ABC SUPPLY 500
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, OH
July 28 – 30
ABOUT THE TRACK
The Pocono Raceway is called the “Tricky Triangle” because of its unique design. Each turn is modeled after turns from three different racetracks. Turn One (14-degree banking) was modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway in New Jersey. Turn Two (9-degree banking) has characteristics of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn 3 (6-degree banking) is similar to The Milwaukee Mile.
R1 | 09 OCT 2016 HONG KONG, HK
Hong Kong central harbourfront circuit
Track guide –HKT Hong Kong ePrix
Number of turns – 10
Track length – 1.860km
Past winners – Sebastien Buemi
Qualifying record – 1:03.099 – Nelson Piquet Jr
Lap record – 1:02.947 – Felix Rosenqvist
A new addition to the FIA Formula E championship, the HKT Hong Kong ePrix is well and truly sparking the 2016/17 season into life. The circuit races around the streets of the central harbourfront against the stunning backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline, with famous landmarks such as the Observation Wheel coming into vision whilst the drivers are battling for a chance to put their name in the history books. For one driver, Techeetah’s Ma Qing Hua, this race is not only special for the championship, but a chance to give his local fans something to cheer about.
Practice makes perfect
In terms of balance there are still some things we need to set up but as it was shakedown we didn’t really push so it’s difficult to say how the car actually will be for qualifying and the race. We will really see in the morning session.
It takes a bit of time. The best overtaking spot I think is down into turn 1. The track is short and during the day the surface is changing because more cars are running and there is rubber whereas with a clear track you can obviously push a bit more. The grip level is also changing throughout the day so you are always learning.
I love this city. For me Hong Kong being in the season three calendar feels like a home race and I love the food here and of course the people. The race location is fantastic – I’m really happy to be racing in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong City Guide
History: From its earliest days as a British colony, Hong Kong served as a centre of international trade. In the turbulent years of the early 20th century, the city’s population was bolstered by refugees, mostly from China. The arrival of immigrants in large numbers helped launch a new role for Hong Kong as a major manufacturing hub. It also brought economically stimulating energy and industry to the city’s character. In recent decades, as the economy of Mainland China has undergone a process of opening up, Hong Kong has transformed yet again – this time into a service-based economy as well as an important gateway to the world’s largest market. – Hong Kong Tourist Board
Culture: Hong Kong has two main languages, Chinese and English, as well as Cantonese. The Currency is the Hong Kong Dollar. The City has a population of more than 7.3 Million people across all various languages and religions. Hong Kong is UTC + 8. Temperature wise, in October the average temperature is 27.8C/82F.
Where to eat – If you love oriental cuisine, you’re in for a real treat in Hong Kong. In Central there are over 570 restaurants.
- If you are looking for some International cuisine whilst in town, check out Braza Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse. Ranked the no. 1 restaurant in Central on TripAdvisor.
- Calling all Dim Sum fans, Ding Dim 1968 is the only place for you! Plus, it is very reasonably priced.
- If you are looking to spend a little bit more, then Ho Lee Fook offers incredible atmosphere and out of this world chicken wings.
- Enjoy Indian food? Love an open kitchen? Why not try Bombay Dreams!
Where to drink – The best place for an aperitif?
- Try M Bar, a rooftop bar with a view of the city.
- If cocktails are your thing, then make your way towards Quinary
- Le Boudoir is a stylish and hidden basement bar in Central.
- Looking for a rock bar? Check out Rockabilly.
What to do – Thanks to the incredible location of the track, any Formula E fans staying nearby and looking for something to do, we recommend checking out:
- Take a spin on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel
- Make a visit to the Hong Kong Park
- Check out Hollywood Road if you like your shopping
- Pay a visit to the International Finance Centre
During the weekend of the HKT Hong Kong ePrix, there will activities, left, right and centre on and off the track. With something on offer for the whole family. The ePrix takes place on Sunday October 9th around the Central Harbour in Hong Kong.
