2006 IndyCar Series season

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2006 IndyCar season
Season
Races 14
Start date March 26
End date September 10
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
Teams' champion United States Team Penske
Rookie of the Year United States Marco Andretti
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2005 2007

The 2006 IRL IndyCar Series season began on March 26 and concluded on September 10. Sam Hornish, Jr. won his third IndyCar Series championship. Hornish also won the 90th Indianapolis 500, passing rookie Marco Andretti on the final lap less than 500 feet (150 m) from the finish line. The season was marred by the death of Paul Dana during practice at Homestead.

Commentators[edit]

The official commentators were Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, and Rusty Wallace, with pit reports from Jack Arute, Jerry Punch, Vince Welch, and Jamie Little, and pre race hosting from Brent Musburger.

ABC Television
Booth Announcers Pit/garage reporters

Host: Brent Musburger
Announcer: Marty Reid
Color: Scott Goodyear
Color: Rusty Wallace

Jack Arute
Jerry Punch
Vince Welch
Jamie Little

2006 IndyCar Series schedule[edit]

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 March 26 United States Toyota Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida United States Sam Hornish, Jr. New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
2 April 2 United States Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Brazil Tony Kanaan Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves
3 April 22 Japan Indy Japan 300 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan Brazil Hélio Castroneves New Zealand Scott Dixon Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves
4 May 28 United States 90th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Sam Hornish, Jr. New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
5 June 4 United States Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix
presented by Tissot
Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Marco Andretti United Kingdom Dan Wheldon New Zealand Scott Dixon
6 June 10 United States Bombardier Learjet 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Brazil Hélio Castroneves
7 June 24 United States SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
8 July 2 United States Kansas Lottery Indy 300 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
9 July 15 United States Firestone Indy 200 Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United Kingdom Dan Wheldon New Zealand Scott Dixon
10 July 23 United States ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Brazil Hélio Castroneves South Africa Tomas Scheckter Brazil Tony Kanaan Brazil Tony Kanaan
11 July 30 United States Firestone Indy 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan Brazil Hélio Castroneves Japan Kosuke Matsuura Brazil Vitor Meira Brazil Hélio Castroneves
12 August 13 United States Meijer Indy 300
presented by Coca-Cola and Secret
Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Bryan Herta United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
13 August 27 United States Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Infineon Raceway Sonoma, California New Zealand Scott Dixon Brazil Tony Kanaan New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Marco Andretti
14 September 10 United States Peak Antifreeze Indy 300
presented by Mr. Clean
Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Off season changes[edit]

2006 for the Indy Racing League was much different from 2005. The biggest change being the withdrawal of Chevrolet- and Toyota-powered cars from the series, leaving Honda as the only engine manufacturer. There was much speculation after this announcement that because there would not be nearly as much money provided to teams by engine providers as in previous years, many of them would scale back. To some extent, this was true: Ganassi Racing pared its team from three to two cars and Panther Racing and Cheever Racing from two to one. However, Tony George and Patrick Dempsey's Vision Racing added a car for displaced Tomas Scheckter. Honda also reduced the costs of both year-long and Indy-only engine leases, promised that all teams would be provided with identical engines and technical support, and that engines would last two races between scheduled rebuilds—all significant cost-cutting measures compared to previous years.

The chassis situation is little changed from 2005, the largest change being Ganassi Racing's switch from Panoz to Dallara. The full-season runners using the Panoz in 2006 are Rahal Letterman Racing's three cars and Delphi Fernandez Racing's Scott Sharp.

2006 also sees the elimination of three rounds of the championship from the 2005 season. The Phoenix International Raceway race was cancelled because of scheduling conflicts. The California Speedway round was not retained because the IRL wanted to move its date earlier in the season so as to not conflict with the NFL season, but a date that was available for both the speedway and the league could not be found. Both the IRL and California Speedway hope that a race there will return for 2007. The Pikes Peak International Raceway was eliminated from the 2006 schedule as the track was sold by its owners and subsequently closed. Further explanation for this new schedule was given by the league as being more "compact" and "exciting" and as a method of avoiding lost television ratings and race attendance by finishing their race season before the NFL season. Many critics viewed this shortened schedule as a definite setback for the series, not an improvement.

