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2012 American Championship Car season
Series  : IndyCar
Champion : USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay
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PLM12 Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series driver championship.

Dario Franchitti 2009 Indy 500 Carb Day

Dario Franchitti won his third Indianapolis 500 in 2012.

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series[1] season represented the 101st season of American open wheel racing. Its premier event was the 96th Indianapolis 500, held on Sunday, May 27. The series was sanctioned by IndyCar, and took place in three countries on two continents.

Three-time defending IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti entered the season seeking his fourth consecutive championship and fifth overall. Meanwhile, two-time championship runner up Will Power sought his first title. Heading into the final race of the season, Power led Ryan Hunter-Reay by 17 points in a two driver fight for the championship.[2] After Power wrecked on lap 55, Hunter-Reay was able to finish 4th, and claimed the championship by 3 points.[3]

Among the numerous stories going into the season was the departure of Danica Patrick, who left IndyCar to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Joining the series was former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello. A highlight of the season was the introduction of a new chassis and engine package.

After losing Las Vegas as a venue in the aftermath of the death of Dan Wheldon, the series welcomed the return of such venues as Detroit and Fontana. In addition, midway through the season, the inaugural Indy Qingdao 600 scheduled to take place in China was cancelled by the promoter.[4]

It was a triumphant return for Chevrolet after returning from may years absence, and a dismal year for Honda only rescued by an unexpectedly good performance at the 500 after an extremely poor qualifying.

The ICONIC ProjectEdit

Briscoe 2012 Indianapolis 500 qualification

The IndyCar Car ICONIC Project.

The 2012 season saw the implementation of Indycar's new ICONIC Plan (Innovative, Competitive, Open-wheel, New, Industry-relevant, Cost-effective), the biggest change to the sport in recent history. The car used through 2011, a 2003/2007-model Dallara IR-05, and naturally aspirated V8 engines (required since 1997) were permanently retired. The ICONIC committee was composed of experts and executives from racing and technical fields: Randy Bernard, William R. Looney III, Brian Barnhart, Gil de Ferran, Tony Purnell, Eddie Gossage, Neil Ressler, Tony Cotman and Rick Long.[5] IndyCar accepted proposals from BAT Engineering, Dallara, DeltaWing, Lola and Swift for chassis design.[6] On July 14, 2010, the final decision was made public, with organisers accepting the Dallara proposal.[6]

New chassisEdit

Under the new ICONIC regulations, all teams will compete with a core rolling chassis, called the "IndyCar Safety Cell",[6] developed by Italian designer Dallara. Teams will then outfit the chassis with separate body work, referred to as "Aero Kits", which consist of front and rear wings, sidepods, and engine cowlings.[6] Development of Aero Kits is open to any manufacturer, with all packages to be made available to all teams for a maximum price. ICONIC committee member Tony Purnell gave an open invitation to car manufacturers and companies such as Lockheed Martin and GE to develop kits.[7]

The IndyCar Safety cell will be capped at a price of $349,000[8] and will be assembled at a new Dallara facility in Speedway, Indiana. Aero Kits will be capped at $70,000.[8] Teams have the option of buying a complete Dallara safety cell/aero kit for a discounted price.[8]

On May 12, 2011, Dallara unveiled the first concept cars, one apiece in oval and road course Aero Kit configuration.[9]

On April 30, 2011, IndyCar owners voted 15–0 to reject the introduction of multiple Aero Kits for the 2012 season, citing costs.[10] Owners expressed their desire to introduce the new chassis/engines for 2012, but have all participants use the Dallara aerodynamic package in 2012, and delay the introduction of multiple aero kits until 2013. On August 14, 2011, IndyCar confirmed that the introduction of multiple Aero Kits would be delayed until 2013 for "economic reasons,"[11] and furthermore, it was put off for 2013 as well. Chevrolet and Lotus had already announced their intention to build aero kits.[12][13][14][15]

2011 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon carried out the first official test of the Dallara chassis at Mid-Ohio in August 2011.[16] Following Wheldon's death at the season-ending race in Las Vegas, Dallara announced that the 2012 chassis would be named the DW12 in his honor.[17][18]

Engine formulaEdit

The engines are 2.2 L V6 turbocharged engines, tuned to produce a range of Template:Convert/- with a 12,000 RPM limit.[19][20][21] All engines will run E85 fuel; from 2007–2011, the series utilized 100% fuel grade ethanol.[13][22] The turbochargers are provided by BorgWarner.

