2011 IndyCar Series season

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2011 IndyCar season
Season
Races 17
Start date March 27
End date October 16
Awards
Drivers' champion United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
Teams' champion United States Chip Ganassi Racing
Rookie of the Year Canada James Hinchcliffe
Indianapolis 500 winner United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
Discipline champions
Oval champion New Zealand Scott Dixon
Road course champion Australia Will Power
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2010 2012
Dario Franchitti defended his series championship in 2011, clinching his fourth series title, and his third straight.

The 2011 Izod IndyCar Series season was the 100th recognized season of American open wheel motor racing. The season was sanctioned by IndyCar and was part of the Mazda Road to Indy. The season began in March and concluded in October, consisting of seventeen events.

It was the final season running the IR–05 Dallara spec cars, which has been the series' sole chassis supplier since 2007. The events took place in twelve states of the United States, as well Canada, Brazil, and Japan. The schedule featured ten street/road courses and eight on oval tracks. The premier event was the 95th Indianapolis 500, won by Dan Wheldon.

Dario Franchitti claimed his fourth IndyCar title. Franchitti went into the final race of the season leading Will Power by 18 points. The race, and the season, was marred by a 15-car pile-up early in the race that claimed the life of two-time Indy 500 winner and 2005 champion Dan Wheldon. The race was canceled, and the final points total reverted to the previous event, with Franchitti claiming the title.

Rookie of the Year honors went to Canadian James Hinchcliffe, who led American J. R. Hildebrand in the rookie standings by 6 points going into the final race. Hildebrand's season was highlighted by a nearly winning the Indianapolis 500. His second place finish at Indy earned him top rookie honors for that event.

Series news[edit]

  • The 95th Indianapolis 500 marked the third race of the three-year long Centennial era, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500-mile race.
  • Sunoco would become the official fuel of the series starting in 2011 and running through 2014. Sunoco would work with APEX–Brasil and UNICA to provide ethanol for the series.[1]
  • On January 11, the series made several announcements with regards to the upcoming season:
    • The governing body adopted the doing business as name of INDYCAR (all capital letters). The legal entity remains Indy Racing League, LLC, and is specifically mentioned in the INDYCAR Rule Book.
    • The "restart zone" on ovals were moved from turn 3 to just before the start/finish line.
    • Restart procedures would mimic those of NASCAR, including double-file restarts, separate pitting for lead lap and non-lead lap cars, and the waving around of lapped cars that did not pit. The "free pass" rule would not be implemented.
    • Pit stall selection for each race would be determined by the qualifying order of the previous round at the track of the same type (e.g., road course or oval). Exceptions to this will be the season opener at St. Petersburg, which would be set by final entrants' points from 2010, and the Indy 500, which carries its own pit selection process.
  • On March 6, the series announced that the maximum field size for every IndyCar event this season would be limited to 26 cars, except for the Indianapolis 500 (which remains at the traditional 33) and the Las Vegas finale (34 cars).[2]
  • Firestone has signed an extension to remain as the series' sole tire supplier through 2013.[3]

2011 IndyCar Series schedule[edit]

  • The series schedule was announced on September 10, 2010, with the season finale and start times released on February 22.
Rnd Date Race name Track Location Time (ET) TV
1 March 27 United States Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 12:30 p.m. ABC
2 April 10 United States Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy Credit Union Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama 3:00 p.m. Versus
3 April 17 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California 3:30 p.m. Versus
4 May 1
May 2
Brazil Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestlé Streets of São Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 12:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.
Versus
5 May 29 United States 95th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana 11:00 a.m. ABC
6 June 11 United States Firestone Twin 275s Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 8:00 p.m. Versus
7 June 19 United States The Milwaukee 225 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin 3:30 p.m. ABC
8 June 25 United States Iowa Corn Indy 250 Presented by Pioneer Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 8:00 p.m. Versus
9 July 10 Canada Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario 2:00 p.m. Versus
10 July 24 Canada Edmonton Indy Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta 2:00 p.m. Versus
11 August 7 United States Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio 2:00 p.m. Versus
12 August 14 United States MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire 3:30 p.m. ABC
13 August 28 United States Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Infineon Raceway Sonoma, California 4:00 p.m. Versus
14 September 4 United States Grand Prix of Baltimore Streets of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland 2:00 p.m. Versus
15 September 18 Japan Indy Japan: The Final Twin Ring Motegi (Road Course) Motegi, Japan 11:00 p.m. Versus
16 October 2 United States Kentucky Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky 2:00 p.m. Versus
17 October 16 United States IZOD IndyCar World Championship Presented by Honda Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada 3:30 p.m. ABC
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Schedule development[edit]

