2009 IndyCar Series season

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2009 IndyCar season
Season
Races 17
Start date April 5
End date October 10
Awards
Drivers' champion United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
Teams' champion United States Chip Ganassi Racing
Rookie of the Year Brazil Raphael Matos
Indianapolis 500 winner Brazil Hélio Castroneves
Chronology
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2008 2010

The 2009 IndyCar Series season was the 14th season of the IndyCar Series. The 17-race season began on April 5, and its premier event, the 93rd Indianapolis 500 was held May 24. All races were broadcast on ABC[1] or Versus in high-definition. It represented the 98th recognized season of top-level American open wheel racing.

On July 30, 2008 the 2009 schedule for the IndyCar Series was officially released.[2] New to the schedule were Long Beach and Toronto, with Nashville having been removed to make way for the new events.

Dario Franchitti won his second IndyCar Series championship, putting a disappointing foray into NASCAR in 2008 behind him. Franchitti took his Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara-Honda to victory at Long Beach, Iowa Speedway, Toronto and Infineon Raceway in a season long battle with his Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon and Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe. Dixon led the series heading into the final round, but Franchitti's win at the series finale at Homestead pushed the British driver eleven points clear at seasons end.

Dixon, who took five wins, held second place by a solitary point over Briscoe. Briscoe, with three wins, had his best ever season leading Team Penske after Hélio Castroneves's abbreviated start to the season from his tax-evasion trial. The Brazilian recovered by winning his third Indianapolis 500 before taking a win a Texas Motor Speedway a month later.

The Ganassi and Penske teams dominated the season, only two race victories were taken by drivers other than the four regulars from these two teams, and one of them, at Edmonton, was claimed by part-time Penske driver Will Power. The only other winner was Justin Wilson, scoring Dale Coyne Racing's first victory at Watkins Glen.

The Andretti Green Racing team had their first ever season without a win. Drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Hideki Mutoh each scored podium finishes, and Patrick finished fifth in the season points, setting a new record for highest points finish by a female driver.

Brazilian racer Raphael Matos claimed rookie of the year honors for the Luczo-Dragon Racing team, finishing thirteenth in the season point score, 29 points clear of Robert Doornbos with a season best result of sixth at Milwaukee.

2009 IndyCar Series schedule[edit]

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Time TV
1 April 5 United States Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 2 p.m. Versus
2 April 19 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California 3:30 p.m. Versus
3 April 26 United States RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas 4 p.m. Versus
4 May 24 United States 93rd Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana 1 p.m. ABC
5 May 31 United States ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin 3:30 p.m. ABC
6 June 6 United States Bombardier Learjet 550 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 9 p.m. Versus
7 June 21 United States Iowa Corn Indy 250 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 1 p.m. ABC
8 June 27 United States SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia 8 p.m. Versus
9 July 5 United States Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York 1 p.m. ABC
10 July 12 Canada Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario 1 p.m. ABC
11 July 26 Canada Rexall Edmonton Indy Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta 5 p.m. Versus
12 August 1 United States Meijer Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky 8 p.m. Versus
13 August 9 United States Honda 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio 1 p.m. Versus
14 August 23 United States Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Infineon Raceway Sonoma, California 5 p.m. Versus
15 August 29 United States Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois 9 p.m. Versus
16 September 18 Japan Indy Japan 300 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan 10:30 p.m. Versus
17 October 10 United States Firestone Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida 4 p.m. Versus
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Schedule details[edit]

  • All times are EDT and are subject to change.[3]
  • Race names and sponsors are subject to change
  • All IndyCar Series races in 2009 will be broadcast on the Sky Sports line up of channels in the UK, TSN in Canada (with all but two races airing live between TSN and TSN2), sky Deutschland in Germany and Rede Bandeirantes and simulcasting on BandSports in Brazil. When the race isn't entirely shown or is interrupted on Bandeirantes, BandSports -Bandeirante's sports cable channel- will continue broadcasting the race. Originally, ESPN Latin America and ESPN+ was to bring to Hispanic America the same five races that ABC broadcast in the United States, i.e. Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Iowa, Watkins Glen and Toronto, whereas the remaining 12 races wouldn't be shown by any channel. However, the company got the rights to broadcast the final five races, i.e. Mid-Ohio, Sonoma, Chicago, Motegi and Homestead.
  • On December 18, it was announced that the Detroit Indy Grand Prix was cancelled for the 2009 season.[4]

