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2006 American Championship Car season
Series  : IndyCar
Champion : USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
Previous: 2005 Next: 2007

The 2006 IRL IndyCar Series season began on March 26 and concluded on September 10. Sam Hornish, Jr. won his third IndyCar Series championship. Hornish also won the 90th Indianapolis 500, passing rookie Marco Andretti on the final lap less than Template:Convert/ft from the finish line. The season was marred by the death of Paul Dana during practice at Homestead.

CommentatorsEdit

The official commentators were Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, and Rusty Wallace, with pit reports from Jack Arute, Jerry Punch, Vince Welch, and Jamie Little, and pre race hosting from Brent Musburger.

ABC Television
Booth AnnouncersPit/garage reporters

Host: Brent Musburger
Announcer: Marty Reid
Color: Scott Goodyear
Color: Rusty Wallace

Jack Arute
Jerry Punch
Vince Welch
Jamie Little

2006 IndyCar Series schedule Edit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 March 26 USAflagsmall Toyota Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
2 April 2 USAflagsmall Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
3 April 22 Flag-of-japansmall Indy Japan 300 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
4 May 28 USAflagsmall 90th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
5 June 4 USAflagsmall Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix
presented by Tissot
Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Marco Andretti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon
6 June 10 USAflagsmall Bombardier Learjet 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
7 June 24 USAflagsmall SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
8 July 2 USAflagsmall Kansas Lottery Indy 300 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
9 July 15 USAflagsmall Firestone Indy 200 Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon
10 July 23 USAflagsmall ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan
11 July 30 USAflagsmall Firestone Indy 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
12 August 13 USAflagsmall Meijer Indy 300
presented by Coca-Cola and Secret
Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
13 August 27 USAflagsmall Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Infineon Raceway Sonoma, California 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon USAflagsmall Marco Andretti
14 September 10 USAflagsmall Peak Antifreeze Indy 300
presented by Mr. Clean
Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon

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Off season changesEdit

2006 for the Indy Racing League was much different from 2005. The biggest change being the withdrawal of Chevrolet- and Toyota-powered cars from the series, leaving Honda as the only engine manufacturer. There was much speculation after this announcement that because there would not be nearly as much money provided to teams by engine providers as in previous years, many of them would scale back. To some extent, this was true: Ganassi Racing pared its team from three to two cars and Panther Racing and Cheever Racing from two to one. However, Tony George and Patrick Dempsey's Vision Racing added a car for displaced Tomas Scheckter. Honda also reduced the costs of both year-long and Indy-only engine leases, promised that all teams would be provided with identical engines and technical support, and that engines would last two races between scheduled rebuilds—all significant cost-cutting measures compared to previous years.

The chassis situation is little changed from 2005, the largest change being Ganassi Racing's switch from Panoz to Dallara. The full-season runners using the Panoz in 2006 are Rahal Letterman Racing's three cars and Delphi Fernandez Racing's Scott Sharp.

2006 also sees the elimination of three rounds of the championship from the 2005 season. The Phoenix International Raceway race was cancelled because of scheduling conflicts. The California Speedway round was not retained because the IRL wanted to move its date earlier in the season so as to not conflict with the NFL season, but a date that was available for both the speedway and the league could not be found. Both the IRL and California Speedway hope that a race there will return for 2007. Pikes Peak International Raceway was eliminated from the 2006 schedule as the track was sold by its owners and subsequently closed. Further explanation for this new schedule was given by the league as being more "compact" and "exciting" and as a method of avoiding lost television ratings and race attendance by finishing their race season before the NFL season. Many critics viewed this shortened schedule as a definite setback for the series, not an improvement.

There were also a handful of significant driver moves, most important of which was 2005 series champion Dan Wheldon moving to Ganassi Racing from Andretti Green Racing, where he was replaced by Marco Andretti. Additionally, Tomas Scheckter moved from Panther Racing to a new car at Vision Racing and Vitor Meira moved from Rahal Letterman to Scheckter's seat at Panther. Paul Dana and his personal sponsor filled Meira's spot at Rahal Letterman. Eddie Cheever announced that he would return to the role of owner-driver of his single car team for the first four races, including the Indianapolis 500, and Michael Andretti announced he would return to the cockpit to drive alongside his son in the "500". A. J. Foyt IV, who left for NASCAR, was replaced by Felipe Giaffone in Foyt Enterprises' car, while Buddy Lazier returned to a full-time ride in the series by replacing the struggling Roger Yasukawa at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Hemelgarn Racing signed P. J. Chesson late in the offseason with backing from Carmelo Anthony to replace the outgoing Paul Dana.

