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2014 IndyCar Series

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2014 IndyCar season
Verizon IndyCar Series
Start dateMarch 30
End dateAugust 30
Drivers' championAustralia Will Power
Manufacturers' CupUnited States Chevrolet
Rookie of the YearColombia Carlos Muñoz
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
← 2013
2015 →
Will Power (left) won his first Drivers' Championship while Hélio Castroneves (right) finished second in the championship.

The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series was the 19th season of the IndyCar Series and the 103rd season of American open wheel racing. Its premier event was the 98th Indianapolis 500, held on Sunday, May 25. Scott Dixon entered the season as the defending IndyCar Champion, while Chevrolet entered as the reigning Manufacturers' champion.

The 2014 season featured eleven different winners, tying a record previously set in 2000 and 2001. Heading into the final race of the season, Will Power led Hélio Castroneves by 51 points. In a race in which Ryan Hunter-Reay's spin produced the only yellow flag, Power finished ninth, while Castroneves – who was penalized for a pit entry violation – finished fourteenth. As a result, Power clinched his first series title by 62 points, and the first drivers' title for Team Penske since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006. In the manufacturers' championship, Chevrolet successfully defended their title ahead of Honda.

Teams and drivers

  • All chassis were composed of a Dallara DW12 "IndyCar Safety Cell" base chassis, and Dallara aerokit. All teams competed with Firestone tires. On December 21, 2012, Firestone signed a five-year contract extension with IndyCar to be the official supplier for IndyCar through 2018.[1] The original engine lease contracts that were signed by the teams prior to the 2012 season were up for renewal prior to the 2014 season, and several teams switched engine providers for the 2014 season. The list below reflects drivers who competed in the 2014 season.[2]
  •  R  denotes an IndyCar Series rookie.
Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s)
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 14 Japan Takuma Sato[3] All
41 United Kingdom Martin Plowman  R [4] 4–5
Andretti Autosport Honda[5] 25 United States Marco Andretti[6] All
26 France Franck Montagny  R [7] 4
United States Kurt Busch  R [8] 5
27 Canada James Hinchcliffe[9][N 1] All
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay All
34 Colombia Carlos Muñoz  R [10] All
Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 98 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth  R [11] All
Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet[12] 8 Australia Ryan Briscoe[13] All
9 New Zealand Scott Dixon[14] All
10 Brazil Tony Kanaan[13] All
83 United States Charlie Kimball All
Dale Coyne Racing Honda 18 Colombia Carlos Huertas  R [15] All
19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson[16] All
63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann[17] 5
Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing[18][N 2] Chevrolet 22 United States Sage Karam  R [19] 5
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet[20] 20 United Kingdom Mike Conway[21] 1–4, 6–7, 9–10, 13–15, 17
United States Ed Carpenter 5, 8, 11–12, 16, 18
21 United States J. R. Hildebrand[22] 5
KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 6 United States Townsend Bell[23] 5
11 France Sébastien Bourdais[24] All
17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra[25][N 3] All
33 Australia James Davison  R [26] 5
Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet 91 United States Buddy Lazier[27] 5
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 15 United States Graham Rahal All
16 Spain Oriol Servià[28] 2–5
Italy Luca Filippi  R [29] 9–10, 13–14
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 67 United States Josef Newgarden All
68 Canada Alex Tagliani[30] 5
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve[31][N 4] 5
7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin  R [32][N 5] All
77 France Simon Pagenaud[32] All
Team Penske Chevrolet 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya[33] All
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves[33] All
12 Australia Will Power[33] All

Team and driver news


The 2014 IndyCar Series schedule was formally announced on NBC Sports Network's INDYCAR Championship Preview Show on October 17, 2013.[38][39] The schedule consisted of eighteen races, hosted across 15 tracks and 14 venues. Included were three doubleheader events, in Detroit, Houston and Toronto. The IndyCar Triple Crown featured the three 500-mile races, at Indianapolis, Pocono and Fontana, and offered a $1,000,000 bonus to a driver, if they won all three events, with a $250,000 consolation prize if a driver won two of the three events. Neither prize was ultimately claimed.