SuppliersEdit

On November 12, 2010, Chevrolet was confirmed as an engine supplier for 2012 with a twin turbo V6. The initial list of potential suppliers included Ford, Cosworth, and Mazda.[23] Honda announced a 2.2-liter turbo V6 developed by Honda Performance Development.[24] On May 27, 2011, Ganassi and Honda announced their partnership for 2012.[25] On August 19, 2010, Cosworth announced their interest in providing an inline-four engine,[26] however, the plan was eventually scrapped. The Chevrolet engine is built in a joint effort with Ilmor who partnered Honda from 2003-2011, and was introduced in partnership with Penske Racing.[12][27]

The third engine supplier was announced November 18, 2010 at the LA Auto Show, just prior to the league deadline. Lotus announced a twin turbo V6 engine[28] and an Aero Kit.[13] built in a partnership with John Judd and Jack Brabham (Engine Developments Ltd.) Judd engines were used in the CART series and at the Indy 500 from 1987–1992, as well as in sports car racing and F1. Lotus has suffered difficulty in both power and delivery of engines.

Confirmed engine suppliersEdit

Rule changesEdit

  • Any engine changes for an engine that has run less than 1,850 miles will result in 10-place grid penalty at the next race. Further, full-time entries are limited to 5 engines per season.[29] There will be two exceptions:
    • If an engine fails during a race, in which a new engine may be installed for the next event without penalty.[30]
    • At Indianapolis, all engine penalties will be served at the next race at Detroit. Further, all full-time season entries will receive a new engine penalty-free between Bump Day & Carb Day.[31]
  • Beginning at Long Beach for all remaining road/street course events, the pits will remain open throughout non-emergency full-course cautions periods. Previously the pits immediately closed upon the display of the caution flag. The series hopes this will shorten caution periods to as few as two laps.[32]
  • Also beginning at Long Beach for all remaining road/street course events, cars that are not on the lead lap during an upcoming restart in the final 20 laps will peel off and drive through pit lane on the speed limiter and cycle back to the end of the line. The rule was later expanded to oval races as well, where lead-lap cars will simply drive to the front in position order instead. This is similar to NASCAR's restart procedure, where all lapped cars must move to the rear of the field.[32]
  • For the races at Indianapolis, Texas, and California, restarts will revert to single-file in response to safety concerns.[33]

ScheduleEdit

For 2012, as in recent years, the IndyCar Series schedule split its television coverage between ESPN on ABC and NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus). The season finale returned to NBC Sports Network after airing on ABC in 2011.

As a result of logistics, NBC Sports Network aired 2012 Summer Olympics coverage during the time and ESPN's broadcast and production crew were working the NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 during a split race weekend for the two NASCAR national series), the August 5 race at Mid Ohio that aired on ABC used the NBC Sports Network crew.[34]

In addition to qualifying and race broadcasts, NBC Sports Network aired IndyCar 36, a documentary series based on NBC's 36 format. Each 30-minute episode features a driver's race weekend. The drivers selected were:

No shows were produced at São Paulo, Detroit, Milwaukee or Edmonton, whereas frontrunners Ryan Briscoe, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon were not featured.

Rnd Date Race name Track Location Time (ET) TV
1 March 25 USAflagsmall Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 12:30pm ABC
2 April 1 USAflagsmall Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama 2:00pm NBCSN
3 April 15 USAflagsmall 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California 3:30pm NBCSN
4 April 29 25px-Brazilflag Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestlé Streets of São Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 11:00am NBCSN
5 May 27 USAflagsmall 96th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana 11:00am ABC
6 June 3 USAflagsmall Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by ShopAutoWeek.com Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan 3:30pm ABC
7 June 9 USAflagsmall Firestone 550 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 8:00pm NBCSN
8 June 16 USAflagsmall Milwaukee IndyFest presented by XYQ Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin 1:00pm ABC
9 June 23 USAflagsmall Iowa Corn Indy 250 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 8:00pm NBCSN
10 July 8 25px-Canadaflag Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario 12:30pm ABC
11 July 22 25px-Canadaflag Edmonton Indy Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta 2:00pm NBCSN
12 August 5 USAflagsmall Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio 12:30pm ABC
13 August 26 USAflagsmall GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California 4:00pm NBCSN
14 September 2 USAflagsmall Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT Streets of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland 2:00pm NBCSN
15 September 15 USAflagsmall MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California 8:00pm NBCSN

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Schedule developmentEdit

Existing race contractsEdit

New/Returning racesEdit

Potential racesEdit

  • A fifteen-race calendar was announced in December 2011; however, amid speculation of a race being organized in Fort Lauderdale, it was reported in January 2012 that the series needed sixteen races in order to fulfill obligations to sponsors.[49]
  • After the cancellation of the China race, it was believed that IndyCar would need to replace it to fulfill sponsorship obligations. Road America, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Michigan, and a second race at Texas were considered.[50] However, on June 25, IndyCar announced that the schedule would remain at 15 races.