Race Results (S. Buemi 53:13.298)
|2.||L. Di Grassi||ABT||+2.477|
|5.||A. Felix da Costa||Andretti||+17.987||+10.627|
|11.||N. Piquet Jr.||NextEV||+35.256||+3.522|
|14.||L. Duval||Dragon||+2 Laps|
|15.||F. Rosenqvist||Mahindra||+2 Laps|
|Did Not finish|
|16.||D. Abt||ABT||+11 Laps|
|17.||J. Vergne||Techeetah||+14 Laps|
|18.||M. Evans||Jaguar||+21 Laps|
|19.||J.M. Lopez||Virgin||+30 Laps|
|20.||Q.H. Ma||Techeetah||+44 Laps|
R2 | 12 NOV 2016 MARRAKESH, MA
Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan
Race Results (S. Buemi 47:40.840)
|5.||L. Di Grassi||ABT||+13.771||+2.185|
|16.||N. Piquet Jr.||NextEV||+1:15.452||+25.019|
|17.||M. Evans||Jaguar||+1 Lap|
|18.||L. Duval||Dragon||+3 Laps|
|Did Not finish|
|19.||M. Engel||Venturi||+7 Laps|
|20.||A. Felix da Costa||Andretti||+12 Laps|
R3 | 18 FEB 2017 BUENOS AIRES, AR
Circuito de Puerto Madero
Just a stone’s throw from the park that the Buenos Aires ePrix calls home is a statue of Juan Manuel Fangio and his title-winning Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 car. It’s an illustration not just of the transition from the past to the future of motorsport an electric racing, but also a symbol of the Argentinian fans’ love of motorsport. And they have been treated to two fabulous races on the 2.4-kilometre circuit. In season one, Antonio Felix da Costa triumphed in the most unpredictable race to date, while in season two Sebastien Buemi almost won from 18th on the grid, but denied by a superb drive by Sam Bird.
Antonio Felix da Costa, season one winner
“Argentina has a racing background which is good for Formula E when we bring the racing out into the streets, I think it makes it really easy for people to go to the track and watch it. I think it was one of the best races with everything combined with all the fans and the track. I think we’re in for a really nice time and race, with a lot of people and lucky feathers and there’s really good food around there as well so I’m really looking forward to go back!
“You know these kind of race races; Malaysia and Buenos Aires, anything that hot is what we train for. We do some special training dedicated to that. It’s never a big issue for us drivers and I think it’s a bigger issue for the cars. I don’t think any car at the end of the day stopped with a temperature problem (in Putrajaya) but it definitely slowed everybody down, it altered everyone’s strategies and how much everyone was using the regeneration. It’s certainly very tricky and changes everything for the teams and the drivers, and it’s very easy to make a mistake. But at the end of the day for you guys outside watching it, it’s going to bring more interest and it’s going to bring everyone closer together.
“If you can line someone up there’s a good overtaking spot at turn four. Obviously turn one and then turn seven, and I think before the last chicane is also a good opportunity. Everybody is very sensible in Formula E, and that’s a good thing. Every driver has a lot of respect for each other. We have not seen in season two any stupid crashes from the racing so far and that’s the beauty of Formula E when you bring professional drivers together, it gives for good racing. I think this is where we really have an edge over other categories.”
Race Results (S. Buemi 45:45.623)
|3.||L. Di Grassi||ABT||+6.921||+3.925|
|5.||N. Piquet Jr.||NextEV||+9.770||+1.705|
|11.||A. Felix da Costa||Andretti||+43.740||+5.534|
|16.||Q.H. Ma||Techeetah||+1 Lap|
|17.||A. Carroll||Jaguar||+1 Lap|
|18.||F. Rosenqvist||Mahindra||+3 Laps|
|Did Not finish|
|19.||M. Engel||Venturi||+11 Laps|
|20.||S. Bird||Virgin||+17 Laps|
R4 | 01 APR 2017 MEXICO CITY, MX
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has held numerous races from Formula 1 to the World Endurance Championship during its illustrious history and many different configurations. A brand new, 2.1km layout was created for the arrival of Formula E in 2016. At over 2500m, the track is the highest in Formula E – and one of the highest in the world. It was also the first time that a Formula E race took place on a ‘permanent’ road course. In the race Lucas di Grassi won on the road but was disqualified for being underweight, handing victory to Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio.
Salvador Duran, former Team Aguri driver
“The first complex and approach to turn one looks like a very interesting corner, a very fast chicane. The second part where you exit, you’re already into another corner, you’re already into the oval and the normal part of the circuit. It’s going to be quite interesting to see how the drivers manage to exit with as much speed as they can. Turn four looks like a very slow corner to the right and then you get a lot of change in direction as you go through another left corner which is practically a U-turn. You have to be very careful on the exit as well because after that you have the straight before entering into the stadium.