This was the first season since 2002 that IndyCar Series not to feature international races outside USA and Canada after removal of Surfers Paradise in 2009, Motegi in 2012 and Saõ Paulo in 2014.

Rnd Date Race name Track Location
1 March 30 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg  S  St. Petersburg, Florida
2 April 13 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach  S  Long Beach, California
3 April 27 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park  R  Birmingham, Alabama
4 May 10 Grand Prix of Indianapolis[40] Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course  R  Speedway, Indiana
5 May 25 98th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race Indianapolis Motor Speedway  O  Speedway, Indiana
6 May 31 Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Belle Isle  S  Detroit, Michigan
7 June 1
8 June 7 Firestone 600K Texas Motor Speedway  O  Fort Worth, Texas
9 June 28 Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Reliant Park  S  Houston, Texas
10 June 29
11 July 6 Pocono IndyCar 500 Fueled by Sunoco Pocono Raceway  O  Long Pond, Pennsylvania
12 July 12 Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DeKalb Iowa Speedway  O  Newton, Iowa
13 July 20 Honda Indy Toronto[a] Exhibition Place  S  Canada Toronto, Ontario
15 August 3 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  R  Lexington, Ohio
16 August 17 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250[42] The Milwaukee Mile  O  West Allis, Wisconsin
17 August 24 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway  R  Sonoma, California
18 August 30 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Auto Club Speedway  O  Fontana, California
  1. ^ Owing to persistent rain, the first race of the double-header – due to be held on July 19 – was postponed to the following day.[41]

BOLD indicates a Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Triple Crown event.
 O  Oval/Speedway
 R  Road course
 S  Temporary street circuit

Calendar changes

Rule changes

  • Full-time IndyCar Series entries will begin utilizing mandatory twin-turbocharged V6 engines from 2014 onwards, as it was announced on July 25, 2013.[49] The single-turbocharged engines which was used by Honda in 2012-2013 were officially banned.

Series changes

Race summaries

Round 1: St. Petersburg

Takuma Sato sat on the pole, but he lost the lead at lap 30 to Will Power. On a restart on lap 82, leader Will Power was bringing the field back to green when an "accordion effect" saw the field check-up on the main stretch. Marco Andretti and rookie Jack Hawksworth made contact and crashed into the inside barrier.

Power led the most laps, and held off Ryan Hunter-Reay and Hélio Castroneves for the victory. Polesitter Takuma Sato finished 6th.

Round 2: Long Beach

On lap 56, a controversial crash took out six cars, including the drivers running 1st–2nd–3rd. During a sequence of green flag pit stops, Josef Newgarden inherited the lead. Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, and Will Power were running nose-to-tail in 2nd–3rd–4th. Newgarden completed his pit stop, and came out on the track just ahead of Hunter-Reay, momentarily holding on to the lead. Going into turn 4, Hunter-Reay attempted a risky pass for the lead, and he made contact with Newgarden, sending both cars into the wall. Hinchcliffe was collected, as was three other cars in the huge melee that nearly blocked the track.

Late in the race, Scott Dixon led, followed by Mike Conway and Power close behind. Dixon ran out of fuel, and had to pit with two laps to go. Conway held off Power and Munoz to win his second Long Beach Grand Prix.

Round 3: Barber

Heavy rain and lightning delayed the start of the race. Will Power took the lead at the start and led the first 15 laps. But he spun out in the turn 5 hairpin on lap 16, giving up the lead to Ryan Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay went on to lead 40 of the race's 69 laps and ultimately won the race; two weeks after creating a stir and raising tempers around the paddock at Long Beach.

Due to the late start, the race was changed to a 100-minute timed race but finished under caution when rookie Mikhail Aleshin had a heavy crash into the tire barriers, littering the track with debris.

Round 4: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

The month of May at Indianapolis opened with the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Speedway's road course. With the field lined up for a standing start, polesitter Sebastián Saavedra's car stalled. A huge crash resulted, involving Saavedra, Carlos Muñoz, and Mikhail Aleshin, showering debris along the frontstretch and into the pit area.

