco and the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda of Graham Rahal made contact with each other in Turn 3 followed by further contact for both cars with the Turn 3 SAFER Barrier. The fourth caution period was 15 laps in duration.
The race restarted on Lap 238 with O'Ward leading. Over the race's final laps, both Newgarden and Palou led laps in addition to O'Ward.
While O'Ward led on Lap 248, Newgarden was leading the race on Lap 249 when the final full-course caution period began when the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda of Grosjean spun and made contact with the inside wall on the backstretch.
Newgarden took the white flag under caution and went on to win the 2023 PPG 375, his 26th career NTT IndyCar Series victory and his third win at Texas Motor Speedway.
O'Ward, Palou, David Malukas and Dixon completed the top five. Agustin Canapino, who finished in the 12th position, was the top rookie competitor.
Final Practice for the 2023 PPG 375 at Texas Motor Speedway was 60 minutes in duration and ran without incident.
At the conclusion of practice, the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Scott Dixon was fastest with a 222.378 mph lap.
Prior to practice for all cars, were two 12-minute high-line sessions with the field split into even groups of 14 drivers. During the second group, the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet of Conor Daly spun off Turn 4 and made four complete spins with no contact.
Single-car qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway consisted of two laps for each driver with a measured distance of 1.44 miles per lap. Qualifying order was determined by reverse entrant points through Round 1 in St. Petersburg, with Ed Carpenter first and points leader Marcus Ericsson last.
At 11:15 a.m. CDT, the official start time of qualifying, the ambient temperature in Fort Worth, Texas was 64 degrees with 35% relative humidity and fair skies. The track temperature was 82 degrees according to Firestone Racing engineers.
There were no on-track incidents during any of the 28 qualifying runs.
Felix Rosenqvist, 10th to qualify in the No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, was fastest with a 220.264 mph two-lap average.
The biggest challenge to Rosenqvist capturing the NTT P1 Award came from the Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, whose 219.972 mph qualifying run put him on the front row alongside Rosenqvist.
Rosenqvist's pole was the fourth of his NTT IndyCar Series career and his second consecutive qualifying triumph at Texas.
— 2022: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2021 Race 2: Pato O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP
— 2021 Race 1: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
— 2020: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
— 2019: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2018: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
Last Six Poles
— 2022: Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP (221.110 mph)
— 2021 Race 2: Scott Dixon (points)
— 2021 Race 1: Alex Palou (points)
— 2020: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske (215.740 mph)
— 2019: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (220.250 mph)
— 2018: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske (220.613 mph)
Qualifying Record (One Lap, 1.44 miles)
222.747 mph (Charlie Kimball of Chip Ganassi Racing on June 9, 2017)
Qualifying Record (Two Laps, 2.88 miles)
222.556 mph (Charlie Kimball of Chip Ganassi Racing on June 9, 2017)
Historical Passing Analysis
2021 Race 1
2021 Race 2
* Passing Index (PI) is number of passes per 100 miles completed. Position Passing Index (PPI) is number of position passes per 100 miles completed.