2012 IndyCar Series season

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2012 IndyCar season
IZOD IndyCar Series
Season
Races 15
Start date March 25
End date September 15
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Manufacturers' Cup United States Chevrolet
Rookie of the Year France Simon Pagenaud
Indianapolis 500 winner United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
Discipline champions
Oval champion United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Road course champion Australia Will Power
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2011 2013
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series driver championship.

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series[1] season represented the 101st season of American open wheel racing. Its premier event was the 96th Indianapolis 500, held on Sunday, May 27. The series was sanctioned by IndyCar, and took place in three countries on two continents.

Three-time defending IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti entered the season seeking his fourth consecutive championship and fifth overall. Meanwhile, two-time championship runner up Will Power sought his first title. Heading into the final race of the season, Power led Ryan Hunter-Reay by 17 points in a two driver fight for the championship.[2] After Power wrecked on lap 55, Hunter-Reay was able to finish 4th, and claimed the championship by 3 points.[3]

Among the numerous stories going into the season was the departure of Danica Patrick, who left IndyCar to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Joining the series was former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello. A highlight of the season was the introduction of a new chassis and engine package.

After losing Las Vegas as a venue in the aftermath of the death of Dan Wheldon, the series welcomed the return of such venues as Detroit and Fontana. In addition, midway through the season, the inaugural Indy Qingdao 600 scheduled to take place in China was cancelled by the promoter.[4]

It was a triumphant return for Chevrolet after returning from may years absence, and a dismal year for Honda only rescued by an unexpectedly good performance at the 500 after an extremely poor qualifying.

The ICONIC Project[edit]

The IndyCar Car ICONIC Project.

The 2012 season saw the implementation of Indycar's new ICONIC Plan (Innovative, Competitive, Open-wheel, New, Industry-relevant, Cost-effective), the biggest change to the sport in recent history. The car used through 2011, a 2003/2007-model Dallara IR-05, and naturally aspirated V8 engines (required since 1997) were permanently retired. The ICONIC committee was composed of experts and executives from racing and technical fields: Randy Bernard, William R. Looney III, Brian Barnhart, Gil de Ferran, Tony Purnell, Eddie Gossage, Neil Ressler, Tony Cotman and Rick Long.[5] IndyCar accepted proposals from BAT Engineering, Dallara, DeltaWing, Lola and Swift for chassis design.[6] On July 14, 2010, the final decision was made public, with organisers accepting the Dallara proposal.[6]

New chassis[edit]

Under the new ICONIC regulations, all teams will compete with a core rolling chassis, called the "IndyCar Safety Cell",[6] developed by Italian designer Dallara. Teams will then outfit the chassis with separate body work, referred to as "Aero Kits", which consist of front and rear wings, sidepods, and engine cowlings.[6] Development of Aero Kits is open to any manufacturer, with all packages to be made available to all teams for a maximum price. ICONIC committee member Tony Purnell gave an open invitation to car manufacturers and companies such as Lockheed Martin and GE to develop kits.[7]

The IndyCar Safety cell will be capped at a price of $349,000[8] and will be assembled at a new Dallara facility in Speedway, Indiana. Aero Kits will be capped at $70,000.[8] Teams have the option of buying a complete Dallara safety cell/aero kit for a discounted price.[8]

On May 12, 2011, Dallara unveiled the first concept cars, one apiece in oval and road course Aero Kit configuration.[9]

On April 30, 2011, IndyCar owners voted 15–0 to reject the introduction of multiple Aero Kits for the 2012 season, citing costs.[10] Owners expressed their desire to introduce the new chassis/engines for 2012, but have all participants use the Dallara aerodynamic package in 2012, and delay the introduction of multiple aero kits until 2013. On August 14, 2011, IndyCar confirmed that the introduction of multiple Aero Kits would be delayed until 2013 for "economic reasons,"[11] and furthermore, it was put off for 2013 as well. Chevrolet and Lotus had already announced their intention to build aero kits.[12][13][14][15]