There were also ongoing rumors during the offseason that Tony George and Champ Car principal Kevin Kalkhoven had been meeting and discussing a potential merger, or a new series that would re-unite open wheel racing in America. The two men have admitted to meeting and enjoying each other's company in skiing and golf, and in separate March 2006 interviews with the Los Angeles Times admitted that they were in fact discussing the prospects of combining the two series [1].

Mid-Season changesEdit

Following Paul Dana's death in a crash before the first race, Rahal-Letterman hired Jeff Simmons to drive the #17 car two races later at Motegi. Following an Indy 500 where both Hemelgarn cars crashed into each other and finished in the last two positions, Hemelgarn Racing, which had been running full-time with P. J. Chesson, ceased operations. After the Kansas Speedway race, Cheever Racing ceased operations due to lack of sponsorship and Foyt Enterprises replaced Felipe Giaffone with Jeff Bucknum. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing also announced that Ryan Briscoe, who drove their car to a third place at Watkins Glen, would drive their car in the remaining short oval and road course races instead of Buddy Lazier and that Sarah Fisher would race the car at the remaining Template:Convert/mi tracks, Kentucky and Chicagoland. Marty Roth returned to the series after crashing in Indy 500 practice and missing the race to drive his own Roth Racing machine in the final 3 oval races of the season (Michigan, Kentucky, and Chicagoland).

Team and Driver Chart Edit

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Sponsor(s) Notes
USAflagsmall Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 1 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Jim Beam/Vonage Indy 500 Only
7 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta XM Satellite Radio
11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven
26 USAflagsmall Marco Andretti NYSE Group
27 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Klein Tools/Jim Beam/Canadian Club Injured before Chicagoland
USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt IV Klein Tools/Canadian Club Stood in for Franchitti at Chicagoland
USAflagsmall Vision Racing Dallara Honda 2 Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter
20 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter Injured at Homestead; missed St. Petersburg
25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno Stood in for Carpenter at St. Petersburg
90 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell Rock & Republic Indy 500 only
USAflagsmall Marlboro Team Penske Dallara Honda 3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Marlboro/Mobil 1
6 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. Marlboro/Mobil 1
USAflagsmall Panther Racing Dallara Honda 4 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira Econova/Lincoln Tech/Revive
USAflagsmall Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda 5 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier Escort Radar Detectors Left team after Michigan
25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Watkins Glen, Nashville, Milwaukee, & Infineon
USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher Fastenal/iZon Kentucky and Chicagoland only
31 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. A1 Team USA Indy 500 Only
25px-Mexicoflag/Flag-of-japansmall Aguri-Fernández Racing Dallara Honda 8 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp Delphi Corporation Panoz chassis used Road Courses
55 Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura Panasonic/ARTA
USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Target Panoz chassis used Road Courses
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Panoz chassis used Road Courses
USAflagsmall Playa del Racing Panoz Honda 12 USAflagsmall Roger Yasukawa Indy 500 Only
21 USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Honda 14 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone ABC Supply Company Released after 8 races
USAflagsmall Jeff Bucknum Replaced Giaffone for remaining races
41 USAflagsmall Larry Foyt ABC Supply Company Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz/Dallara Honda 15 USAflagsmall Buddy Rice Argent Mortgage Panoz chassis used the first 5 races and Sonoma
16 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick Argent Mortgage Panoz chassis used the first 5 races and Sonoma
17 USAflagsmall Paul Dana Ethanol Promotion and Information Council Killed in practice at Homestead
USAflagsmall Jeff Simmons Replaced Dana from Motegi onwards. Panoz chassis used Motegi to Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
USAflagsmall PDM Racing Panoz Honda 18 25px-Brazilflag Thiago Medeiros Indy 500 Only
25px-Canadaflag Roth Racing Dallara Honda 25 25px-Canadaflag Marty Roth Barabco Indy 500, Michigan, Kentucky, and Chicagoland only
USAflagsmall Cheever Racing Dallara Honda 51 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Circle K/Geico Team shut down after Kansas
22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Motegi Only
52 22px-Flag of Italy Max Papis Sport Clips Indy 500 Only
22px-Flag of the Netherlands Luyendyk Racing Panoz Honda 61 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Sam Schmidt Motorsports Panoz Honda 88 25px-Brazilflag Airton Daré OCTANE Motors/Sanitec Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Honda 91 USAflagsmall P. J. Chesson Carmelo Team shut down after Indy 500
92 USAflagsmall Jeff Bucknum Life Fitness Indy 500 Only
USAflagsmall Team Leader Motorsports Panoz Honda 97 22px-Flag of France Stéphan Grégoire Effen Vodka Indy 500 Only
98 USAflagsmall P. J. Jones CURB Records Indy 500 Only

