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2011 IndyCar season
IZOD IndyCar Series
Season
Races18
Start dateMarch 27
End dateOctober 16
Awards
Drivers' championUnited Kingdom Dario Franchitti
Rookie of the YearCanada James Hinchcliffe
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited Kingdom Dan Wheldon
Discipline champions
Oval championNew Zealand Scott Dixon
Road course championAustralia Will Power
← 2010
2012 →
Dario Franchitti (left) won his fourth Drivers' Championship (third straight title) while Will Power (right) finished second in the championship for the second consecutive season.

The 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series was the 16th season of the IndyCar Series and the 100th recognized season of American open-wheel motor racing. The season was sanctioned by IndyCar and was part of the Mazda Road to Indy. The season began in March and concluded in October, consisting of seventeen events.

It was the final season running the Dallara IR-05 spec cars, which had been the series' sole chassis supplier since 2007. It was also the final season running the Honda Indy V8 naturally-aspirated engines, which had been the series' sole engine supplier since 2006. The events took place in twelve states of the United States, as well Canada, Brazil, and Japan. The schedule featured ten street/road courses and eight on oval tracks. The premier event was the 95th Indianapolis 500, won by Dan Wheldon.

Dario Franchitti claimed his fourth IndyCar Series Championship title. He went into the final race of the season leading Will Power by 18 points. However, the race and the season were both marred by a 15-car pile-up early in the race that claimed Wheldon's life. The race was abandoned after 12 completed laps and the final points total reverted to the previous event, with Franchitti winning the title.

Rookie of the Year honors went to Canadian James Hinchcliffe, who led American J. R. Hildebrand in the rookie standings by 6 points going into the final race. Hildebrand's season was highlighted by a nearly winning the Indianapolis 500. His 2nd-place finish at Indy earned him top rookie honors for the race.

This season marked the end of several drivers' IndyCar careers. After 11-seasons, this season would mark the end of two-time series runner up Davey Hamilton's career. Hamilton would later partner with Sam Schmidt to form Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports a team that would last for two seasons, before changing to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports from 2014 onwards. Vítor Meira was another who made 2011 his final season. In his career, Meira set the record for the most podiums without a win, with 15. Paul Tracy would make an attempt to find a car for 2012, but was unsuccessful in doing so, making 2011 his final season in IndyCar also. Bertrand Baguette would shift his focus to sports cars for 2012, racing in the World Endurance Championship. Raphael Matos would only race until the Indy 500 and for 2012 he would switch to Stock Car Brasil. Danica Patrick would head to NASCAR for 2011 leaving an open seat at Andretti Autosport. Two-Time race winner Tomas Scheckter would make his final starts of his career across several teams in 2011. Scheckter currently resides in the United Kingdom. Buddy Rice would be yet another to make 2011 his final season. Rice collected three wins in his IndyCar career. Finally 2005 Series Champion Dan Wheldon. Wheldon would sign a contract to race for Andretti Autosport for 2012 driving the number 27 car, replacing Danica Patrick. Unfortunately, Wheldon would be tragically killed in a horrific accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that would also injure three other drivers, bringing an end to his 10-season career.

This would be the final season for Versus broadcasting Indycar. Versus would be rebranded into NBC Sports for 2012, a name that has continued to this day (2022). ESPN would continue to also broadcast certain races as well.

As of 2023, Dario Franchitti remains the last-ever IndyCar Series driver to have won back-to-back driver's titles to date.

Series news[edit]

  • The 95th Indianapolis 500 marked the third race of the three-year-long Centennial era, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500-mile race.
  • On January 11, the series made several announcements with regards to the upcoming season:
    • The governing body adopted the doing business as name of INDYCAR (all capital letters). The legal entity remains Indy Racing League, LLC, and is specifically mentioned in the INDYCAR Rule Book.
    • The "restart zone" on ovals were moved from turn 3 to just before the start/finish line.
    • Restart procedures would mimic those of NASCAR, including double-file restarts, separate pitting for lead lap and non-lead lap cars, and the waving around of lapped cars that did not pit. The "free pass" rule would not be implemented.
    • Pit stall selection for each race would be determined by the qualifying order of the previous round at the track of the same type (e.g., road course or oval). Exceptions to this will be the season opener at St. Petersburg, which would be set by final entrants' points from 2010, and the Indy 500, which carries its own pit selection process.
  • On March 6, the series announced that the maximum field size for every IndyCar event this season would be limited to 26 cars, except for the Indianapolis 500 (which remains at the traditional 33) and the Las Vegas finale (34 cars).[1]
  • Firestone has signed an extension to remain as the series' sole tire supplier through 2013.[2]