“I love it because there is one part that is actually a stadium. The configuration of the track means that we go through there on two occasions and I think all the people there are going to be so excited because being in the stadium, the excitement is going to be contagious! I really like that part and the other point is that we have so many grandstands along the start/finish straight and over the pits as well. It looks like it’s going to be very challenging. The best overtaking spot I’ve seen will be the entry into the stadium, that’s going to be the most interesting bit.
“The fans here are really loud! They are really passionate. They are really excited about what we can offer because they really want to see a car running. I would say they don’t quite understand and even the media doesn’t understand Formula E cars. That’s why it’s going to be so good when we get there and show them what we have. It’s not only about the car, it’s also about the show Formula E brings to every single place it goes to.”
Race Results (L. Di Grassi 56:27.535)
|1.||L. Di Grassi||ABT||56:27.535|
|9.||N. Piquet Jr.||NextEV||+14.156||+0.434|
|15.||S. Sarrazin||Venturi||+1 Lap|
|16.||F. Rosenqvist||Mahindra||+2 Laps|
|Did Not finish|
|17.||M. Engel||Venturi||+7 Laps|
|18.||A. Felix da Costa||Andretti||+13 Laps|
|19.||L. Duval||Dragon||+20 Laps|
|20.||O. Turvey||NextEV||+33 Laps|
R5 | 13 MAY 2017 MONACO, MC
Circuit of Monaco
The Monaco ePrix returns to the Formula E calendar on May 13, 2017. Once again the track uses a modified configuration of the iconic GP street circuit. At just under 2km in length, the Formula E cars will use the same famous start/finish line before turning right and immediately towards the harbour, where they’ll tackle a new hairpin before rejoining with the more familiar track configuration, including the well-known Tabac and Swimming Pool corners. Current champ Sebastien Buemi was the season one winner for Renault e.dams.
Nelson Piquet Jr track guide:
Monaco is one of our tracks that has the highest grip – I think that’s because they resurface for Formula 1 every year. It’s very smooth has a lot of good quality asphalt so from the first season it was the track where we had the most amount of grip and g-force, braking power, lateral grip and all this kind of thing.
I think it’s going to be the quickest race for us – obviously the tyres have changed – but still there’s going to be more grip than all the tracks we’ve visited this year… That was one of the reasons there wasn’t that much overtaking – you’re braking so much later and you carry so much more speed that it becomes harder to overtake.
Turn 1 is probably the hardest braking point of the track because we are coming out of the quickest part, and we’re coming into one of the slowest corners, so there’s really hard braking and it’s just a simple hairpin. But it’s also one of the best places to overtake. And as well as that it’s a good place to set up an overtaking manoeuvre into Turn 3 because if you make him defend into Turn 1 on the inside and he has a bad exit for Turn 3 – and that’s how I got past Jerome D’Ambrosio.
The exit of Turn 1 and 2 is really important for you to defend Turn 3 well, which is another strong braking point and again is the second and only other place where I can see that you can overtake somebody.
Turn 4 is a pretty straightforward corner, pretty smooth, hard-braking, and very important to have a good exit because there is a quick section after that. Turn 5 is probably the quickest corner of the track – except Turn 6 which is flat – T5 is just a little brake into a very fast left-hander, which in qualifying will be pretty tricky because a lot of people will be wanting to carry a lot of speed through there.
Turns 6 and 7 are flat for us, so pretty straight forward and simple. Turn 8 and 9 is the only chicane in the usual style we have in Formula E and it’s the only place where we will really be attacking the kerbs.
Then it’s the last corners, which start at the Rascasse, which seems very tight on TV for F1, but for us is actually pretty normal. Usually you brake pretty deep into Rascasse because you don’t need a very good exit because it’s a really short straight, so you try to carry as much speed as you can into Turn 11. The exit of Turn 11 into 12 is not a big issue but you want to prepare Turn 12 to have really good exit for the main straight because you want to gain time on the whole straight.
Race Results (S. Buemi 51:05.488)
|2.||L. Di Grassi||ABT||+0.320|
|4.||N. Piquet Jr.||NextEV||+19.074||+5.396|
|9.||A. Felix da Costa||Andretti||+35.330||+3.035|
|13.||O. Turvey||NextEV||+1 Lap|
|14.||A. Carroll||Jaguar||+1 Lap|
|15.||S. Sarrazin||Venturi||+2 Laps|
|Did Not finish|
|16.||J.M. Lopez||Virgin||+8 Laps|
|17.||J. d’Ambrosio||Dragon||+8 Laps|
|18.||L. Duval||Dragon||+11 Laps|
|19.||S. Bird||Virgin||+15 Laps|
|20.||J. Vergne||Techeetah||+31 Laps|
R6 | 20 MAY 2017 PARIS, FR
Circuit des Invalides
Qatar Airways Paris ePrix Circuit Guide
Paris – The City of Light – is one of the most famous in the world. France is the country where motorsport as we know it today was created and the city itself is part of that history. At just 1.9 kilometres, the track is the shortest used in season two, although the Monaco track used in season one was shorter. The race takes place around the historic Les Invalides complex, where a sold-out crowd will have plenty of local heroes to cheer on.