Race summariesEdit

Toyota Indy 300Edit

Main article: 2006 Toyota Indy 300

This race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway was run on March 26 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

The race was marred by a violent crash in the final practice session. Paul Dana was killed in the crash and teammates Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice withdrew from the race to honor his memory. He was the third driver to lose his life in the IRL. Ed Carpenter was also injured.

Top ten results

  1. 10- Dan Wheldon 200 laps
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves +0.0147 (9th closest finish in IRL history)
  3. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +0.4744
  4. 27- Dario Franchitti +0.9401
  5. 9- Scott Dixon +1.1989
  6. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +2 laps
  7. 8- Scott Sharp +2 laps
  8. 14- Felipe Giaffone +2 laps
  9. 2- Tomas Scheckter +3 laps
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever +4 laps

IRL Video Synopsis of the Race

Annotated Video of Race Summary

Honda Grand Prix of St. PetersburgEdit

Main article: 2006 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

The Streets of St. Petersburg race was held on April 2 and covered by ESPN. Dario Franchitti won the pole, but was knocked out early due to mechanical failure. The race finished under the yellow flag after Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice hit the barrier with 4 laps to go.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 100 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.1386
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan +0.6284
  4. 7- Bryan Herta +0.7813
  5. 4- Vitor Meira +2.5995
  6. 16- Danica Patrick +3.0433
  7. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +52.7172
  8. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +1 lap
  9. 14- Felipe Giaffone +1 lap
  10. 8- Scott Sharp +1 lap

Indy Japan 300Edit

The Twin Ring Motegi, Japan race was run on April 22 and covered (via tape delay) by ESPN. Qualifying was rained out and the field was set by entrant points. As a result, Hélio Castroneves sat on pole, and for the second race running, Castroneves won the race. This race also saw the return of Ed Carpenter after the accident at Homestead. Rahal Letterman Racing also returned the #17 car to competition after sitting out a second race, as Indy Pro Series driver Jeff Simmons moved up to the seat. While Simmons has two IndyCar Series races to his experience (one the 2004 Indianapolis 500), he is eligible for the Bombardier series Rookie of the Year contest for 2006.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +6.3851
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan +8.6163
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +9.0011
  5. 15- Buddy Rice +9.7491
  6. 7- Bryan Herta +13.8972
  7. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +14.7633
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +15.4456
  9. 9- Scott Dixon +1 lap
  10. 4- Vitor Meira +1 lap

90th Indianapolis 500Edit

Main article: 2006 Indianapolis 500

The Indy 500 was run on May 28 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole with a 4-lap average of 228.985 mph (2:37.2155). It was Hornish's 10th pole of his short, but yet outstanding career. Hornish then went on to win the race, beating Marco Andretti in the second-closest finish in Indy 500 history. Dan Wheldon led most laps with 148.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 26- Marco Andretti +0.0635
  3. 1- Michael Andretti +1.0087
  4. 10- Dan Wheldon +1.2692
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +1.6456
  6. 9- Scott Dixon +3.0566
  7. 27- Dario Franchitti +5.6249
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +5.7263
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +11.1252
  10. 4- Vitor Meira +17.9554

Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by TissotEdit

The Watkins Glen International race was run on June 4 and covered by ABC. Qualifying was cancelled due to fog and the field was set based on Friday practice speeds. Hélio Castroneves sat on pole. The race was shortened to 55 laps from the scheduled 60 due to the 2 hour time limit. The race also made history as the first ever IRL race to be run in wet conditions. Scott Dixon won from Panther Racing's Vitor Meira and Australia's Ryan Briscoe, of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Scott Dixon 55 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +2.3311
  3. 5- Ryan Briscoe +2.7999
  4. 15- Buddy Rice +9.2284
  5. 14- Felipe Giaffone +11.4811
  6. 20- Ed Carpenter +12.4427
  7. 3- Hélio Castroneves +13.0455
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +13.3289
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +16.6462
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +48.4872