2011 IndyCar Series schedule[edit]

  • The 2011 schedule contained the following 18 races. Unless a flag is displayed, the race was held in the United States.
Rnd Date Race name Track Location
1 March 27 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg  R  Streets of St. Petersburg United States St. Petersburg, Florida
2 April 10 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy Credit Union  R  Barber Motorsports Park United States Birmingham, Alabama
3 April 17 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach  R  Streets of Long Beach United States Long Beach, California
4 May 1
May 2
Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestlé  R  Streets of São Paulo Brazil São Paulo, São Paulo
5 May 29 95th Indianapolis 500  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway United States Speedway, Indiana
6 June 11 Firestone Twin 275s  O  Texas Motor Speedway United States Fort Worth, Texas
7 June 19 The Milwaukee 225  O  Milwaukee Mile United States West Allis, Wisconsin
8 June 25 Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer  O  Iowa Speedway United States Newton, Iowa
9 July 10 Honda Indy Toronto  R  Exhibition Place Canada Toronto, Ontario
10 July 24 Edmonton Indy  R  Edmonton City Centre Airport Speedway Canada Edmonton, Alberta
11 August 7 Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course United States Lexington, Ohio
12 August 14 MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225  O  New Hampshire Motor Speedway United States Loudon, New Hampshire
13 August 28 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma  R  Infineon Raceway United States Sonoma, California
14 September 4 Grand Prix of Baltimore  R  Streets of Baltimore United States Baltimore, Maryland
15 September 18 Indy Japan: The Final  R  Twin Ring Motegi Road Course Japan Motegi, Tochigi
16 October 2 Kentucky Indy 300  O  Kentucky Speedway United States Sparta, Kentucky
17 October 16 IZOD IndyCar World Championship presented by Honda  O  Las Vegas Motor Speedway United States Las Vegas, Nevada

 O  Oval/Speedway
 R  Road/Street course

Schedule development[edit]

Existing contracts[edit]

  • The São Paulo Indy 300 has a contract through 2019.[5]
  • The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will continue through 2013.[6] City officials look to extend the contract through 2014.[7]
  • Iowa Speedway has been finalized a two-year extension through 2011.[8]
  • Infineon Raceway signed an extension through the 2011 season.
  • An agreement has been signed with the city of Long Beach to extend the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to 2015 with an option through 2020.[9]
  • Barber Motorsports Park signed a three-year deal through 2012.[10]
  • Mid-Ohio has a contract through 2011.[11]
  • The Octane Racing Group, who promotes the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada and the NASCAR Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, will take over as promoters of the Honda Edmonton Indy, having agreed a three-year extension. The race was announced as "canceled" on November 3, 2010, due to an impasse in negotiations between the race promoters and the city of Edmonton.[12] However, negotiations to revive the race restarted the next week.[13] On November 26, 2010, the Edmonton, Alberta city council voted to restore the Honda Edmonton Indy using extra funding from private sources and new parking revenue.[14] INDYCAR officially announced the race's return to the schedule on January 11, 2011.[15]

New or returning races[edit]

Discontinued races[edit]

Confirmed entries[edit]

