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2009 American Championship Car season
Series  : IndyCar
Champion : 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
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The 2009 IndyCar Series season was the 14th season of the IndyCar Series. The 17-race season began on April 5, and its premier event, the 93rd Indianapolis 500 was held May 24. All races were broadcast on ABC[1] or Versus in high-definition. It represented the 98th recognized season of top-level American open wheel racing.

On July 30, 2008 the 2009 schedule for the IndyCar Series was officially released.[2] New to the schedule were Long Beach and Toronto, with Nashville having been removed to make way for the new events.

Dario Franchitti won his second IndyCar Series championship, putting a disappointing foray into NASCAR in 2008 behind him. Franchitti took his Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara-Honda to victory at Long Beach, Iowa Speedway, Toronto and Infineon Raceway in a season long battle with his Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon and Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe. Dixon led the series heading into the final round, but Franchitti's win at the series finale at Homestead pushed the British driver eleven points clear at seasons end.

Dixon, who took five wins, held second place by a solitary point over Briscoe. Briscoe, with three wins, had his best ever season leading Team Penske after Hélio Castroneves's abbreviated start to the season from his tax-evasion trial. The Brazilian recovered by winning his third Indianapolis 500 before taking a win a Texas Motor Speedway a month later.

The Ganassi and Penske teams dominated the season, only two race victories were taken by drivers other than the four regulars from these two teams, and one of them, at Edmonton, was claimed by part-time Penske driver Will Power. The only other winner was Justin Wilson, scoring Dale Coyne Racing's first victory at Watkins Glen.

The Andretti Green Racing team had their first ever season without a win. Drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Hideki Mutoh each scored podium finishes, and Patrick finished fifth in the season points, setting a new record for highest points finish by a female driver.

Brazilian racer Raphael Matos claimed rookie of the year honors for the Luczo-Dragon Racing team, finishing thirteenth in the season point score, 29 points clear of Robert Doornbos with a season best result of sixth at Milwaukee. Template:TOC left

2009 IndyCar Series schedule Edit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Time TV
1 April 5 USAflagsmall Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 2 p.m. Versus
2 April 19 USAflagsmall Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California 3:30 p.m. Versus
3 April 26 USAflagsmall RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas 4 p.m. Versus
4 May 24 USAflagsmall 93rd Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana 1 p.m. ABC
5 May 31 USAflagsmall ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin 3:30 p.m. ABC
6 June 6 USAflagsmall Bombardier Learjet 550 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 9 p.m. Versus
7 June 21 USAflagsmall Iowa Corn Indy 250 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 1 p.m. ABC
8 June 27 USAflagsmall SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia 8 p.m. Versus
9 July 5 USAflagsmall Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York 1 p.m. ABC
10 July 12 25px-Canadaflag Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario 1 p.m. ABC
11 July 26 25px-Canadaflag Rexall Edmonton Indy Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta 5 p.m. Versus
12 August 1 USAflagsmall Meijer Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky 8 p.m. Versus
13 August 9 USAflagsmall Honda 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio 1 p.m. Versus
14 August 23 USAflagsmall Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Infineon Raceway Sonoma, California 5 p.m. Versus
15 August 29 USAflagsmall Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois 9 p.m. Versus
16 September 18 Flag-of-japansmall Indy Japan 300 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan 10:30 p.m. Versus
17 October 10 USAflagsmall Firestone Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida 4 p.m. Versus

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Schedule detailsEdit

  • All times are EDT and are subject to change.[3]
  • Race names and sponsors are subject to change
  • All IndyCar Series races in 2009 will be broadcast on the Sky Sports line up of channels in the UK, TSN in Canada (with all but two races airing live between TSN and TSN2), sky Deutschland in Germany and Rede Bandeirantes and simulcasting on BandSports in Brazil. When the race isn't entirely shown or is interrupted on Bandeirantes, BandSports -Bandeirante's sports cable channel- will continue broadcasting the race. Originally, ESPN Latin America and ESPN+ was to bring to Hispanic America the same five races that ABC broadcast in the United States, i.e. Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Iowa, Watkins Glen and Toronto, whereas the remaining 12 races wouldn't be shown by any channel. However, the company got the rights to broadcast the final five races, i.e. Mid-Ohio, Sonoma, Chicago, Motegi and Homestead.
  • On December 18, it was announced that the Detroit Indy Grand Prix was cancelled for the 2009 season.[4]