Existing contracts[edit]

  • The São Paulo Indy 300 has a contract through 2019.[6]
  • The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will continue through 2013.[7] City officials look to extend the contract through 2014.[8]
  • Iowa Speedway has been finalized a two-year extension through 2011.[9]
  • Infineon Raceway signed an extension through the 2011 season.
  • An agreement has been signed with the city of Long Beach to extend the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to 2015 with an option through 2020.[10]
  • Barber Motorsports Park signed a three-year deal through 2012.[11]
  • Mid-Ohio has a contract through 2011.[12]
  • The Octane Racing Group, who promotes the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada and the NASCAR Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, will take over as promoters of the Honda Edmonton Indy, having agreed a three-year extension. The race was announced as "canceled" on November 3, 2010 due to an impasse in negotiations between the race promoters and the city of Edmonton.[13] However, negotiations to revive the race restarted the next week.[14] On November 26, 2010, the Edmonton, Alberta city council voted to restore the Honda Edmonton Indy using extra funding from private sources and new parking revenue.[15] INDYCAR officially announced the race's return to the schedule on January 11, 2011.[16]

New or returning races[edit]

Discontinued races[edit]

Team and driver chart[edit]

  • This chart reflects confirmed participants only. All drivers competed in Honda-powered, Firestone-shod, Dallara chassis. (R) reflects an IZOD IndyCar Series rookie.
Team # Drivers Sponsor(s) Notes
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target
10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Target
38 United States Graham Rahal Service Central
83 United States Charlie Kimball (R) Novo Nordisk
United States Team Penske 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Shell/AAA/Penske Truck Rental/Cerveja Itaipava/GuidePoint Systems/Hitachi
6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Izod/PPG/Penske Truck Rental/GuidePoint Systems/Hitachi/Transitions Optical
12 Australia Will Power Verizon Wireless
United States Andretti Autosport 7 United States Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com
26 United States Marco Andretti Venom Energy Drink/Dr. Pepper
27 United Kingdom Mike Conway Buffalo Wild Wings/Dr. Pepper/7-Eleven/GoDaddy.com/DHL
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay DHL/Sun Drop/Circle K/GoDaddy.com
43 United States John Andretti Window World Indy 500 only; in conjunction with Richard Petty Motorsports
United States Panther Racing 4 United States J. R. Hildebrand (R) U.S. National Guard
44 United States Buddy Rice Fuzzy's Vodka 3 races: Indy 500, Kentucky, and Las Vegas only[23]
United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 11 United States Davey Hamilton Hewlett Packard 3 races: Indy 500, Texas and Las Vegas only[24]
22 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Z-Line Designs/Dad's Root Beer/Walmart Wilson suffered a season-ending back injury during practice at Mid-Ohio.
France Simon Pagenaud (R) Roll Coater Replaced Wilson at Mid-Ohio.
South Africa Tomas Scheckter MoveThatBlock.com Replaced Wilson at Loudon.
Italy Giorgio Pantano (R) Tran Systems/Z-Line Designs/Dad's Root Beer/WIX Filters Replaced Wilson at Infineon, Baltimore, and Motegi.[25]
United States Townsend Bell Valspar/Dad's Root Beer Replacing Wilson at Kentucky and Las Vegas.[26]
23 Canada Paul Tracy WIX Filters Indy 500 only[27]
24 Brazil Ana Beatriz (R) Petroleo Ipiranga/Lubrizol Pagenaud filled in for Beatriz at Barber due to a wrist injury.
France Simon Pagenaud (R) Team Ipiranga/BlazeMaster
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14 Brazil Vitor Meira ABC Supply Company / DHL
41 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Indy 500 only—Junqueira qualified car, replaced by Hunter-Reay after negotiations with Andretti Autosport.