Loic Duval, Faraday Future Dragon Racing
“I joined the series last year in the middle of the season and I saw the calendar for this year and I was thinking, of course you expect Formula E to go to city-centres, in the best cities around the world, and you really wanted Formula E to be in Paris. I think it’s well deserved for the city, and the championship to be able to race here. To have a sports event in the city-centre is always positive, to bring the race to the people. When the red lights go out, it’s our turn as racing drivers to make the show a little bit special.
“It looks quite quick in some areas with medium and high-speed corners. Some areas look a bit tricky with really tight corners so there’s always going to be a way to manage the set-up between the fast parts and slow corners, that’s going to be something special. It looks like there are two long straights and a lot of opportunities to overtake to fight with the other guys, it looks really promising.
“I think with the experience of the Formula E guys and the organisation, we’ve been to tracks before where it’s been really difficult to drive, I remember Moscow last year and London and they’ve always managed to find a solution and now they have even more experience. In France we even have a famous cycling race which is the Paris-Roubaix, and there are these kinds of roads. In a way also, if it was possible to have these kinds of difficulties, it would make the race more special and the track more special, we’ll see how it ends up.”
Race Results (S. Buemi 59:41.125)
|7.||N. Piquet Jr.||NextEV||+32.420||+24.421|
|13.||D. Abt||ABT||+1 Lap|
|14.||M. Conway||Dragon||+1 Lap|
|15.||A. Carroll||Jaguar||+1 Lap|
|16.||S. Bird||Virgin||+2 Laps|
|Did Not finish|
|17.||L. Di Grassi||ABT||+11 Laps|
|18.||J. d’Ambrosio||Dragon||+14 Laps|
|19.||J. Vergne||Techeetah||+16 Laps|
|20.||A. Felix da Costa||Andretti||+31 Laps|
JUN 3 / CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX
The Raceway at Belle Isle Park – Detroit, MI
The 2.35-mile, 13-turn street circuit on Belle Isle in Detroit presents numerous challenges to drivers — from hard braking zones to speedy straights. The same areas are ripe for overtaking. Bell Isle has held doubleheader IndyCar race weekends dating back to 2013.
DETROIT (Saturday, June 3, 2017) – Graham Rahal said at the beginning of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear weekend that his team had uncovered a solid street-course car setup earlier this season. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver proved it today with a dominant victory in the first race of the Verizon IndyCar Series weekend doubleheader.
Rahal led 55 of the 70 laps on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park’s 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit. The 28-year-old Ohioan crossed the finish line 6.1474 seconds ahead of Scott Dixon to become the seventh different driver to win in as many series races this season. The second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday.
“Everything went according to plan today,” said Rahal, who started from the pole position after capturing the Verizon P1 Award with a track-record lap this morning. “We were pretty in control.
“We’ve shown some speed at times this year, but we haven’t had a lot of luck. Today, we had a combination of speed, the yellows didn’t come out at bad times for us and we certainly had the pace. Pretty pleased with that and hopefully tomorrow we can do the same.”
Driving the No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsforTroops.com Honda, Rahal collected the fifth win of his 11-year Indy car career. It is Rahal’s first triumph on a temporary street course since his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series victory at St. Petersburg in 2008, when he became the youngest winner in Indy car annals at 19 years, 3 months, 2 days.
It is also the first street-course victory by the Rahal team since co-owner Bobby Rahal won the inaugural Belle Isle race 25 years ago.
“It’s always wonderful to see your son win or your team win, frankly,” Bobby Rahal said. “To lead 55 out of 70 laps, that’s pretty special.
“If you give Graham the car, he’s going to be tough to beat. I think we saw that today. I don’t think he could have driven any better, I don’t think a statement could be made any stronger. This was our race.”
Dixon persevered to finish second despite a painful left ankle, the result of his spectacular crash during the May 28 running of the Indianapolis 500. It is the 93rd career podium for the four-time series champion, breaking a tie with retired teammate and friend Dario Franchitti for fifth all-time. It is also his 36th career second-place finish, moving Dixon within one of tying Bobby Rahal for third all-time.