Team and Driver Chart Edit

Team No Drivers Sponsor(s) Notes
USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Target Team did not use the #1 it was entitled to use, owing to sponsor Target Corporation and its IndyCar identity of the #9 and #10.[5]
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Target  
USAflagsmall Penske Racing 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Mobil 1/Verizon Wireless Will Power replaced Hélio Castroneves in the #3 car for the St. Petersburg race due to Castroneves' then ongoing tax evasion trial. With Castroneves being acquitted on all tax evasion charges, he returned to the #3 car starting at Long Beach, with Power running the 12 car with Verizon Wireless backing at Long Beach and the Indy 500. Power was later scheduled for five additional races at Toronto, Edmonton, Kentucky, Sonoma and Homestead in the #12 Penske Truck Rental Dallara/Honda. During practice for Sonoma, Power was caught up in a violent accident and suffered fractures to two lumbar vertebrae in his back ruling him out of Homestead. #3 and #6 cars appear with unbranded Marlboro colors and logos in accordance with the MSA.
25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power
6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe
USAflagsmall Andretti Green Racing 7 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick Boost Mobile Ran with Motorola sponsorship at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, and Kansas.
11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven  
25 22px-Flag of France Franck Montagny Automatic Fire Sprinklers Sonoma only
26 USAflagsmall Marco Andretti Venom Energy
27 Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Mutoh Panasonic/Formula Dream
USAflagsmall Vision Racing 20 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter Menards Sponsored by William Rast in the Canadian races, Sonoma, and Motegi.
21 USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay Izod/William Rast Moved to Foyt after Texas for the rest of the season.
USAflagsmall Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway Henkel/Dad's Root Beer/Roll Coater Henkel's Purex brand on car for Indy 500.
23 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Manning Charter Communications St. Petersburg and Long Beach only.
22px-Flag of Venezuela Milka Duno CITGO Kansas, Indy 500, Texas, Watkins Glen, Kentucky, Mid-Ohio, Sonoma, Chicagoland and Homestead only.
USAflagsmall Roger Yasukawa Charter Communications Motegi only.
Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Charter Communications/Mona Vie Scheckter ran #23 at Milwaukee, Iowa, Richmond, Toronto and Edmonton.
Ran #43 at Texas, Kentucky, Chicagoland, Motegi, and Homestead.
43 Mona Vie
USAflagsmall John Andretti Window World Indy 500 only; partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports.
44 USAflagsmall Davey Hamilton Hewlett-Packard Indy 500 only; partnership with Kingdom Racing.
USAflagsmall Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 02 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal McDonald's
06 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos McDonald's/flogs.com McDonald's sponsoring from Richmond onwards.[6]
Doornbos parted company with the team after Kentucky after fulfilling the 12 race agreement.[7] Servià replaced Doornbos from Mid-Ohio to Motegi.
22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià
40202 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lloyd HER Energy Drink Homestead only.[8] The unusual car number (normally the #06, and listed as #40202 on the Versus broadcast and on scoring monitors) is an advertising technique; by texting "stand" to 40202 one can donate $5 to cancer awareness and research.[9]
USAflagsmall Panther Racing 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States National Guard  