2011 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon carried out the first official test of the Dallara chassis at Mid-Ohio in August 2011.[16] Following Wheldon's death at the season-ending race in Las Vegas, Dallara announced that the 2012 chassis would be named the DW12 in his honor.[17][18]

Engine formula[edit]

The engines are 2.2 L V6 turbocharged engines, tuned to produce a range of 550–700 horsepower (410–520 kW) with a 12,000 RPM limit.[19][20][21] All engines will run E85 fuel; from 2007–2011, the series utilized 100% fuel grade ethanol.[13][22] The turbochargers are provided by BorgWarner.

Suppliers[edit]

On November 12, 2010, Chevrolet was confirmed as an engine supplier for 2012 with a twin turbo V6. The initial list of potential suppliers included Ford, Cosworth, and Mazda.[23] Honda announced a 2.2-liter turbo V6 developed by Honda Performance Development.[24] On May 27, 2011, Ganassi and Honda announced their partnership for 2012.[25] On August 19, 2010, Cosworth announced their interest in providing an inline-four engine,[26] however, the plan was eventually scrapped. The Chevrolet engine is built in a joint effort with Ilmor who partnered Honda from 2003-2011, and was introduced in partnership with Penske Racing.[12][27]

The third engine supplier was announced November 18, 2010 at the LA Auto Show, just prior to the league deadline. Lotus announced a twin turbo V6 engine[28] and an Aero Kit.[13] built in a partnership with John Judd and Jack Brabham (Engine Developments Ltd.) Judd engines were used in the CART series and at the Indy 500 from 1987–1992, as well as in sports car racing and F1. Lotus has suffered difficulty in both power and delivery of engines.

Confirmed engine suppliers[edit]

Rule changes[edit]

  • Any engine changes for an engine that has run less than 1,850 miles will result in 10-place grid penalty at the next race. Further, full-time entries are limited to 5 engines per season.[29] There will be two exceptions:
    • If an engine fails during a race, in which a new engine may be installed for the next event without penalty.[30]
    • At Indianapolis, all engine penalties will be served at the next race at Detroit. Further, all full-time season entries will receive a new engine penalty-free between Bump Day & Carb Day.[31]
  • Beginning at Long Beach for all remaining road/street course events, the pits will remain open throughout non-emergency full-course cautions periods. Previously the pits immediately closed upon the display of the caution flag. The series hopes this will shorten caution periods to as few as two laps.[32]
  • Also beginning at Long Beach for all remaining road/street course events, cars that are not on the lead lap during an upcoming restart in the final 20 laps will peel off and drive through pit lane on the speed limiter and cycle back to the end of the line. The rule was later expanded to oval races as well, where lead-lap cars will simply drive to the front in position order instead. This is similar to NASCAR's restart procedure, where all lapped cars must move to the rear of the field.[32]
  • For the races at Indianapolis, Texas, and California, restarts will revert to single-file in response to safety concerns.[33]

Schedule[edit]

For 2012, as in recent years, the IndyCar Series schedule split its television coverage between ESPN on ABC and NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus). The season finale returned to NBC Sports Network after airing on ABC in 2011.

As a result of logistics, NBC Sports Network aired 2012 Summer Olympics coverage during the time and ESPN's broadcast and production crew were working the NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 during a split race weekend for the two NASCAR national series), the August 5 race at Mid Ohio that aired on ABC used the NBC Sports Network crew.[34]

In addition to qualifying and race broadcasts, NBC Sports Network aired IndyCar 36, a documentary series based on NBC's 36 format. Each 30-minute episode features a driver's race weekend. The drivers selected were:

No shows were produced at São Paulo, Detroit, Milwaukee or Edmonton, whereas frontrunners Ryan Briscoe, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon were not featured.

