2014 IndyCar Series season

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2014 IndyCar season
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IndyCar Series
Season
Races 18
Start date March 30
End date August 30
Awards
Drivers' champion
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Chronology
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2013 2015

The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series[1] season represents the 103rd season of American open wheel racing and the 19th season of the IndyCar Series. Its premier event will be the 98th Indianapolis 500, to be held Sunday, May 25. Scott Dixon will enter the season as the defending IndyCar Champion, while Chevrolet will enter as the reigning Manufacturer's champion.

Teams and drivers[edit]

  • All chassis are composed of a Dallara DW12 "IndyCar Safety Cell" base chassis, and Dallara aerokit. All teams run Firestone tires. On December 21, 2012, Firestone signed a five-year contract extension with IndyCar. Firestone will be the official supplier for IndyCar through 2018.[2] The original engine lease contracts that were signed by the teams prior to the 2012 season were up for renewal prior to the 2014 season, and several teams switched engine providers for the 2014 season. The list below reflects drivers who have confirmed and existing contracts for the 2014 season.[3]
  • (R) denotes an IndyCar Series rookie.
Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s) Notes
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 14 Japan Takuma Sato[4] All
41 United Kingdom Martin Plowman (R)[5] 4–5
Andretti Autosport Honda[6] 25 United States Marco Andretti[7] All
26 France Franck Montagny (R)[8] 4
United States Kurt Busch (R)[9] 5
27 Canada James Hinchcliffe[10] All Replaced by E.J. Viso in Indy 500 practice due to injury
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay All
34 Colombia Carlos Muñoz (R)[11] All
Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 98 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth (R)[12] All
Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet[13] 8 Australia Ryan Briscoe[14] All
9 New Zealand Scott Dixon[15] All
10 Brazil Tony Kanaan[14] All
83 United States Charlie Kimball All
Dale Coyne Racing Honda 18 Colombia Carlos Huertas (R)[16] All
19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson[17] All
63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann[18] 5
Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing[19] Chevrolet 22 United States Sage Karam (R)[20] 5 Conjunction with Chip Ganassi Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet[21] 20 United Kingdom Mike Conway[22] 1–4, 6–7, 9–10, 13–15, 17
United States Ed Carpenter 5, 8, 11–12, 16, 18
21 United States J. R. Hildebrand[23] 5
KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 6 United States Townsend Bell[24] 5
11 France Sébastien Bourdais[25] All
17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra[26] All Conjunction with AFS Racing
33 Australia James Davison (R)[27] 5
Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet 91 United States Buddy Lazier[28] 5
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15 United States Graham Rahal All
16 Spain Oriol Servià[29] 2–5
Italy Luca Filippi (R)[30] 9–10, 13–14
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 67 United States Josef Newgarden All
68 Canada Alex Tagliani[31] 5
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve[32] 5 Conjunction with Team Pelfrey
7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin (R)[33] All Conjunction with SMP Racing
77 France Simon Pagenaud[33] All
Team Penske Chevrolet 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya[34] All
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves[34] All
12 Australia Will Power[34] All

Team and driver news[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The 2014 IndyCar Series schedule was formally announced on NBC Sports Network's INDYCAR Championship Preview Show on October 17, 2013.[39][40] The schedule consists of eighteen races, hosted across 15 tracks and 14 venues. Included are three doubleheader events, in Detroit, Houston and Toronto. The IndyCar Triple Crown will feature the three 500-mile races, at Indianapolis, Pocono and Fontana, and offers a $1,000,000 bonus to a driver who can win all three events, with a $250,000 consolation prize if a driver can win two of the three events.

Rnd Date Race name Track Location Television
1 March 30 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida ABC
2 April 13 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California NBCSN
3 April 27 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama NBCSN
4 May 10 Grand Prix of Indianapolis[41] Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana ABC[42]
5 May 25 98th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval Course Speedway, Indiana ABC
6 May 31 Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan ABC
7 June 1
8 June 7 Firestone 600 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas NBCSN
9 June 28 Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Reliant Park Houston, Texas NBCSN
10 June 29
11 July 6 Pocono IndyCar 500 Fueled by Sunoco Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania NBCSN
12 July 12 Iowa Corn Indy 300 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa NBCSN
13 July 19 Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario NBCSN
14 July 20
15 August 3 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio NBCSN
16 August 17 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250[43] The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin NBCSN
17 August 24 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California NBCSN
18 August 30 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California NBCSN

BOLD indicates a Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Triple Crown event.

