2006 Indy Pro Series

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The 2006 Indy Racing League Indy Pro Series was the fifth season of the developmental open-wheel racing series. It was the first season to include double-header races on road and street courses. The season began at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 26 and finished September 9 at Chicagoland Speedway.

English rookie Jay Howard, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports narrowly won the championship by four points over American rookie Jonathan Klein of Andretti Green Racing. Defending series champion Wade Cunningham, driving for Brian Stewart Racing, finished third in points despite missing two races due to illness and scored more points per race than Howard or Klein. Rookie Alex Lloyd won two races, but missed three due to funding issues and finished seventh in points. Brazilian rookie Raphael Matos swept the race weekend at St. Petersburg, his first two series starts. Graham Rahal made his only Indy Pro Series start at the Liberty Challenge and won the pole and nearly won the race.

41 different drivers competed in a race but only six started all twelve races.

Drivers and teams[edit]

All teams competed in Firestone-shod Dallaras.

Team No. Drivers Rounds
United States Brian Stewart Racing 1 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 1, 4–12
United States Geoff Dodge 2–3
33 1, 4, 7
3 Canada Brett Van Blankers 1–9
New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 10–11
Australia Veronica McCann 12
United States Dave McMillan Racing 2 New Zealand Matthew Hamilton 1–5
United States C. R. Crews 12
22 Canada Éric Paradis 6
Canada Roth Racing 4 Canada Marty Roth 1–3
United States Guthrie Racing 4 United States Phil Giebler 4
United States Logan Gomez 6
United States C. R. Crews 9
United States Micky Gilbert 10–11
United States Tom Wieringa 12
United States Sean Guthrie 5
41 4, 7, 9, 12
United States Travis Gregg 1
Brazil Raphael Matos 2–3, 5–6
United Kingdom Scott Mansell 10–11
United States Matt Young Motorsports 6 United States Jon Herb 1–6
United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports 7 United Kingdom Jay Howard All
38 United States Ryan Justice 10–11
77 United States Travis Gregg 9
Japan Akihira Okamoto 12
United States Michael Crawford Motorsports 8 United States Mishael Abbott 1, 4–5
United States Rocco DeSimone 2–3
United States C. R. Crews 6
United Kingdom Scott Mansell 7
United States P. J. Abbott 8, 10–11
United States Ben Petter 9, 12
9 United States Bobby Wilson 1–3
United States Tom Wieringa 4
United States C. R. Crews 5
United Kingdom Scott Mansell 6
United States Travis Gregg 7
United States Michael Crawford 8
Japan Racer Kashima 9–12
United States Andretti Green Racing 11 Brazil Jaime Camara All
27 United States Jonathan Klein All
United States Kenn Hardley Racing 24 United States Jeff Simmons 1–3
United States Bobby Wilson 4–12
42 Canada Tom Wood 4, 7–9, 12
United States Phil Giebler 5
United States Graham Rahal 6
United States AFS Racing 25 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. 1–3, 5, 7, 12
United States Tyce Carlson 4
United States Phil Giebler 6
26 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 2–7, 9–12
Brazil Thiago Medeiros 8
United States Cheever Racing 51 United States Chris Festa 1–7, 9, 12
52 United States Nick Bussell All
United States Part Sourcing International 76 United States James Chesson 4, 7
United States Mike Potekhen 6, 9–12

Race Summaries[edit]

Miami 100[edit]

  • Date: March 26
  • Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Time of Race: 36 Minutes 41 Second
  • Average Speed: 162.712 mph (261.860 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 0.0199 of a Second
  • Pole Winner: Jay Howard 186.589 mph (300.286 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Jeff Simmons
  2. Nick Bussell
  3. Jay Howard
  4. Arie Luyendyk Jr.
  5. Bobby Wilson

Streets of St. Petersburg 1[edit]

  • Date: April 1
  • Location: Streets of St. Petersburg
  • Time of Race: 52 Minutes
  • Average Speed: 83.055 mph (133.664 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 0.5075 of a sec.
  • Pole Winner: Raphael Matos 95.513 mph (153.713 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Raphael Matos
  2. Jeff Simmons
  3. Jay Howard
  4. Nick Bussell
  5. Jonathan Klein

Streets of St. Petersburg 2[edit]

  • Date: April 2
  • Location: Streets of St. Petersburg
  • Time of Race: 50 Minutes 32 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 85.316 mph (137.303 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 5.7206 Seconds
  • Pole Winner: Chris Festa

Top 5 Results

  1. Raphael Matos
  2. Jay Howard
  3. Alex Lloyd
  4. Jeff Simmons
  5. Jonathan Klein

Freedom 100[edit]

  • Date: May 26
  • Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Time of Race: 32 Minutes 29 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 184.679 mph (297.212 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 0.6889 of a sec.
  • Pole Winner: Wade Cunningham 186.423 mph (300.019 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Wade Cunningham
  2. Jay Howard
  3. Jaime Camara
  4. Chris Festa
  5. Alex Lloyd

Corning 100[edit]

  • Date: June 4
  • Location: Watkins Glen International
  • Time of Race: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes, 23 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 77.555 mph (124.813 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 3.2795 seconds
  • Pole Winner: Bobby Wilson 107.135 mph (172.417 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Bobby Wilson
  2. Wade Cunningham
  3. Phil Giebler
  4. Jaime Camara
  5. Jonathan Klein

Liberty Challenge[edit]

