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2004 American Championship Car season
Series  : IndyCar
Champion : 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan
Previous: 2003 Next: 2005

The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season was dominated by two teams, Andretti Green Racing and Rahal Letterman Racing. While there was great parity in 2003 between Honda and Toyota powered teams, in 2004 Honda began to outshine Toyota bringing their teams Penske Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing down with it, leaving Scott Dixon winless and in 10th place in his attempt to defend his 2003 championship.

Season champion Tony Kanaan set a record by completing all 3,305 possible laps, the first IndyCar driver in modern history to do so.

2004 IndyCar Series schedule Edit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 February 29 USAflagsmall Toyota Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida USAflagsmall Buddy Rice USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
2 March 21 USAflagsmall Copper World Indy 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Manning 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan
3 April 17 Flag-of-japansmall Indy Japan 300 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
4 May 30 USAflagsmall 88th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana USAflagsmall Buddy Rice 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira USAflagsmall Buddy Rice USAflagsmall Buddy Rice
5 June 12 USAflagsmall Bombardier 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan
6 June 28 USAflagsmall SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
7 July 4 USAflagsmall Argent Mortgage 300 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas USAflagsmall Buddy Rice Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter USAflagsmall Buddy Rice USAflagsmall Buddy Rice
8 July 17 USAflagsmall Firestone Indy 200 Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee USAflagsmall Buddy Rice 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan
9 July 25 USAflagsmall Menards A.J. Foyt 225 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
10 August 1 USAflagsmall Michigan Indy 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Manning 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan USAflagsmall Buddy Rice
11 August 15 USAflagsmall Belterra Casino Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky USAflagsmall Buddy Rice 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández
12 August 22 USAflagsmall Honda Indy 225 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
13 August 29 USAflagsmall Firestone Indy 225 Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
14 September 12 USAflagsmall Delphi Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández 25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández
15 October 3 USAflagsmall Toyota Indy 400 California Speedway Fontana, California 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández
16 October 17 USAflagsmall Chevy 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves

BOLD indicates a Superspeedways.

Team and driver chartEdit

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Sponsor(s) Notes
USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Toyota 1 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Target
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Manning Target Did not Start at California and missed Texas due to injury
USAflagsmall Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Taylor Menards/Johns-Manville
USAflagsmall Townsend Bell Replaced Taylor from Kansas onwards
4 Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Pennzoil
USAflagsmall Marlboro Team Penske Dallara Toyota 3 25px-Brazilflag Helio Castroneves Marlboro
6 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. Marlboro
25px-Mexicoflag/Flag-of-japansmall Aguri-Fernández Racing G-Force Honda 5 25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Missed opener at Homestead
55 Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura ARTA/Panasonic
USAflagsmall Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 7 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta XM Satellite Radio
11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven
26 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Klein Tools/Jim Beam
27 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti ArcaEx/Alpine
USAflagsmall Kelley Racing Dallara Toyota 8 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp Delphi Corporation
39 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems Indy 500 Only
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mo Nunn Racing Dallara Toyota 12 Flag-of-japansmall Toranosuke Takagi Pioneer Corporation
21 USAflagsmall Jeff Simmons Pioneer Corporation Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Access Motorsports G-Force Honda 13 USAflagsmall Greg Ray Renovac
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Taylor Replaced Ray from Nashville onwards
USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Toyota 14 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt IV Conseco
G-Force 41 USAflagsmall Larry Foyt Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Rahal Letterman Racing G-Force Honda 15 USAflagsmall Buddy Rice Argent Mortgage/Pioneer Corporation
16 USAflagsmall Roger Yasukawa Sammy Motegi & Indy 500 Only
17 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira Bea Systems/Centrix Missed first two rounds
USAflagsmall PDM Racing Dallara Chevrolet 18 USAflagsmall Robby McGehee Burger King Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Patrick Racing Dallara Chevrolet 20 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Indy 500, Texas & Richmond Only
USAflagsmall Jeff Simmons Kansas Only
USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier Raced from Nashville to Chicagoland
22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge California & Texas2 Only
USAflagsmall Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Chevrolet 24 USAflagsmall Robby Buhl Purex
25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone Purex Replaced Buhl from Indy 500 onwards
25px-Canadaflag Roth Racing Dallara Toyota 25 25px-Canadaflag Marty Roth Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Sam Schmidt Motorsports G-Force Toyota 33 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn Lucas Oil Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Newman/Haas Racing G-Force Honda 36 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira PacifiCare/Secure Horizons Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Cheever Racing Dallara Chevrolet 51 USAflagsmall Alex Barron Red Bull
52 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter Red Bull
USAflagsmall Robby Gordon Motorsports Dallara Chevrolet 70 USAflagsmall Robby Gordon Meijer/Coca-Cola Indy 500 Only; Lazier replaced Gordon after the Rain Delay
USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier Meijer/Coca-Cola
USAflagsmall Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Chevrolet 91 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier LifeFitness Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Dallara Chevrolet 98 USAflagsmall P. J. Jones Curb Records Indy 500 Only