16 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp Patrón Indy 500 only; partnership with Highcroft Racing.
USAflagsmall HVM Racing 00 22px-Flag of France Nelson Philippe EcoDrivingUSA Indy 500 only
13 22px-Flag of Venezuela E. J. Viso PDVSA
33 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos iTeamSports Raced for HVM from Mid-Ohio onwards.
USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira ABC Supply Meira injured at Indy 500; out for season.[10] Paul Tracy replaced Meira at Milwaukee. A. J. Foyt IV replaced Meira at Texas. Ryan Hunter-Reay was named as a replacement for the remainder of the season beginning at Iowa. Meira tested at Indy on Sept. 30th, but did not return for the Homestead finale as was originally planned.
25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy
USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt IV
USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay
41 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt IV ABC Supply Indy 500 only
USAflagsmall Team 3G 98 USAflagsmall Stanton Barrett Interush St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Kansas and Motegi only. Failed to qualify at Indy 500, did not start at Milwaukee.
USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier Interush/Novicomm Texas, Iowa, Richmond, Kentucky, Chicago and Homestead only.
USAflagsmall Richard Antinucci Watkins Glen, Toronto, Edmonton, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma only.
USAflagsmall Luczo-Dragon Racing 2 25px-Brazilflag Raphael Matos US Marines/US Air Force
USAflagsmall KV Racing Technology 5 25px-Brazilflag Mario Moraes Votorantim Group/Azul Tequila Out for Mid-Ohio (bereavement)
25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy In #5 car for Mid-Ohio (Moraes Bereavement).
15 Geico/
Ontario Honda Dealers Association
Indy 500, Watkins Glen, Edmonton, and Toronto only. Ontario Honda Dealers Association and Wounded Warriors.ca sponsorship for Toronto and Edmonton.
8 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell Herbalife Indy 500 only.
USAflagsmall Dale Coyne Racing 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Z-Line Designs Number changed to match NASCAR Nationwide Series cars of Joe Gibbs Racing that are also sponsored by Z-Line (#18) starting at Long Beach.
19 Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q St. Petersburg only.
Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Mona Vie Indy 500 only.
Part-time entries
USAflagsmall Conquest Racing 34 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani Edmonton Indy St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Texas, Toronto and Edmonton only. Tagliani failed to qualify this car for Indy 500.
Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura CLICK Securities Motegi only.
22px-Flag of France Nelson Philippe EcoDrivingUSA Philippe suffered a fractured foot after a practice accident at Infineon Raceway.[11]
36 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani All Sport/Big Red Indy 500 only; Junqueira qualified car, but was replaced by Tagliani for sponsorship reasons. Partnership with the Rubicon Race Team.
25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira
USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher Racing 67 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher Dollar General Kansas, Indy 500, Texas, Kentucky, Chicago and Homestead only.[12]
USAflagsmall Sam Schmidt Motorsports 99 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lloyd HER Energy Drink Indy 500 only; partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing.
USAflagsmall Hemelgarn Racing 91 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier Great Lakes Leasing Indy 500 only; failed to qualify.
USAflagsmall Rahal Letterman Racing 17 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià DAFCA Indy 500 only.