Rnd Date Race name Track Location Time (ET) TV
1 March 25 United States Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 12:30pm ABC
2 April 1 United States Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama 2:00pm NBCSN
3 April 15 United States 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California 3:30pm NBCSN
4 April 29 Brazil Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestlé Streets of São Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 11:00am NBCSN
5 May 27 United States 96th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana 11:00am ABC
6 June 3 United States Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by ShopAutoWeek.com Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan 3:30pm ABC
7 June 9 United States Firestone 550 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 8:00pm NBCSN
8 June 16 United States Milwaukee IndyFest presented by XYQ Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin 1:00pm ABC
9 June 23 United States Iowa Corn Indy 250 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 8:00pm NBCSN
10 July 8 Canada Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario 12:30pm ABC
11 July 22 Canada Edmonton Indy Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta 2:00pm NBCSN
12 August 5 United States Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio 12:30pm ABC
13 August 26 United States GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California 4:00pm NBCSN
14 September 2 United States Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT Streets of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland 2:00pm NBCSN
15 September 15 United States MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California 8:00pm NBCSN
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Schedule development[edit]

Existing race contracts[edit]

New/Returning races[edit]

Potential races[edit]

  • A fifteen-race calendar was announced in December 2011; however, amid speculation of a race being organized in Fort Lauderdale, it was reported in January 2012 that the series needed sixteen races in order to fulfill obligations to sponsors.[49]
  • After the cancellation of the China race, it was believed that IndyCar would need to replace it to fulfill sponsorship obligations. Road America, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Michigan, and a second race at Texas were considered.[50] However, on June 25, IndyCar announced that the schedule would remain at 15 races.

Discontinued races[edit]

Cancelled race[edit]

  • The series was supposed to visit China for the first time; the Indy Qingdao 600 was to be held on a 3.87-mile street circuit in Qingdao over the weekend of August 19,[55] with plans to build a permanent road course for future seasons.[56] However, this race was cancelled by the promoter on June 13.[4]

Teams and drivers[edit]

All chassis are composed of a Dallara DW-12 "IndyCar Safety Cell" base and aerokit in 2012. All teams will run Firestone tires.

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Rounds Notes
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 14 United Kingdom Mike Conway 1–14
14/
41
New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R) 5, 15
Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 5, 13, 15 1
25 Brazil Ana Beatriz 4–5 2
26 United States Marco Andretti All
27 Canada James Hinchcliffe All
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay All
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon All
10/
50
United Kingdom Dario Franchitti All 3
38 United States Graham Rahal All
83 United States Charlie Kimball 1–11, 13–15 4
Italy Giorgio Pantano (R) 12
Dale Coyne Racing Honda 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson All
19 United Kingdom James Jakes All
Dragon Racing Lotus
Chevrolet
6 United Kingdom Katherine Legge (R) 1–5, 7–9, 13, 15 5 6
7 France Sébastien Bourdais 1–6, 10–14
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Lotus
Chevrolet
22 Spain Oriol Servià All 5 7
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 20 United States Ed Carpenter All
KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 5 Venezuela E. J. Viso All
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All
11 Brazil Tony Kanaan All
Lotus–Fan Force United Lotus 64 France Jean Alesi (R) 5
Lotus–HVM Racing Lotus 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro All
Panther Racing Chevrolet 4 United States J. R. Hildebrand All
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15 Japan Takuma Sato All
30 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 5
Schmidt–Hamilton Motorsports Honda 77 France Simon Pagenaud (R) All
99 United States Townsend Bell 5
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 39 United States Bryan Clauson (R) 5
67 United States Josef Newgarden (R) 1–13, 15 9
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 14
Team Barracuda – BHA Lotus
Honda
98 Canada Alex Tagliani 1–3, 5–15 5 8
Team Penske Chevrolet 2 Australia Ryan Briscoe All
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves All
12 Australia Will Power All
Notes