“It was a tough race no matter what,” said Dixon, the driver of the No. 9 Camping World Honda who reclaimed the points lead by two over Helio Castroneves. “Physically for me it was tougher than normal. I think I was favoring a lot of things, but just so proud of the whole Camping World crew. They did an amazing job. The car was fast. I probably couldn’t get the most out of it but we were kind of there. But it’s great for points.”
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe recovered from a spin on the opening lap to go off strategy and finish third in the No. 5 Arrow Honda.
“Tires are the name of the game here,” Hinchcliffe said. “To be able to get off the (Firestone alternate) reds after the spin in the first turn there played to our advantage.
“Then we got that yellow at the right time right after our (Lap 25 pit) stop. It put us up where we belonged and I think we showed that the No. 5 Arrow car had a lot of pace. To come back from that; the boys were great in the pits and really happy to grab a podium here today.”
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden finished fourth and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian placed fifth, putting five different teams among the top five finishers for the first time in a race this season.
The 22nd Indy car race at Belle Isle tied a record for fewest full-course cautions (two) and set a new standard for fewest caution laps (six). Rahal’s winning average speed of 103.015 mph is a race record.
|7.||A. Rossi||Andretti Herta||+6.197||+1.597|
|14.||E. Gutiérrez||Dale Coyne||+13.132||+3.522|
|15.||M. Chilton||Ganassi||+1 Lap|
|16.||M. Aleshin||SPM||+1 Lap|
|17.||R. Hunter-Reay||Andretti||+1 Lap|
|18.||J.R. Hildebrand||Carpenter||+1 Lap|
|19.||O. Servia||Rahal||+1 Lap|
|Did not finish|
|20.||J. Hinchcliffe||SPM||+5 Laps|
|21.||S. Pigot||Carpenter||+5 Laps|
|22.||E. Jones||Dale Coyne||+10 Laps|
JUN 10 / RAINGUARD WATER SEALERS 600
Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, TX
The 24 degrees of banking in the turns and the wide (58 feet) racing surface has produced memorable moments since the series began racing at the 1.5-mile oval in 1997.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Saturday, June 10, 2017) – Will Power survived a Wild West night of racing at Texas Motor Speedway to win the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 and join a pair of greats on the all-time Indy car victory list.
The Team Penske driver won the incident-filled race on the 1.5-mile oval, taking the checkered flag in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet under caution ahead of second-place Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda from Chip Ganassi Racing.
The victory is the 31st in Indy cars for the 36-year-old Australian, tying him with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for ninth all time. It is also his second win this season and second at Texas Motor Speedway.
“Over the moon to win here,” Power said. “My second home and my wife is from here, so we spend a lot of time down here, so just an amazing feeling.”
The frenetic Verizon IndyCar Series race featured 23 lead changes among seven drivers, though Power led a race-high 180 of the 248 laps. He won under the last of nine caution periods after four cars – including Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon battling for second place right behind Power – were involved in a crash in Turn 1 on Lap 244.
Power’s win is the ninth at Texas Motor Speedway for Team Penske and the legendary team’s record 191st victory in Indy car history.
“It was a matter of getting to the front,” said Power, who started ninth in the 22-car field. “We talked about that in our pre-race strategy meeting, that track position is going to be everything because I know whoever would have the lead and (stay on) the bottom of the track would be very difficult to pass.”
Kanaan finished second despite being levied a 20-second stop-and-hold penalty after being involved in the largest incident of the race. On Lap 152, Kanaan, Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin went three wide into Turn 3. The cars of Kanaan and Hinchcliffe touched, ricocheting Hinchcliffe into Aleshin and triggering a mishap involving nine cars. No one was injured.
The race was red-flagged for 30 minutes while the Holmatro Safety Team and track workers cleaned up debris. When the race was restarted, Kanaan went down two laps after serving the penalty, but clawed his way back onto the lead lap to secure a season-best second-place finish and his fourth podium showing in the past five Texas races.
“There was a bump going into Turn 3 there and I guess I moved up, and I really have to apologize to Hinch,” Kanaan said. “I don’t do those kind of things. I race people clean and I want people to race me clean. It was definitely an honest mistake.
“Got a penalty, paid a penalty and we finished second, so I guess it is what it is.”
For the final 90 laps of the race, INDYCAR mandated competition cautions after every 30 green-flag laps so teams could change tires to account for abnormal tire wear on some entries, due in part to the newly repaved track surface.
