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The 2005 IRL IndyCar Series began on Sunday, March 6 and ended on Sunday, October 16. The season, which consisted of 17 races, was the 10th season of the IRL IndyCar Series since it split from CART in 1995.

2005 IndyCar season
IndyCar Series
Season
Races 17
Start date March 6
End date October 16
Awards
Drivers' champion United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
Rookie of the Year United States Danica Patrick
Indianapolis 500 winner United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
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Dan Wheldon was the dominant driver in the series in 2005, winning six races, including the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500, setting the record for most victories in an IRL season. However, the big story of the season was that of Rahal Letterman Racing's Danica Patrick, the fourth woman to compete in the Indy 500 and the first to lead a lap. She would eventually wind up in fourth. Danica's presence was a boost to the IRL's television ratings. The Indy 500's ratings were up 40% from the year before and subsequent races also saw a boost in ratings.

The season was the first ever to introduce road courses and street circuits when the series held races at the Streets of St. Petersburg, Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International, where the series previously known to have held events exclusively on oval tracks. Wheldon also became the series' first road/street course winner when he won in St. Petersburg.

The season was also the last for Chevrolet in the series, who confirmed in August that they would not return to the IRL (Chevrolet returned in 2012. At the start of the season, only Panther Racing's Tomas Scheckter and Tomáš Enge raced Chevrolet powered cars (although A. J. Foyt IV also started racing for Chevy beginning with the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky). The manufacturer situation within the IRL was the hot issue during the second half of the season and continued into the off-season. Toyota announced that they would leave the series shortly after the 2005 season ended, leaving Honda as the only remaining manufacturer in the IRL. Honda extended their engine supply contract through 2009 despite expressly saying that they did not wish to be the IRL's only supplier. The IRL announced that they extended their chassis supply contract with Panoz and Dallara through 2006.

Contents

Team and Driver ChartEdit

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Rounds
  Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 2   Tomáš Enge (R) 1-9, 12-17
  Buddy Lazier 10
  Townsend Bell 11
4   Tomas Scheckter All
  Marlboro Team Penske Dallara Toyota 3   Hélio Castroneves All
6   Sam Hornish, Jr. All
  Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 7   Bryan Herta All
11   Tony Kanaan All
26   Dan Wheldon All
27   Dario Franchitti All
 /  Aguri-Fernández Racing Panoz Honda 8   Scott Sharp All
55   Kosuke Matsuura All
  Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz
Dallara
Toyota 9   Scott Dixon All
10   Darren Manning 1-11
  Jacques Lazier 12-13, 15, 17
  Giorgio Pantano 14, 16
33   Ryan Briscoe (R) 1-15
  A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Toyota
Chevrolet
14   A. J. Foyt IV 1-13, 15, 17
  Jeff Bucknum (R) 14, 16
  Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz Honda 15   Buddy Rice 1-4, 6-17
  Kenny Brack 5
16   Danica Patrick (R) All
17   Vitor Meira All
  Vision Racing Dallara Toyota 20   Ed Carpenter All
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda 24   Roger Yasukawa All
  Cheever Racing Dallara Toyota 51   Alex Barron All
83   Patrick Carpentier All
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Toyota 91   Paul Dana (R) 1-2, 4
  Jimmy Kite 5-13, 15, 17
Part Time and Indy 500 Entries
 /  Aguri-Fernández Racing Panoz Honda 5   Adrián Fernández 5
  Playa del Racing Panoz Toyota 21   Jacques Lazier 5
  Vision Racing Dallara Toyota 22   Jeff Ward 5
  Roth Racing Dallara Chevrolet 25   Marty Roth (R) 5
  Newman/Haas Racing Panoz Honda 36   Bruno Junqueira 5
37   Sébastien Bourdais 5
  A. J. Foyt Enterprises Panoz Toyota 41   Larry Foyt (R) 5
48   Felipe Giaffone 5
  Scott Mayer (R) 5
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda 44   Jeff Bucknum (R) 4-5
  Thiago Medeiros (R) 17
  Sam Schmidt Motorsports Panoz Chevrolet 70   Richie Hearn 5
  Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 95   Buddy Lazier 5, 9, 11-12, 15
  CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Dallara Chevrolet 98   Arie Luyendyk Jr. 5

Race SummariesEdit

Toyota Indy 300Edit

On March 6, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dan Wheldon led 158 of 200 laps to get the victory. Tomas Scheckter sat on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan
  4. 17- Vitor Meira
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 10- Darren Manning
  7. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  8. 51- Alex Barron
  9. 14- A. J. Foyt IV
  10. 91- Paul Dana

