Justin Wilson joy after maiden oval victory

Justin Wilson
Justin Wilson celebrates maiden oval win

Sheffield driver Justin Wilson is still on cloud nine after breaking his IndyCar oval duck with victory at the Texas Motor Speedway.

The win was the former F1 star's seventh since moving to America in 2004, but his first since the race at Watkins Glen in 2009.

"Perhaps I've put the 'Can't drive ovals' label to rest," said the 33-year-old South Yorkshireman.

"Like every driver I've got an ego, so I wanted to put that straight."

Wilson was a surprise winner after leader Graham Rahal drifted into the circuit wall. Although Rahal continued, his car did not have the same pace, and Wilson charged past with two laps remaining.

"When I saw Graham sliding more and more I thought 'Maybe there's a chance' and when he hit the wall, I thought 'OK, now it's time to go'," Wilson said.

The result lifts Wilson to 10th in the Izod IndyCar Series driver standings, and this weekend he returns to the track in Milwaukee, another oval.

"We had a decent test at Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago and hopefully that will give us a head start this weekend," he said.

"My confidence is obviously high and I'm just looking for another strong result to continue that momentum."

After the race IndyCar docked Wilson five points and fined Dale Coyne Racing $7,500 for failing a post-race inspection for having unapproved pieces of bodywork fitted to its sidepods.

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