2014 IndyCar Series season
|2014 IndyCar season|
|Start date||March 30|
|End date||August 30|
|Indianapolis 500 winner||Ryan Hunter-Reay|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 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.
- 1 Teams and drivers
- 2 Schedule
- 3 Series changes
- 4 Race results
- 5 Race summaries
- 5.1 Round 1: St. Petersburg
- 5.2 Round 2: Long Beach
- 5.3 Round 3: Barber
- 5.4 Round 4: Grand Prix of Indianapolis
- 5.5 Round 5: 98th Indianapolis 500
- 5.6 Round 6: Detroit (Sat.)
- 5.7 Round 7: Detroit (Sun.)
- 5.8 Round 8: Texas
- 5.9 Round 9: Houston (Sat.)
- 5.10 Round 10: Houston (Sun.)
- 5.11 Round 11: Pocono 500
- 6 Championship standings
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Teams and drivers
- 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. 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.
- (R) denotes an IndyCar Series rookie.
Team and driver news
- Juan Pablo Montoya returned to IndyCar in 2014 after a 13-year absence, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet, for Team Penske. Due to his previous CART experience, he would not be considered a rookie.
- Another Colombian driver, Indy 500 runner-up Carlos Muñoz, debuted full-time with Andretti Autosport in their fourth car for the 2014 season, replacing E.J. Viso.
- Tony Kanaan left KV Racing Technology and joined Chip Ganassi Racing.
- Sébastien Bourdais left Dragon Racing for KV Racing Technology in a 2-year deal. Bourdais' teammate at Dragon, Sebastián Saavedra, was announced as his teammate at KV on February 12.
- Andretti Autosport returned to racing with Honda engines in a multiyear deal.
- Dario Franchitti announced his retirement from motorsport on the medical advice of his doctors following his accident in the Sunday 2013 Grand Prix of Houston. In December, Kanaan was announced as Franchitti's replacement in the No. 10 car.
- 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Mikhail Aleshin, replaced Tristan Vautier in the second Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry, becoming the first Russian driver to compete in the series.
- Ryan Briscoe will return to full-time racing in the No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
- Dragon Racing did not return to run a full-time IndyCar schedule in 2014 in order to prepare the team to compete in the 2014–2015 Formula E season.
- Simona de Silvestro departed the IndyCar Series after four seasons to take on a testing role with the Sauber F1 team.
- Panther Racing did not field an entry in the 2014 IndyCar Series after the loss of its National Guard sponsorship to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
The 2014 IndyCar Series schedule was formally announced on NBC Sports Network's INDYCAR Championship Preview Show on October 17, 2013. 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.
BOLD indicates a Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Triple Crown event.
- The event at Pocono Raceway will be extended to 500-miles from the 400-miles run in 2013.
- The event at Texas Motor Speedway will be extended to 600-kilometres from the 550-kilometres it ran the past 7 years.
- 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. 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.
- Iowa Speedway is confirmed to be returning to the schedule, extending the race to a 300 lap event.
- Baltimore Street Circuit race weekend will not run in 2014 and 2015 due to scheduling conflicts.
- Milwaukee Mile is confirmed to be returning to the schedule.
- São Paulo Indy 300 has been removed from the schedule.
- IZOD concluded its sponsorship at the 2013 season. On March 14, 2014, IndyCar announced Verizon Wireless will be the new title sponsor of the IndyCar Series.
Round 1: St. Petersburg
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.
Round 2: Long Beach
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
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
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
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.)
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.)
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
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.)
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.)
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
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.
Points are awarded to drivers on the following basis:
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|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.
Points are awarded to manufacturers on the following basis:
|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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