XM Satellite Radio Indy 200Edit

On March 19, at Phoenix International Raceway, Sam Hornish, Jr. won his first race of the season. Bryan Herta sat on the pole. This would be the last time IndyCar would compete at Phoenix until the race was revived in 2016.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan
  4. 27- Dario Franchitti
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 26- Dan Wheldon
  7. 7- Bryan Herta
  8. 10- Darren Manning
  9. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  10. 55- Kosuke Matsuura

Honda Grand Prix of St. PetersburgEdit

On April 3 on the Streets of St. Petersburg (Florida) marked the first non-oval event for the Indycar Series. Dan Wheldon won his second race of the year. Bryan Herta sat on the pole. Andretti Green Racing drivers swept the top 4 finishing positions.

Top Ten Results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 27- Dario Franchitti
  4. 7- Bryan Herta
  5. 17- Vitor Meira
  6. 9- Scott Dixon
  7. 15- Buddy Rice
  8. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  9. 10- Darren Manning
  10. 51- Alex Barron

Indy Japan 300Edit

On April 30, at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Tochigi, Japan, Dan Wheldon won his third race of the season. Sam Hornish, Jr. sat on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 15- Buddy Rice
  4. 16- Danica Patrick
  5. 7- Bryan Herta
  6. 11- Tony Kanaan
  7. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  8. 10- Darren Manning
  9. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  10. 4- Tomas Scheckter

89th Indianapolis 500Edit

On May 29, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dan Wheldon won his first Indy 500 and his fourth race of the season. However, the focus of the race was on Danica Patrick who led 19 laps, the first time a woman has ever led a lap at Indy. Tony Kanaan sat on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 17- Vitor Meira
  3. 7- Bryan Herta
  4. 16- Danica Patrick
  5. 95- Buddy Lazier
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti
  7. 8- Scott Sharp
  8. 11- Tony Kanaan
  9. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  10. 33- Ryan Briscoe

Bombardier Learjet 500Edit

On June 11, at Texas Motor Speedway, Tomas Scheckter won his first race of the season, sitting on the pole and leading for 119 of 200 laps.

Top Ten Results

  1. 4- Tomas Scheckter
  2. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 26- Dan Wheldon
  7. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  8. 27- Dario Franchitti
  9. 17- Vitor Meira
  10. 7- Bryan Herta

SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

On June 25, at Richmond International Raceway, Hélio Castroneves won his first race of the season. Sam Hornish, Jr. sat on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 27- Dario Franchitti
  3. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  4. 4- Tomas Scheckter
  5. 26- Dan Wheldon
  6. 51- Alex Barron
  7. 2- Tomáš Enge
  8. 7- Bryan Herta
  9. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  10. 16- Danica Patrick

Argent Mortgage Indy 300Edit

On July 3, at Kansas Speedway, Tony Kanaan won by a fraction of a second over Dan Wheldon and Vitor Meira. Danica Patrick won her first pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11- Tony Kanaan
  2. 26- Dan Wheldon
  3. 17- Vitor Meira
  4. 27- Dario Franchitti
  5. 4- Tomas Scheckter
  6. 8- Scott Sharp
  7. 10- Darren Manning
  8. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  9. 16- Danica Patrick
  10. 15- Buddy Rice

Firestone Indy 200Edit

On July 16 at Nashville Speedway, Dario Franchitti won, leading 74 of 200 laps. Tomas Scheckter sat on the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27- Dario Franchitti
  2. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 9- Scott Dixon
  7. 16- Danica Patrick
  8. 33- Ryan Briscoe
  9. 95- Buddy Lazier
  10. 20- Ed Carpenter

ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225Edit

On July 24 at The Milwaukee Mile, Sam Hornish, Jr. won from the pole, leading 123 of 225 laps.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 27- Dario Franchitti
  3. 4- Tomas Scheckter
  4. 11- Tony Kanaan
  5. 26- Dan Wheldon
  6. 7- Bryan Herta
  7. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  8. 51- Alex Barron
  9. 17- Vitor Meira
  10. 8- Scott Sharp

Firestone Indy 400Edit

On July 31 at Michigan International Speedway, Bryan Herta won from the pole, leading 159 of 200 laps.

Top Ten Results

  1. 7- Bryan Herta
  2. 26- Dan Wheldon
  3. 4- Tomas Scheckter
  4. 11- Tony Kanaan
  5. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  6. 15- Buddy Lazier
  7. 8- Scott Sharp
  8. 27- Dario Franchitti
  9. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  10. 33- Ryan Briscoe

AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300Edit

On August 14 at Kentucky Speedway, Scott Sharp won for the first time since 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi, holding off Vitor Meira for the last laps to win. Danica Patrick sat on the pole for the second time in the season after rain washed out qualifying and the starting grid was determined by the fastest times in practice.