Late in the race, Simon Pagenaud led Ryan Hunter-Reay. Both drivers were low on fuel, and trying to nurse their cars to the finish. Hélio Castroneves, who had pitted for fuel, was charging through the field, and looking to run down the leaders. Pagenaud held off the challenge, and crossed the finish line just ahead of Hunter-Reay and Castroneves. Pagenaud's car ran out of fuel on the cool down lap. Series rookie Jack Hawksworth, who earned his first front-row start, led a field-high 31 laps and finished seventh.

Round 5: 98th Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis resident Ed Carpenter won the pole position for the 98th Indianapolis 500.

The race started with a long green flag run of 149 laps. Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon suffered single-car crashes, then James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter tangled on a restart. The red flag halted the race with 9 laps to go for a crash involving Townsend Bell. After the restart, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Hélio Castroneves dueled for the win, followed closely Marco Andretti. Hunter-Reay won the race by 0.06 seconds, the second closest finish in Indy 500 history.

Round 6: Detroit (Sat.)

Will Power took the lead with 11 laps to go, and held off Graham Rahal over the final 10 laps to win Race 1 of the Dual in Detroit. Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 16th after he spun into a tire barrier on the last lap.

Round 7: Detroit (Sun.)

Hélio Castroneves won Race 2 of the Dual in Detroit, sweeping the weekend for Team Penske. Will Power finished second, charging from the back of the pack after an early drive through penalty. After spinning out a day earlier, Ryan Hunter-Reay had another bad day, dropping out with electrical problems.

Round 8: Texas

During the final round of pit stops – on lap 213 of 248 – Ed Carpenter and Will Power were running first and second, but Power was penalized for speeding as he entered the pit lane. After a drive-through penalty, Power dropped to sixth. A late caution on lap 241 bunched the field and allowed Power to close in. Carpenter and second place Juan Pablo Montoya stayed out during the yellow to maintain their track position, but Power and others chose to pit for new tires. The green came out with two laps to go, and Carpenter got the jump on the restart. With fresh tires, Power charged through the traffic, passing Montoya for second in the final corner, and just held him off as Carpenter cruised to the victory.

Round 9: Houston (Sat.)

Colombian drivers Carlos Huertas, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Carlos Muñoz swept the podium in the first race of the Houston doubleheader. Rain soaked the race, which was shortened from 90 laps to a timed race of 1 hour and 50 minutes. Huertas took the lead with about seven minutes remaining. Under a late caution, the field was coming to a restart with one lap to go. Fourth place Graham Rahal ran into the back of third place Tony Kanaan, sending Kanaan spinning. Muñoz was promoted into third after Rahal received a 30-second time penalty post-race for avoidable contact. Huertas' victory marked the first time a rookie had won an IndyCar race since Rahal at the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Round 10: Houston (Sun.)

Simon Pagenaud led the final 43 laps to win the second race of the Houston doubleheader, for his second victory of the season. Pagenaud's teammate, rookie Mikhail Aleshin, finished second giving Schmidt Peterson Motorsports its first 1–2 finish in IndyCar competition. Points leader Will Power was running third in the closing laps, but a broken suspension with less than two laps to go, dropped him to 11th at the finish.

Round 11: Pocono

Juan Pablo Montoya, who returned to Indy car racing after six seasons in Formula One and seven seasons in NASCAR, won his first Indy car race since the 2000 CART season. Montoya led a total of 45 laps, and assumed the lead for the final time with three laps to go. In the closing laps, most of the leaders needed one final pit stop for fuel, but both Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan tried to stay out and gamble for a late yellow. Neither were able to make it to the finish, and Montoya assumed the lead when Kanaan ducked into the pits on lap 197.

Montoya's Penske teammate Hélio Castroneves finished second, and left the race in a tie for the points lead with Will Power. Power led 69 laps, and was in the lead group, but two blocking incidents – the first clipping off Montoya's wingplate, and the second a double move on Castroneves – earned him a drive-through penalty and took him out of contention. The race went caution-free for the first 158 laps, with the only incident a spin by Graham Rahal exiting the tunnel turn. The average speed of 202.402 miles per hour (325.734 kilometres per hour) set the record for the fastest 500 mile race in Indy car history.