Team and Driver Chart[edit]

Team No Drivers Sponsor(s) Notes
United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Team did not use the #1 it was entitled to use, owing to sponsor Target Corporation and its IndyCar identity of the #9 and #10.[5]
10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Target  
United States Penske Racing 3 Australia Will Power Mobil 1/Verizon Wireless/BOSS Will Power replaced Hélio Castroneves in the #3 car for the St. Petersburg race due to Castroneves' then ongoing tax evasion trial. With Castroneves being acquitted on all tax evasion charges, he returned to the #3 car starting at Long Beach, with Power running the 12 car with Verizon Wireless backing at Long Beach and the Indy 500. Power was later scheduled for five additional races at Toronto, Edmonton, Kentucky, Sonoma and Homestead in the #12 Penske Truck Rental Dallara/Honda. During practice for Sonoma, Power was caught up in a violent accident and suffered fractures to two lumbar vertebrae in his back ruling him out of Homestead. #3 and #6 cars appear with unbranded Marlboro colors and logos in accordance with the MSA.
Brazil Hélio Castroneves
12 Australia Will Power
6 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United States Andretti Green Racing 7 United States Danica Patrick Boost Mobile Ran with Motorola sponsorship at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, and Kansas.
11 Brazil Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven  
25 France Franck Montagny Automatic Fire Sprinklers Sonoma only
26 United States Marco Andretti Venom Energy
27 Japan Hideki Mutoh Panasonic/Formula Dream
United States Vision Racing 20 United States Ed Carpenter Menards Sponsored by William Rast in the Canadian races, Sonoma, and Motegi.
21 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Izod/William Rast Moved to Foyt after Texas for the rest of the season.
United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 United Kingdom Mike Conway Henkel/Dad's Root Beer/Roll Coater Henkel's Purex brand on car for Indy 500.
23 United Kingdom Darren Manning Charter Communications St. Petersburg and Long Beach only.
Venezuela Milka Duno CITGO Kansas, Indy 500, Texas, Watkins Glen, Kentucky, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma, Chicagoland and Homestead only.
United States Roger Yasukawa Charter Communications Motegi only.
South Africa Tomas Scheckter Charter Communications/MonaVie Scheckter ran #23 at Milwaukee, Iowa, Richmond, Toronto and Edmonton.
Ran #43 at Texas, Kentucky, Chicagoland, Motegi, and Homestead.
43 MonaVie
United States John Andretti Window World Indy 500 only; partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports.
44 United States Davey Hamilton Hewlett-Packard Indy 500 only; partnership with Kingdom Racing.
United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 02 United States Graham Rahal McDonald's
06 Netherlands Robert Doornbos McDonald's/flogs.com McDonald's sponsoring from Richmond onwards.[6]
Doornbos parted company with the team after Kentucky after fulfilling the 12 race agreement.[7] Servià replaced Doornbos from Mid-Ohio to Motegi.
Spain Oriol Servià
40202 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd HER Energy Drink Homestead only.[8] The unusual car number (normally the #06, and listed as #40202 on the Versus broadcast and on scoring monitors) is an advertising technique; by texting "stand" to 40202 one can donate $5 to cancer awareness and research.[9]
United States Panther Racing 4 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States National Guard  
16 United States Scott Sharp Patrón Indy 500 only; partnership with Highcroft Racing.
United States HVM Racing 00 France Nelson Philippe EcoDrivingUSA Indy 500 only
13 Venezuela E. J. Viso PDVSA
33 Netherlands Robert Doornbos iTeamSports Raced for HVM from Mid-Ohio onwards.
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14 Brazil Vitor Meira ABC Supply Meira injured at Indy 500; out for season.[10] Paul Tracy replaced Meira at Milwaukee. A. J. Foyt IV replaced Meira at Texas. Ryan Hunter-Reay was named as a replacement for the remainder of the season beginning at Iowa. Meira tested at Indy on Sept. 30th, but did not return for the Homestead finale as was originally planned.
Canada Paul Tracy
United States A. J. Foyt IV
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
41 United States A. J. Foyt IV ABC Supply Indy 500 only
United States Team 3G 98 United States Stanton Barrett Interush St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Kansas and Motegi only. Failed to qualify at Indy 500, did not start at Milwaukee.
United States Jaques Lazier Interush/Novicomm Texas, Iowa, Richmond, Kentucky, Chicago and Homestead only.
United States Richard Antinucci Watkins Glen, Toronto, Edmonton, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma only.
United States Luczo-Dragon Racing 2 Brazil Raphael Matos US Marines/US Air Force
United States KV Racing Technology 5 Brazil Mario Moraes Votorantim Group/Azul Tequila Out for Mid-Ohio (bereavement)
Canada Paul Tracy In #5 car for Mid-Ohio (Moraes Bereavement).
15 Geico/
Ontario Honda Dealers Association
Indy 500, Watkins Glen, Edmonton, and Toronto only. Ontario Honda Dealers Association and Wounded Warriors.ca sponsorship for Toronto and Edmonton.
8 United States Townsend Bell Herbalife Indy 500 only.
United States Dale Coyne Racing 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Z-Line Designs Number changed to match NASCAR Nationwide Series cars of Joe Gibbs Racing that are also sponsored by Z-Line (#18) starting at Long Beach.
19 Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q St. Petersburg only.
South Africa Tomas Scheckter MonaVie Indy 500 only.
Part-time entries
United States Conquest Racing 34 Canada Alex Tagliani Edmonton Indy St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Texas, Toronto and Edmonton only. Tagliani failed to qualify this car for Indy 500.
Japan Kosuke Matsuura CLICK Securities Motegi only.
France Nelson Philippe EcoDrivingUSA Philippe suffered a fractured foot after a practice accident at Infineon Raceway.[11]
36 Canada Alex Tagliani All Sport/Big Red Indy 500 only; Junqueira qualified car, but was replaced by Tagliani for sponsorship reasons. Partnership with the Rubicon Race Team.
Brazil Bruno Junqueira
United States Sarah Fisher Racing 67 United States Sarah Fisher Dollar General Kansas, Indy 500, Texas, Kentucky, Chicago and Homestead only.[12]
United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports 99 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd HER Energy Drink Indy 500 only; partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing.
United States Hemelgarn Racing 91 United States Buddy Lazier Great Lakes Leasing Indy 500 only; failed to qualify.
United States Rahal Letterman Racing 17 Spain Oriol Servià DAFCA Indy 500 only.