Team No. Drivers Rounds
A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14 Brazil Vítor Meira All
41 Brazil Bruno Junqueira[N 1] 5
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
AFS Racing 17 Brazil Raphael Matos 1–5
AFS / Sam Schmidt Motorsports United Kingdom Martin Plowman  R  11, 13–14
Japan Hideki Mutoh 15
New Zealand Wade Cunningham  R  16–17
Andretti Autosport 7 United States Danica Patrick All
26 United States Marco Andretti All
27 United Kingdom Mike Conway All
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay All
43 United States John Andretti[N 2] 5
Bryan Herta Autosport 98 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 5
Canada Alex Tagliani 17
Chip Ganassi Racing 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon All
10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti All
38 United States Graham Rahal All
83 United States Charlie Kimball  R  All
Conquest Racing 34 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra  R  1–14, 17
Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira  R  15
United Kingdom Dillon Battistini  R [22] 16
36 United Kingdom Pippa Mann  R  5
Dale Coyne Racing 18 United Kingdom James Jakes  R  All
19 France Sébastien Bourdais 1–4, 9–11, 13–15
United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 5–8, 12, 16–17
Dragon Racing 8 Canada Paul Tracy 3, 6, 9–10, 17
China Ho-Pin Tung  R [N 3] 5
88 13
20 United States Scott Speed  R  5
Canada Patrick Carpentier[N 4]
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 11 United States Davey Hamilton[23] 5–6, 17
22 United Kingdom Justin Wilson[N 5] 1–11
France Simon Pagenaud  R  11
South Africa Tomas Scheckter 12
Italy Giorgio Pantano  R [24] 13–15
United States Townsend Bell[25] 16–17
23 Canada Paul Tracy[26] 5
24 Brazil Ana Beatriz  R  1, 3-17
France Simon Pagenaud  R  2
HVM Racing 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 1–7, 9–12, 14–17
France Simon Pagenaud  R  13
KV Racing TechnologyLotus 5 Japan Takuma Sato All
59 Venezuela E. J. Viso All
82 Brazil Tony Kanaan All
Newman/Haas Racing 2 Spain Oriol Servià All
06 Canada James Hinchcliffe  R  2–17
Panther Racing 4 United States J. R. Hildebrand  R  All
44 United States Buddy Rice[27] 5, 16–17
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 15 United Kingdom Jay Howard 17
30 Belgium Bertrand Baguette 5
United Kingdom Pippa Mann  R  12, 16–17
Sam Schmidt Motorsports 77 Canada Alex Tagliani 1–15
United Kingdom Dan Wheldon[28] 16–17
88 United Kingdom Jay Howard[N 6] 5–6
99 United States Townsend Bell 5
New Zealand Wade Cunningham  R  6
Sarah Fisher Racing 57 South Africa Tomas Scheckter[29] 17
67 United States Ed Carpenter 5–8, 11–14, 16–17
SH Racing 07 South Africa Tomas Scheckter[N 7] 5, 14
Team Penske 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves All
6 Australia Ryan Briscoe All
12 Australia Will Power All

Team and driver movements[edit]

Race summaries[edit]

Round 1: Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg[edit]

Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 2 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 100 2:00:59.6886 94
2 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 100 +7.1612 6
3 8 82 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing TechnologyLotus 100 +16.1045 0
Race average speed: 89.260 mph (143.650 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 13 laps

Round 2: Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy[edit]

Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 90 2:14:42.9523 90
2 3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 90 +3.3828 0
3 7 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 90 +15.5243 0
Race average speed: 92.194 mph (148.372 km/h)
Lead changes: None
Cautions: 6 for 20 laps

Round 3: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach[edit]

Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 3 27 United Kingdom Mike Conway Andretti Autosport 85 1:53:11.1000 14
2 12 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 85 +6.3203 35
3 7 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +6.7163 0
Race average speed: 88.676 mph (142.710 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 12 laps

Round 4: Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle[edit]

  • Sunday May 1, 2011 – 1:20 p.m. BRT (12:20 p.m. EDT) & Monday May 2, 2011 – 9:05 a.m. BRT (8:05 a.m. EDT)[3]
  • Streets of São PauloSão Paulo, Brazil; Temporary street circuit, 2.536 miles (4.081 km)
  • Distance: 75 laps / 190.200 miles (306.097 km); reduced to 55 laps / 139.480 miles (224.471 km) due to rain and two-hour time limit.
  • Race weather: 93 °F (34 °C), scattered showers (Sunday); 79 °F (26 °C), scattered clouds (Monday)
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Robin Miller(May 1), Davey Hamilton(May 2), Kevin Lee
  • Nielsen ratings: 0.51 (Sunday), 0.21 (Monday)
  • Attendance: 41,000 (Sunday)
  • Pole position winner: #12 Will Power, 1:21.8958 sec, 111.478 mph (179.406 km/h)
  • Most laps led: #12 Will Power, 32
  • Summary:
  • Race Report: 2011 São Paulo Indy 300
  • Summary: Rain forced a postponement of the race after 15 laps. On Monday morning, the race resumed. Leader Will Power pitted for fuel on lap 36, giving the lead to Takuma Sato. With rain soaking the course, Sato's team hoped to stretch out their fuel window in hopes of a caution, and the possibility of leading the race when the time limit expired. Sato was forced to pit on lap 48, and Power retook the lead. The race ended after 55 laps with Power the victor.
Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 55 2:04:05.2964 32
2 5 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 55 +4.6723 0
3 4 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 55 +7.9037 0
Race average speed: 67.442 mph (108.537 km/h)
Lead changes: 2 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 21 laps