Round 12: Iowa

Tony Kanaan dominated the race, leading 247 laps, but Ryan Hunter-Reay took the victory, after passing Kanaan with two laps to go. With Kanaan leading and Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon running second, Juan Pablo Montoya tangled with Ed Carpenter on lap 281, bringing out the final caution. Montoya accused Carpenter of turning down on him while he was attempting a pass in turn three. Carpenter, who was suffering handling difficulties, admitted to taking a low line, but officials did not issue a penalty for the incident.

With under 20 laps to go, Kanaan stayed out on the track under the yellow, while Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden, and a handful of other cars pitted for fresh tires. When the green came back out, Hunter-Reay quickly charged through the field, and took the lead with two laps to go. Newgarden followed suit, climbing up to second. Kanaan's loss was the latest in a series of disappointments in 2014. Power fell from 4th to 12th during the final six laps after brushing the wall, which caused a tire to lose air pressure.

Round 13: Toronto (Sat. & Sun.)

The first race of the Toronto doubleheader was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Rain and standing water on the course prompted officials to postpone the race until Sunday morning. Sébastien Bourdais won his first Indy car race since 2007, and his first as part of the IndyCar Series.

Round 14: Toronto (Sun.)

The second race of the Toronto doubleheader was held late Sunday afternoon. Mike Conway was the winner. Tony Kanaan had two podium finishes on the same day. He finished third in the morning race and second to Conway in this race.

Round 15: Mid-Ohio

Scott Dixon won at Mid-Ohio for the fifth time in eight seasons. Dixon became the tenth different winner in 2014, and the race was the first win of the season for Ganassi Racing. Polesitter Sébastien Bourdais led the early stages of the race, and Dixon, who started last after spinning out during qualifying, worked his way to the front off-sequence in pit stops from the other leaders. Dixon capitalized on an error by Josef Newgarden during his final pit stop. Newgarden ran over an air hose, tripping a crew member, and was penalized for hitting pit equipment. Tony Kanaan suffered another disappointment, spinning out in the first turn after nearly tangling with other cars at the start. He spun around, and collected Marco Andretti.

The points leader going into the race, Hélio Castroneves, suffered throttle problems on the grid, and joined the race four laps down, and finished a lowly 19th. Will Power departed the race as the new points leader by four points over Castroneves. Third in the standings, Ryan Hunter-Reay, was unable to make up much ground in the championship race after a penalty for speeding in the pits, and later spinning out into the tire barrier.

Round 16: Milwaukee

Polesitter Will Power dominated the race, leading 229 of 250 laps, taking the victory, his first at Milwaukee. Mired in heavy traffic over the final several laps, Power was able to maintain a two-second lead over teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, who came home second. Tony Kanaan, among the leaders most of the afternoon, rounded out the podium in third place — still win-less on the season. Power departed with a 39-point advantage over Hélio Castroneves in the championship standings with two races remaining.

Round 17: Sonoma

The morning of the race, an earthquake occurred in the region, but did not alter the schedule for the race. Polesitter and points leader Will Power jumped out to the lead at the start. In turn two, points contender Hélio Castroneves, was involved in a multi-car tangle, requiring a lengthy pit stop for repairs. Power led early, but later suffered a spin in turn seven, and eventually wound up finishing 10th.

Mike Conway passed Tony Kanaan on a restart on lap 40, and led for 19 laps. Towards the end of the race, the leaders were trying to stretch their fuel to the finish. With Conway in conservation mode, Graham Rahal came to the lead, with Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay now running third and fourth. Rahal was forced to the pits with three laps to go, handing the lead back to Conway. Going into turn one, Scott Dixon blew by Conway for the lead, and won his second race of the season. Conway ran out of fuel and finished 14th.

Will Power stretched his lead over Hélio Castroneves in the championship standings to 51 points. With one race remaining, four drivers were mathematically in contention for the title; Will Power, Hélio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, and Ryan Hunter Reay. Power could clinch the championship by finishing sixth or better at Fontana.[52]

Round 18: Fontana

The season concluded with the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Double points were awarded, per new rules for all 500-mile events. Four drivers started the race mathematically alive for the title; Will Power, Hélio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter Reay. Very early in the race, Pagenaud was forced to make unscheduled pit stops due to handling problems, and quickly was out of the title picture. The championship at that point became a three-man battle between Will Power, Hélio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter Reay.