Series news[edit]

  • 2009 is the beginning of a new 10-year TV deal with the Versus TV network. Versus will broadcast at least twelve IndyCar Series events a year in HD. Versus will also broadcast extensive pre-race coverage, a one-hour preview show the day before each race including qualifying highlights, qualifications for the Indianapolis 500, a Firestone Indy Lights weekly telecast, replays of all series races a week after original broadcast, and at least ten hours of ancillary programming.[13] Bob Jenkins, Robbie Buhl, and Jon Beekhuis will be the broadcast team along with Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, and Lindy Thackston in the pits. Emmy-award winning auto-racing producer Terry Lingner will produce the coverage.[14] Versus will air commercials using IndyCar Non-Stop.
  • Firestone will offer two sets of tire compounds beginning in 2009 on road and street courses for the IR5 chassis. It will operate similar to Champ Car's "option tire" program. The alternate tires are marked with red sidewalls and are made of a softer compound. They contain more grip and allow for faster times, but do not last as long as the regular tires. Each team will receive six sets of the regular tires ("the blacks") and three sets of the new alternate tires ("the reds") for the race weekend. The car will be required to run at least two green flag laps with the alternate tires during a race.
  • A new private testing policy was put into place for team for 2009, provided they participate in the TEAM revenue-sharing program.[15] Teams will be permitted:
    • 800 miles (1,300 km) or six days of testing, whichever comes first, along with eight sets of tires.
    • Two-car teams may conduct 1,200 miles (1,900 km) of testing with 26 sets of tires.
    • Additional team cars gain 200 miles (320 km) and four sets of tires per car.
    • No testing at any track within seven days of a race.
    • Teams can earn additional test days by providing opportunities to Firestone Indy Lights drivers.
  • Bonus practice time for rookies and teams outside the Top 10 in points will be added starting at Long Beach. The bonus session will last from 30–45 minutes at each venue before the first practice sessions of the day for all cars. The policy is intended to promote competition, allowing teams a chance to close the gap on the Top 10 teams without paying for expensive private testing. In addition, it will provide more opportunities for rookie drivers, particularly those moving up from Indy Lights.[16]
  • Slight changes have be made to the points system in 2009, as a driver will only get two points for most laps led in a race instead of three. A point will be given for winning pole for a race.
  • IndyCar Series officials have banned formerly optional 118 and 120 inch wheelbases, requiring teams to uniformly adopt 122 inch wheelbases. This will provide cost savings for the teams as well as greatly enhancing competition on the oval tracks.[17]
  • On July 28, 2009 the IRL approved "push to pass" buttons on all the cars. They would give a driver a 20 hp boost for 12 seconds with a 10-second recharge time. This will be available for use only 20 times during a given race. This feature will debut at the event at Kentucky Speedway on August 1, 2009.[18]