  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course
  Temporary Street Circuit

Calendar changes[edit]

  • The event at Pocono Raceway will be extended to 500-miles from the 400-miles run in 2013.[44]
  • The event at Texas Motor Speedway will be extended to 600-kilometres from the 550-kilometres it ran the past 7 years.[45]
  • The road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, used for the U.S. Grand Prix in F1 (2000–2007) and currently the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in MotoGP, will hold a race on Saturday, May 10; as part of the opening weekend of track activity for the Indianapolis 500.[46] The race will run on a 2.434-mile (3.917 km) modified version of the Formula One road course, running clockwise around the oval section of the speedway. It will also feature a standing start. Opening Day practice for the Indy 500 will commence on Sunday, May 11.[47]
  • Iowa Speedway is confirmed to be returning to the schedule, extending the race to a 300 lap event.[48]
  • Baltimore Street Circuit race weekend will not run in 2014 and 2015 due to scheduling conflicts.[49]
  • Milwaukee Mile is confirmed to be returning to the schedule.
  • São Paulo Indy 300 has been removed from the schedule.

Series changes[edit]

Race results[edit]

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winner Report
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 St. Petersburg Japan Takuma Sato Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
2 Long Beach United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United Kingdom Mike Conway Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Report
3 Birmingham Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Report
4 Indianapolis GP Colombia Sebastián Saavedra New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Report
5 Indianapolis 500 United States Ed Carpenter Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Report
6 Detroit 1 Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Graham Rahal Brazil Hélio Castroneves Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
7 Detroit 2 Japan Takuma Sato New Zealand Scott Dixon Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet
8 Texas Australia Will Power Brazil Tony Kanaan Australia Will Power United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Report
9 Houston 1 France Simon Pagenaud France Simon Pagenaud Canada James Hinchcliffe Colombia Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda Report
10 Houston 2 Brazil Hélio Castroneves France Simon Pagenaud Brazil Hélio Castroneves France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
11 Pocono Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Australia Ryan Briscoe Brazil Tony Kanaan Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet Report
12 Iowa Report
13 Toronto 1 Report
14 Toronto 2
15 Mid-Ohio Report
16 Milwaukee Report
17 Sonoma Report
18 Fontana Report
Notes

Race summaries[edit]

Round 1: St. Petersburg[edit]

On a restart on lap 82, leader Will Power was bringing the field back to green when an "accordion effect" saw the field check-up on the mainstretch. Marco Andretti and rookie Jack Hawksworth made contact and crashed into the inside barrier.

Power led the most laps, and held off Ryan Hunter-Reay for the victory. Polesitter Takuma Sato finished 6th.

Round 2: Long Beach[edit]

On lap 56, a controversial crash took out six cars, including the drivers running 1st–2nd–3rd. During a sequence of green flag pit stops, Josef Newgarden inherited the lead. Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, and Will Power were running nose-to-tail in 2nd–3rd–4th. Newgarden completed his pit stop, and came out on the track just ahead of Hunter-Reay, momentarily holding on to the lead. Going into turn 4, Hunter-Reay attempted a risky pass for the lead, and he made contact with Newgarden, sending both cars into the wall. Hinchcliffe was collected, as was three other cars in the huge melee that nearly blocked the track.

Late in the race, Scott Dixon led, followed by Mike Conway and Power close behind. Dixon ran out of fuel, and had to pit with two laps to go. Conway held off Power to win his second Long Beach Grand Prix.

Round 3: Barber[edit]

Heavy rain and lightning delayed the start of the race. Will Power took the lead at the start and led the first 15 laps. But he spun out in the turn 5 hairpin on lap 16, giving up the lead to Ryan Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay went on to lead 40 of the race's 69 laps and ultimately won the race; two weeks after creating a stir and raising tempers around the paddock at Long Beach.

Due to the late start, the race was changed to a 100-minute timed race but finished under caution when rookie Mikhail Aleshin had a heavy crash into the tire barriers, littering the track with debris.

Round 4: Grand Prix of Indianapolis[edit]

The month of May at Indianapolis opened with the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Speedway's road course. With the field lined up for a standing start, polesitter Sebastián Saavedra's car stalled. A huge crash resulted, involving Saavedra, Carlos Muñoz, and Mikhail Aleshin, showering debris along the frontstrech and into the pit area.