(R)Rookie

1.^ In conjunction with AFS Racing.
2.^ In conjunction with Conquest Racing.
3.^ Dario Franchitti drove the #50 car at Indianapolis to celebrate the 50th anniversary of sponsor Target.
4.^ Charlie Kimball broke his hand in an accident while testing at Mid-Ohio on July 26.[57] Pantano replaced Kimball for the subsequent race at Mid-Ohio.[58]
5.^ Team Barracuda – BHA, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Dragon Racing terminated their Lotus engine contracts prior to the Indianapolis 500.
6.^ Dragon Racing was reduced to a single-car team following the Indianapolis 500, as engine supplier Chevrolet could not supply engines for both cars. Bourdais was named to drive on the remaining road and street courses, and Legge was named to drive on the remaining ovals[59] and Sonoma.
7.^ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing formed a strategic alliance with Panther Racing prior to the Indianapolis 500, and obtained Panther's second Chevrolet engine contract.[60][61]
8.^ Team Barracuda – BHA skipped the São Paulo race to concentrate on preparations for the Indy 500.
9.^ Josef Newgarden broke his left index finger in an accident during the Sonoma race. Junqueira replaced Newgarden for the following race at Baltimore.[62]

Team and driver changes[edit]

Testing[edit]

The first official test of the Dallara DW12 chassis was carried out by Dan Wheldon at Mid-Ohio on August 8, 2011.[16][102] Phase I of testing involved Wheldon, and was planned to involve three road courses and three ovals, over a total of about twelve days. The second test was held August 18 at Barber,[103] and the third was held on the USGP road course at Indianapolis on September 1.[104] Oval tests took place in September at Iowa[105] and Indianapolis.[106]

Honda (Scott Dixon) and Chevrolet (Will Power) began Phase II of on-track testing at Mid-Ohio in early October.[107] A scheduled test at Las Vegas was cancelled after the fatal crash of Dan Wheldon. Testing resumed in late October and continued through February at several venues including Sebring,[108] Fontana,[109] Homestead,[110] Phoenix,[111] and Sonoma.[112] Lotus first took to the track on January 12 at Palm Beach,[113] and testing by individual teams began on January 16.[114]

A full-field official open test took place on March 5–6 & 8–9, 2012 at Sebring International Raceway.[115]

Full-field oval open tests are scheduled for April 4, 2012 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway[116] and for May 7, 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway.[117]

Race results[edit]

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winner Report
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 St. Petersburg Australia Will Power Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Report
2 Barber Brazil Hélio Castroneves Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
3 Long Beach Australia Ryan Briscoe[N 1] Brazil Tony Kanaan France Simon Pagenaud Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
4 São Paulo Australia Will Power United States Josef Newgarden Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
5 Indianapolis Australia Ryan Briscoe United States Marco Andretti United States Marco Andretti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
6 Detroit New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Justin Wilson New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
7 Texas Canada Alex Tagliani Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Report
8 Milwaukee United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Report
9 Iowa United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Ed Carpenter Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Report
10 Toronto United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Josef Newgarden United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Report
11 Edmonton United States Ryan Hunter-Reay[N 2] United States Josef Newgarden Canada Alex Tagliani Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Report
12 Mid-Ohio Australia Will Power Spain Oriol Servià Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
13 Sonoma Australia Will Power United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Australia Will Power Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Chevrolet Report
14 Baltimore Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Report
15 Fontana United States Marco Andretti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Ed Carpenter United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Report
Notes
  1. ^ Briscoe, the fastest qualifier from the Fast Six shootout, was assessed a 10-place grid penalty for an unapproved engine change. Dario Franchitti, who qualified 4th, was the highest-placed driver not to have a penalty, and thus started the race from pole position. Briscoe earned the pole-winner's championship point.
  2. ^ Hunter-Reay, the fastest qualifier from the Fast Six shootout, was assessed a 10-place grid penalty for an unapproved engine change. Dario Franchitti, who qualified 2nd, started the race from pole position. Hunter-Reay earned the pole-winner's championship point.