There were also a handful of significant driver moves, most important of which was 2005 series champion Dan Wheldon moving to Ganassi Racing from Andretti Green Racing, where he was replaced by Marco Andretti. Additionally, Tomas Scheckter moved from Panther Racing to a new car at Vision Racing and Vitor Meira moved from Rahal Letterman to Scheckter's seat at Panther. Paul Dana and his personal sponsor filled Meira's spot at Rahal Letterman. Eddie Cheever announced that he would return to the role of owner-driver of his single car team for the first four races, including the Indianapolis 500, and Michael Andretti announced he would return to the cockpit to drive alongside his son in the "500". A. J. Foyt IV, who left for NASCAR, was replaced by Felipe Giaffone in Foyt Enterprises' car, while Buddy Lazier returned to a full-time ride in the series by replacing the struggling Roger Yasukawa at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Hemelgarn Racing signed P. J. Chesson late in the offseason with backing from Carmelo Anthony to replace the outgoing Paul Dana.

There were also ongoing rumors during the offseason that Tony George and Champ Car principal Kevin Kalkhoven had been meeting and discussing a potential merger, or a new series that would re-unite open wheel racing in America. The two men have admitted to meeting and enjoying each other's company in skiing and golf, and in separate March 2006 interviews with the Los Angeles Times admitted that they were in fact discussing the prospects of combining the two series [1].

Mid-Season changes[edit]

Following Paul Dana's death in a crash before the first race, Rahal-Letterman hired Jeff Simmons to drive the #17 car two races later at Motegi. Following an Indy 500 where both Hemelgarn cars crashed into each other and finished in the last two positions, Hemelgarn Racing, which had been running full-time with P. J. Chesson, ceased operations. After the Kansas Speedway race, Cheever Racing ceased operations due to lack of sponsorship and Foyt Enterprises replaced Felipe Giaffone with Jeff Bucknum. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing also announced that Ryan Briscoe, who drove their car to a third place at Watkins Glen, would drive their car in the remaining short oval and road course races instead of Buddy Lazier and that Sarah Fisher would race the car at the remaining 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tracks, Kentucky and Chicagoland. Marty Roth returned to the series after crashing in Indy 500 practice and missing the race to drive his own Roth Racing machine in the final 3 oval races of the season (Michigan, Kentucky, and Chicagoland).

Team and Driver Chart[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Sponsor(s) Notes
United States Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 1 United States Michael Andretti Jim Beam/Vonage Indy 500 Only
7 United States Bryan Herta XM Satellite Radio
11 Brazil Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven
26 United States Marco Andretti NYSE Group
27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Klein Tools/Jim Beam/Canadian Club Injured before Chicagoland
United States A. J. Foyt IV Klein Tools/Canadian Club Stood in for Franchitti at Chicagoland
United States Vision Racing Dallara Honda 2 South Africa Tomas Scheckter
20 United States Ed Carpenter Injured at Homestead; missed St. Petersburg
Brazil Roberto Moreno Stood in for Carpenter at St. Petersburg
90 United States Townsend Bell Rock & Republic Indy 500 only
United States Marlboro Team Penske Dallara Honda 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Marlboro/Mobil 1
6 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Marlboro/Mobil 1
United States Panther Racing Dallara Honda 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Econova/Lincoln Tech/Revive
United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda 5 United States Buddy Lazier Escort Radar Detectors Left team after Michigan
Australia Ryan Briscoe Watkins Glen, Nashville, Milwaukee, & Infineon
United States Sarah Fisher Fastenal/iZon Kentucky and Chicagoland only
31 United States Al Unser, Jr. A1 Team USA Indy 500 Only
Mexico/Japan Aguri-Fernández Racing Dallara Honda 8 United States Scott Sharp Delphi Corporation Panoz chassis used Road Courses
55 Japan Kosuke Matsuura Panasonic/ARTA
United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Panoz chassis used Road Courses
10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Panoz chassis used Road Courses
United States Playa del Racing Panoz Honda 12 United States Roger Yasukawa Indy 500 Only
21 United States Jaques Lazier Indy 500 Only
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Honda 14 Brazil Felipe Giaffone ABC Supply Company Released after 8 races
United States Jeff Bucknum Replaced Giaffone for remaining races
41 United States Larry Foyt ABC Supply Company Indy 500 Only
United States Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz/Dallara Honda 15 United States Buddy Rice Argent Mortgage Panoz chassis used the first 5 races and Sonoma
16 United States Danica Patrick Argent Mortgage Panoz chassis used the first 5 races and Sonoma
17 United States Paul Dana Ethanol Promotion and Information Council Killed in practice at Homestead
United States Jeff Simmons Replaced Dana from Motegi onwards. Panoz chassis used Motegi to Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
United States PDM Racing Panoz Honda 18 Brazil Thiago Medeiros Indy 500 Only
Canada Roth Racing Dallara Honda 25 Canada Marty Roth Barabco Indy 500, Michigan, Kentucky, and Chicagoland only
United States Cheever Racing Dallara Honda 51 United States Eddie Cheever Circle K/Geico Team shut down after Kansas
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Motegi Only
52 Italy Max Papis Sport Clips Indy 500 Only
Netherlands Luyendyk Racing Panoz Honda 61 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Indy 500 Only
United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports Panoz Honda 88 Brazil Airton Daré OCTANE Motors/Sanitec Indy 500 Only
United States Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Honda 91 United States P. J. Chesson Carmelo Team shut down after Indy 500
92 United States Jeff Bucknum Life Fitness Indy 500 Only
United States Team Leader Motorsports Panoz Honda 97 France Stéphan Grégoire Effen Vodka Indy 500 Only
98 United States P. J. Jones CURB Records Indy 500 Only