Series newsEdit

  • 2009 is the beginning of a new 10-year TV deal with the Versus TV network. Versus will broadcast at least twelve IndyCar Series events a year in HD. Versus will also broadcast extensive pre-race coverage, a one-hour preview show the day before each race including qualifying highlights, qualifications for the Indianapolis 500, a Firestone Indy Lights weekly telecast, replays of all series races a week after original broadcast, and at least ten hours of ancillary programming.[13] Bob Jenkins, Robbie Buhl, and Jon Beekhuis will be the broadcast team along with Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, and Lindy Thackston in the pits. Emmy-award winning auto-racing producer Terry Lingner will produce the coverage.[14] Versus will air commercials using IndyCar Non-Stop.
  • Firestone will offer two sets of tire compounds beginning in 2009 on road and street courses for the IR5 chassis. It will operate similar to Champ Car's "option tire" program. The alternate tires are marked with red sidewalls and are made of a softer compound. They contain more grip and allow for faster times, but do not last as long as the regular tires. Each team will receive six sets of the regular tires ("the blacks") and three sets of the new alternate tires ("the reds") for the race weekend. The car will be required to run at least two green flag laps with the alternate tires during a race.
  • A new private testing policy was put into place for team for 2009, provided they participate in the TEAM revenue-sharing program.[15] Teams will be permitted:
    • Template:Convert/mi or six days of testing, whichever comes first, along with eight sets of tires.
    • Two-car teams may conduct Template:Convert/mi of testing with 26 sets of tires.
    • Additional team cars gain Template:Convert/mi and four sets of tires per car.
    • No testing at any track within seven days of a race.
    • Teams can earn additional test days by providing opportunities to Firestone Indy Lights drivers.
  • Bonus practice time for rookies and teams outside the Top 10 in points will be added starting at Long Beach. The bonus session will last from 30–45 minutes at each venue before the first practice sessions of the day for all cars. The policy is intended to promote competition, allowing teams a chance to close the gap on the Top 10 teams without paying for expensive private testing. In addition, it will provide more opportunities for rookie drivers, particularly those moving up from Indy Lights.[16]
  • Slight changes have be made to the points system in 2009, as a driver will only get two points for most laps led in a race instead of three. A point will be given for winning pole for a race.
  • IndyCar Series officials have banned formerly optional 118 and 120 inch wheelbases, requiring teams to uniformly adopt 122 inch wheelbases. This will provide cost savings for the teams as well as greatly enhancing competition on the oval tracks.[17]
  • On July 28, 2009 the IRL approved "push to pass" buttons on all the cars. They would give a driver a 20 hp boost for 12 seconds with a 10-second recharge time. This will be available for use only 20 times during a given race. This feature will debut at the event at Kentucky Speedway on August 1, 2009.[18]

Team and driver newsEdit

TestingEdit

The following open tests were held.

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Winning driver Winning team Report
1 USAflagsmall St. Petersburg USAflagsmall Graham Rahal 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe USAflagsmall Penske Racing Report
2 USAflagsmall Long Beach 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
3 USAflagsmall Kansas USAflagsmall Graham Rahal 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
4 USAflagsmall Indianapolis 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Penske Racing Report
5 USAflagsmall Milwaukee 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
6 USAflagsmall Texas 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Penske Racing Report
7 USAflagsmall Iowa 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Mutoh 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
8 USAflagsmall Richmond 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
9 USAflagsmall Watkins Glen 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson USAflagsmall Dale Coyne Racing Report
10 25px-Canadaflag Toronto 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
11 25px-Canadaflag Edmonton 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power USAflagsmall Penske Racing Report
12 USAflagsmall Kentucky 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe USAflagsmall Penske Racing Report
13 USAflagsmall Mid-Ohio 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
14 USAflagsmall Sonoma 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
15 USAflagsmall Chicagoland 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe USAflagsmall Penske Racing Report
16 Flag-of-japansmall Motegi 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
17 USAflagsmall Homestead 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report

Race summariesEdit

Round 1: Honda Grand Prix of St. PetersburgEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 100 2:12:26.8387 46
2 14 21 USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision Racing 100 +0.4619 0
3 2 19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 100 +0.9490 52
4 5 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 100 +1.5230 0
5 3 11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 100 +2.3214 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 5 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 28 laps

Round 2: 35th Toyota Grand Prix of Long BeachEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:58:47.4658 51
2 1 12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Penske Racing 85 +3.3182 16
3 11 11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 85 +4.0537 7
4 22 7 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 85 +5.0742 0
5 14 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 85 +6.5655 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 6 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 18 laps

Round 3: RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:43:21.0035 134
2 22 3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +0.7104 3
3 8 11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 +1.5022 0
4 7 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 +1.8872 53
5 3 7 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 +2.6502 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 10 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 20 laps