Discontinued racesEdit

Cancelled raceEdit

  • The series was supposed to visit China for the first time; the Indy Qingdao 600 was to be held on a 3.87-mile street circuit in Qingdao over the weekend of August 19,[55] with plans to build a permanent road course for future seasons.[56] However, this race was cancelled by the promoter on June 13.[4]

Teams and driversEdit

All chassis are composed of a Dallara DW-12 "IndyCar Safety Cell" base and aerokit in 2012. All teams will run Firestone tires.

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Rounds Notes
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway 1–14
25px-Newzealand flag Wade Cunningham (R) 15
41 5
Andretti Autosport Chevrolet 17 22px-Flag of Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 5, 13, 15 Template:Ref
25 25px-Brazilflag Ana Beatriz 4–5 Template:Ref
26 USAflagsmall Marco Andretti All
27 25px-Canadaflag James Hinchcliffe All
28 USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay All
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon All
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 1–4, 6–15 Template:Ref
50 5
38 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal All
83 USAflagsmall Charlie Kimball 1–11, 13–15 Template:Ref
22px-Flag of Italy Giorgio Pantano (R) 12
Dale Coyne Racing Honda 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson All
19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Jakes All
Dragon Racing Lotus
Chevrolet
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge (R) 1–5, 7–9, 13, 15 Template:Ref Template:Ref
7 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 1–6, 10–14
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Lotus
Chevrolet
22 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià All Template:Ref Template:Ref
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 20 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter All
KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 5 22px-Flag of Venezuela E. J. Viso All
8 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello All
11 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan All
Lotus–Fan Force United Lotus 64 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi (R) 5
Lotus–HVM Racing Lotus 78 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro All
Panther Racing Chevrolet 4 USAflagsmall J. R. Hildebrand All
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato All
30 25px-Mexicoflag Michel Jourdain, Jr. 5
Schmidt–Hamilton Motorsports Honda 77 22px-Flag of France Simon Pagenaud (R) All
99 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell 5
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 39 USAflagsmall Bryan Clauson (R) 5
67 USAflagsmall Josef Newgarden (R) 1–13, 15 Template:Ref
25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira 14
Team Barracuda – BHA Lotus
Honda
98 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani 1–3, 5–15 Template:Ref Template:Ref
Team Penske Chevrolet 2 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe All
3 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves All
12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power All
Notes

(R)Rookie

1.Template:Note In conjunction with AFS Racing.
2.Template:Note In conjunction with Conquest Racing.
3.Template:Note Dario Franchitti drove the #50 car at Indianapolis to celebrate the 50th anniversary of sponsor Target.
4.Template:Note Charlie Kimball broke his hand in an accident while testing at Mid-Ohio on July 26.[57] Pantano replaced Kimball for the subsequent race at Mid-Ohio.[58]
5.Template:Note Team Barracuda – BHA, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Dragon Racing terminated their Lotus engine contracts prior to the Indianapolis 500.
6.Template:Note Dragon Racing was reduced to a single-car team following the Indianapolis 500, as engine supplier Chevrolet could not supply engines for both cars. Bourdais was named to drive on Template:Abbr, and Legge was named to drive on the Template:Abbr[59] and Sonoma.
7.Template:Note Dreyer & Reinbold Racing formed a strategic alliance with Panther Racing prior to the Indianapolis 500, and obtained Panther's second Chevrolet engine contract.[60][61]
8.Template:Note Team Barracuda – BHA skipped the São Paulo race to concentrate on preparations for the Indy 500.
9.Template:Note Josef Newgarden broke his left index finger in an accident during the Sonoma race. Junqueira replaced Newgarden for the following race at Baltimore.[62]