Late in the race, Simon Pagenaud led Ryan Hunter-Reay. Both drivers were low on fuel, and trying to nurse their cars to the finish. Hélio Castroneves, who had pitted for fuel, was charging through the field, and looking to run down the leaders. Pagenaud held off the challenge, and crossed the finish line just ahead of Hunter-Reay and Castroneves. Pagenaud's car ran out of fuel on the cool down lap.

Round 5: 98th Indianapolis 500[edit]

Indianapolis resident Ed Carpenter won the pole position for the 98th Indianapolis 500.

The race started with a long green flag run of 149 laps. Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon suffered single-car crashes, then James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter tangled on a restart. The red flag halted the race with 9 laps to go for a crash involving Townsend Bell. After the restart, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves dueled for the win, followed closely Marco Andretti. Hunter-Reay won the race by 0.06 seconds, the second closest finish in Indy 500 history.

Round 6: Detroit (Sat.)[edit]

Will Power took the lead with 11 laps to go, and held off Graham Rahal over the final 10 laps to win Race 1 of the Dual in Detroit. Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 16th after he spun into a tire barrier on the last lap.

Round 7: Detroit (Sun.)[edit]

Hélio Castroneves won Race 2 of the Dual in Detroit, sweeping the weekend for Team Penske. Will Power finished second, charging from the back of the pack after an early drive through penalty. After spinning out a day earlier, Ryan Hunter-Reay had another bad day, dropping out with electrical problems.

Round 8: Texas[edit]

During the final round of pit stops – on lap 213 of 248 – Ed Carpenter and Will Power were running first and second, but Power was penalized for speeding as he entered the pit lane. After a drive-through penalty, Power dropped to sixth. A late caution on lap 241 bunched the field and allowed Power to close in. Carpenter and second place Juan Pablo Montoya stayed out during the yellow to maintain their track position, but Power and others chose to pit for new tires. The green came out with two laps to go, and Carpenter got the jump on the restart. With fresh tires, Power charged through the traffic, passing Montoya for second in the final corner, and just held him off as Carpenter cruised to the victory.

Round 9: Houston (Sat.)[edit]

Colombian drivers Carlos Huertas, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Carlos Muñoz swept the podium in the first race of the Houston doubleheader. Rain soaked the race, which was shortened from 90 laps to 1 hour and 50 minutes (timed race). Huertas took the lead with about seven minutes remaining. Under a late caution, the field was coming to a restart with one lap to go. Fourth place Graham Rahal ran into the back of third place Tony Kanaan, sending Kanaan spinning, and moved Munoz into third.

Round 10: Houston (Sun.)[edit]

Simon Pagenaud led the final 43 laps to win the second race of the Houston doubleheader. It was his second victory of the season. Pagenaud's teammate, rookie Mikhail Aleshin, finished second giving Schmidt Peterson Motorsports its first 1-2 finish in IndyCar competition. Points leader Will Power was running third in the closing laps, but a broken suspension with less than two laps to go dropped him to 11th at the finish.

Round 11: Pocono 500[edit]

Juan Pablo Montoya, who returned to Indy car racing after six seasons in F1 and seven seasons in NASCAR, won his first Indy car race since the 2000 CART season. Montoya led a total of 45 laps, and assumed the lead for the final time with three laps to go. In the closing laps, most of the leaders needed one final pit stop for fuel, but both Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan tried to stay out and gamble for a late yellow. Neither were able to make it to the finish, and Montoya assumed the lead when Kanaan ducked into the pits on lap 197.

Montoya's Penske teammate Helio Castroneves finished second, and left the race in a tie for the points lead with Will Power. Power led 69 laps, and was in the lead group, but two blocking incidents (the first clipping off Montoya's wingplate, and the second a double move on Castroneves) earned him a drive-through penalty and took him out of contention. The race went caution-free for the first 158 laps, with the only incident a spin by Graham Rahal exiting the tunnel turn. The average speed of 202.402 mph set the record for the fastest 500 mile race in Indy car history.