A statement from INDYCAR, read, in part: “This action has been taken out of an abundance of caution as race conditions presented different conditions than seen in earlier tests.”
Dixon retained the Verizon IndyCar Series championship lead despite finishing ninth after being collected by the spinning Sato on Lap 244. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver sits atop the standings after nine of 17 races with 326 points. Simon Pagenaud, who finished third in the race, is second with 313 points, Sato is third at 312, Helio Castroneves fourth with 305 and Power fifth at 286.
|7.||C. Daly||Foyt||+1 Lap|
|8.||M. Chilton||Ganassi||+3 Laps|
|9.||S. Dixon||Ganassi||+5 Laps|
|10.||T. Sato||Andretti||+5 Laps|
|11.||E. Carpenter||Carpenter||+24 Laps|
|12.||J.R. Hildebrand||Carpenter||+33 Laps|
|Did not finish|
|13.||J. Newgarden||Penske||+47 Laps|
|14.||J. Hinchcliffe||SPM||+97 Laps|
|15.||M. Aleshin||SPM||+97 Laps|
|16.||T. Vautier||Dale Coyne||+97 Laps|
|17.||E. Jones||Dale Coyne||+97 Laps|
|18.||C. Muñoz||Foyt||+97 Laps|
|19.||R. Hunter-Reay||Andretti||+97 Laps|
|20.||H. Castroneves||Penske||+158 Laps|
|21.||C. Kimball||Ganassi||+207 Laps|
|22.||A. Rossi||Andretti Herta||+212 Laps|
JUN 25 / KOHLER GRAND PRIX
Road America – Elkhart Lake, WI
Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Its legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit has challenged the world’s best racers for over 57 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends such as the KOHLER Grand Prix, Road America offers group event programs, the Road America Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools.
ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin – One outstanding prize eluding Scott Dixon in his illustrious Indy car career was a win at Road America’s picturesque and lightning-fast permanent road course. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver checked that box today, winning the KOHLER Grand Prix.
Dixon crossed the finish line 0.5779 of a second ahead of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden to earn the 41st win of his impressive career. It moved the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion within one victory of tying Michael Andretti for third on the all-time list. It’s also the 13th straight season Dixon has won at least one race, extending his Indy car record.
“We raced as hard as we could,” Dixon said. “We had a little bit of luck go our way, we had good strategy, the pit stops were fantastic. These are the days you have to capitalize on.
“This is huge for Honda at a track that doesn’t suit our configuration, but the power and the (fuel) mileage really performed today. I’m just happy to be in winner’s circle for the first time this year. At Road America, that’s mega.”
Driving the No. 9 NTT Data Honda, Dixon started fifth and made what wound up the decisive pass of the day on Lap 31. Relying on his softer Firestone alternate tires, Dixon zoomed past Newgarden, using the primary tire compound, on a restart and into the lead heading into Turn 1 on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn circuit.
“I think strategy-wise we definitely played it right with going to the red (alternate) tires at that point,” Dixon said. “The (primary) blacks definitely take a bit longer to come up, to get the grip that you need.
“Josef gave me the room. He obviously had a moment which made it pretty close and pretty tight with the way his car slid, but we both got through there. With other people, you probably wouldn’t have pulled that off. It was nice to race clean with Josef today.”
Dixon led 24 of the last 25 laps to win for the first time at Road America in his fourth start on the track named by most Verizon IndyCar Series drivers as their favorite road course. Dixon has now won on 11 of the 16 circuits on this year’s schedule.
His first win of 2017 allowed Dixon to stretch his championship lead to 34 points over last year’s titlist, Simon Pagenaud. It also makes Dixon the eighth different driver to win in 10 races this season, another indicator of the ultra-high level of competition within the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Team Penske drivers finished second through fifth in the 55-lap race. Trailing Newgarden across the finish line were Helio Castroneves (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet) in third place, Pagenaud (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) in fourth and Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) in fifth.
“It stings a little bit coming home second when you feel like you have a winning car,” said Newgarden, who started third in the No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet. “Scott was great today, so was Ganassi Racing. Those guys did a great job, certainly very deserving of the win. But that’s tough coming up a little bit short.
“I felt like when the caution came out and we were on the primary tires, Helio and Scott had the alternates, I thought this is probably not going to be very good on the restart,” Newgarden added. “It was hard to get temperature in them to get up to speed for the restart.”