Round 4: 93rd Indianapolis 500Edit

  • Report: 2009 Indianapolis 500
  • Sunday May 24, 2009 - 12:12 p.m. CDT / 1:12 p.m. EDT
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana (2.5 mile oval)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 500 miles
  • Race weather: 83°F, sunny
  • Television: ABC (Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever, Jack Arute, Jamie Little, Brienne Pedigo, Vince Welch)
  • Nielsen ratings: 4.2
  • Attendance: TBA
  • Pole Position winner: #3 Hélio Castroneves, 2:40.0967 sec, Template:Convert/mph (4-lap)
  • Race Summary: Dario Franchitti made the move at the start, passing Ryan Briscoe on the first lap and polesitter Hélio Castroneves at a restart on the eighth lap. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, starting fifth and sixth made short work of Graham Rahal and joined the top three. Castroneves lost out to Briscoe and Dixon in the first round of stops. Briscoe, now second took the lead from Franchitti on lap 53. Graham Rahal crashed from sixth on lap 56 which brought out the caution. Another poor stop for Castroneves got him behind Kanaan as well, while the two Ganassi cars of Dixon and Franchitti switched places. The race turned green on lap 64, and it was evident that Briscoe had a bad set of tires. He lost many places immediately, and Castroneves also lost out to Raphael Matos and Danica Patrick. Meanwhile Briscoe had to pit again, and rejoined 24th. The top three pulled away, while Castroneves passed Patrick on lap 81. During the third round of stops (after another caution), Franchitti got ahead of Dixon, and Castroneves got in front of Matos. There was the green flag on lap 91, and Dixon used Franchitti's slipstream to take the lead. Kanaan, running third on lap 98 had a huge impact with the wall at Turn 3 after a mechanical failure. He was okay except for some bruises, and the caution was brought out again leading to the fourth round of stops. The top two retained order, while third placed Castroneves again lost out, this time to Will Power and Matos. Danica Patrick had a bad stop as well, dropping from sixth to tenth. During the next restart, Castroneves made short work of Matos, and had a go at Power, but Power kept the place. The order remained the same until lap 131, when Nelson Philippe crashed, bringing out the fifth caution. This led to another round of stops. While Dixon maintained his lead, Franchitti had a slow stop, dropping from second to eighth, and Castrineves got the jump on power. The order after the stops is Dixon from Castroneves, Power, Paul Tracy and Dan Wheldon. The green flag came out on lap 142, and it was Castroneves who immediately was on sond, taking the lead from Dixon even before they had reached the first turn. Tracy started dropping back, quickly passed by Wheldon and Townsend Bell. Franchitti, frustrated after his bad stop, further dropped down to 12th after running wide when trying to pass Ed Carpenter. On lap 159, Power passed Dixon for second. The next caution came after Justin Wilson crashed. This led to one more round of stops. Power and Dixon, running second and third had bad stops, and Danica Patrick got in front of Townsend Bell during this time. Ryan Briscoe did not stop, and was in second. There were no changes at the restart. There was one more caution, during which Briscoe pitted from second. He rejoined 16th. At the last restart with twenty laps to go, Patrick had a go at Wheldon but Wheldon defended well. Castroneves pulled away and won, with Wheldon, Patrick, Bell and Power making the top 5.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 3:19:34.6427 66
2 18 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 200 +1.9819 0
3 10 7 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 +2.3350 0
4 24 8 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology 200 +2.7043 0
5 9 12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Penske Racing 200 +3.6216 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 6 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 61 laps

Round 5: ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 225 1:38:43.9552 27
2 1 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 225 +2.1257 154
3 8 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 225 +2.2644 19
4 2 02 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 225 +2.6744 0
5 7 7 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 225 +5.9824 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 5 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 22 laps

Round 6: Bombardier Learjet 550Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 228 1:55:16.1670 57
2 2 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 228 +0.3904 160
3 3 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 228 +2.2461 0
4 8 26 USAflagsmall Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 228 +4.3745 0
5 1 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 228 +4.7695 10
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 7 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 26 laps

Round 7: Iowa Corn Indy 250Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 250 1:39:47.9077 68
2 2 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 250 +5.0132 85
3 11 27 Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 250 +10.9769 0
4 6 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 250 +17.5807 8
5 3 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 249 +1 Lap 1
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 12 between 7 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 46 laps