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports 17 United Kingdom Martin Plowman (R) Snowball Express/Magnum Boots/Advantica/Freem/K.E.P. 3 races: Mid-Ohio, Sonoma and Baltimore; in conjunction with AFS Racing and Kingdom Racing
Japan Hideki Mutoh Formula Dream Motegi only; in conjunction with AFS Racing
New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R) Creatherm Kentucky and Las Vegas only; in conjunction with AFS Racing
77 Canada Alex Tagliani Bowers & Wilkins All races except Kentucky and Las Vegas
United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 2 races: Kentucky[28] and Las Vegas only
88 United Kingdom Jay Howard Service Central 2 races: Indy 500 and Texas only; in conjunction with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
99 United States Townsend Bell Herbalife/Schmidt Pelfrey Racing Indy 500 only
New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R) Creatherm Texas only
United States HVM Racing 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Entergy/Purdue University Missed Sonoma.
France Simon Pagenaud (R) Replaced de Silvestro at Sonoma.
United States KV Racing TechnologyLotus 5 Japan Takuma Sato Lotus Cars/Panasonic/MonaVie
59 Venezuela E. J. Viso Lotus Cars/PDVSA
82 Brazil Tony Kanaan Lotus Cars/GEICO/Cerveja Itaipava
United States Dale Coyne Racing 18 United Kingdom James Jakes (R) Acorn Stairlifts/Boy Scouts of America
19 France Sébastien Bourdais Boy Scouts of America Road & Street courses only
United Kingdom Alex Lloyd Ovals only
United States Newman/Haas Racing 2 Spain Oriol Servià Telemundo/CDW Used the #02 at St. Petersburg only
06 Canada James Hinchcliffe (R) Eric Sprott & Sprott Inc. All races except St. Petersburg
United States Conquest Racing 34 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra (R) Bogotá es Mundial All races except Motegi and Kentucky
Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira (R) Ceremony Group Motegi only
United Kingdom Dillon Battistini (R) Michelangelo Search/KCMG Kentucky only[29]
36 United Kingdom Pippa Mann (R) Loctite/Armando Montelongo Indy 500 only
Part-time entries
United States AFS Racing 17 Brazil Raphael Matos Automatic Fire Sprinklers 5 races: St. Petersburg, Barber, Long Beach, São Paulo and Indy 500 only
United States Sarah Fisher Racing 57 South Africa Tomas Scheckter Angie's List Las Vegas only[30]
67 United States Ed Carpenter Dollar General 10 races: Indy 500, Texas, Milwaukee, Iowa, Mid-Ohio, Loudon, Sonoma, Baltimore, Kentucky and Las Vegas only
United States Dragon Racing 8 Canada Paul Tracy Ralphs/Motegi Wheels/Make-A-Wish Foundation/ARMA Energy SNX 5 races: Long Beach, Texas, Toronto, Edmonton and Las Vegas only
China Ho-Pin Tung (R) Mouser Electronics Indy 500 only; in conjunction with Sam Schmidt Motorsports
20 United States Scott Speed (R) Fuzzy's Vodka/Vizio Indy 500 only
Carpentier attempted to qualify the #20 at the Indy 500 after Speed couldn't get the car up to speed in time for Pole Day.
Canada Patrick Carpentier
88 China Ho-Pin Tung (R) Mouser Electronics Sonoma only; in conjunction with Sam Schmidt Motorsports
United States SH Racing 07 South Africa Tomas Scheckter REDLINE Xtreme Energy Drink 2 races: Indy 500 and Baltimore only; in conjunction with KV Racing TechnologyLotus at Indy and with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at Baltimore.
United States Bryan Herta Autosport 98 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon William Rast/Curb Records Indy 500 only
Canada Alex Tagliani Las Vegas only
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 15 United Kingdom Jay Howard Service Central Las Vegas only
30 Belgium Bertrand Baguette Royal Automobile Club of Belgium Indy 500 only
United Kingdom Pippa Mann (R) National Tire and Battery/Big O Tires 3 races: Loudon, Kentucky and Las Vegas only

Team and driver movements[edit]

Race results[edit]

