2017 IndyCar Series

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2017 IndyCar season
Verizon IndyCar Series
Season
Races 17
Start date March 12
End date September 17
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Josef Newgarden
Manufacturers' Cup United States Chevrolet
Rookie of the Year United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Indianapolis 500 winner Japan Takuma Sato
Discipline champions
Oval champion Brazil Hélio Castroneves
Road course champion United States Josef Newgarden
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Josef Newgarden (left) won his first Drivers' Championship while Simon Pagenaud (right) finished second in the championship.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series was the 22nd season of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 96th official championship season of American open wheel racing. The premier event was the 101st Indianapolis 500 won by Takuma Sato. Josef Newgarden, the 2011 Indy Lights champion, in his sixth full-time season in the IndyCar Series, won the championship. It was Newgarden's first season as part of Team Penske, and he collected four wins, one pole position, and ten top-five finishes. It was Team Penske's 15th Indy car season championship, and third in four years.

Simon Pagenaud entered the season as the defending IndyCar champion, and finished second in points behind his teammate Newgarden. The 2017 season was the last season for the Honda/Chevy aerokits introduced in 2015, as 2018 will see the introduction of a new spec-aerokit.[1]

All events from 2016 returned to the schedule. In addition, the series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2003.

Series news[edit]

  • On September 2, 2016, it was announced that Performance Friction Brakes has been selected as a brake rotor and pad supplier package for IndyCar Series starting from 2017 season onwards but Brembo remained as brake caliper until the end of 2017 season.[2]

Teams and drivers[edit]

This chart represents announced teams, cars and their respective driver combinations for the 2017 season.

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s)
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet[3] 4 United States Conor Daly[4] All
14 Colombia Carlos Muñoz[4] All
40 United States Zach Veach (R)[5] 6
United States Andretti Autosport Honda[6] 26 Japan Takuma Sato[7] All
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay[8] All
United States Andretti Autosport with Lendium[9] 27 United States Marco Andretti[10] 1–4
United States Andretti Autosport with Yorrow[11] 5–17
United States Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian 98 United States Alexander Rossi[12] All
United Kingdom McLaren-Honda-Andretti[13] 29 Spain Fernando Alonso (R)[13] 6
United States Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport[14] 50 United Kingdom Jack Harvey (R)[15] 6
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Honda[16] 8 United Kingdom Max Chilton[17] All
9 New Zealand Scott Dixon[18] All
10 Brazil Tony Kanaan[19] All
83 United States Charlie Kimball[20] All
United States Dale Coyne Racing Honda[6] 18 France Sébastien Bourdais[21] 1–5, 15–17
Australia James Davison[22] 6
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez (R)[23][24] 7–8, 10–14
France Tristan Vautier[25] 9
19 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones (R)[26] All
63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann[27] 6
United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 24 United States Sage Karam[28] 6
United States Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 20 United States Spencer Pigot[29] 1–3, 5, 7–8, 10, 12–13, 16–17
United States Ed Carpenter[18] 4, 6, 9, 11, 14–15
21 United States J.R. Hildebrand[30] 1–2, 4–17
United States Zach Veach (R)[31] 3
United States Harding Racing Chevrolet 88 Colombia Gabby Chaves[32] 6, 9, 14
United States Juncos Racing[33] Chevrolet 11 United States Spencer Pigot[34] 6
17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra[35] 6
United States Lazier Partners Racing[36] Chevrolet 44 United States Buddy Lazier[36] 6
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda[6] 13 Canada Zachary Claman DeMelo (R)[37] 17
15 United States Graham Rahal[18] All
16 Spain Oriol Servià[38] 6–8
United States Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda[6] 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe[18] All
7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin[39] 1–11, 13
Colombia Sebastián Saavedra[40] 12, 14–15
United Kingdom Jack Harvey (R)[41] 16–17
77 United Kingdom Jay Howard[42] 6
United States Team Penske Chevrolet 1 France Simon Pagenaud[43][44] All
2 United States Josef Newgarden[43][45] All
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves[43] All
12 Australia Will Power[43] All
22 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya[46] 5–6

Team changes[edit]