  • Date: July 1
  • Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Time of Race: 35 Minutes 53 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 100.159 mph (161.190 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 0.666 of a Second
  • Pole Winner: Graham Rahal 109.580 mph (176.352 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Alex Lloyd
  2. Graham Rahal
  3. Jonathan Klein
  4. Raphael Matos
  5. Nick Bussell

Sun Belt Rentals 100[edit]

  • Date: July 15
  • Location: Nashville Superspeedway
  • Time of Race: 39 Minutes 57 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 150.332 mph (241.936 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 2.3705 Seconds
  • Pole Winner: Wade Cunningham 180.459 mph (290.421 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Jay Howard
  2. Jamie Camara
  3. Jonathan Klein
  4. Tom Wood
  5. Wade Cunningham

Milwaukee 100[edit]

  • Date: July 22
  • Location: The Milwaukee Mile
  • Time of Race: 46 Minutes 28 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 131.060 mph (210.921 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 0.6614 of a Second
  • Pole Winner: Wade Cunningham 147.783 mph (237.834 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Jamie Camara
  2. Wade Cunningham
  3. Jonathan Klein
  4. Bobby Wilson
  5. Nick Bussell

Kentucky 100[edit]

  • Date: August 13
  • Location: Kentucky Speedway
  • Time of Race: 37 Minutes 57 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 156.752 mph (252.268 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 0.0190 of a Second
  • Pole Winner: Jonathan Klein 189.392 mph (304.797 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Jay Howard
  2. Jonathan Klein
  3. Wade Cunningham
  4. Travis Gregg
  5. Sean Guthrie

Carneros 100[edit]

  • Date: August 26
  • Location: Infineon Raceway
  • Time of Race: 48 Minutes 32 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 85.278 mph (137.242 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 0.6108 of a Second
  • Pole Winner: Wade Cunningham 99.840 mph (160.677 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Wade Cunningham
  2. Alex Lloyd
  3. Nick Bussell
  4. Jonathan Klein
  5. Bobby Wilson

Valley of the Moon 100[edit]

  • Date: August 27
  • Location: Infineon Raceway
  • Time of Race: 49 Minutes 3 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 84.383 mph (135.801 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 6.2400 Seconds
  • Pole Winner: Mike Potekhen

Top 5 Results

  1. Alex Lloyd
  2. Bobby Wilson
  3. Jonathan Klein
  4. Wade Cunningham
  5. Jay Howard

Chicagoland 100[edit]

  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Chicagoland Speedway
  • Time of Race: 49 Minutes 9 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 124.305 mph (200.050 km/h)
  • Margin of Victory: 0.6097 of a Second
  • Pole Winner: Jay Howard 188.774 mph (303.802 km/h)

Top 5 Results

  1. Wade Cunningham
  2. Jonathan Klein
  3. Jay Howard
  4. Alex Lloyd
  5. Chris Festa

Driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver HMS
United States
STP
United States
INDY
United States
WGL
United States
IMS
United States
NAS
United States
MIL
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
Pts
1 United Kingdom Jay Howard 3 3 2 2 6 18 1 7 1 10 5 3 390
2 United States Jonathan Klein 15 5 5 6 5 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 386
3 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 10 1 2 16 5 2 3 1 4 1 379
4 United States Bobby Wilson 5 8 6 7 1 9 7 4 7 5 2 17 343
5 United States Nick Bussell 2 4 10 10 15 5 6 5 6 3 13 8 319
6 Brazil Jaime Camara 11 12 13 3 4 13 2 1 14 7 14 16 298
7 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 10 3 5 17 1 DNS 16 2 1 4 294
8 United States Chris Festa 16 6 8 4 14 15 9 8 5 205
9 Canada Brett Van Blankers 8 9 11 14 7 17 10 8 15 179
10 Brazil Raphael Matos 1 1 13 4 154
11 United States Jon Herb 6 13 9 19 8 8 126
12 United States Jeff Simmons 1 2 4 122
13 United States Mike Potekhen 11 10 6 6 7 121
14 Canada Tom Wood 9 4 9 12 9 116
15 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. 4 DNS 11 11 6 105
16 New Zealand Matthew Hamilton 14 7 7 13 10 105
17 United States Geoff Dodge 7 11 13 8 12 104
18 United States Sean Guthrie 11 16 8 5 18 99
19 United States C. R. Crews 9 6 11 13 86
20 United Kingdom Scott Mansell 14 14 11 7 77
21 United States Phil Giebler 16 3 7 75
22 Japan Racer Kashima 13 12 11 12 72
23 United States Travis Gregg 12 13 4 67
24 Canada Marty Roth 9 14 12 56
25 United States P. J. Abbott 11 13 12 54
26 United States Ryan Justice 8 8 48
26 United States Mishael Abbott 13 17 12 48
28 United States Graham Rahal 2 43
29 United States Micky Gilbert 9 10 42
29 United States Ben Petter 9 10 42
31 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 14 9 38
32 United States Tom Wieringa 12 15 33
33 United States Rocco DeSimone 15 14 31
34 Brazil Thiago Medeiros 6 28
35 United States Michael Crawford 10 20
35 United States Logan Gomez 10 20
37 Australia Veronica McCann 11 19
37 United States James Chesson 18 DNS 19
39 Canada Éric Paradis 12 18
40 Japan Akihira Okamoto 14 16
41 United States Tyce Carlson 15 15
Pos Driver HMS
United States
STP
United States
INDY
United States
WGL
United States
IMS
United States
NAS
United States
MIL
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
Pts
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)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded
Rookie of the Year
Rookie
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
Points 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 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, or best finishes.