Race summaries[edit]

Round 1 – St. Petersburg[edit]

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 5 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 100 1:59:50.9863
2 6 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 100 +5.5292
3 3 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 100 +7.5824
Race average speed: 90.113 mph (145.023 km/h)
Official Box Score: Report

Round 2 – Barber[edit]

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 9 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 90 2:01:40.1127
2 3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 90 +3.3709
3 1 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 90 +19.1150
Race average speed: 102.081 mph (164.283 km/h)
Official Box Score: Report

Round 3 – Long Beach[edit]

38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 12 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 85 1:54:01.6082
2 4 77 France Simon Pagenaud (R) Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports 85 +0.8675
3 16 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport 85 +13.2719
Race average speed: 88.021 mph (141.656 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 4 – São Paulo[edit]

Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 Presented by Nestle
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 75 2:08:18.2816
2 5 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 75 +0.9045
3 25 15 Japan Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 75 +2.3905
Race average speed: 88.945 mph (143.143 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 5 – Indianapolis[edit]

96th Indianapolis 500
Top Three Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 16 50 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 2:58:51.2532
2 15 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0295
3 8 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology 200 +0.0677
Race average speed: 167.734 mph (269.942 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 6 – Detroit[edit]

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by ShopAutoWeek.com
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 60 1:27:39.5053
2 14 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 60 + 1.9628
3 4 77 France Simon Pagenaud (R) Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports 60 + 2.4773
Race average speed: 88.945 mph (143.143 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 7 – Texas[edit]

Firestone 550
Top Three Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 17 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 228 1:59:02.0131
2 3 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 228 + 3.9202
3 10 2 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 228 + 5.8619
Race average speed: 167.217 mph (269.110 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 8 – Milwaukee[edit]

Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by XYQ
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 2 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 225 1:52:17:8119
2 6 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology 225 + 5.1029
3 8 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport 225
Race average speed: 122.020 mph (196.372 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 9 – Iowa[edit]

Iowa Corn Indy 250
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 7 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 250 1:43:39.3031
2 3 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 250 +0.1103
3 19 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology 250 +2.7248
Race average speed: 129.371 mph (208.202 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 10 – Toronto[edit]

Honda Indy Toronto
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 7 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 85 1:33:26.5096
2 13 83 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +0.0757
3 11 14 United Kingdom Mike Conway A.J. Foyt Enterprises 85 +0.2848
Race average speed: 0.000
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 11 – Edmonton[edit]

Edmonton Indy
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 5 3 Brazil Helio Castroneves Team Penske 75 1:38:50.9294
2 3 15 Japan Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 75 +0.8367
3 17 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 75 +5.3697
Race average speed: 101.246 mph (162.940 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 12 – Mid-Ohio[edit]

Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 4 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:39:48.5083
2 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 85 + 3.4619
3 3 77 France Simon Pagenaud (R) Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports 85 + 4.5402
Race average speed: 115.379 mph (185.685 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 13 – Sonoma[edit]

GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 2 2 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 85 2:07:02.8248
2 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 85 +0.4408
3 6 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 + 1.0497
Race average speed: 95.740 mph (154.079 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 14 – Baltimore[edit]

Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 10 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 75 2:09:02.9522
2 11 2 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 75 +1.4391
3 9 77 France Simon Pagenaud (R) Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports 75 + 3.0253
Race average speed: 71.136 mph (114.482 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Round 15 – Fontana[edit]

MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time
1 5 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 250 2:57:34.7433
2 9 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 250 + 1.9
3 15 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 250 + 2.6
Race average speed: 168.939 mph (271.881 km/h)
Official Box Score: REPORT

Championship standings[edit]