Rd. Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Winning driver Winning team Report
1 United States St. Petersburg Australia Will Power Brazil Hélio Castroneves United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
2 United States Barber Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
3 United States Long Beach Australia Will Power United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Mike Conway United States Andretti Autosport Report
4 Brazil São Paulo Australia Will Power Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
5 United States Indianapolis Canada Alex Tagliani United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States Bryan Herta Autosport Report
6A United States Texas Canada Alex Tagliani Venezuela E. J. Viso United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
6B United States Texas Brazil Tony Kanaan New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske
7 United States Milwaukee United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
8 United States Iowa Japan Takuma Sato Canada Alex Tagliani United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport Report
9 Canada Toronto Australia Will Power United Kingdom Justin Wilson Australia Will Power United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
10 Canada Edmonton Japan Takuma Sato France Sébastien Bourdais Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
11 United States Mid-Ohio New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
12 United States New Hampshire United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport Report
13 United States Sonoma Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
14 United States Baltimore Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
15 Japan Motegi New Zealand Scott Dixon Italy Giorgio Pantano New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
16 United States Kentucky Australia Will Power United States Ed Carpenter United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Ed Carpenter United States Sarah Fisher Racing Report
17 United States Las Vegas Brazil Tony Kanaan Abandoned after 12 laps Report

Race summaries[edit]

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

Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 2 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 100 2:00:59.6886 94
2 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 100 +7.1612 6
3 8 82 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing TechnologyLotus 100 +16.1045 0
Race average speed: 89.260 mph (143.650 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 13 laps

Round 2: Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy[edit]

Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 90 2:14:42.9523 90
2 3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 90 +3.3828 0
3 7 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 90 +15.5243 0
Race average speed: 92.194 mph (148.372 km/h)
Lead changes: None
Cautions: 6 for 20 laps

Round 3: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach[edit]

Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 3 27 United Kingdom Mike Conway Andretti Autosport 85 1:53:11.1000 14
2 12 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 85 +6.3203 35
3 7 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +6.7163 0
Race average speed: 88.676 mph (142.710 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 12 laps

Round 4: Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle[edit]

  • Sunday May 1, 2011 – 1:20 p.m. BRT (12:20 p.m. EDT) & Monday May 2, 2011 – 9:05 a.m. BRT (8:05 a.m. EDT)[4]
  • Streets of São PauloSão Paulo, Brazil; Temporary street circuit, 2.536 miles (4.081 km)
  • Distance: 75 laps / 190.200 miles (306.097 km); reduced to 55 laps / 139.480 miles (224.471 km) due to rain and two-hour time limit.
  • Race weather: 93 °F (34 °C), scattered showers (Sunday); 79 °F (26 °C), scattered clouds (Monday)
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach, Jr., Robin Miller(May 1), Davey Hamilton(May 2nd), Kevin Lee
  • Nielsen ratings:
  • Attendance: 41,000 (Sunday)
  • Pole position winner: #12 Will Power, 1:21.8958 sec, 111.478 mph (179.406 km/h)
  • Most laps led: #12 Will Power, 32
  • Summary:
  • Race Report: 2011 São Paulo Indy 300
  • Summary: Rain forced a postponement of the race after 15 laps. On Monday morning, the race resumed. Leader Will Power pitted for fuel on lap 36, giving the lead to Takuma Sato. With rain soaking the course, Sato's team hoped to stretch out their fuel window in hopes of a caution, and the possibility of leading the race when the time limit expired. Sato was forced to pit on lap 48, and Power retook the lead. The race ended after 55 laps with Power the victor.
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 55 2:04:05.2964 32
2 5 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 55 +4.6723 0
3 4 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 55 +7.9037 0
Race average speed: 67.442 mph (108.537 km/h)
Lead changes: 2 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 21 laps

Round 5: 95th Indianapolis 500[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 6 98 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Bryan Herta Autosport 200 2:56:11.7267 1
2 12 4 United States J. R. Hildebrand Panther Racing 200 +2.1086 7
3 29 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +5.5949 6
Race average speed: 170.265 mph (274.015 km/h)
Lead changes: 23 between 10 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 40 laps

Round 6: Firestone Twin 275s[edit]