Championship standings[edit]

Driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver STP
LBH
ALA
IMS
INDY DET
TEX
HOU
POC
IOW
TOR
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
Pts
QL 500
T1 Australia Will Power 1* 2 5 8 3 8 1 2 2* 14 11 10 446
T1 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 3 11 19 3 4 2 5* 1* 8 9 21* 2 446
3 France Simon Pagenaud 5 5 4 1 5 12 22 6 4 16 1 6 402
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15 4 21 16 10 5 12 13 3 2 7 1 391
5 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 2 20* 1* 2 19 1* 16 19 19 7 6 18 388
6 Colombia Carlos Muñoz 17 3 23 24 7 4 7 8 13 3 22 3 340
7 United States Marco Andretti 22 8 2 14 6 3 10 16 22 8 9 9 325
8 New Zealand Scott Dixon 4 12 3 15 11 29 11 4 5 19 18 5 297
9 Australia Ryan Briscoe 10 17 11 6 30 18 15 10 9 12 8 4 285
10 France Sébastien Bourdais 13 14 15 4 17 7 13 20 20 4 5 16 271
11 Brazil Tony Kanaan 6 18 9 10 16 26 3 9 6 13 10 11* 267
12 Canada James Hinchcliffe 19 21 7 20 2 28 6 5 14 5* 14 12 266
13 Russia Mikhail Aleshin 12 6 22 25 15 21 17 7 7 23 2 7 263
14 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 8 16 6 11 14 22 4 12 21 10 12 14 253
15 United States Charlie Kimball 20 23 10 5 26 31 9 3 10 18 4 17 239
16 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth 21 15 12 7* 13 20 19 14 15 6 3 DNS 227
17 Colombia Carlos Huertas 18 10 16 13 21 17 8 15 16 1 23 20 224
18 United States Josef Newgarden 9 19 8 17 8 30 20 17 11 20 20 8 220
19 United States Graham Rahal 14 13 17 21 20 33 2 21 12 11 16 19 202
20 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 11 9 18 23 32 15 14 22 17 15 17 15 196
21 Japan Takuma Sato 7 22 13 9 23 19 18 18 18 22 19 21 189
22 United Kingdom Mike Conway 16 1 14 19 21 11 17 13 152
23 United States Ed Carpenter 1 27 1 13 138
24 Spain Oriol Servià 7 20 12 18 11 88
25 United States Kurt Busch 12 6 80
26 United States J. R. Hildebrand 9 10 66
27 United States Sage Karam 31 9 57
28 Australia James Davison 28 16 34
29 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 27 14 29
30 Canada Alex Tagliani 24 13 28
31 Italy Luca Filippi 21 15 24
32 United States Townsend Bell 25 25 22
33 United Kingdom Pippa Mann 22 24 21
34 United Kingdom Martin Plowman 18 29 23 18
35 United States Buddy Lazier 33 32 11
36 France Franck Montagny 22 8
Pos Driver STP
LBH
ALA
IMS
QL 500 DET
TEX
HOU
POC
IOW
TOR
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
Pts
INDY
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; except Indy)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
1 Qualifying canceled
no bonus point awarded
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
Standard Races 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Triple Crown Races 100 80 70 64 60 56 52 48 44 40 38 36 34 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Indy 500 Qualifying 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Indy 500 Fast Nine 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • One point is awarded to any driver who leads at least one lap during a race. Two additional points are awarded to the driver who leads the most laps in a race.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the driver who qualifies on pole earns one point.
  • Entrant-initiated engine change-outs will result in the loss of ten 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.

Manufacturer standings[edit]

Pos Manufacturer STP
LBH
ALA
IMS
INDY DET
TEX
HOU
POC
IOW
TOR
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
Bonus Pen. Pts
QL 500
1 United States Chevrolet 122* 125 69 100 115 146 122* 162* 161* 40 70 1092
2 Japan Honda 72 70* 127* 97* 75 241* 75 36 32 30 130 725
Pos Manufacturer STP
LBH
ALA
IMS
QL 500 DET
TEX
HOU
POC
IOW
TOR
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
Bonus Pen. Pts
INDY

Points are awarded to manufacturers on the following basis:

Position 1 2 3 4 5
Standard Races 50 40 35 32 30
Triple Crown Races 100 80 70 64 60
Indy 500 Qualifying 33 32 31 30 29
Indy 500 Fast Nine 9 8 7 6 5
  • The top five finishing drivers in each race/qualifying score points for their respective engine manufacturer, provided they were using one of their four allotted engines.
  • One point is awarded to the manufacturer for each of their entrants who leads at least one lap during a race. Two additional points are awarded to the manufacturer if one of their entrants leads the most laps in a race.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the manufacturer who qualifies on pole earns one point.
  • Manufacturers will earn ten points for each engine that reaches the 2500-mile change-out threshold. Manufacturers will lose ten points for each engine that does not reach the change-out threshold, or for each engine used over the four-engine allotment per entrant.
  • 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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