Round 5: 95th Indianapolis 500[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 6 98 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Bryan Herta Autosport 200 2:56:11.7267 1
2 12 4 United States J. R. Hildebrand Panther Racing 200 +2.1086 7
3 29 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +5.5949 6
Race average speed: 170.265 mph (274.015 km/h)
Lead changes: 23 between 10 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 40 laps

Round 6: Firestone Twin 275s[edit]

  • Saturday June 11, 2011 – 7:45 p.m. CDT (8:45 p.m. EDT)
  • Texas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth, Texas; Permanent racing facility, 1.455 miles (2.342 km)
  • Distance: 2 races of 114 laps / 165.870 miles (266.942 km)
  • Race weather: 91 °F (33 °C), clear skies (Race 1); 87 °F (31 °C), clear skies (Race 2)
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Dan Wheldon, Lindy Thackston, Robbie Floyd, Kevin Lee, Robin Miller)
  • Nielsen ratings: 0.55 rating,[78] (0.38 overnight)[79]
  • Attendance: 73,000 (announced crowd)[80]
  • Pole position winner: #77 Alex Tagliani, 48.6834 sec, 215.186 mph (346.308 km/h) (Race 1, 2-lap qualifying); #82 Tony Kanaan (Race 2, draw)
  • Most laps led: #10 Dario Franchitti, 110 (Race 1); #12 Will Power, 68 (Race 2)
  • Race Report: 2011 Firestone Twin 275s
  • Summary: The popular "twin race" format from the 1970s and early 1980s returned to Indy car racing at Texas. Dario Franchitti dominated the first race, which saw only one caution. Wade Cunningham and Charlie Kimball crashed on lap 92, with Cunningham crashing Dan Wheldon's Indy 500 winning car from two weeks prior. At halftime, the drivers chose their starting positions for race #2 by a blind draw on a stage on the frontstretch. Tony Kanaan was the lucky driver who picked position number 1. Will Power picked starting position #3, but the winner of the first race, Franchitti, was mired back in 28th starting position. Controversy followed the race, as many in the paddock believed the blind draw was an unfair method to select the starting positions (many thought they should have simply inverted the field). The second race went without a caution, and Power went on to win. Franchitti was not a factor, but charged all the way to 7th at the finish.
Race One – Top Three Finishers Race Two – Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 114 54:47.2787 110 1 3 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 114 48:08.9739 68
2 7 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 114 +0.0527 1 2 18 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 114 +0.9466 1
3 3 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 114 +0.2064 0 3 12 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 114 +4.6524 3
Race average speed: 181.649 mph (292.336 km/h) Race average speed: 206.693 mph (332.640 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 between 5 drivers Lead changes: 8 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 10 laps Cautions: None

Round 7: Milwaukee 225[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 225 1:56:43.5877 161
2 12 38 United States Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing 225 +1.4271 0
3 10 2 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas Racing 225 +2.7703 0
Race average speed: 117.390 mph (188.921 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 62 laps

Round 8: Iowa Corn Indy 250[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 17 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 250 1:53:00.1074 42
2 3 82 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing TechnologyLotus 250 +0.7932 25
3 23 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 250 +1.1067 0
Race average speed: 118.671 mph (190.982 km/h)
Lead changes: 9 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 72 laps

Round 9: Honda Indy Toronto[edit]

Podium Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 3 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:56:32.1501 30
2 2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +0.7345 0
3 8 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 85 +6.0144 0
Race average speed: 76.805 mph (123.606 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 32 laps

Round 10: Edmonton Indy[edit]

Podium Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 80 1:57:22.5177 57
2 9 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 80 +0.8089 1
3 4 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 80 +1.1735 2
Race average speed: 90.949 mph (146.368 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 8 laps

Round 11: Honda Indy 200[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:48:46.9509 50
2 3 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +7.6508 4
3 5 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 85 +9.0784 0
Race average speed: 105.861 mph (170.367 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 9 laps

Round 12: MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225[edit]