Round 8: SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 300 1:48:02.4703 161
2 1 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 300 +0.3109 65
3 5 02 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 300 +2.4085 0
4 8 27 Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 300 +13.5302 74
5 10 7 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 300 +14.1111 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 3 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 46 laps

Round 9: Camping World Grand Prix at The GlenEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 60 1:48:24.1947 49
2 1 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 60 +4.9906 7
3 3 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 60 +5.1632 1
4 13 3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 60 +7.0755 1
5 8 26 USAflagsmall Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 60 +8.5595 2
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 8 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 10 laps

Round 10: Honda Indy TorontoEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:43:47.1408 45
2 11 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 85 +1.6745 0
3 2 12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Penske Racing 85 +2.1355 0
4 8 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +2.4803 0
5 4 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 85 +2.9230 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 7 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 15 laps

Round 11: Rexall Edmonton IndyEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Penske Racing 95 1:42:42.3773 90
2 3 3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 95 +1.0936* 2
3 4 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 95 +1.3213 2
4 2 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 95 +1.8266 1
5 6 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 95 +4.4652 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 5 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 2 laps
  • * Race finished under caution.

Round 12: Meijer Indy 300Edit

  • Report: 2009 Meijer Indy 300
  • Saturday August 1, 2009 - 8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Kentucky (1.48 mile oval)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 296 miles
  • Race weather: 76°F, overcast
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Robbie Buhl, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Robbie Floyd, Lindy Thackston)
  • Nielsen ratings: 0.14[70]
  • Attendance: 48,000
  • Pole Position winner: #9 Scott Dixon (qualifying cancelled; field set by owner points)
  • Race Summary: Series officials implemented a mid-season rules change on oval races to encourage increased competition. A push-to-pass system was added to the cars, along with various aerodynamic enhancements. The changes were well-received, and the race became the most competitive oval race on the circuit in almost two years. In the final 50 laps, Ed Carpenter of Vision Racing led Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan, with Hélio Castroneves lurking amongst the top 5. In the final ten laps, Carpenter and Briscoe raced side by side, swapping the lead several times each lap. On the final turn, Briscoe edged ahead, and denied Carpenter his first career victory by 0.0162 seconds. The race's average speed, only slowed by a single caution flag for a second straight race, was over 200 mph, making it the second fastest IndyCar Series race held.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 3 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 1:28:24.3246 38
2 14 20 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 200 +0.0162 35
3 9 11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 +0.1614 1
4 4 3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +0.2728 1
5 10 02 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +0.6346 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 22 between 7 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 6 laps

Round 13: Honda 200Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 3 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:46:05.7985 51
2 1 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 85 +29.7803 6
3 6 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +30.0551 0
4 7 14 USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay A. J. Foyt Enterprises 85 +33.7307 0
5 11 27 Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 85 +34.1839 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 5 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 6 laps

Round 14: Indy Grand Prix of SonomaEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 75 1:49:23.0073 75
2 2 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 75 +0.2488 0
3 9 24 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 75 +0.8293 0
4 14 5 25px-Brazilflag Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 75 +3.6171 0
5 5 27 Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 75 +5.4536 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: None
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps

Round 15: Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 1:42:34.3051 71
2 6 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0077 61
3 8 5 25px-Brazilflag Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 200 +0.0699 0
4 3 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0997 34
5 5 02 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +0.1295 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 18 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 23 laps

Round 16: Indy Japan 300Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:51:37.6411 139
2 3 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +1.4475 53
3 5 02 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +3.2002 3
4 7 06 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +7.3720 0
5 2 5 25px-Brazilflag Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 200 +12.7643 0
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 7 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 23 laps

Round 17: Firestone Indy 300Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:28:28.3117 25
2 3 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 +4.7888 103
3 2 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +6.0206 70
4 15 11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 199 +1 Lap 0
5 11 3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 199 +1 Lap 2
Race average speed: Template:Convert/mi/h
Lead changes: 12 between 4 drivers
Cautions: None