Race SummariesEdit

Toyota Indy 300Edit

This race was held and Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 29. Buddy Rice won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 26- Dan Wheldon
  4. 12- Toranosuke Takagi
  5. 4- Tomas Scheckter
  6. 10- Darren Manning
  7. 15- Buddy Rice
  8. 11- Tony Kanaan
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 24- Robbie Buhl

Copper World Indy 200Edit

This race was held and Phoenix International Raceway on March 21. Dan Wheldon won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 11- Tony Kanaan
  2. 1- Scott Dixon
  3. 26- Dan Wheldon
  4. 51- Alex Barron
  5. 10- Darren Manning
  6. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  7. 7- Bryan Herta
  8. 12- Toranosuke Takagi
  9. 15- Buddy Rice
  10. 13- Greg Ray

Indy Japan 300Edit

This race was held and Twin Ring Motegi on April 17. This was Honda's first win in the annual oval race held at their own track. Dan Wheldon won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 10- Darren Manning
  5. 1- Scott Dixon
  6. 15- Buddy Rice
  7. 27- Dario Franchitti
  8. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 12- Toranosuke Takagi

88th Indianapolis 500Edit

The 88th Indianapolis Template:Convert/mi race was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30. Buddy Rice sat on pole. The race was shortened to 180 laps (450 miles) due to rain.

Top ten results

  1. 15- Buddy Rice
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 26- Dan Wheldon
  4. 7- Bryan Herta
  5. 36- Bruno Junqueira
  6. 17- Vitor Meira
  7. 5- Adrián Fernández
  8. 1- Scott Dixon
  9. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  10. 16- Roger Yasukawa

Bombardier 500Edit

This race was held and Texas Motor Speedway on June 12. Dario Franchitti won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 11- Tony Kanaan
  2. 27- Dario Franchitti
  3. 51- Alex Barron
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  5. 5- Adrián Fernández
  6. 17- Vitor Meira
  7. 13- Greg Ray
  8. 10- Darren Manning
  9. 24- Felipe Giaffone
  10. 12- Toranosuke Takagi

SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

This race was held and Richmond International Raceway on June 26. Hélio Castroneves won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 17- Vitor Meira
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 7- Bryan Herta
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan
  6. 15- Buddy Rice
  7. 5- Adrián Fernández
  8. 1- Scott Dixon
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 24- Felipe Giaffone

Argent Mortgage 300Edit

This race was held and Kansas Speedway on July 4. Buddy Rice won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 15- Buddy Rice
  2. 17- Vitor Meira
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan
  4. 27- Dario Franchitti
  5. 7- Bryan Herta
  6. 5- Adrián Fernández
  7. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  8. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  9. 26- Dan Wheldon
  10. 51- Alex Barron

Firestone Indy 200Edit

This race was held and Nashville Superspeedway on July 17. Buddy Rice won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 11- Tony Kanaan
  2. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 10- Darren Manning
  5. 2- Townsend Bell
  6. 15- Buddy Rice
  7. 13- Mark Taylor
  8. 1- Scott Dixon
  9. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  10. 5- Adrián Fernández

Menards A.J. Foyt 225Edit

This race was held and the Milwaukee Mile on July 25. Vitor Meira won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 27- Dario Franchitti
  2. 15- Buddy Rice
  3. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 11- Tony Kanaan
  5. 17- Vitor Meira
  6. 2- Townsend Bell
  7. 51- Alex Barron
  8. 5- Adrián Fernández
  9. 7- Bryan Herta
  10. 55- Kosuke Matsuura

Michigan Indy 400Edit

This race was held and Michigan International Speedway on August 1. Tony Kanaan won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 15- Buddy Rice
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 26- Dan Wheldon
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  5. 17- Vitor Meira
  6. 7- Bryan Herta
  7. 1- Scott Dixon
  8. 2- Townsend Bell
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 3- Hélio Castroneves

Belterra Casino Indy 300Edit

This race was held and Kentucky Speedway on August 15. Buddy Rice won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 5- Adrián Fernández
  2. 15- Buddy Rice
  3. 26- Dan Wheldon
  4. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti
  7. 17- Vitor Meira
  8. 52- Ed Carpenter
  9. 7- Bryan Herta
  10. 10- Darren Manning

Honda Indy 225Edit

This race was held and Pikes Peak International Raceway on August 22. Tony Kanaan won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 27- Dario Franchitti
  2. 5- Adrián Fernández
  3. 6- Dan Wheldon
  4. 10- Darren Manning
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan
  6. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  7. 17- Vitor Meira
  8. 20- Jaques Lazier
  9. 7- Bryan Herta
  10. 51- Alex Barron

Firestone Indy 225Edit

This race was held and Nazareth Speedway on August 29. Hélio Castroneves won the pole. The race was heralded as the series' 100th event.