Team and driver news[edit]

Testing[edit]

The following open tests were held.

Race results[edit]

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Winning driver Winning team Report
1 United States St. Petersburg United States Graham Rahal United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Justin Wilson Australia Ryan Briscoe United States Penske Racing Report
2 United States Long Beach Australia Will Power Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
3 United States Kansas United States Graham Rahal Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
4 United States Indianapolis Brazil Hélio Castroneves United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Penske Racing Report
5 United States Milwaukee Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
6 United States Texas United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe Australia Ryan Briscoe Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Penske Racing Report
7 United States Iowa Brazil Hélio Castroneves Japan Hideki Mutoh Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
8 United States Richmond United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
9 United States Watkins Glen Australia Ryan Briscoe Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Justin Wilson United States Dale Coyne Racing Report
10 Canada Toronto United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
11 Canada Edmonton Australia Will Power United Kingdom Mike Conway Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Penske Racing Report
12 United States Kentucky New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Ed Carpenter New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Ryan Briscoe United States Penske Racing Report
13 United States Mid-Ohio Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
14 United States Sonoma United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Brazil Hélio Castroneves United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
15 United States Chicagoland Australia Ryan Briscoe South Africa Tomas Scheckter Australia Ryan Briscoe Australia Ryan Briscoe United States Penske Racing Report
16 Japan Motegi New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
17 United States Homestead United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report

Race summaries[edit]

Round 1: Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 100 2:12:26.8387 46
2 14 21 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision Racing 100 +0.4619 0
3 2 19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 100 +0.9490 52
4 5 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 100 +1.5230 0
5 3 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 100 +2.3214 0
Race average speed: 81.542 mph (131.229 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 28 laps

Round 2: 35th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:58:47.4658 51
2 1 12 Australia Will Power Penske Racing 85 +3.3182 16
3 11 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 85 +4.0537 7
4 22 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 85 +5.0742 0
5 14 4 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 85 +6.5655 0
Race average speed: 84.491 mph (135.975 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 18 laps

Round 3: RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:43:21.0035 134
2 22 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +0.7104 3
3 8 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 +1.5022 0
4 7 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 +1.8872 53
5 3 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 +2.6502 0
Race average speed: 176.488 mph (284.030 km/h)
Lead changes: 10 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 20 laps

Round 4: 93rd Indianapolis 500[edit]