  • Saturday June 11, 2011 – 7:45 p.m. CDT (8:45 p.m. EDT)
  • Texas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth, Texas; Permanent racing facility, 1.455 miles (2.342 km)
  • Distance: 2 races of 114 laps / 165.870 miles (266.942 km)
  • Race weather: 91 °F (33 °C), clear skies (Race 1); 87 °F (31 °C), clear skies (Race 2)
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Dan Wheldon, Lindy Thackston, Robbie Floyd, Kevin Lee, Robin Miller)
  • Nielsen ratings: 0.55 rating,[79] (0.38 overnight)[80]
  • Attendance: 73,000 (announced crowd)[81]
  • Pole position winner: #77 Alex Tagliani, 48.6834 sec, 215.186 mph (346.308 km/h) (Race 1, 2-lap qualifying); #82 Tony Kanaan (Race 2, draw)
  • Most laps led: #10 Dario Franchitti, 110 (Race 1); #12 Will Power, 68 (Race 2)
  • Race Report: 2011 Firestone Twin 275s
  • Summary: The popular "twin race" format from the 1970s and early 1980s returned to Indy car racing at Texas. Dario Franchitti dominated the first race, which saw only one caution. Wade Cunningham and Charlie Kimball crashed on lap 92, with Cunningham crashing Dan Wheldon's Indy 500 winning car from two weeks prior. At halftime, the drivers chose their starting positions for race #2 by a blind draw on a stage on the frontstretch. Tony Kanaan was the lucky driver who picked position number 1. Will Power picked starting position #3, but the winner of the first race, Franchitti, was mired back in 28th starting position. Controversy followed the race, as many in the paddock believed the blind draw was an unfair method to select the starting positions (many thought they should have simply inverted the field). The second race went without a caution, and Power went on to win. Franchitti was not a factor, but charged all the way to 7th at the finish.

Round 7: Milwaukee 225[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 225 1:56:43.5877 161
2 12 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 225 +1.4271 0
3 10 2 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas Racing 225 +2.7703 0
Race average speed: 117.390 mph (188.921 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 62 laps

Round 8: Iowa Corn Indy 250[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 17 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 250 1:53:00.1074 42
2 3 82 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing TechnologyLotus 250 +0.7932 25
3 23 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 250 +1.1067 0
Race average speed: 118.671 mph (190.982 km/h)
Lead changes: 9 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 72 laps

Round 9: Honda Indy Toronto[edit]

Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 3 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:56:32.1501 30
2 2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +0.7345 0
3 8 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 85 +6.0144 0
Race average speed: 76.805 mph (123.606 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 32 laps

Round 10: Edmonton Indy[edit]

Podium Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 80 1:57:22.5177 57
2 9 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 80 +0.8089 1
3 4 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 80 +1.1735 2
Race average speed: 90.949 mph (146.368 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 8 laps

Round 11: Honda Indy 200[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:48:46.9509 50
2 3 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +7.6508 4
3 5 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 85 +9.0784 0
Race average speed: 105.861 mph (170.367 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 9 laps

Round 12: MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225[edit]

Indy car racing returned to New Hampshire after a 13-year sabbatical. Dario Franchitti dominated the first half, but on a restart on lap 118, he touched wheels with Takuma Sato and crashed into the inside wall. On lap 206, the caution came out for rain, with Ryan Hunter-Reay leading. Despite the drivers pleading to their crews that the track was too wet to continue, officials decided to bring the green flag out with 7 laps to go. As the field accelerated, Danica Patrick spun on the frontstretch due to the wet conditions, which led to a controversial five-car pileup, involving championship contender Will Power among others. During the restart attempt, Oriol Servià passed Hunter-Reay as the restart began but before the caution was signaled, leading to controversy when the decision was made to abort the restart, a move common in USAC when a false start occurs, which typically means the cars return to their starting order for another start attempt. Officials accepted blame for the decision and red flagged the race. Scoring was reverted back to the standings prior to the restart attempt.
Within 30 minutes of the end of the race, Newman/Haas Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing filed protests regarding the finish of the race because of Servià's pass of Hunter-Reay on the aborted restart. The results of the race were not made official, and as a result of the protest, the finish was under review. Indy Racing League, LLC announced on August 16 that a hearing was scheduled for the week of August 22 on both protests filed, and the hearing would also include Andretti Autosport, as the results of the hearing may have resulted in the finishing order being changed.[92] The hearing took place on August 23, with the finishing positions being upheld.[93]
Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 5 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 215 1:58:01.5843 71
2 2 2 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas Racing 215 +0.2361* 0
3 7 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 215 +1.4839 2
* Under caution
Race average speed: 112.030 mph (180.295 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 66 laps

