2011 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

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United States   2011 Alabama
Race details
2nd round of the 2011 IndyCar Series season
Barber Motorsports Park.svg
Date April 10, 2011
Official name Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Location Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Course Road course
2.300 mi / 3.700 km
Distance 90 laps, 207.000 mi / 333.000 km
Weather 84 °F (29 °C), clear skies
Pole position
Driver Australia Will Power Team Penske
Time 1:11.4546
Fastest lap
Driver New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 1:13.8666 (on lap 73 of 90)
Podium
First Australia Will Power Team Penske
Second New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing
Third United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing

The 2011 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was the second race of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season. The race took place on April 10, on the 2.300-mile (3.701 km) road course in Birmingham, Alabama, and was telecast by Versus in the United States.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Race[edit]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

  • All cars were split into two groups of twelve, with the fastest six from each group going through to the "top 12" session. In this session, the fastest six cars progressed to the "Firestone Fast Six." The fastest driver in the final session claimed pole, with the rest of the cars lining up in session order, regardless of qualifying times. (fast six from 1–6, top 12 from 7–12 and round 1 from 13–24, with group 1 drivers occupying the odd–numbered grid positions, and group 2 drivers occupying the even–numbered grid positions.
Pos No. Driver Team Group 1[1] Group 2[2] Top 12[3] Fast 6[4]
1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 1:11.6683 1:11.3642 1:11.4546
2 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 1:11.7811 1:11.4142 1:11.7361
3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:11.8418 1:11.3039 1:12.8826
4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 1:11.8740 1:11.4043 1:12.1247
5 22 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:12.1591 1:11.6825 1:12.3085
6 2 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas Racing 1:11.8679 1:11.7074 1:12.4394
7 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 1:11.6913 1:11.7090
8 06 Canada James Hinchcliffe (R) Newman/Haas Racing 1:12.2447 1:11.8183
9 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 1:12.2115 1:11.8672
10 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 1:11.9373 1:11.9712
11 5 Japan Takuma Sato KV Racing TechnologyLotus 1:12.4087 1:12.1667
12 77 Canada Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt Motorsports 1:12.3780 1:12.3485
13 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing 1:12.2559
14 17 Brazil Raphael Matos AFS Racing 1:12.4094
15 4 United States J. R. Hildebrand (R) Panther Racing 1:12.2684
16 27 United Kingdom Mike Conway Andretti Autosport 1:12.5191
17 28 United States Ryan Hunter–Reay Andretti Autosport 1:12.3370
18 59 Venezuela E. J. Viso KV Racing TechnologyLotus 1:12.6582
19 14 Brazil Vitor Meira A. J. Foyt Enterprises 1:12.5677
20 19 France Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 1:12.6896
21 83 United States Charlie Kimball (R) Chip Ganassi Racing 1:12.5857
22 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport 1:12.7257
23 24 France Simon Pagenaud (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:12.5900
24 82 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing TechnologyLotus 1:12.8892
25 18 United Kingdom James Jakes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 1:12.7147
26 34 Colombia Sebastian Saavedra (R) Conquest Racing 1:13.0858

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 90 2:14:42.9523 1 90 53
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 90 + 3.3828 3 0 40
3 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 90 + 15.5243 7 0 35
4 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 90 + 28.9601 9 0 32
5 2 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas Racing 90 + 29.8817 6 0 30
6 82 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing TechnologyLotus 90 + 30.3853 24 0 28
7 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 90 + 30.7807 4 0 26
8 24 France Simon Pagenaud (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 90 + 31.2095 23 0 24
9 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing 90 + 32.5812 13 0 22
10 83 United States Charlie Kimball (R) Chip Ganassi Racing 90 + 35.0038 21 0 20
11 19 France Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing 90 + 35.9883 20 0 19
12 14 Brazil Vitor Meira A. J. Foyt Enterprises 90 + 42.6440 19 0 18
13 4 United States J. R. Hildebrand (R) Panther Racing 90 + 44.2950 15 0 17
14 28 United States Ryan Hunter–Reay Andretti Autosport 90 + 1:00.7427 17 0 16
15 77 Canada Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt Motorsports 90 + 1:10.6879 12 0 15
16 5 Japan Takuma Sato KV Racing TechnologyLotus 90 + 1:12.1719 11 0 14
17 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport 89 + 1 Lap 22 0 13
18 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 88 + 2 Laps 10 0 12
19 22 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 62 Contact 5 0 12
20 17 Brazil Raphael Matos AFS Racing 62 Contact 14 0 12
21 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 57 Contact 2 0 12
22 27 United Kingdom Mike Conway Andretti Autosport 45 Contact 16 0 12
23 59 Venezuela E. J. Viso KV Racing TechnologyLotus 40 Contact 18 0 12
24 06 Canada James Hinchcliffe (R) Newman/Haas Racing 40 Contact 8 0 12
25 18 United Kingdom James Jakes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 30 Mechanical 25 0 10
26 34 Colombia Sebastian Saavedra (R) Conquest Racing 27 Mechanical 26 0 10
OFFICIAL RACE REPORT

Championship standings after the race[edit]