  • Report: 2009 Indianapolis 500
  • Sunday May 24, 2009 - 12:12 p.m. CDT / 1:12 p.m. EDT
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana (2.5 mile oval)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 500 miles
  • Race weather: 83 °F, sunny
  • Television: ABC (Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever, Jack Arute, Jamie Little, Brienne Pedigo, Vince Welch)
  • Nielsen ratings: 4.2
  • Attendance: TBA
  • Pole Position winner: #3 Hélio Castroneves, 2:40.0967 sec, 224.864 mph (361.884 km/h) (4-lap)
  • Race Summary: Dario Franchitti made the move at the start, passing Ryan Briscoe on the first lap and polesitter Hélio Castroneves at a restart on the eighth lap. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, starting fifth and sixth made short work of Graham Rahal and joined the top three. Castroneves lost out to Briscoe and Dixon in the first round of stops. Briscoe, now second took the lead from Franchitti on lap 53. Graham Rahal crashed from sixth on lap 56 which brought out the caution. Another poor stop for Castroneves got him behind Kanaan as well, while the two Ganassi cars of Dixon and Franchitti switched places. The race turned green on lap 64, and it was evident that Briscoe had a bad set of tires. He lost many places immediately, and Castroneves also lost out to Raphael Matos and Danica Patrick. Meanwhile Briscoe had to pit again, and rejoined 24th. The top three pulled away, while Castroneves passed Patrick on lap 81. During the third round of stops (after another caution), Franchitti got ahead of Dixon, and Castroneves got in front of Matos. There was the green flag on lap 91, and Dixon used Franchitti's slipstream to take the lead. Kanaan, running third on lap 98 had a huge impact with the wall at Turn 3 after a mechanical failure. He was okay except for some bruises, and the caution was brought out again leading to the fourth round of stops. The top two retained order, while third placed Castroneves again lost out, this time to Will Power and Matos. Danica Patrick had a bad stop as well, dropping from sixth to tenth. During the next restart, Castroneves made short work of Matos, and had a go at Power, but Power kept the place. The order remained the same until lap 131, when Nelson Philippe crashed, bringing out the fifth caution. This led to another round of stops. While Dixon maintained his lead, Franchitti had a slow stop, dropping from second to eighth, and Castrineves got the jump on power. The order after the stops is Dixon from Castroneves, Power, Paul Tracy and Dan Wheldon. The green flag came out on lap 142, and it was Castroneves who immediately was on sond, taking the lead from Dixon even before they had reached the first turn. Tracy started dropping back, quickly passed by Wheldon and Townsend Bell. Franchitti, frustrated after his bad stop, further dropped down to 12th after running wide when trying to pass Ed Carpenter. On lap 159, Power passed Dixon for second. The next caution came after Justin Wilson crashed. This led to one more round of stops. Power and Dixon, running second and third had bad stops, and Danica Patrick got in front of Townsend Bell during this time. Ryan Briscoe did not stop, and was in second. There were no changes at the restart. There was one more caution, during which Briscoe pitted from second. He rejoined 16th. At the last restart with twenty laps to go, Patrick had a go at Wheldon but Wheldon defended well. Castroneves pulled away and won, with Wheldon, Patrick, Bell and Power making the top 5.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 3:19:34.6427 66
2 18 4 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 200 +1.9819 0
3 10 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 +2.3350 0
4 24 8 United States Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology 200 +2.7043 0
5 9 12 Australia Will Power Penske Racing 200 +3.6216 0
Race average speed: 150.318 mph (241.913 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 61 laps

Round 5: ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 225 1:38:43.9552 27
2 1 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 225 +2.1257 154
3 8 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 225 +2.2644 19
4 2 02 United States Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 225 +2.6744 0
5 7 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 225 +5.9824 0
Race average speed: 138.784 mph (223.351 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 22 laps

Round 6: Bombardier Learjet 550[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 228 1:55:16.1670 57
2 2 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 228 +0.3904 160
3 3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 228 +2.2461 0
4 8 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 228 +4.3745 0
5 1 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 228 +4.7695 10
Race average speed: 172.677 mph (277.897 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 26 laps

Round 7: Iowa Corn Indy 250[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 250 1:39:47.9077 68
2 2 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 250 +5.0132 85
3 11 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 250 +10.9769 0
4 6 4 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 250 +17.5807 8
5 3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 249 +1 Lap 1
Race average speed: 134.371 mph (216.249 km/h)
Lead changes: 12 between 7 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 46 laps

Round 8: SunTrust Indy Challenge[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 300 1:48:02.4703 161
2 1 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 300 +0.3109 65
3 5 02 United States Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 300 +2.4085 0
4 8 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 300 +13.5302 74
5 10 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 300 +14.1111 0
Race average speed: 124.952 mph (201.091 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 46 laps

Round 9: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 60 1:48:24.1947 49
2 1 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 60 +4.9906 7
3 3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 60 +5.1632 1
4 13 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 60 +7.0755 1
5 8 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 60 +8.5595 2
Race average speed: 111.915 mph (180.110 km/h)
Lead changes: 8 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 10 laps

Round 10: Honda Indy Toronto[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:43:47.1408 45
2 11 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 85 +1.6745 0
3 2 12 Australia Will Power Penske Racing 85 +2.1355 0
4 8 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +2.4803 0
5 4 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 85 +2.9230 0
Race average speed: 86.240 mph (138.790 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 15 laps

Round 11: Rexall Edmonton Indy[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Penske Racing 95 1:42:42.3773 90
2 3 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 95 +1.0936* 2
3 4 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 95 +1.3213 2
4 2 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 95 +1.8266 1
5 6 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 95 +4.4652 0
Race average speed: 109.498 mph (176.220 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 2 laps
  • * Race finished under caution.