Race summaries[edit]

Toyota Indy 300[edit]

Main article: 2006 Toyota Indy 300

This race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway was run on March 26 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

The race was marred by a violent crash in the final practice session. Paul Dana was killed in the crash and teammates Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice withdrew from the race to honor his memory. He was the third driver to lose his life in the IRL. Ed Carpenter was also injured.

Top ten results

  1. 10- Dan Wheldon 200 laps
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves +0.0147 (9th closest finish in IRL history)
  3. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +0.4744
  4. 27- Dario Franchitti +0.9401
  5. 9- Scott Dixon +1.1989
  6. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +2 laps
  7. 8- Scott Sharp +2 laps
  8. 14- Felipe Giaffone +2 laps
  9. 2- Tomas Scheckter +3 laps
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever +4 laps

IRL Video Synopsis of the Race

Annotated Video of Race Summary

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg[edit]

The Streets of St. Petersburg race was held on April 2 and covered by ESPN. Dario Franchitti won the pole, but was knocked out early due to mechanical failure. The race finished under the yellow flag after Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice hit the barrier with 4 laps to go.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 100 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.1386
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan +0.6284
  4. 7- Bryan Herta +0.7813
  5. 4- Vitor Meira +2.5995
  6. 16- Danica Patrick +3.0433
  7. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +52.7172
  8. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +1 lap
  9. 14- Felipe Giaffone +1 lap
  10. 8- Scott Sharp +1 lap

Indy Japan 300[edit]

The Twin Ring Motegi, Japan race was run on April 22 and covered (via tape delay) by ESPN. Qualifying was rained out and the field was set by entrant points. As a result, Hélio Castroneves sat on pole, and for the second race running, Castroneves won the race. This race also saw the return of Ed Carpenter after the accident at Homestead. Rahal Letterman Racing also returned the #17 car to competition after sitting out a second race, as Indy Pro Series driver Jeff Simmons moved up to the seat. While Simmons has two IndyCar Series races to his experience (one the 2004 Indianapolis 500), he is eligible for the Bombardier series Rookie of the Year contest for 2006.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +6.3851
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan +8.6163
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +9.0011
  5. 15- Buddy Rice +9.7491
  6. 7- Bryan Herta +13.8972
  7. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +14.7633
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +15.4456
  9. 9- Scott Dixon +1 lap
  10. 4- Vitor Meira +1 lap

90th Indianapolis 500[edit]

Main article: 2006 Indianapolis 500

The Indy 500 was run on May 28 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole with a 4-lap average of 228.985 mph (2:37.2155). It was Hornish's 10th pole of his short, but yet outstanding career. Hornish then went on to win the race, beating Marco Andretti in the second-closest finish in Indy 500 history. Dan Wheldon led most laps with 148.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 26- Marco Andretti +0.0635
  3. 1- Michael Andretti +1.0087
  4. 10- Dan Wheldon +1.2692
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +1.6456
  6. 9- Scott Dixon +3.0566
  7. 27- Dario Franchitti +5.6249
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +5.7263
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +11.1252
  10. 4- Vitor Meira +17.9554

Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Tissot[edit]