Indy car racing returned to New Hampshire after a 13-year sabbatical. Dario Franchitti dominated the first half, but on a restart on lap 118, he touched wheels with Takuma Sato and crashed into the inside wall. On lap 206, the caution came out for rain, with Ryan Hunter-Reay leading. Despite the drivers pleading to their crews that the track was too wet to continue, officials decided to bring the green flag out with 7 laps to go. As the field accelerated, Danica Patrick spun on the frontstretch due to the wet conditions, which led to a controversial five-car pileup, involving championship contender Will Power among others. During the restart attempt, Oriol Servià passed Hunter-Reay as the restart began but before the caution was signaled, leading to controversy when the decision was made to abort the restart, a move common in USAC when a false start occurs, which typically means the cars return to their starting order for another start attempt. Officials accepted blame for the decision and red flagged the race. Scoring was reverted to the standings prior to the restart attempt.
Within 30 minutes of the end of the race, Newman/Haas Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing filed protests regarding the finish of the race because of Servià's pass of Hunter-Reay on the aborted restart. The results of the race were not made official, and as a result of the protest, the finish was under review. Indy Racing League, LLC announced on August 16 that a hearing was scheduled for the week of August 22 on both protests filed, and the hearing would also include Andretti Autosport, as the results of the hearing may have resulted in the finishing order being changed.[91] The hearing took place on August 23, with the finishing positions being upheld.[92]
Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 5 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 215 1:58:01.5843 71
2 2 2 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas Racing 215 +0.2361* 0
3 7 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 215 +1.4839 2
* Under caution
Race average speed: 112.030 mph (180.295 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 66 laps

Round 13: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 75 1:47:29.7619 71
2 2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 75 +3.2420 0
3 3 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 75 +6.4494 4
Race average speed: 96.408 mph (155.154 km/h)
Lead changes: 4 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 3 laps

Round 14: Baltimore Grand Prix[edit]

  • Sunday September 4, 2011 – 2:45 p.m. EDT
  • Streets of BaltimoreBaltimore, Maryland; Temporary street circuit, 2.040 miles (3.283 km)
  • Distance: 75 laps / 153.000 miles (246.230 km)
  • Race weather: 85 °F (29 °C), scattered clouds
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Jon Beekhuis, Marty Snider, Lindy Thackston, Kevin Lee, Robin Miller)
  • Nielsen ratings: 0.6[94]
  • Attendance: 75,000 (estimated raceday),[95] 150,000+ (estimated weekend)[96]
  • Pole position winner: #12 Will Power, 1:20.2447 sec, 91.520 mph (147.287 km/h)
  • Most laps led: #12 Will Power, 70
  • Race Report: 2011 Baltimore Grand Prix
  • Summary: The inaugural IndyCar race in Baltimore saw a large crowd, and a challenging course, with many deeming the race a popular success. Will Power led 70 of 75 laps en route to a dominating victory, closing the points lead to only 5 points with three races remaining. During practice, Tony Kanaan lost his brakes, touched wheels with Hélio Castroneves' car, and jumped over his car into the tire barrier. Kanaan was unhurt, but was forced to start the race from the rear in a back-up car, which he drove to a 3rd-place finish. On lap 38, Ryan Briscoe clipped Ryan Hunter-Reay's car in the hairpin, creating a chain reaction pileup that involved or blocked as many as 18 cars.
Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 75 2:02:19.4998 70
2 14 2 Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas Racing 75 +10.2096 0
3 27 82 Brazil Tony Kanaan KV Racing TechnologyLotus 75 +10.8557 0
Race average speed: 75.046 mph (120.775 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 16 laps

Round 15: Indy Japan: The Final[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 63 1:56:41.0107 62
2 2 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 63 +3.4375 1
3 10 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 63 +4.4782 0
Race average speed: 96.635 mph (155.519 km/h)
Lead changes: 2 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 8 laps

Round 16: Kentucky Indy 300[edit]

Top Three Finishers
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Laps Time Led
1 4 67 United States Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher Racing 200 1:42:02.7825 8
2 11 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0098 143
3 7 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.1048 0
Race average speed: 174.039 mph (280.089 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 32 laps

Round 17: IZOD IndyCar World Championship[edit]