Video Synopsis of Race

  1. Annotated Version of IRL Race Summary

Bombardier Learjet 500Edit

The Texas race was run on June 10 and covered by ESPN. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole. Hélio Castroneves captured his second Texas win and third win of the season. Dan Wheldon had led most of the race and looked in control only for a short delay on his final pit stop to drop him back to third.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.2402
  3. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.2981
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +14.5389
  5. 8- Scott Sharp +14.5895
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +15.9294
  7. 11- Tony Kanaan +16.1398
  8. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +22.3327
  9. 20- Ed Carpenter +22.9791
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap

IRL Race Summary

  1. Annotated Race Summary Video

SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

The Richmond International Raceway race was run on June 24 and covered by ESPN. Qualifying was rained out and Hélio Castroneves won the pole based on combined practice speeds. Sam Hornish, Jr. has won the race, leading 212 of 250 laps. The race finished in yellow flag at 4 laps to go due a blown tire from Hélio Castroneves which dropped him to 10th place.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 250 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +0.3907
  3. 27- Dario Franchitti +1.5895
  4. 26- Marco Andretti +6.5400
  5. 8- Scott Sharp +6.6677
  6. 7- Bryan Herta +10.9217
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap
  8. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  9. 10- Dan Wheldon +1 lap
  10. 3- Hélio Castroneves +1 lap

Kansas Lottery Indy 300Edit

The Kansas Speedway race was run on July 2 and covered by ABC. Dan Wheldon won the pole. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the race taking the lead from Wheldon with two laps to go. This was the 50th IRL race where 1st and 2nd were separated by less than a second.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.0793
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +5.3892
  4. 9- Scott Dixon +5.5158
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +5.7762
  6. 3- Hélio Castroneves +7.0432
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +9.6925
  8. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +9.9881
  9. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  10. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap

Firestone Indy 200Edit

The Nashville Superspeedway race was run on July 15 and covered by ESPN. Dan Wheldon won the pole. Scott Dixon won his second race of the season and captured his first win on an oval since 2003.

Top ten results:

  1. 9- Scott Dixon 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.1176
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +1.2756
  4. 16- Danica Patrick +2.5019
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves +3.5647
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti +11.9449
  7. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap
  8. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  9. 5- Ryan Briscoe +1 lap
  10. 20- Ed Carpenter +2 laps

ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225Edit

The The Milwaukee Mile race was run on July 23 and covered by ESPN. Hélio Castroneves won the pole. Tony Kanaan led most of the race and gave Andretti Green Racing its first win of the season.

Top ten results

  1. 11- Tony Kanaan 225 laps
  2. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +1.8276
  3. 2- Tomas Scheckter +2.0114
  4. 16- Danica Patrick +8.4708
  5. 26- Marco Andretti +10.2611
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti +11.2373
  7. 7- Bryan Herta +14.1195
  8. 10- Dan Wheldon +1 lap
  9. 17- Jeff Simmons +2 laps
  10. 9- Scott Dixon +2 laps

Firestone Indy 400Edit

The Michigan International Speedway race was run on July 30 and covered by ABC. The race start was delayed almost 3 hours and the race was aired tape delayed on ESPN2. Hélio Castroneves got his fourth race win of the season from the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +1.6229
  3. 10- Dan Wheldon +6.2259
  4. 11- Tony Kanaan +6.9874
  5. 2- Tomas Scheckter +27.9005
  6. 8- Scott Sharp +28.5560
  7. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  8. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  9. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +1 lap
  10. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap

Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and SecretEdit

The Kentucky Speedway race was run on August 13 and covered by ABC. Hélio Castroneves won the pole. Sam Hornish, Jr. captured his 4th win of the year and re-took the points lead. This was also the second IRL race with two female drivers in the field, the first was the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

Top ten results:

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.5866
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves +0.6511
  4. 10- Dan Wheldon +1.8913
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +2.3049
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +2.5191
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +2.8124
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +3.2408
  9. 27- Dario Franchitti +4.7070
  10. 7- Bryan Herta +4.7966

Indy Grand Prix of SonomaEdit

The Infineon Raceway race was run on August 27 and covered by ESPN. Scott Dixon won the pole. Marco Andretti became the youngest winner of a major open wheel race and the first new IRL winner since Adrian Fernandez in 2004.