Juan Pablo Montoya led much of the early going, with both Power and Castroneves holding steady in the top ten most of the day. The race was slowed by only one yellow, caused by a spin on lap 175 involving Ryan Hunter-Reay, after that it came down to a two-man race for the championship between Penske teammates Will Power and Hélio Castroneves. Scott Dixon finishes the season 3rd in points, 67 points out of the lead. Juan Pablo Montoya finishes the season 4th in points, 85 points out of the lead. Tony Kanaan finally got his first win of the season, after so many losses, he gets his first since the 2013 Indianapolis 500. With Kanaan comfortably in the lead, the championship battle between Power and Castroneves came down to the final 30 laps. As the leaders cycled through their final green flag pit stops, Castroneves was penalized for an improper entry into pit lane. He was assessed a drive-through penalty, and fell a lap down. Power was able to cruise to the finish line, and his ninth-place finish clinched the drivers' championship title. For the second year in a row, Castroneves finishes the season runner-up and comes home 62 points out of the lead.

Season summary

Race results

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winner Report
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 St. Petersburg Japan Takuma Sato Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
2 Long Beach United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United Kingdom Mike Conway Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Report
3 Birmingham Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Report
4 Indianapolis GP Colombia Sebastián Saavedra New Zealand Scott Dixon United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Report
5 Indianapolis 500 United States Ed Carpenter Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Report
6 Detroit 1 Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Graham Rahal Brazil Hélio Castroneves Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
7 Detroit 2 Japan Takuma Sato New Zealand Scott Dixon Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet
8 Texas Australia Will Power Brazil Tony Kanaan Australia Will Power United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet Report
9 Houston 1 France Simon Pagenaud France Simon Pagenaud Canada James Hinchcliffe Colombia Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda Report
10 Houston 2 Brazil Hélio Castroneves France Simon Pagenaud Brazil Hélio Castroneves France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
11 Pocono Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Australia Ryan Briscoe Brazil Tony Kanaan Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet Report
12 Iowa New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Josef Newgarden Brazil Tony Kanaan United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Report
13 Toronto 1 France Sébastien Bourdais France Simon Pagenaud France Sébastien Bourdais France Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Report
14 Toronto 2 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Brazil Hélio Castroneves United Kingdom Mike Conway Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
15 Mid-Ohio France Sébastien Bourdais Brazil Hélio Castroneves New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Report
16 Milwaukee Australia Will Power United States Josef Newgarden Australia Will Power Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
17 Sonoma Australia Will Power Brazil Hélio Castroneves Australia Will Power New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Report
18 Fontana Brazil Hélio Castroneves Australia Will Power Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Report