Top ten results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 27- Dario Franchitti
  4. 15- Buddy Rice
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 10- Darren Manning
  7. 5- Adrián Fernández
  8. 7- Bryan Herta
  9. 1- Scott Dixon
  10. 17- Vitor Meira

Delphi Indy 300Edit

This race was held and Chicagoland Speedway on September 12. Hélio Castroneves won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 5- Adrián Fernández 200 laps in 2:09:31.3301
  2. 7- Bryan Herta +0.0716
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan +0.1239
  4. 26- Dan Wheldon +0.2464
  5. 17- Vitor Meira +0.4873
  6. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +0.5402
  7. 1- Scott Dixon +0.6109
  8. 24- Felipe Giaffone +1.1137
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +1.1878
  10. 3- Hélio Castroneves +1.2595

Toyota Indy 400Edit

This race was held and California Speedway on October 3. Hélio Castroneves won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 5- Adrián Fernández
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 26- Dan Wheldon
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  5. 15- Buddy Rice
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti
  7. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  8. 1- Scott Dixon
  9. 2- Townsend Bell
  10. 13- Mark Taylor

Chevy 500Edit

This race was held and Texas Motor Speedway on October 17. Hélio Castroneves won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 26- Dan Wheldon
  4. 17- Vitor Meira
  5. 5- Adrián Fernández
  6. 1- Scott Dixon
  7. 13- Mark Taylor
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 2- Townsend Bell
  10. 14- A. J. Foyt IV

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver HMS
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
NSH
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
MIS
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
NAZ
USAflagsmall
CHI
USAflagsmall
FON
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 8 1* 2 2 1* 5 3 1 4 2* 5* 5 2 3 2 2 618
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 3 3 1* 3 13 1 9 13 18 3 3 3 1 4 3 3 533
3 USAflagsmall Buddy Rice 7 9 6 1* 15 6 1* 6 2 1 2 22 4 14 5 20 485
4 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 2* 6 3 9 12 3 7 3 12 10 12 6 5* 10 7* 1*Template:Smallsup 446
5 25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández 20 18 7 5 7 6 10 8 12 1 2 7 1* 1 5 445
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 17 17 7 14 2 12* 4 20 1* 22 6 1* 3 20 6 15 409
7 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 1 15 19 26 4 11 8 2 3 4 14 18 11 6 4 17 387
8 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 17 6 6 2 2 12* 5 5 7 7 10 5 21 4 376
9 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 13 7 14 4 19 4 5 18 9 6 9 9 8 2 17 16 362
10 25px-Newzealandflag Scott Dixon 18 2 5 8 14 8 12 8 DNS 7 13 20 9 7 8 6 355
11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Manning 6 5 4 25 8 20 11 4 19 13 10 4 6 15 DNS 323
12 USAflagsmall Alex Barron 16 4 12 12 3 22 10 17 7 11 11 10 12 12 18 14 310
13 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp 9 13 9 13 18 9 20 14 15 9 17 15 19 9 11 8 282
14 Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura 11 11 8 11 16 14 18 9 10 17 4 13 21 21 13 19 280
15 Flag-of-japansmall Toranosuke Takagi 4 8 10 19 10 19 21 11 20 20 20 19 17 13 14 12 263
16 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter 12 19 22 31 21 16 14 22 11 14 8 11 20 11 12 21 245
17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Taylor 19 12 16 30 17 18 7 14 21 19 14 22 17 10 7 232
18 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt IV 15 14 15 33 22 11 13 16 16 15 18 21 15 16 19 10 232
19 Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 5 16 13 18 20 17 15 19 21 19 22 17 13 19 15 18 230
20 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone 15 9 10 16 15 13 16 16 16 16 8 20 11 214
21 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell 17 5 6 8 21 12 18 22 9 9 193
22 USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier DNQ 21 17 18 15 8 14 18 104
23 USAflagsmall Greg Ray 14 10 20 27 7 15 Wth 99
24 USAflagsmall Robby Buhl 10 18 21 44
25 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 17 11 21 44
26 USAflagsmall Roger Yasukawa 11 10 39
27 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 16 13 31
28 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira 5 30
29 USAflagsmall Jeff Simmons 16 19 26
30 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn 20 12
31 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher 21 12
32 USAflagsmall Robby McGehee 22 12
33 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 23 12
34 25px-Canadaflag Marty Roth 24 12
35 USAflagsmall P. J. Jones 28 10
36 USAflagsmall Robby Gordon 29Template:Smallsup 10
37 USAflagsmall Larry Foyt 32 10
Pos Driver HMS
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
NSH
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
MIS
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
NAZ
USAflagsmall
CHI
USAflagsmall
FON
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
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
(Ret)
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
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(3 points)</span>
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

In every race, 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
Points 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • 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.

Notes Edit

Template:Smallsup Hélio Castroneves had 15 points deduction at Texas Motor Speedway due to a premature start after the final caution.
Template:Smallsup After a red flag for rain at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Jaques Lazier replaced Robby Gordon, but all points were awarded to Robby Gordon.

External linksEdit

See also Edit

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