Top ten results:

  1. 26- Marco Andretti 80 laps
  2. 27- Dario Franchitti +0.6557
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +10.6535
  4. 9- Scott Dixon +11.1867
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves +12.5049
  6. 10- Dan Wheldon +13.4493
  7. 17- Jeff Simmons +13.8754
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +15.7417
  9. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +16.3369
  10. 7- Bryan Herta +18.5571

Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. CleanEdit

The Chicagoland Speedway race was run on September 10 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole and clinched the championship by finishing third. Dan Wheldon won the race and tied Hornish in season points, but lost the title due to the tiebreaker (most wins).

Top ten results:

  1. 10- Dan Wheldon 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.1897
  3. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +0.2323
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves +2.6913
  5. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +1 lap
  7. 11- Tony Kanaan +1 lap
  8. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +1 lap
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver HMS
USAflagsmall
STP
USAflagsmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
WGL
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
NSH
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
MIS
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
SNM
USAflagsmall
CHI
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 3* 8 4 1 12 4 1* 1* 14 2 19 1 9 3 475
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 1 16 2 4* 15* 3* 9 2 2* 8 3 4* 6 1* 475
3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 2 1* 1* 25 7 1 10 6 5 14 1 3 5 4 473
4 25px-Newzealandflag Scott Dixon 5 2 9 6 1 2 11 4 1 10 16 2 4* 2 460
5 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 16 5 10 10 2 6 2 3 3 15 2* 6 3 6 411
6 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 11 3 3 5 11 7 18 5 12 1* 4 5 11 7 384
7 USAflagsmall Marco Andretti 15 15 12 2 16 14 4 9 8 5 8 17 1 18 325
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 4 19 11 7 14 13 3 12 6 6 12 9 2 311
9 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick DNS 6 8 8 8 12 15 11 4 4 17 8 8 12 302
10 Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 9 12 13 27 10 10 7 7 15 3 5 7 17 10 298
11 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 13 4 6 20 13 11 6 13 11 7 11 10 10 15 289
12 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp 7 10 16 9 9 5 5 18 17 12 6 16 14 9 287
13 Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura 6 7 7 15 18 8 12 8 13 17 9 19 13 11 273
14 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter DNS 20 11 6 9 8 16 10 16 7 11 12 5 252
15 USAflagsmall Buddy Rice DNS 13 5 26 4 18 13 17 16 11 13 15 15 13 234
16 USAflagsmall Jeff Simmons 18 23 19 15 19 10 7 9 10 14 7 8 217
17 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone 8 9 15 21 5 16 17 19 142
18 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 14 14 14 12 19 16 15 15 122
19 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever 10 11 13 17 17 14 14 114
20 USAflagsmall Jeff Bucknum 32 18 13 14 13 18 17 97
21 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 3 9 18 16 83
22 USAflagsmall P. J. Chesson 12 17 17 33 54
23 25px-Canadaflag Marty Roth DNQ 18 18 19 36
24 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti 3 35
25 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher 12 16 32
26 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt IV 14 16
27 22px-Flag of Italy Max Papis 14 16
28 USAflagsmall Roger Yasukawa 16 14
29 USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier 17 13
30 25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno 18 12
31 25px-Brazilflag Airton Daré 18 12
32 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 19 12
33 USAflagsmall P. J. Jones 19 12
34 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell 22 12
35 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 24 12
36 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk, Jr. 28 10
37 22px-Flag of France Stéphan Grégoire 29 10
38 USAflagsmall Larry Foyt 30 10
39 25px-Brazilflag Thiago Medeiros 31 10
40 USAflagsmall Paul Dana DNS 1 6
Pos Driver HMS
USAflagsmall
STP
USAflagsmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
WGL
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
NSH
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
MIS
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
SNM
USAflagsmall
CHI
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 half 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.

Note Edit

  1. - Paul Dana collided with Ed Carpenter's disabled car in the practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dana was transported to a hospital, where he died due to complications from his injuries sustained in the crash. He was 30 years old.

See also Edit

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