Driver standings

Pos Driver STP
IGP QL 500
1 Australia Will Power 1* 2 5 8 3 8 1 2 2* 14 11 10 14 9 3 6 1* 10* 9 671
2 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 3 11 19 3 4 2 5* 1* 8 9 21* 2 8 2 12*1 19 11 18 14 609
3 New Zealand Scott Dixon 4 12 3 15 11 29 11 4 5 19 18 5 4 5 7 1* 4 1 2 604
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15 4 21 16 10 5 12 13 3 2 7 1 16 18 19 11 2 5 4* 586
5 France Simon Pagenaud 5 5 4 1 5 12 22 6 4 16 1 6 11 4 22 9 7 3 20 565
6 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 2 20* 1* 2 19 1* 16 19 19 7 6 18 1 21 14 10 21 2 16 563
7 Brazil Tony Kanaan 6 18 9 10 16 26 3 9 6 13 10 11* 3* 3 2 21 3 13 1 544
8 Colombia Carlos Muñoz  RY  17 3 23 24 7 4 7 8 13 3 22 3 12 17 17 4 22 19 8 483
9 United States Marco Andretti 22 8 2 14 6 3 10 16 22 8 9 9 18 16 8 22 13 8 11 463
10 France Sébastien Bourdais 13 14 15 4 17 7 13 20 20 4 5 16 19 1* 9 2 12 11 18 461
11 Australia Ryan Briscoe 10 17 11 6 30 18 15 10 9 12 8 4 9 12 11 8 6 17 7 461
12 Canada James Hinchcliffe 19 21 7 20 2 28 6 5 14 5* 14 12 6 8 18 3 19 12 5 456
13 United States Josef Newgarden 9 19 8 17 8 30 20 17 11 20 20 8 2 20 13 12 5 6 10 406
14 United States Charlie Kimball 20 23 10 5 26 31 9 3 10 18 4 17 10 7 4 7 16 21 12 402
15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 8 16 6 11 14 22 4 12 21 10 12 14 13 10 10 15 17 9 13 395
16 Russia Mikhail Aleshin  R  12 6 22 25 15 21 17 7 7 23 2 7 21 11 23 14 8 7 DNS 372
17 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth  R  21 15 12 7* 13 20 19 14 15 6 3 DNS 15 13 6 16 10 15 15 366
18 Japan Takuma Sato 7 22 13 9 23 19 18 18 18 22 19 21 22 23 5 18 15 4 6 350
19 United States Graham Rahal 14 13 17 21 20 33 2 21 12 11 16 19 7 6 20 5 14 20 19 345
20 Colombia Carlos Huertas  R  18 10 16 13 21 17 8 15 16 1 23 20 20 14 15 17 20 22 21 314
21 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 11 9 18 23 32 15 14 22 17 15 17 15 17 19 21 20 18 16 17 291
22 United States Ed Carpenter 1 27 1 13 5 9 3 262
23 United Kingdom Mike Conway 16 1 14 19 21 11 17 13 15 1 13 14 252
24 Spain Oriol Servià 7 20 12 18 11 88
25 United States Kurt Busch  R  12 6 80
26 United States J. R. Hildebrand 9 10 66
27 United States Sage Karam  R  31 9 57
28 Italy Luca Filippi 21 15 22 16 46
29 Australia James Davison  R  28 16 34
30 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 27 14 29
31 Canada Alex Tagliani 24 13 28
32 United States Townsend Bell 25 25 22
33 United Kingdom Pippa Mann 22 24 21
34 United Kingdom Martin Plowman 18 29 23 18
35 United States Buddy Lazier 33 32 11
36 France Franck Montagny 22 8
Pos Driver STP
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
Brown Withdrawn
Black Disqualified
White Did Not Start
Race abandoned
Blank Did not
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point; except Indy and Iowa)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns half the points
had they taken part.
1 Qualifying canceled
no bonus point awarded
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
  • One point is awarded to any driver who leads at least one lap during a race. Two additional points are awarded to the driver who leads the most laps in a race.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the driver who qualifies on pole earns one point.
  • Entrant-initiated engine change-outs will result in the loss of ten points.
  • 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.

Manufacturer standings

Pos Manufacturer STP
Bonus Pen. Pts
IMS QL 500
1 Chevrolet 122* 125 69 100 115 146 122* 162* 161* 72 66* 311* 103* 160* 162* 95* 164* 88* 323* 140 70 2736
2 Honda 72 70* 127* 97* 75 241* 75 36 32 123* 127 71 91 33 32 103 30 110 63 80 140 1548
Pos Manufacturer STP
Bonus Pen. Pts
  • The top five finishing drivers in each race/qualifying score points for their respective engine manufacturer, provided they were using one of their four allotted engines.
  • One point is awarded to the manufacturer for each of their entrants who leads at least one lap during a race. Two additional points are awarded to the manufacturer if one of their entrants leads the most laps in a race.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the manufacturer who qualifies on pole earns one point.
  • Manufacturers will earn ten points for each engine that reaches the 2500-mile change-out threshold. Manufacturers will lose ten points for each engine that does not reach the change-out threshold, or for each engine used over the four-engine allotment per entrant.
  • 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.


  1. ^ Replaced by E. J. Viso in Indy 500 practice due to injury.
  2. ^ Conjunction with Chip Ganassi Racing.
  3. ^ Conjunction with AFS Racing.
  4. ^ Conjunction with Team Pelfrey.
  5. ^ Conjunction with SMP Racing.


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