  • Sunday October 16, 2011 – 12:45 p.m. PDT (3:45 p.m. EDT)
  • Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayClark County, Nevada; Permanent racing facility, 1.544 miles (2.485 km)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 308.800 miles (496.965 km)
  • Race weather: 87 °F (31 °C), partly cloudy
  • Television: ABC (Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever, Vince Welch, Jamie Little, Rick DeBruhl)
  • Nielsen ratings: 1.6
  • Attendance: 50,000 (Sunday – two races), 75,000 (total; includes Smith's 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday).
  • Pole position winner: #82 Tony Kanaan, 50.0582 sec, 222.078 mph (357.400 km/h) (2-lap)
  • Most laps led: Tony Kanaan (race abandoned)
  • Race Report: 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship
  • Summary: The race was marred by a 15-car pileup on the 11th lap and four drivers – Dan Wheldon, Will Power, J. R. Hildebrand and Pippa Mann – were taken to the hospital while the race was red-flagged. The race was abandoned two hours later with the announcement that Wheldon had died from his injuries, and the remaining drivers completed a five-lap salute to honor Wheldon's memory. Power was later released from the hospital, while Mann and Hildebrand were kept under observation, but were later released. Mann suffered a burn to her hand and Hildebrand suffered a bruised sternum. IndyCar does not use the FIA Code on race stoppages (which states a race is official once a race is on the fourth lap) and uses the customary 50% plus one lap rule (101 laps in this case). The race results were stricken from the record book, and the statistics did not count. Franchitti was declared the series champion, although he would have won the championship anyway had the race continued since Power suffered injuries in the crash.

Results[edit]

Rd. Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race winner Report
Driver Team
1 St. Petersburg Australia Will Power Brazil Hélio Castroneves United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
2 Barber Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
3 Long Beach Australia Will Power United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Mike Conway United States Andretti Autosport Report
4 São Paulo Australia Will Power Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
5 Indianapolis Canada Alex Tagliani United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States Bryan Herta Autosport Report
6 R1 Texas Canada Alex Tagliani Venezuela E. J. Viso United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
R2 Brazil Tony Kanaan New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske
7 Milwaukee United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
8 Iowa Japan Takuma Sato Canada Alex Tagliani United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport Report
9 Toronto Australia Will Power United Kingdom Justin Wilson Australia Will Power United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
10 Edmonton Japan Takuma Sato France Sébastien Bourdais Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
11 Mid-Ohio New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
12 New Hampshire United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport Report
13 Sonoma Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
14 Baltimore Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Team Penske Report
15 Motegi New Zealand Scott Dixon Italy Giorgio Pantano New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing Report
16 Kentucky Australia Will Power United States Ed Carpenter United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Ed Carpenter United States Sarah Fisher Racing Report
17 Las Vegas Brazil Tony Kanaan Race abandoned after 12 laps due to fatal crash of Dan Wheldon Report

Points standings[edit]

  • 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.

Driver standings[edit]