Round 12: Meijer Indy 300[edit]

  • Report: 2009 Meijer Indy 300
  • Saturday August 1, 2009 - 8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Kentucky (1.48 mile oval)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 296 miles
  • Race weather: 76 °F, overcast
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Robbie Buhl, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Robbie Floyd, Lindy Thackston)
  • Nielsen ratings: 0.14[70]
  • Attendance: 48,000
  • Pole Position winner: #9 Scott Dixon (qualifying cancelled; field set by owner points)
  • Race Summary: Series officials implemented a mid-season rules change on oval races to encourage increased competition. A push-to-pass system was added to the cars, along with various aerodynamic enhancements. The changes were well-received, and the race became the most competitive oval race on the circuit in almost two years. In the final 50 laps, Ed Carpenter of Vision Racing led Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan, with Hélio Castroneves lurking amongst the top 5. In the final ten laps, Carpenter and Briscoe raced side by side, swapping the lead several times each lap. On the final turn, Briscoe edged ahead, and denied Carpenter his first career victory by 0.0162 seconds. The race's average speed, only slowed by a single caution flag for a second straight race, was over 200 mph, making it the second fastest IndyCar Series race held.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 3 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 1:28:24.3246 38
2 14 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 200 +0.0162 35
3 9 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 +0.1614 1
4 4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +0.2728 1
5 10 02 United States Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +0.6346 0
Race average speed: 200.893 mph (323.306 km/h)
Lead changes: 22 between 7 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 6 laps

Round 13: Honda 200[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:46:05.7985 51
2 1 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 85 +29.7803 6
3 6 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +30.0551 0
4 7 14 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay A. J. Foyt Enterprises 85 +33.7307 0
5 11 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 85 +34.1839 0
Race average speed: 108.541 mph (174.680 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 6 laps

Round 14: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 75 1:49:23.0073 75
2 2 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 75 +0.2488 0
3 9 24 United Kingdom Mike Conway (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 75 +0.8293 0
4 14 5 Brazil Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 75 +3.6171 0
5 5 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 75 +5.4536 0
Race average speed: 94.745 mph (152.477 km/h)
Lead changes: None
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps

Round 15: Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 1:42:34.3051 71
2 6 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0077 61
3 8 5 Brazil Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 200 +0.0699 0
4 3 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0997 34
5 5 02 United States Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +0.1295 0
Race average speed: 177.827 mph (286.185 km/h)
Lead changes: 18 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 23 laps

Round 16: Indy Japan 300[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:51:37.6411 139
2 3 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +1.4475 53
3 5 02 United States Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +3.2002 3
4 7 06 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +7.3720 0
5 2 5 Brazil Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 200 +12.7643 0
Race average speed: 163.401 mph (262.968 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 23 laps

Round 17: Firestone Indy 300[edit]

  • Report: 2009 Firestone Indy 300
  • Saturday October 10, 2009 - 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway - Homestead, Florida (1.485 mile oval)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 297 miles
  • Race weather: 89 °F, fair
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Robbie Buhl, Jon Beekhuis, Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, Lindy Thackston)
  • Nielsen ratings:
  • Attendance:
  • Pole Position winner: #10 Dario Franchitti, 1:40.5378 sec, 212.696 mph (342.301 km/h) (4-lap)
  • Race Summary: The championship battle came down to a three-man race between Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti (5 points behind), and Ryan Briscoe (8 points behind). In what became the series' first oval race to run caution-free the full distance, the three title contenders dominated and were the only cars to finish on the lead lap. In the final 50 laps, fuel strategy became key, as Dixon and Briscoe ran 1st-2nd, with Franchitti trailing some 25 seconds in third. Both Dixon and Briscoe were forced to pit for fuel in the final 8 laps, while Franchitti stayed out and stretched his fuel to the finish. Franchitti's race victory clinched his second IndyCar Series title.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:28:28.3117 25
2 3 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 +4.7888 103
3 2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +6.0206 70
4 15 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 199 +1 Lap 0
5 11 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 199 +1 Lap 2
Race average speed: 201.420 mph (324.154 km/h)
Lead changes: 12 between 4 drivers
Cautions: None