Team and driver changesEdit

TestingEdit

The first official test of the Dallara DW12 chassis was carried out by Dan Wheldon at Mid-Ohio on August 8, 2011.[16][102] Phase I of testing involved Wheldon, and was planned to involve three road courses and three ovals, over a total of about twelve days. The second test was held August 18 at Barber,[103] and the third was held on the USGP road course at Indianapolis on September 1.[104] Oval tests took place in September at Iowa[105] and Indianapolis.[106]

Honda (Scott Dixon) and Chevrolet (Will Power) began Phase II of on-track testing at Mid-Ohio in early October.[107] A scheduled test at Las Vegas was cancelled after the fatal crash of Dan Wheldon. Testing resumed in late October and continued through February at several venues including Sebring,[108] Fontana,[109] Homestead,[110] Phoenix,[111] and Sonoma.[112] Lotus first took to the track on January 12 at Palm Beach,[113] and testing by individual teams began on January 16.[114]

A full-field official open test took place on March 5–6 & 8–9, 2012 at Sebring International Raceway.[115]

Full-field oval open tests are scheduled for April 4, 2012 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway[116] and for May 7, 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway.[117]

Race resultsEdit

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winner Report
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 St. Petersburg 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Report
2 Barber 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
3 Long Beach 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan BriscoeTemplate:Refn 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 22px-Flag of France Simon Pagenaud 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
4 São Paulo 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power USAflagsmall Josef Newgarden 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
5 Indianapolis 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe USAflagsmall Marco Andretti USAflagsmall Marco Andretti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
6 Detroit 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
7 Texas 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Report
8 Milwaukee 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Report
9 Iowa 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Report
10 Toronto 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Josef Newgarden USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Report
11 Edmonton USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-ReayTemplate:Refn USAflagsmall Josef Newgarden 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Report
12 Mid-Ohio 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
13 Sonoma 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Chevrolet Report
14 Baltimore 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Report
15 Fontana USAflagsmall Marco Andretti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Report