  • 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 Texas, the event is split into two half-distance races on the same day. Each one awards half points.
  • Bonus points are awarded for qualifying performance:
    • At all tracks except Indianapolis, the driver who qualifies on pole earns one point.
    • At Indianapolis, drivers who advance to Q2 earn bonus points. Drivers who qualify tenth through twenty-fourth earn four qualifying points, and the remaining qualifying drivers earn three points.
    • At Texas, the grid for the second race is set by a draw, and no bonus point is awarded for the pole position.
Pos Driver STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV1 Pts
R1 R2
1 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 1* 3 3 4 129 1* 7 1* 5* 1 3 2 20* 4 4 8 2* C 573
2 Australia Will Power 2 1* 10 1* 145 3 1* 4 21 24* 1* 14 5 1* 1* 2 19 C 555
3 New Zealand Scott Dixon 16 2 18 12 5*2 2 2 7 3 2 23 1* 3 5 5 1* 3 C 518
4 Spain Oriol Servià 9 5 6 5 63 21 15 3 14 12 22 8 2 11 2 5 6 C 425
5 Brazil Tony Kanaan 3 6 8 22 423 11 5d 19 2 26 4 5 22 28 3 17 17 C 366
6 Australia Ryan Briscoe 18 21 2* 3 2727 6 3 11 6 7 10 16 8 3 14 20 8 C 364
7 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 21 14 23 18 23NQ 19 9 26 8 3 7 3 1 10 8 24 5 C 347
8 United States Marco Andretti 24 4 26 14 928 13 6 13 1 4 14 7 24 24 25 3 27 C 337
9 United States Graham Rahal 17 18 13 2 330 9 30 2 15 13 25 24 26 8 10 12 12 C 320
10 United States Danica Patrick 12 17 7 23 1026 16 8 5 10 19 9 21 6 21 6 11 10 C 314
11 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 20 7 12 21 1716 10 4 9 7 17 2 19 17 2 17 22 29 C 312
12 Canada James Hinchcliffe  RY  24 4 9 2913 20 19 6 9 14 15 20 4 7 24 15 4 C 302
13 Japan Takuma Sato 5 16 21 8 3310 5 12 8 19 20 21 4 7 18 18 10 15 C 297
14 United States J. R. Hildebrand  R  11 13 17 10 212 23 18 21 4 8 11 25 21 23 19 7 20 C 296
15 Canada Alex Tagliani 6 15 5 19 281 4 14 18 16 23 17 6 19 20 7 4 C 296
16 Brazil Vítor Meira 8 12 9 17 1511 8 11 24 18 5 12 10 10 22 9 25 16 C 287
17 United Kingdom Mike Conway 23 22 1 6 DNQ 24 17 12 24 22 8 26 25 16 23 9 18 C 260
18 Venezuela E. J. Viso 19 23 25 13 3218 7 10 20 17 9 20 15 12 9 15 21 23 C 241
19 United States Charlie Kimball  R  22 10 24 16 1329 30 23 14 22 21 19 11 9 26 21 23 13 C 233
20 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 4 9 20 20 3124 26 27 25 DNP2 10 24 12 16 12 14 25 C 225
21 Brazil Ana Beatriz  R  14 19 24 2133 22 22 17 23 11 13 17 14 13 16 19 24 C 212
22 United Kingdom James Jakes  R  15 25 15 15 DNQ 25 28 15 25 18 18 23 18 19 27 13 21 C 189
23 France Sébastien Bourdais DNS 11 27 26 6 6 9 6 28 6 188
24 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 10 19 22 7 1620 17 21 10 12 15 5 Wth 183
25 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra  R  13 26 14 11 DNQ 28 29 23 20 25 16 27 15 14 13 C 178
26 United States Ed Carpenter 118 18 16 16 11 22 11 25 20 1 C 175
27 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 1931 14 24 22 13 13 26 C 85
28 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 16 14 C 75
29 Canada Paul Tracy 16 2525 12 13 16 26 C 68
30 Brazil Raphael Matos 7 20 11 25 DNQ 67
31 France Simon Pagenaud  R  8 13 15 56
32 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 822 23 22 C 52
33 United Kingdom Martin Plowman  R  18 12 11 49
34 United States Buddy Rice 187 9 C 42
35 United States Townsend Bell 264 11 C 40
36 Italy Giorgio Pantano  R  17 26 16 37
37 New Zealand Wade Cunningham  R  29 26 7 C 36
38 United Kingdom Pippa Mann  R  2032 Wth 22 C 32
39 Belgium Bertrand Baguette 714 30
40 United Kingdom Jay Howard 3021 15 20 C 27
41 United States Davey Hamilton 2415 27 25 C 26
42 United States John Andretti 2217 16
43 Japan Hideki Mutoh 18 12
44 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira 26 10
45 China Ho-Pin Tung  R  DNQ 27 10
46 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini  R  28 10
47 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Wth19 4
Canada Patrick Carpentier DNQ 0
United States Scott Speed  R  Wth 0
Pos Driver STP ALA LBH SAO INDY R1 R2 MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV1 Pts
TXS
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 cancelled or abandoned
(C)
Blank Did not
participate
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point; except Indy
and Texas Rnd. 2).
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.
1–33 Indy 500 qualifying
results, with points
as follows:
15 points for 1st
13 points for 2nd
and so on down to
3 points for 25th to 33rd.
d Grid set by draw
no bonus point awarded
Fatal accident
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
Notes

NQ After qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 had concluded, Bruno Junqueira was replaced by Ryan Hunter-Reay, who did not qualify for the 500. Junqueira received full qualifying points for a 19th place qualification.
1 At the Las Vegas Indy 300, Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11. The race was abandoned, the results were stricken from the record book, and the statistics did not count.
2 Simona de Silvestro was awarded with 5 points at Iowa as a 'non starter', but her withdrawal on medical grounds before the start of practice meant that she did not compete in any of the official sessions.