Round 13: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 75 1:47:29.7619 71
2 2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 75 +3.2420 0
3 3 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 75 +6.4494 4
Race average speed: 96.408 mph (155.154 km/h)
Lead changes: 4 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 3 laps

Round 14: Baltimore Grand Prix[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 75 2:02:19.4998 70
2 14 2 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas Racing 75 +10.2096 0
3 27 82 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing TechnologyLotus 75 +10.8557 0
Race average speed: 75.046 mph (120.775 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 16 laps

Round 15: Indy Japan: The Final[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 63 1:56:41.0107 62
2 2 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 63 +3.4375 1
3 10 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 63 +4.4782 0
Race average speed: 96.635 mph (155.519 km/h)
Lead changes: 2 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 8 laps

Round 16: Kentucky Indy 300[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 4 67 United States Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher Racing 200 1:42:02.7825 8
2 11 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0098 143
3 7 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.1048 0
Race average speed: 174.039 mph (280.089 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 32 laps

Round 17: IZOD IndyCar World Championship[edit]

  • Sunday October 16, 2011 – 12:45 p.m. PDT (3:45 p.m. EDT)
  • Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayClark County, Nevada; Permanent racing facility, 1.544 miles (2.485 km)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 308.800 miles (496.965 km)
  • Race weather: 87 °F (31 °C), partly cloudy
  • Television: ABC (Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever, Vince Welch, Jamie Little, Rick DeBruhl)
  • Nielsen ratings:1.6
  • Attendance: 50,000 (Sunday – two races), 75,000 (total; includes Smith's 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday).
  • Pole position winner: #82 Tony Kanaan, 50.0582 sec, 222.078 mph (357.400 km/h) (2-lap)
  • Most laps led: Kanaan (race abandoned)
  • Race Report: 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship
  • Summary: The race was marred by a fifteen-car pile-up on the twelfth lap of the race and four drivers – Dan Wheldon, Will Power, J. R. Hildebrand and Pippa Mann – were taken to hospital as the race was red-flagged. It was formally abandoned two hours later with the announcement that Wheldon had died from his injuries, and the remaining drivers completed a five-lap tour of the circuit to honour Wheldon's memory. Power was later released from hospital, while Mann and Hildebrand were kept under observation, but were later released. Mann suffered a burn to her hand and Hildebrand suffered a bruised sternum. IndyCar does not use the FIA Code on race stoppages (which states a race is official once a race is on the fourth lap) and uses the customary 50% plus one lap rule (101 laps in this case), and the race was abandoned at that point. The race results were stricken from the record book, and the statistics did not count. Franchitti was declared champion, although he would have won the championship had the race continued because Power had crashed.

