Second year student IndyCar had closed on Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing throughout the penultimate stint after eliminating Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske, on what was a dominant night for the CGR team .
However, shortly after his last stop, as he tried to get closer to Dixon during the five-time champion’s grace lap.
Rosenqvist went around the outside of Hinchcliffe’s slower Andretti Autosport machine and lost control, fishtailing and spinning into the Turn 2 wall.
Asked by NBC if he blamed Hinchcliffe, who was three laps behind, last season’s IndyCar Rookie of the Year replied, “I can’t blame the others for any situation I have.
“Obviously, I came out with new tires and I don’t know if James had old tires there. It’s my judgment, I went outside. I probably shouldn’t have done it.
“It’s one of those things where you sit there and you go 40 mph slower than you want to go behind another car, and it’s tempting to go up one lane. But it’s so slippery, you know?
“I’m really sorry for my guys because our car was just amazing tonight, it was my breakthrough on the ovals and I had a really good shot there, I think, so I’m really disappointed. ”
Rosenqvist insisted that his decision did not come from excessive anxiety about trying to beat his winning teammate Dixon, who had stopped a few laps after the Swede.
“We stung earlier [Dixon] and we had a clear track so we had two really good laps there, “he said.
“I don’t know how it could have happened: Scott was really fast too, so it was going to be tight. But even a second place tonight, I would have won.
“I didn’t feel like I was going crazy for the win. I just wanted to come up with a good finish and good points, and something silly spoiled everything. It’s difficult. ”
Dixon praises simulator work for “amazing car”
Dixon credits the CGR team’s simulator work with Honda for its dominant performance which produced its 47th career victory and fourth at TMS.
Although he was narrowly beaten on pole by Newgarden and spent most of the first stint behind the defending champion, Dixon set a fast pace as soon as he hit the front.
Only a slight pit lane error and impressive training from teammate Rosenqvist threatened to throw his victory adrift.
“The DIL, the Honda simulator we’ve been using for three weeks to prepare Texas, has been really good,” said five-time champion IndyCar.
“A lot of things we didn’t think we would try or have time to try on the right track, we were able to do in a way. Gave us some ideas. We were able to somehow verify them once we got here.
“We worked very hard to try to calm the entrances and exits, especially turns 1 and 2, from last year.
“That’s what got really tricky. I think [Colton] Herta last year was really good. He was able to sit a little high, in this corner much more than we could.
” [So] we did a lot of work on it in the simulator. We found things that seemed to work. You never know if it will work in real life.
“As we took off, it was done right away. The car was really safe. Some of these areas before turn 1 later with older tires, definitely for me, I couldn’t do it.
“The car was still very loose. Seeing that others were pretty solid there when we had to run tight enough. When the tires were new enough, the outside movement was a lot of fun. ”