  • Chip Ganassi Racing announced their discount retail giants sponsor Target, effective from the 2017 IndyCar season, has discontinued sponsorship after 27 straight years of direct participation.[47][48] The team also announced on October 7, 2016 that they would be returning to Honda in a multi year deal and thus discontinuing Chevrolet partnership. Ganassi had previously worked with Honda in 1996–99 (CART) and 2006–13 (IndyCar Series), when Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti won the CART and IndyCar title.
  • Larry Foyt, president of A. J. Foyt Enterprises, confirmed on October 13 that the team is switching manufacturers from Honda to Chevrolet, with the formal announcement on January 17.[3]
  • KV Racing Technology will not race in 2017 due to Kevin Kalkhoven and James Sullivan withdrawing funding from the team.[49] The team had been in negotiations with Carlin to sell their remaining equipment, but attempts to secure Indy Lights champion Ed Jones and Mikhail Aleshin fell through.
  • On February 21, Juncos Racing confirmed[33] it would field an entry for the 101st Indy 500 with support from Kevin Kalkhoven, following purchase of three cars and equipment from KV Racing Technology.[50] The team entered two cars into the 101st Indy 500,[51] opting to postpone the announcement of their drivers and engine partner until later.[52] On May 9, the team announced that the first of their two entries would be driven by Spencer Pigot.[34] Pigot had previously driven for the team in Indy Lights. On May 10, the team announced that Sebastián Saavedra would drive in the second car.[35]
  • On April 10, Harding Racing confirmed it would field an entry for the 101st Indy 500, driven by Gabby Chaves.[32] On May 20, the team announced that it would also race at Texas Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway in preparation for a possible full-season entry for 2018.[53]

Driver changes[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Rd. Date Race Name Track City
1 March 12 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (S) Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida
2 April 9 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (S) Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
3 April 23 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (R) Barber Motorsports Park Leeds, Alabama
4 April 29 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix (O) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona
5 May 13 IndyCar Grand Prix (R) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana
6 May 28 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade (O) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana
7 June 3 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation (S) The Raceway at Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan
8 June 4
9 June 10 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 (O) Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas
10 June 25 Kohler Grand Prix (R) Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
11 July 9 Iowa Corn 300 (O) Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
12 July 16 Honda Indy Toronto (S) Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario
13 July 30 Honda Indy 200 (R) Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
14 August 20 ABC Supply 500 (O) Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania
15 August 26 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline (O) Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Illinois
16 September 3 Grand Prix at The Glen (R) Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York
17 September 17 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (R) Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California

(O) Oval/Speedway
(R) Road Course
(S) Street Circuit

All 16 races from 2016 will return. Gateway Motorsports Park returns to the schedule for the first time since 2003. The only other schedule change is the move of the race at Phoenix from the first weekend in April to the last weekend in April to avoid a conflict with the Final Four being held in nearby Glendale, Arizona. The Long Beach race will be the second race of the season as opposed to being the third race of the season in 2016.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis was rebranded as the IndyCar Grand Prix for the 2017 running of the event following an announcement that Angie's List would no longer sponsor the event.[62]

Season summary[edit]

Race results[edit]

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winners Report
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 St. Petersburg Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Honda Report
2 Long Beach Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves New Zealand Scott Dixon Canada James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Report
3 Birmingham Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
4 Phoenix Brazil Hélio Castroneves Australia Will Power France Simon Pagenaud France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet Report
5 Indianapolis GP Australia Will Power United States Josef Newgarden Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
6 Indianapolis 500 New Zealand Scott Dixon Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom Max Chilton Japan Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Honda Report
7 Detroit 1 United States Graham Rahal[N 1] United States Josef Newgarden United States Graham Rahal United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Report
8 Detroit 2 Japan Takuma Sato[N 2] United States Josef Newgarden United States Graham Rahal United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
9 Texas United States Charlie Kimball Brazil Tony Kanaan Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
10 Road America Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Josef Newgarden New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
11 Iowa Australia Will Power Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Report
12 Toronto France Simon Pagenaud France Simon Pagenaud United States Josef Newgarden United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
13 Mid-Ohio Australia Will Power United States Alexander Rossi United States Josef Newgarden United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
14 Pocono Japan Takuma Sato Brazil Tony Kanaan New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
15 Gateway Australia Will Power United States Josef Newgarden United States Josef Newgarden United States Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
16 Watkins Glen United States Alexander Rossi France Sébastien Bourdais United States Alexander Rossi United States Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian Honda Report
17 Sonoma United States Josef Newgarden France Simon Pagenaud France Simon Pagenaud France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet Report

Driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM Pts
QL 500
1 United States Josef Newgarden 8 3 1 9 11 22 19 4 2 13 2 6 1* 1* 2 1* 18 2 642
2 France Simon Pagenaud 2 5 3 1* 4 23 14 16 5 3 4 7 5 4 4 3 9 1* 629
3 New Zealand Scott Dixon 3 4* 2 5 2 1 32 2 6 9 1* 8 10 9 6* 2 2 4 621
4 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 6 9 4 4 5 19 2 7 9 20 3 1* 8 7 7 4 4 5 598
5 Australia Will Power 19 13 14* 2 1* 9 23 18 3 1* 5 4 21 2 1 20 6 3 562
6 United States Graham Rahal 17 10 13 21 6 14 12 1* 1* 4 8 5 9 3 9 12 5 6 522
7 United States Alexander Rossi 11 19 5 15 8 3 7 5 7 22 13 11 2 6 3 6 1* 21 494
8 Japan Takuma Sato 5 18 9 16 12 4 1 8 4 10 19 16 16 5 13 19 19 20 441
9 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 4 17 11 13 3 10 27 13 17 19 14 3 6 8 8 15 3 8 421
10 Brazil Tony Kanaan 12 15 7 6 20 7 5 15 10 2 21 9 19 16 5 16 20 16 403
11 United Kingdom Max Chilton 16 14 12 20 7 15 4* 11 15 8 9 14 7 15 18 17 8 12 396
12 United States Marco Andretti 7 20 21 18 16 8 8 12 13 6 18 17 4 12 11 14 16 7 388
13 Canada James Hinchcliffe 9 1 6 12 13 17 22 3 20 14 20 10 3 11 20 8 21 22 376
14 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones  RY  10 6 16 11 19 11 3 9 22 17 7 18 20 21 17 13 13 19 354
15 United States J. R. Hildebrand 13 11 3 14 6 16 17 18 12 16 2 13 17 19 18 15 14 347
16 Colombia Carlos Muñoz 21 7 17 10 15 24 10 14 11 18 11 20 15 18 10 9 10 15 328
17 United States Charlie Kimball 18 21 15 8 21 16 25 21 8 21 6 15 12 13 16 7 7 11 327
18 United States Conor Daly 15 16 18 14 17 26 30 22 12 7 15 19 17 10 14 5 11 10 305
19 Russia Mikhail Aleshin 14 12 10 17 18 13 13 6 16 15 10 21 14 237
20 United States Spencer Pigot 20 8 20 9 29 18 10 21 12 18 19 12 13 218
21 France Sébastien Bourdais 1* 2 8 19 22 Wth 10 17 9 214
22 United States Ed Carpenter 7 2 11 11 12 12 21 169
23 Colombia Gabby Chaves 25 9 5 15 98
24 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 10 18 6 93
25 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez  R  19 14 17 13 14 20 22 91
26 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 31 15 11 21 11 80
27 Spain Oriol Servià 12 21 20 19 61
28 United Kingdom Jack Harvey  R  27 31 14 18 57
29 Spain Fernando Alonso  R  5 24 47
30 United Kingdom Pippa Mann 28 17 32
31 Canada Zachary Claman DeMelo  R  17 26
32 United Kingdom Jay Howard 20 33 24
33 United States Zach Veach  R  19 32 26 23
34 United States Sage Karam 21 28 23
35 Australia James Davison 33 20 21
36 France Tristan Vautier 16 15
37 United States Buddy Lazier 30 29 14
Pos Driver STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM 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)
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)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns half the points
had they taken part.
1 Qualifying canceled
no bonus point awarded
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
  • One (1) championship point is awarded to each driver who leads at least one race lap. Two (2) additional championship points are awarded to the driver who leads most laps during a race.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the number 1 qualifier earns one (1) point. At double header races, the fastest qualifier of each qualifying group earns one championship point.[63]
  • Entrant-initiated engine change-outs before the engines reach their required distance run will result in the loss of ten (-10) points.
    • NOTE: The distance run will be based on the total distance raced by that entrant with the engine in question, regardless of driver.
  • Ties are broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

Manufacturer standings[edit]

Pos Manufacturer STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM Bonus Points
1 Chevrolet 2 3 1 1 1 2 4 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 70 1489
6 5 3 2 4 10 7 3 3 3 2 5 2 2 3 6 2
69 66 91* 96* 88* 61 58 75 90* 76 96* 86* 96* 95 91* 60 186*
2 Honda 1 1 2 5 2 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 3 2 1 4 85 1326
3 2 5 6 3 3 2 4 4 6 5 3 5 5 6 2 6
90* 95* 70 58 75 92* 96* 88* 73 83* 65 75 65 66* 68 96* 120
  • All manufacturer points (including qualifying points, race finish points, and race win bonus points) can only be earned by full-season entrants.[64]
  • The top two finishing entrants from each manufacturer in each race score championship points for their respective manufacturer. The manufacturer that wins each race will be awarded five (5) additional points.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the manufacturer who qualifies on pole earns one (1) point. At the Indy 500, the fastest Saturday qualifier earns one (1) point, while the pole position winner on Sunday earns two (2) points.
  • For every full-season engine used during the Indy 500 that reaches 2,000 total miles run, the manufacturer earns bonus points equal to that engine's finishing position in the race.
  • Ties are broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The qualification format for this race featured two separate qualification groups, with the fastest qualifier in each group earning a championship point; the faster of the two group fastest qualifiers would then start on pole, while the other would start from the outside of the front row. Rahal set the fastest overall lap, and was awarded the pole position. Hélio Castroneves set the fastest lap in the other qualifying group, and was also awarded a championship point.
  2. ^ The qualification format for this race featured two separate qualification groups, with the fastest qualifier in each group earning a championship point; the faster of the two group fastest qualifiers would then start on pole, while the other would start from the outside of the front row. Sato set the fastest overall lap, and was awarded the pole position. Ryan Hunter-Reay set the fastest lap in the other qualifying group, and was also awarded a championship point.

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