Race summariesEdit

Round 1 – St. PetersburgEdit

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Round 2 – BarberEdit

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Round 3 – Long BeachEdit

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Round 4 – São PauloEdit

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Round 5 – IndianapolisEdit

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Round 6 – DetroitEdit

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Round 7 – TexasEdit

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Round 8 – MilwaukeeEdit

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Round 9 – IowaEdit

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Round 10 – TorontoEdit

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Round 11 – EdmontonEdit

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Round 12 – Mid-OhioEdit

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Round 13 – SonomaEdit

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Round 14 – BaltimoreEdit

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Round 15 – FontanaEdit

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Championship standingsEdit

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver STP
USAflagsmall
ALA
USAflagsmall
LBH
USAflagsmall
SAO
25px-Brazilflag
INDY USAflagsmall DET
USAflagsmall
TEX
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
IOW
USAflagsmall
TOR
25px-Canadaflag
EDM
25px-Canadaflag
MDO
USAflagsmall
SNM
USAflagsmall
BAL
USAflagsmall
FON
USAflagsmall
Pts
QL 500
1 USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay 3 12 6 2 3 27 7 21 1* 1 1* 7 24 18 1 4 468
2 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power 7 1 1 1* 5 28 4 8 12 23 15 3 2* 2* 6* 24 465
3 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon 2* 2* 23 17 15 2 1* 18* 11 4 25 10 1 13 4 3 435
4 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 1 3 13 4 6 10 17 7 6 6* 6 1 16 6 10 5 431
5 22px-Flag of France Simon Pagenaud 6 5 2* 12 23 16 3 6 13 5 12 20 3 7 3 15 387
6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe 5 14 7 25 1 5 16 3 14 18 19 8 7 1 2 17 370
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 13 10 15 5 16 1 2 14 19 25 17 6 17 3 13 2 363
8 25px-Canadaflag James Hinchcliffe 4 6 3 6 2 6 21 4 3 17 22 12 5 26 15 13 358
9 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 25 21 4 13 8 3 6 11 2 3 4 18 6 10 20 18 351
10 USAflagsmall Graham Rahal 12 4 24 16 12 13 19 2 9 9 23 4 11 5 11 6 333
11 USAflagsmall J. R. Hildebrand 19 15 5 7 18 14 14 5 22 22 7 21 9 8 12 11 294
12 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 17 8 9 10 10 11 25 DNS 10 7 11 13 15 4 5 22 289
13 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià 16 13 16 11 27 4 5 20 4 21 5 24 25 19 7 19 287
14 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato 22 24 8 3 19 17 20 22 20 12 9 2 13 27 21 7 281
15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 10 19 10 22 21 7 22 1 23 10 21 9 18 11 17 23 278
16 USAflagsmall Marco Andretti 14 11 25 14 4 24* 11 17 15 2 16 14 8 25 14 8 278
17 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani 15 26 21 11 12 10 9 7 16 10 5* 10 9 8 20 272
18 USAflagsmall Ed Carpenter 18 22 14 21 28 21 12 12 8 8 18 22 22 20 25 1* 261
19 USAflagsmall Charlie Kimball 9 25 18 8 14 8 8 23 17 11 2 19 21 18 10 260
20 22px-Flag of Venezuela E. J. Viso 8 18 12 9 9 18 18 19 5 24 20 16 20 16 9 25 244
21 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway 20 7 22 19 29 29 9 16 16 20 3 11 21 14 16 233
22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Jakes 26 16 11 15 17 15 23 10 21 13 8 25 19 12 24 12 232
23 USAflagsmall Josef Newgarden 11 17 26 23 7 25 15 13 25 19 13 17 12 23 16 200
24 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 24 20 20 24 32 32 13 DNS 24 14 24 23 23 17 22 26 182
25 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais 21 9 17 18 25 20 24 14 15 4 22 23 173
26 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge 23 23 19 26 30 22 15 18 15 24 9 137
27 22px-Flag of Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 24 26 15 21 41
28 25px-Newzealand flag Wade Cunningham 26 31 14 29
29 25px-Brazilflag Ana Beatriz 20 13 23 28
30 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell 20 9 26
31 22px-Flag of Italy Giorgio Pantano 14 16
32 25px-Mexicoflag Michel Jourdain, Jr. 22 19 16
33 USAflagsmall Bryan Clauson 31 30 13
34 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi 33 33 13
35 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira 19 12
Pos Driver STP
USAflagsmall
ALA
USAflagsmall
LBH
USAflagsmall
SAO
25px-Brazilflag
QL 500 DET
USAflagsmall
TEX
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
IOW
USAflagsmall
TOR
25px-Canadaflag
EDM
25px-Canadaflag
MDO
USAflagsmall
SNM
USAflagsmall
BAL
USAflagsmall
FON
USAflagsmall
Pts
INDY USAflagsmall
Color Result
GoldWinner
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
Green4th & 5th place
Light Blue6th–10th place
Dark BlueFinished
(Outside Top 10)
PurpleDid not finish
RedDid not qualify
(DNQ)
BrownWithdrawn
(Wth)
BlackDisqualified
(DSQ)
White Did Not Start
(DNS)
Race abandoned
(C)
BlankDid not
participate
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Exception: Indianapolis 500
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.
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

Points are awarded to drivers on the following basis:

Position123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233
Race Points 504035323028262422201918171615141312121212121212101010101010101010
Indy Qualifying Points 15131211109876444444444444444333333333
  • Extra points awarded for qualifying at Indianapolis based on drivers performance.
  • 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.

Manufacturers' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Manufacturer STP
USAflagsmall
ALA
USAflagsmall
LBH
USAflagsmall
SAO
25px-Brazilflag
INDY
USAflagsmall
DET
USAflagsmall
TEX
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
IOW
USAflagsmall
TOR
25px-Canadaflag
EDM
25px-Canadaflag
MDO
USAflagsmall
SNM
USAflagsmall
BAL
USAflagsmall
FON
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Chevrolet 1 1 1 1 3 4 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 123
2 Flag-of-japansmall Honda 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 7 4 2 2 1 3 3 2 102
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus 15 9 16 11 32 13 DNS 24 14 24 23 23 17 22 26 60
Pos Manufacturer STP
USAflagsmall
ALA
USAflagsmall
LBH
USAflagsmall
SAO
25px-Brazilflag
INDY
USAflagsmall
DET
USAflagsmall
TEX
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
IOW
USAflagsmall
TOR
25px-Canadaflag
EDM
25px-Canadaflag
MDO
USAflagsmall
SNM
USAflagsmall
BAL
USAflagsmall
FON
USAflagsmall
Pts
Color Result Points
Gold1st place9
Silver2nd place6
Bronze3rd place4
  • Manufacturers' Championship points are awarded based on the finishing position of the highest finishing car of each respective manufacturer at each round.[118]

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