The Watkins Glen International race was run on June 4 and covered by ABC. Qualifying was cancelled due to fog and the field was set based on Friday practice speeds. Hélio Castroneves sat on pole. The race was shortened to 55 laps from the scheduled 60 due to the 2 hour time limit. The race also made history as the first ever IRL race to be run in wet conditions. Scott Dixon won from Panther Racing's Vitor Meira and Australia's Ryan Briscoe, of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Scott Dixon 55 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +2.3311
  3. 5- Ryan Briscoe +2.7999
  4. 15- Buddy Rice +9.2284
  5. 14- Felipe Giaffone +11.4811
  6. 20- Ed Carpenter +12.4427
  7. 3- Hélio Castroneves +13.0455
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +13.3289
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +16.6462
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +48.4872

Video Synopsis of Race

  1. Annotated Version of IRL Race Summary

Bombardier Learjet 500[edit]

The Texas race was run on June 10 and covered by ESPN. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole. Hélio Castroneves captured his second Texas win and third win of the season. Dan Wheldon had led most of the race and looked in control only for a short delay on his final pit stop to drop him back to third.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.2402
  3. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.2981
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +14.5389
  5. 8- Scott Sharp +14.5895
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +15.9294
  7. 11- Tony Kanaan +16.1398
  8. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +22.3327
  9. 20- Ed Carpenter +22.9791
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap

IRL Race Summary

  1. Annotated Race Summary Video

SunTrust Indy Challenge[edit]

The Richmond International Raceway race was run on June 24 and covered by ESPN. Qualifying was rained out and Hélio Castroneves won the pole based on combined practice speeds. Sam Hornish, Jr. has won the race, leading 212 of 250 laps. The race finished in yellow flag at 4 laps to go due a blown tire from Hélio Castroneves which dropped him to 10th place.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 250 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +0.3907
  3. 27- Dario Franchitti +1.5895
  4. 26- Marco Andretti +6.5400
  5. 8- Scott Sharp +6.6677
  6. 7- Bryan Herta +10.9217
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap
  8. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  9. 10- Dan Wheldon +1 lap
  10. 3- Hélio Castroneves +1 lap

Kansas Lottery Indy 300[edit]

The Kansas Speedway race was run on July 2 and covered by ABC. Dan Wheldon won the pole. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the race taking the lead from Wheldon with two laps to go. This was the 50th IRL race where 1st and 2nd were separated by less than a second.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.0793
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +5.3892
  4. 9- Scott Dixon +5.5158
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +5.7762
  6. 3- Hélio Castroneves +7.0432
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +9.6925
  8. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +9.9881
  9. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  10. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap

Firestone Indy 200[edit]

The Nashville Superspeedway race was run on July 15 and covered by ESPN. Dan Wheldon won the pole. Scott Dixon won his second race of the season and captured his first win on an oval since 2003.

Top ten results:

  1. 9- Scott Dixon 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.1176
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +1.2756
  4. 16- Danica Patrick +2.5019
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves +3.5647
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti +11.9449
  7. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap
  8. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  9. 5- Ryan Briscoe +1 lap
  10. 20- Ed Carpenter +2 laps

ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225[edit]

The The Milwaukee Mile race was run on July 23 and covered by ESPN. Hélio Castroneves won the pole. Tony Kanaan led most of the race and gave Andretti Green Racing its first win of the season.

Top ten results

  1. 11- Tony Kanaan 225 laps
  2. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +1.8276
  3. 2- Tomas Scheckter +2.0114
  4. 16- Danica Patrick +8.4708
  5. 26- Marco Andretti +10.2611
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti +11.2373
  7. 7- Bryan Herta +14.1195
  8. 10- Dan Wheldon +1 lap
  9. 17- Jeff Simmons +2 laps
  10. 9- Scott Dixon +2 laps

Firestone Indy 400[edit]

The Michigan International Speedway race was run on July 30 and covered by ABC. The race start was delayed almost 3 hours and the race was aired tape delayed on ESPN2. Hélio Castroneves got his fourth race win of the season from the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +1.6229
  3. 10- Dan Wheldon +6.2259
  4. 11- Tony Kanaan +6.9874
  5. 2- Tomas Scheckter +27.9005
  6. 8- Scott Sharp +28.5560
  7. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  8. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  9. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +1 lap
  10. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap

Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Secret[edit]

The Kentucky Speedway race was run on August 13 and covered by ABC. Hélio Castroneves won the pole. Sam Hornish, Jr. captured his 4th win of the year and re-took the points lead. This was also the second IRL race with two female drivers in the field, the first was the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

Top ten results:

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.5866
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves +0.6511
  4. 10- Dan Wheldon +1.8913
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +2.3049
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +2.5191
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +2.8124
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +3.2408
  9. 27- Dario Franchitti +4.7070
  10. 7- Bryan Herta +4.7966

Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma[edit]

The Infineon Raceway race was run on August 27 and covered by ESPN. Scott Dixon won the pole. Marco Andretti became the youngest winner of a major open wheel race and the first new IRL winner since Adrian Fernandez in 2004.