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
SAO
Brazil
INDY United States TXS United States MIL
United States
IOW
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
MDO
United States
NHA
United States
SNM
United States
BAL
United States
MOT
Japan
KTY
United States
LSV2
United States
Pts
QL 500 R1 R2
1 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 1* 3 3 4 9 12 1* 7 1* 5* 1 3 2 20* 4 4 8 2* C 573
2 Australia Will Power 2 1* 10 1* 5 14 3 1* 4 21 24* 1* 14 5 1* 1* 2 19 C 555
3 New Zealand Scott Dixon 16 2 18 12 2 5* 2 2 7 3 2 23 1* 3 5 5 1* 3 C 518
4 Spain Oriol Servià 9 5 6 5 3 6 21 15 3 14 12 22 8 2 11 2 5 6 C 425
5 Brazil Tony Kanaan 3 6 8 22 23 4 11 5 19 2 26 4 5 22 28 3 17 17 C 366
6 Australia Ryan Briscoe 18 21 2* 3 27 27 6 3 11 6 7 10 16 8 3 14 20 8 C 364
7 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 21 14 23 18 DNQ1 23 19 9 26 8 3 7 3 1 10 8 24 5 C 347
8 United States Marco Andretti 24 4 26 14 28 9 13 6 13 1 4 14 7 24 24 25 3 27 C 337
9 United States Graham Rahal 17 18 13 2 30 3 9 30 2 15 13 25 24 26 8 10 12 12 C 320
10 United States Danica Patrick 12 17 7 23 26 10 16 8 5 10 19 9 21 6 21 6 11 10 C 314
11 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 20 7 12 21 16 17 10 4 9 7 17 2 19 17 2 17 22 29 C 312
12 Canada James Hinchcliffe 24 4 9 13 29 20 19 6 9 14 15 20 4 7 24 15 4 C 302
13 Japan Takuma Sato 5 16 21 8 10 33 5 12 8 19 20 21 4 7 18 18 10 15 C 297
14 United States J. R. Hildebrand 11 13 17 10 12 2 23 18 21 4 8 11 25 21 23 19 7 20 C 296
15 Canada Alex Tagliani 6 15 5 19 1 28 4 14 18 16 23 17 6 19 20 7 4 C 296
16 Brazil Vitor Meira 8 12 9 17 11 15 8 11 24 18 5 12 10 10 22 9 25 16 C 287
17 United Kingdom Mike Conway 23 22 1 6 DNQ 24 17 12 24 22 8 26 25 16 23 9 18 C 260
18 Venezuela E. J. Viso 19 23 25 13 18 32 7 10 20 17 9 20 15 12 9 15 21 23 C 241
19 United States Charlie Kimball 22 10 24 16 29 13 30 23 14 22 21 19 11 9 26 21 23 13 C 233
20 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 4 9 20 20 24 31 26 27 25 DNS 10 24 12 16 12 14 25 C 225
21 Brazil Ana Beatriz 14 19 24 33 21 22 22 17 23 11 13 17 14 13 16 19 24 C 212
22 United Kingdom James Jakes 15 25 15 15 DNQ 25 28 15 25 18 18 23 18 19 27 13 21 C 189
23 France Sébastien Bourdais DNS 11 27 26 6 6 9 6 28 6 188
24 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 10 19 22 7 20 16 17 21 10 12 15 5 Wth 183
25 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 13 26 14 11 DNQ 28 29 23 20 25 16 27 15 14 13 C 178
26 United States Ed Carpenter 8 11 18 16 16 11 22 11 25 20 1 C 175
27 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 31 19 14 24 22 13 13 26 C 85
28 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 6 1 14 C2 75
29 Canada Paul Tracy 16 25 25 12 13 16 26 C 68
30 Brazil Raphael Matos 7 20 11 25 DNQ 67
31 France Simon Pagenaud 8 13 15 56
32 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 22 8 23 22 C 52
33 United Kingdom Martin Plowman 18 12 11 49
34 United States Buddy Rice 7 18 9 C 42
35 United States Townsend Bell 4 26 11 C 40
36 Italy Giorgio Pantano 17 26 16 37
37 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 29 26 7 C 36
38 United Kingdom Pippa Mann 32 20 DNS 22 C 32
39 Belgium Bertrand Baguette 14 7 30
40 United Kingdom Jay Howard 21 30 15 20 C 27
41 United States Davey Hamilton 15 24 27 25 C 26
42 United States John Andretti 17 22 16
43 Japan Hideki Mutoh 18 12
44 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira 26 10
45 China Ho-Pin Tung DNQ 27 10
46 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini 28 10
47 Brazil Bruno Junqueira 19 Wth1 4
Canada Patrick Carpentier DNQ 0
United States Scott Speed DNQ 0
Pos Driver STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
SAO
Brazil
QL 500 R1 R2 MIL
United States
IOW
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
MDO
United States
NHA
United States
SNM
United States
BAL
United States
MOT
Japan
KTY
United States
LSV
United States
Pts
INDY United States TXS United States
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
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did Not Start
(DNS)
Race abandoned
(C)
Blank Did not
participate
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Exception: Indianapolis 500
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.
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

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
All races (except Texas) 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
Texas[98] 25 20 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Indy qualifying 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
  • Extra points awarded for qualifying at Indianapolis based on drivers performance.
  • Texas is split into two races on the same day. Each one awards half points.
  • 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.
Notes

1 After qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 had concluded, Bruno Junqueira was replaced by Ryan Hunter-Reay, who did not qualify for the 500. Junqueira received full qualifying points for a 19th place qualification.
2 At the Las Vegas Indy 300, Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11. The race was abandoned, the results were stricken from the record book, and the statistics did not count.

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