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver STP
United States
LBH
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
RIR
United States
WGL
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
KTY
United States
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
MOT
Japan
HMS
United States
Pts
1 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 4 1* 18 7 3 5 1 2 15 1* 5 6 3 1* 4 2 1 616
2 New Zealand Scott Dixon 16 15 1* 6* 1 3 5 1* 3 4 3 7*1 1* 13 2 1* 3 605
3 Australia Ryan Briscoe 1 13 4 15 2* 2* 2* 19 2 2 4 1 2 2 1* 18 2* 604
4 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 7 2 1 11 1 71 17 4 18 2 4 12 18 20 10 5 433
5 United States Danica Patrick 19 4 5 3 5 6 9 5 11 6 11 8 19 16 12 6 19 393
6 Brazil Tony Kanaan 5 3 3 27 19 8 14 6 8 17 21 3 10 8 13 11 4 386
7 United States Graham Rahal 7 12 7 31 4 22 11 3 13 20 7 5 8 21 5 3 11 385
8 United States Marco Andretti 13 6 6 30 7 4 12 7 5 8 10 10 6 14 11 7 22 380
9 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 3* 22 14 23 15 15 18 14 1* 5 8 21 13 7 10 12 10 354
10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 14 5 10 2 10 7 4 10 10 14 15 11 16 12 22 8 21 354
11 Japan Hideki Mutoh 15 20 8 10 8 21 3 4 18 12 14 13 5 5 23 14 6 353
12 United States Ed Carpenter 18 18 9 8 16 9 10 13 16 15 16 2 17 11 6 13 12 321
13 Brazil Raphael Matos 20 8 20 22 6 12 16 8 12 10 18 16 9 9 9 9 14 312
14 Brazil Mario Moraes 21 19 11 33 9 10 17 16 14 11 23 18 4 3 5 7 304
15 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 2 11 15 32 12 16 19 15 21 7 17 14 4 19 15 21 13 298
16 Netherlands Robert Doornbos 11 9 12 28 14 11 15 9 9 23 9 19 14 10 18 16 20 283
17 United Kingdom Mike Conway 22 21 19 18 20 19 8 18 6 22 20 17 20 3 16 22 15 261
18 Venezuela E. J. Viso 17 23 21 24 18 24 20 12 7 13 12 15 15 22 17 15 16 248
19 Australia Will Power 6 2 5 3 1* 9 DNS 215
20 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 12 13 13 6 11 16 19 22 8 23 9 195
21 Spain Oriol Servià 26 11 6 7 4 115
22 Canada Alex Tagliani 10 10 11 14 9 13 114
23 Canada Paul Tracy 9 17 20 19 6 7 113
24 Venezuela Milka Duno 16 20 23 17 20 21 17 21 17 113
25 United States Sarah Fisher 13 17 17 12 14 18 89
26 United States Jaques Lazier 18 13 20 23 19 23 77
27 United States Richard Antinucci 19 21 22 18 15 63
28 Brazil Vitor Meira 9 14 22 21 62
29 United States Stanton Barrett 12 17 17 DNQ DNS 19 62
30 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 13 8 41
31 United Kingdom Darren Manning 8 16 38
32 United States Townsend Bell 4 32
33 United States A. J. Foyt IV 16 20 26
34 United States Scott Sharp 14 16
35 France Nelson Philippe 25 DNS 16
36 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 17 13
37 United States John Andretti 19 12
38 France Franck Montagny 20 12
39 United States Roger Yasukawa 20 12
40 United States Davey Hamilton 29 10
Brazil Bruno Junqueira Wth 0
United States Buddy Lazier DNQ 0
Pos Driver STP
United States
LBH
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
RIR
United States
WGL
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
KTY
United States
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
MOT
Japan
HMS
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
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns half the points
had they taken part.
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded
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.

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