Dixon, with eight top-six finishes in the first 10 races, has totaled 379 points through 10 races. Pagenaud is second in the standings with 345, Road America pole sitter Castroneves third at 342, Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato fourth with 323 and Newgarden fifth at 318.
Sato, battling a painful strained neck muscle, lost control of his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda on Lap 29 and hit the barrier in Turn 11, bringing out the first full-course caution. Tony Kanaan, in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda, crashed in the same area on Lap 46 after making light contact with the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda of Alexander Rossi. Kanaan was making his Indy car-record 275th consecutive race start.
The next Verizon IndyCar Series race is the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway, which airs live at 5 p.m. ET July 9 on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.
|7.||E. Jones||Dale Coyne||+21.633||+6.916|
|13.||A. Rossi||Andretti Herta||+38.137||+4.639|
|17.||E. Gutiérrez||Dale Coyne||+1:28.463||+11.960|
|18.||Marco Andretti||Andretti||+1 Lap|
|19.||T. Sato||Andretti||+1 Lap|
|20.||J. Hinchcliffe||SPM||+2 Laps|
|21.||T. Kanaan||Ganassi||+11 Laps|
JUL 09 / IOWA CORN 300
Iowa Speedway – Newton, IA
Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile tri-oval with variable banking that drives like a superspeedway. With laps under 18 seconds, it’s exceptionally demanding physically and mentally on drivers. It was designed with the second generation of SAFER Barrier around the entire perimeter of the racetrack.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner ended a three-year, 54-race streak without a win by taking the checkered flag today in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. In the process, the driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet closed within eight points of the championship lead after 11 of 17 races.
“We’ve been close (to winning) so many times, and finally luck was on our side,” the typically exuberant Castroneves said. “We’ve been working so hard together, but the Hitachi Chevy was on rails. We had a little bit of an issue in the beginning, but after we set up the car it was great. What a great finish. It’s just like the first time.”
IOWA CORN 300: Box score
Castroneves led 217 of the 300 laps on the high-speed, 0.894-mile Iowa oval, winning by 3.9647 seconds over JR Hildebrand. As anticipated, Castroneves celebrated the occasion by hopping out his car at the start/finish line after the race and performing his trademark climbing of the catch fence to the delight of Iowa Speedway fans.
It is Castroneves’ first triumph since the opener of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader on June 1, 2014. It also gave the 42-year-old Brazilian, celebrating his 20th season in Indy cars, career win No. 30 to move him alone into 12th place on the all-time victory list. Castroneves had been tied with retired Team Penske great Rick Mears, who now serves as Castroneves’ spotter on ovals.
“Finally, everything came together,” said Castroneves, who also overtook Al Unser for fourth all time in laps led and now has 5,947. “And 30 wins, we just passed Rick Mears, which is my hero. … I’m honored to be part of this organization, and I can only thank Roger (Penske, team owner), (team president Tim) Cindric and the entire team for supporting me. It’s easy to be behind you in good times, but they’ve always been there no matter the time, so for me that’s priceless. I’m going to continue focusing on this season, and there’s more to come.”
The decisive pass of the race came on Lap 268, when Castroneves darted past Hildebrand and leader Marco Andretti into first place. He steadily pulled away to give Team Penske its 192nd Indy car win – most all time – and its first at Iowa Speedway. Castroneves is the ninth different driver to win a race this season, a list that includes all four Team Penske drivers.
“To see that run that Helio made all day long, I think he controlled the race,” said Penske, who calls Castroneves’ race strategy. “We had very good pit stops, you could see that, but you’ve got to have reliability and you’ve got to have a guy behind the wheel who knows how to climb the fence.”
Hildebrand, in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing, equaled his career-best finish first accomplished when he was runner-up at the 2011 Indianapolis 500. Hildebrand was driving the same car that Josef Newgarden raced to victory at Iowa in 2016 for Ed Carpenter Racing.
“It feels good,” said Hildebrand, who qualified a career-best second on Saturday and led 38 laps in the race. “I definitely think that, under some slightly different circumstances, we had a car to win out there. The guys made a great call to pit early and get out into the lead at the end and try to hustle all the way.
“I think if we’d been on equal tires with Helio, we’d have had something for him there at the end. But all in all, really excited for the Fuzzy’s Vodka crew to get on the podium here again.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay, a three-time winner at Iowa, equaled his season-best finish of third place for Andretti Autosport. Pole sitter Will Power led 23 laps before finishing fourth for Team Penske.