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver STP
USAflagsmall
LBH
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
IOW
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
WGL
USAflagsmall
TOR
25px-Canadaflag
EDM
25px-Canadaflag
KTY
USAflagsmall
MDO
USAflagsmall
SNM
USAflagsmall
CHI
USAflagsmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
HMS
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 4 1* 18 7 3 5 1 2 15 1* 5 6 3 1* 4 2 1 616
2 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 16 15 1* 6* 1 3 5 1* 3 4 3 7*1 1* 13 2 1* 3 605
3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 1 13 4 15 2* 2* 2* 19 2 2 4 1 2 2 1* 18 2* 604
4 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 7 2 1 11 1 71 17 4 18 2 4 12 18 20 10 5 433
5 USAflagsmall Danica Patrick 19 4 5 3 5 6 9 5 11 6 11 8 19 16 12 6 19 393
6 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 5 3 3 27 19 8 14 6 8 17 21 3 10 8 13 11 4 386
7 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal 7 12 7 31 4 22 11 3 13 20 7 5 8 21 5 3 11 385
8 USAflagsmall Marco Andretti 13 6 6 30 7 4 12 7 5 8 10 10 6 14 11 7 22 380
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 3* 22 14 23 15 15 18 14 1* 5 8 21 13 7 10 12 10 354
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 14 5 10 2 10 7 4 10 10 14 15 11 16 12 22 8 21 354
11 Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Mutoh 15 20 8 10 8 21 3 4 18 12 14 13 5 5 23 14 6 353
12 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter 18 18 9 8 16 9 10 13 16 15 16 2 17 11 6 13 12 321
13 25px-Brazilflag Raphael Matos 20 8 20 22 6 12 16 8 12 10 18 16 9 9 9 9 14 312
14 25px-Brazilflag Mario Moraes 21 19 11 33 9 10 17 16 14 11 23 18 4 3 5 7 304
15 USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay 2 11 15 32 12 16 19 15 21 7 17 14 4 19 15 21 13 298
16 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos 11 9 12 28 14 11 15 9 9 23 9 19 14 10 18 16 20 283
17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway 22 21 19 18 20 19 8 18 6 22 20 17 20 3 16 22 15 261
18 22px-Flag of Venezuela E. J. Viso 17 23 21 24 18 24 20 12 7 13 12 15 15 22 17 15 16 248
19 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 6 2 5 3 1* 9 DNS 215
20 Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 12 13 13 6 11 16 19 22 8 23 9 195
21 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià 26 11 6 7 4 115
22 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani 10 10 11 14 9 13 114
23 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 9 17 20 19 6 7 113
24 22px-Flag of Venezuela Milka Duno 16 20 23 17 20 21 17 21 17 113
25 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher 13 17 17 12 14 18 89
26 USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier 18 13 20 23 19 23 77
27 USAflagsmall Richard Antinucci 19 21 22 18 15 63
28 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 9 14 22 21 62
29 USAflagsmall Stanton Barrett 12 17 17 DNQ DNS 19 62
30 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 13 8 41
31 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Manning 8 16 38
32 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell 4 32
33 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt IV 16 20 26
34 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp 14 16
35 22px-Flag of France Nelson Philippe 25 DNS 16
36 Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura 17 13
37 USAflagsmall John Andretti 19 12
38 22px-Flag of France Franck Montagny 20 12
39 USAflagsmall Roger Yasukawa 20 12
40 USAflagsmall Davey Hamilton 29 10
25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira Wth 0
USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier DNQ 0
Pos Driver STP
USAflagsmall
LBH
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
IOW
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
WGL
USAflagsmall
TOR
25px-Canadaflag
EDM
25px-Canadaflag
KTY
USAflagsmall
MDO
USAflagsmall
SNM
USAflagsmall
CHI
USAflagsmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
HMS
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
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)</span>
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns half the points
had they taken part.
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded
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.

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