Top ten results:

  1. 26- Marco Andretti 80 laps
  2. 27- Dario Franchitti +0.6557
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +10.6535
  4. 9- Scott Dixon +11.1867
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves +12.5049
  6. 10- Dan Wheldon +13.4493
  7. 17- Jeff Simmons +13.8754
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +15.7417
  9. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +16.3369
  10. 7- Bryan Herta +18.5571

Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean[edit]

The Chicagoland Speedway race was run on September 10 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole and clinched the championship by finishing third. Dan Wheldon won the race and tied Hornish in season points, but lost the title due to the tiebreaker (most wins).

Top ten results:

  1. 10- Dan Wheldon 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.1897
  3. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +0.2323
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves +2.6913
  5. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +1 lap
  7. 11- Tony Kanaan +1 lap
  8. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +1 lap
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver HMS
United States
STP
United States
MOT
Japan
INDY
United States
WGL
United States
TXS
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
Pts
1 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 3* 8 4 1 12 4 1* 1* 14 2 19 1 9 3 475
2 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 1 16 2 4* 15* 3* 9 2 2* 8 3 4* 6 1* 475
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 2 1* 1* 25 7 1 10 6 5 14 1 3 5 4 473
4 New Zealand Scott Dixon 5 2 9 6 1 2 11 4 1 10 16 2 4* 2 460
5 Brazil Vitor Meira 16 5 10 10 2 6 2 3 3 15 2* 6 3 6 411
6 Brazil Tony Kanaan 11 3 3 5 11 7 18 5 12 1* 4 5 11 7 384
7 United States Marco Andretti 15 15 12 2 16 14 4 9 8 5 8 17 1 18 325
8 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 4 19 11 7 14 13 3 12 6 6 12 9 2 311
9 United States Danica Patrick DNS 6 8 8 8 12 15 11 4 4 17 8 8 12 302
10 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 9 12 13 27 10 10 7 7 15 3 5 7 17 10 298
11 United States Bryan Herta 13 4 6 20 13 11 6 13 11 7 11 10 10 15 289
12 United States Scott Sharp 7 10 16 9 9 5 5 18 17 12 6 16 14 9 287
13 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 6 7 7 15 18 8 12 8 13 17 9 19 13 11 273
14 United States Ed Carpenter DNS 20 11 6 9 8 16 10 16 7 11 12 5 252
15 United States Buddy Rice DNS 13 5 26 4 18 13 17 16 11 13 15 15 13 234
16 United States Jeff Simmons 18 23 19 15 19 10 7 9 10 14 7 8 217
17 Brazil Felipe Giaffone 8 9 15 21 5 16 17 19 142
18 United States Buddy Lazier 14 14 14 12 19 16 15 15 122
19 United States Eddie Cheever 10 11 13 17 17 14 14 114
20 United States Jeff Bucknum 32 18 13 14 13 18 17 97
21 Australia Ryan Briscoe 3 9 18 16 83
22 United States P. J. Chesson 12 17 17 33 54
23 Canada Marty Roth DNQ 18 18 19 36
24 United States Michael Andretti 3 35
25 United States Sarah Fisher 12 16 32
26 United States A. J. Foyt IV 14 16
27 Italy Max Papis 14 16
28 United States Roger Yasukawa 16 14
29 United States Jaques Lazier 17 13
30 Brazil Roberto Moreno 18 12
31 Brazil Airton Daré 18 12
32 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 19 12
33 United States P. J. Jones 19 12
34 United States Townsend Bell 22 12
35 United States Al Unser, Jr. 24 12
36 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk, Jr. 28 10
37 France Stéphan Grégoire 29 10
38 United States Larry Foyt 30 10
39 Brazil Thiago Medeiros 31 10
40 United States Paul Dana DNS1 6
Pos Driver HMS
United States
STP
United States
MOT
Japan
INDY
United States
WGL
United States
TXS
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(3 points)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns half the points
had they taken part.
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

In every race, points are awarded to drivers on the following basis:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Points 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., and then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

Note[edit]

1 Paul Dana collided with Ed Carpenter's disabled car in the practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dana was transported to Hospital, where he died due to complications from his injuries sustained in the crash. He was 30 years old.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]