2012 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships

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United States   2012 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships
Race details
Race 15 of 15 in the 2012 IndyCar Series season
Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) - Speedway.svg
Date September 15, 2012
Official name MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships
Location Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2.000 mi / 3.219 km
Distance 250 laps, 500.000 mi / 804.672 km
Weather 98 °F (37 °C), fair skies[1]
Pole position
Driver United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport
Time 216.069 mph (347.729 km/h)
Podium
First United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing
Second United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing
Third New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing

The 2012 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships[2] was the 15th and final race of the 2012 IndyCar Series season. The event took place on September 15, at the 2.000-mile (3.219 km) Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. It was the first IndyCar race at this facility since 2005, the first 500-mile open-wheel race outside Indianapolis since the CART-sanctioned 2002 The 500 at Fontana, and the first 500-mile IndyCar Series race outside Indianapolis.[3]

The race, originally scheduled for 400 miles (200 laps), as was the case for the 2002–05 IndyCar races at Auto Club Speedway, reverted to the classic 500 mile, 250-lap distance used at the Ontario Motor Speedway for major races and both the six CART FedEx Championship Series races (1997–2002) and the first 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup races (1997–2010) held at Auto Club Speedway. Attendance at the event was estimated to be 25,000 to 30,000 people.[4]

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Marco Andretti took his first pole position since Milwaukee in 2008 with a two lap average speed of 216.069 mph (347.729 km/h).[5] Over half the field incurred 10-place grid penalties for engine changes, most for an unapproved engine change – engines must clock 1850 miles before they be changed without penalty – however both championship contenders Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay incurred a penalty for exceeding the five engine limit for the year, both of whom fit their sixth Chevrolet engine.[6]

Classification[edit]

Starting grid[edit]

Row Inside Outside
1 26 United States Marco Andretti 216.069 2 Australia Ryan Briscoe 216.058
2 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan 214.877 4 United States J.R. Hildebrand 214.719
3 20 United States Ed Carpenter 214.684 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 213.527
4 6 United Kingdom Katherine Legge (R) 213.308 22 Spain Oriol Servià 212.533
5 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 211.999 17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 210.619
6 5 Venezuela E.J. Viso 210.134 19 United Kingdom James Jakes 208.056
7 12 Australia Will Power 215.940 67 United States Josef Newgarden (R) 215.919
8 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon 215.391 98 Canada Alex Tagliani 215.226
9 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 214.409 38 United States Graham Rahal 214.015
10 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe 213.726 77 France Simon Pagenaud (R) 213.282
11 15 Japan Takuma Sato 213.222 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 212.773
12 83 United States Charlie Kimball 211.531 14 New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R) 209.526
13 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson No Speed 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro No Speed
Newgarden, Dixon, Tagliani, Rahal, Hinchcliffe, Pagenaud, Sato, Kimball,
Cunningham, Wilson and de Silvestro penalized 10 places for unapproved engine change
Power, Castroneves and Hunter-Reay penalized 10 places for exceeding five-engine limit

Race results[edit]

Ed Carpenter, winner of the 2012 MAVTV 500
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points1
1 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 250 2:57:34.7433 5 62 52
2 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 250 + 1.9 s 9 15 40
3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 250 + 2.6 s 15 25 35
4 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 250 + 3.0 s 22 0 32
5 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 250 + 4.2 s 17 2 30
6 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 250 + 5.4 s 18 0 28
7 15 Japan Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 249 Contact 21 6 26
8 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 249 + 1 lap 1 3 25
9 6 United Kingdom Katherine Legge (R) Dragon Racing Chevrolet 249 + 1 lap 7 0 22
10 83 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 249 + 1 lap 23 0 20
11 4 United States J.R. Hildebrand Panther Racing Chevrolet 248 + 2 laps 4 56 19
12 19 United Kingdom James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing Honda 248 + 2 laps 12 10 18
13 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 247 + 3 laps 19 0 17
14 14 New Zealand Wade Cunningham A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 246 + 4 laps 24 0 16
15 77 France Simon Pagenaud (R) Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda 246 + 4 laps 20 0 15
16 67 United States Josef Newgarden (R) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 244 + 6 laps 14 1 14
17 2 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Chevrolet 244 + 6 laps 2 2 13
18 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 240 Contact 3 47 12
19 22 Spain Oriol Servià Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 231 + 19 laps 6 0 12
20 98 Canada Alex Tagliani Team Barracuda – BHA Honda 229 Contact 16 21 12
21 17 Colombia Sebastian Saavedra Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 118 Electrical 10 0 12
22 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 107 Mechanical 6 0 12
23 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda 80 Mechanical 25 0 12
24 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 66 Contact 13 0 12
25 5 Venezuela E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 65 Mechanical 11 0 10
26 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing Lotus 16 Mechanical 26 0 10
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
[7]
Notes

1 Points include 1 point for pole position and 2 points for most laps led.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hunter-Reay Wins IZOD IndyCar Series Title as Carpenter Wins MAVTV 500". Auto Club Speedway. September 15, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "MAVTV - IZOD IndyCar Series Finale Now: MAVTV 500". August 10, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Miller, Robin (1 October 2011). "INDYCAR: 2012 Schedule Revealed". Speed Channel, Inc. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Peltz, Jim (September 17, 2012). "IndyCar Series finale makes for great show in Fontana". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (September 14, 2012). "Hunter-Reay to start near rear of field in title race". IndyCar Series (IndyCar). Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (September 14, 2012). "More than half of the field to incure grid penalty". IndyCar Series (IndyCar). Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Official Box Score" (PDF). indycar.com. Indycar. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 


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