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
SAO
Brazil
INDY United States DET
United States
TEX
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
BAL
United States
FON
United States
Pts
QL 500
1 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 3 12 6 2 3 27 7 21 1* 1 1* 7 24 18 1 4 468
2 Australia Will Power 7 1 1 1* 5 28 4 8 12 23 15 3 2* 2* 6* 24 465
3 New Zealand Scott Dixon 2* 2* 23 17 15 2 1* 18* 11 4 25 10 1 13 4 3 435
4 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 1 3 13 4 6 10 17 7 6 6* 6 1 16 6 10 5 431
5 France Simon Pagenaud 6 5 2* 12 23 16 3 6 13 5 12 20 3 7 3 15 387
6 Australia Ryan Briscoe 5 14 7 25 1 5 16 3 14 18 19 8 7 1 2 17 370
7 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 13 10 15 5 16 1 2 14 19 25 17 6 17 3 13 2 363
8 Canada James Hinchcliffe 4 6 3 6 2 6 21 4 3 17 22 12 5 26 15 13 358
9 Brazil Tony Kanaan 25 21 4 13 8 3 6 11 2 3 4 18 6 10 20 18 351
10 United States Graham Rahal 12 4 24 16 12 13 19 2 9 9 23 4 11 5 11 6 333
11 United States J. R. Hildebrand 19 15 5 7 18 14 14 5 22 22 7 21 9 8 12 11 294
12 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 17 8 9 10 10 11 25 DNS 10 7 11 13 15 4 5 22 289
13 Spain Oriol Servià 16 13 16 11 27 4 5 20 4 21 5 24 25 19 7 19 287
14 Japan Takuma Sato 22 24 8 3 19 17 20 22 20 12 9 2 13 27 21 7 281
15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 10 19 10 22 21 7 22 1 23 10 21 9 18 11 17 23 278
16 United States Marco Andretti 14 11 25 14 4 24* 11 17 15 2 16 14 8 25 14 8 278
17 Canada Alex Tagliani 15 26 21 11 12 10 9 7 16 10 5* 10 9 8 20 272
18 United States Ed Carpenter 18 22 14 21 28 21 12 12 8 8 18 22 22 20 25 1* 261
19 United States Charlie Kimball 9 25 18 8 14 8 8 23 17 11 2 19 21 18 10 260
20 Venezuela E. J. Viso 8 18 12 9 9 18 18 19 5 24 20 16 20 16 9 25 244
21 United Kingdom Mike Conway 20 7 22 19 29 29 9 16 16 20 3 11 21 14 16 233
22 United Kingdom James Jakes 26 16 11 15 17 15 23 10 21 13 8 25 19 12 24 12 232
23 United States Josef Newgarden 11 17 26 23 7 25 15 13 25 19 13 17 12 23 16 200
24 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 24 20 20 24 32 32 13 DNS 24 14 24 23 23 17 22 26 182
25 France Sébastien Bourdais 21 9 17 18 25 20 24 14 15 4 22 23 173
26 United Kingdom Katherine Legge 23 23 19 26 30 22 15 18 15 24 9 137
27 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 24 26 15 21 41
28 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 26 31 14 29
29 Brazil Ana Beatriz 20 13 23 28
30 United States Townsend Bell 20 9 26
31 Italy Giorgio Pantano 14 16
32 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 22 19 16
33 United States Bryan Clauson 31 30 13
34 France Jean Alesi 33 33 13
35 Brazil Bruno Junqueira 19 12
Pos Driver STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
SAO
Brazil
QL 500 DET
United States
TEX
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
BAL
United States
FON
United States
Pts
INDY 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
Race 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
Indy Qualifying Points 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.
  • 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.

Manufacturers' Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
SAO
Brazil
INDY
United States
DET
United States
TEX
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
BAL
United States
FON
United States
Pts
1 United States Chevrolet 1 1 1 1 3 4 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 123
2 Japan Honda 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 7 4 2 2 1 3 3 2 102
3 United Kingdom Lotus 15 9 16 11 32 13 DNS 24 14 24 23 23 17 22 26 60
Pos Manufacturer STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
SAO
Brazil
INDY
United States
DET
United States
TEX
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
BAL
United States
FON
United States
Pts
Color Result Points
Gold 1st place 9
Silver 2nd place 6
Bronze 3rd place 4
  • Manufacturers' Championship points are awarded based on the finishing position of the highest finishing car of each respective manufacturer at each round.[126]

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