Entrant standings[edit]

  • Based on the entrant, used for oval qualifications order, and starting grids when qualifying is cancelled
  • Only full-time entrants, and at-large part-time entrants shown.
Pos Driver STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV1 Pts
R1 R2
1 #10 Chip Ganassi Racing 1* 3 3 4 129 1* 7 1* 5* 1 3 2 20* 4 4 8 2* C 573
2 #12 Team Penske 2 1* 10 1* 145 3 1* 4 21 24* 1* 14 5 1* 1* 2 19 C 555
3 #9 Chip Ganassi Racing 16 2 18 12 5*2 2 2 7 3 2 23 1* 3 5 5 1* 3 C 518
4 #2 Newman/Haas Racing 9 5 6 5 63 21 15 3 14 12 22 8 2 11 2 5 6 C 425
5 #82 KV Racing Technology 3 6 8 22 423 11 5d 19 2 26 4 5 22 28 3 17 17 C 366
6 #6 Team Penske 18 21 2* 3 2727 6 3 11 6 7 10 16 8 3 14 20 8 C 364
7 #26 Andretti Autosport 24 4 26 14 928 13 6 13 1 4 14 7 24 24 25 3 27 C 337
8 #28 Andretti Autosport 21 14 23 18 DNQ 19 9 26 8 3 7 3 1 10 8 24 5 C 335
9 #38 Chip Ganassi Racing 17 18 13 2 330 9 30 2 15 13 25 24 26 8 10 12 12 C 320
10 #7 Andretti Autosport 12 17 7 23 1026 16 8 5 10 19 9 21 6 21 6 11 10 C 314
11 #3 Team Penske 20 7 12 21 1716 10 4 9 7 17 2 19 17 2 17 22 29 C 312
12 #77 Sam Schmidt Motorsports 6 15 5 19 281 4 14 18 16 23 17 6 19 20 7 4 14 C 312
13 #06 Newman/Haas Racing 24 4 9 2913 20 19 6 9 14 15 20 4 7 24 15 4 C 302
14 #5 KV Racing Technology 5 16 21 8 3310 5 12 8 19 20 21 4 7 18 18 10 15 C 297
15 #4 Panther Racing 11 13 17 10 212 23 18 21 4 8 11 25 21 23 19 7 20 C 296
16 #14 A. J. Foyt Enterprises 8 12 9 17 1511 8 11 24 18 5 12 10 10 22 9 25 16 C 287
17 #19 Dale Coyne Racing DNS 11 27 26 1931 14 24 22 13 6 6 9 13 6 28 6 26 C 273
18 #22 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 10 19 22 7 1620 17 21 10 12 15 5 13 23 17 26 16 11 C 268
19 #27 Andretti Autosport 23 22 1 6 DNQ 24 17 12 24 22 8 26 25 16 23 9 18 C 260
20 #59 KV Racing Technology 19 23 25 13 3218 7 10 20 17 9 20 15 12 9 15 21 23 C 241
21 #78 HVM Racing 4 9 20 20 3124 26 27 25 DNP2 10 24 12 16 15 12 14 25 C 240
22 #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 14 8 19 24 2133 22 22 17 23 11 13 17 14 13 16 19 24 C 236
23 #83 Chip Ganassi Racing 22 10 24 16 1329 30 23 14 22 21 19 11 9 26 21 23 13 C 233
24 #34 Conquest Racing 13 26 14 11 DNQ 28 29 23 20 25 16 27 15 14 13 26 28 C 198
25 #18 Dale Coyne Racing 15 25 15 15 DNQ 25 28 15 25 18 18 23 18 19 27 13 21 C 189
26 #67 Sarah Fisher Racing 118 18 16 16 11 22 11 25 20 1 C 175
27 #17 AFS / Sam Schmidt Motorsports 7 20 11 25 DNQ 18 12 11 18 7 C 154
Pos Driver STP ALA LBH SAO INDY R1 R2 MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV1 Pts
TXS

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Junqueira qualified the car, replaced by Hunter-Reay after negotiations with Andretti Autosport.
  2. ^ In conjunction with Richard Petty Motorsports.
  3. ^ In conjunction with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
  4. ^ Carpentier attempted to qualify the #20 at the Indy 500 after Speed couldn't get the car up to speed in time for Pole Day.
  5. ^ Injured during practice at Mid-Ohio
  6. ^ In conjunction with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
  7. ^ In conjunction with KV Racing TechnologyLotus at Indy and with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at Baltimore.

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