Points leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing finished eighth and has collected 403 points through 11 races. Team Penske drivers hold the next four positions in the standings, with Castroneves second (395 points), reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud third (372), Power fourth (350) and Newgarden fifth (347).
Three drivers – Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly – were each eliminated in single-car crashes, though none was injured. The race was also red-flagged for eight minutes after 208 laps for light rain.
The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to action July 16 with at the Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Exhibition Place. The race airs live at 3 p.m. ET on CNBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, with an encore presentation at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.
|11.||A. Rossi||Andretti Herta||+1 Lap|
|12.||E. Carpenter||Carpenter||+1 Lap|
|13.||E. Gutiérrez||Dale Coyne||+1 Lap|
|14.||M. Chilton||Ganassi||+1 Lap|
|15.||C. Kimball||Ganassi||+2 Laps|
|16.||T. Sato||Andretti||+2 Laps|
|17.||Marco Andretti||Andretti||+2 Laps|
|18.||E. Jones||Dale Coyne||+3 Laps|
|19.||C. Daly||Foyt||+132 Laps|
|20.||C. Muñoz||Foyt||+170 Laps|
|21.||M. Aleshin||SPM||+244 Laps|
JUL 16 / HONDA INDY TORONTO
Streets of Toronto – Toronto, Ontario
The 11-turn, 1.75-mile street circuit, which offers great views of downtown Toronto, is tight and has led to cars attempting to squeeze past each other in turns. Many times, only one makes it out unscathed. A long frontstretch leading into the Turn 1 Princes Gate, a hard right-hander, is a great place for overtaking.
|2.||A. Rossi||Andretti Herta||+1.870|
|14.||E. Gutiérrez||Dale Coyne||+53.985||+1.094|
|18.||S. Pigot||Carpenter||+1 Lap|
|19.||T. Kanaan||Ganassi||+2 Laps|
|Did not finish|
|20.||E. Jones||Dale Coyne||+10 Laps|
|21.||W. Power||Penske||+85 Laps|
JUL 30 / HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, OH
The 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural-terrain road course offers a little of everything — elevation changes, speed corners, flowing corners, tight corners, a narrow (40 feet) racing ribbon and a challenging entry to pit lane.
|6.||A. Rossi||Andretti Herta||+9.026||+1.717|
|18.||C. Muñoz||Foyt||no time||+24.625|
|19.||S. Pigot||Carpenter||no time||+24.625|
|20.||E. Gutiérrez||Dale Coyne||no time||+24.625|
|21.||E. Jones||Dale Coyne||no time||+24.625|
AUG 20 / ABC SUPPLY 500
Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, PA
Pocono Raceway is called the “Tricky Triangle” because of its unique design. Each turn is modeled after turns from three different racetracks. Turn One (14-degree banking) was modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway in New Jersey. Turn Two (9-degree banking) has characteristics of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn 3 (6-degree banking) is similar to The Milwaukee Mile.
AUG 26 / BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500
Gateway Motorsports Park – Madison, IL
The 1.25-mile (2.01 km) oval is a favorite of many of the drivers who race there due to the unique shape and different degrees of banking in each corner. Turns 1 & 2 have characteristics similar to New Hampshire Motor Speedway while Turns 3 & 4 are similar to Phoenix International Raceway and the track’s egg shape is reminiscent of the oval at Twin Ring Motegi.
SEP 03 / INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, NY
When Formula One visited Watkins Glen in 1961 for the first Watkins Glen U.S. Grand Prix, it was the beginning of what would become a tradition at the circuit through 1980. Innes Ireland won the inaugural running, with drivers such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt among the winners of the grand prix. In 2004, the Verizon IndyCar Series announced that it would compete on the historic 3.4-mile, 11-turn long course at Watkins Glen International on Sept. 25, 2005. The circuit included “the boot,” which is part of the traditional grand prix circuit. Scott Dixon won the first Verizon IndyCar Series event at the track – the first of three straight wins at the track for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver – and donated his laurel wreath from Victory Lane to nearby Seneca Lodge to hang among the wreaths of the previous race winners at Watkins Glen, a tradition that dates to the United States Grand Prix Formula One event. Justin Wilson claimed the first-ever win for Dale Coyne Racing at the track, when he won the race in 2009.
SEP 17 / GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA
Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, CA
The 2.385-mile, 12-turn natural-terrain road course has it all to challenge drivers — elevation changes, a tight right-hand Turn 12 leading onto the frontstretch, a Carousel turn that requires downshifting — all packed into a scenic setting.