Top Ten Results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 17- Vitor Meira
  3. 26- Dan Wheldon
  4. 51- Alex Barron
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 95- Buddy Lazier
  7. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  8. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  9. 14- A. J. Foyt IV
  10. 91- Jimmy Kite

Honda Indy 225Edit

On August 21 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Penske Racing teammates Hélio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. started 1-2. Dan Wheldon won his fifth race of the season, tying Sam Hornish Jr.'s record for most victories in a season. This was the final IRL race at PPIR as the track was sold to International Speedway Corporation for intent to be shut down as ISC looked for a new Denver-area circuit, but plans failed and the track was sold for testing but cannot be used for competition per ISC regulation.

Top Ten Results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  5. 17- Vitor Meira
  6. 2- Tomáš Enge
  7. 27- Dario Franchitti
  8. 16- Danica Patrick
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 83- Patrick Carpentier

Argent Mortgage Indy Grand PrixEdit

On August 28 at the circuit's inaugural race at Infineon Raceway, Tony Kanaan won the race, taking the lead on lap 52 from points leader Dan Wheldon, who was hampered by fuel problems all day and finished out of the race in 18th. Ryan Briscoe sat on the pole, but caused a three-car accident on lap 20 that also eliminated Hélio Castroneves and Danica Patrick from the race.

Top Ten Results

  1. 11- Tony Kanaan
  2. 15- Buddy Rice
  3. 51- Alex Barron
  4. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  5. 2- Tomáš Enge
  6. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  7. 9- Scott Dixon
  8. 27- Dario Franchitti
  9. 17- Vitor Meira
  10. 14- Jeff Bucknum

Peak Antifreeze Indy 300Edit

On September 11 at Chicagoland Speedway, Dan Wheldon won his sixth race, breaking the all-time record for most wins in an IRL season. Ryan Briscoe was involved in a fiery crash with Alex Barron on lap 20. Briscoe was taken by helicopter to a Chicago-area hospital with head and back pain, but was alert. He suffered a concussion, two broken collarbones, a bruised lung and contusions to his arms and legs. The accident resulted in a 16-minute red flag.

Top Ten Results

  1. 26- Dan Wheldon
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 4- Tomas Scheckter
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan
  6. 16- Danica Patrick
  7. 17- Vitor Meira
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 83- Patrick Carpentier
  10. 95- Buddy Lazier

Watkins Glen Indy Grand PrixEdit

On September 25 at Watkins Glen International, Scott Dixon won his first race since his 2003 IndyCar Series Championship season. Hélio Castroneves sat on the pole. This was the first major open-wheeled race at Watkins Glen since 1981.

Top Ten Results

  1. 9- Scott Dixon
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 27- Dario Franchitti
  4. 10- Giorgio Pantano
  5. 26- Dan Wheldon
  6. 55- Kosuke Matsuura
  7. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  8. 7- Bryan Herta
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 83- Patrick Carpentier

Toyota Indy 400Edit

On October 16 at California Speedway, Dario Franchitti won his second race of the year over Tony Kanaan by 0.111 s. Chevrolet powered cars finished 7th and 8th in their final IRL race while Toyota powered cars had a best finish of 5th in theirs.

Top Ten Results

  1. 27- Dario Franchitti
  2. 11- Tony Kanaan
  3. 17- Vitor Meira
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  6. 26- Dan Wheldon
  7. 4- Tomas Scheckter
  8. 2- Tomáš Enge
  9. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  10. 9- Scott Dixon

ScheduleEdit

Season SummaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 Homestead–Miami   Tomas Scheckter   Buddy Rice   Dan Wheldon   Dan Wheldon
2 Phoenix   Bryan Herta   Dario Franchitti   Dan Wheldon   Sam Hornish, Jr.
3 St. Petersburg   Bryan Herta   Dario Franchitti   Ryan Briscoe   Dan Wheldon
4 Twin Ring Motegi   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Dan Wheldon   Dario Franchitti   Dan Wheldon
5 Indianapolis   Tony Kanaan   Tony Kanaan   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Dan Wheldon
6 Texas   Tomas Scheckter   Tomáš Enge   Tomas Scheckter   Tomas Scheckter
7 Richmond   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Kosuke Matsuura   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves
8 Kansas   Danica Patrick   Ryan Briscoe   Dan Wheldon   Tony Kanaan
9 Nashville   Tomas Scheckter   Scott Sharp   Tony Kanaan   Dario Franchitti
10 Milwaukee   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Tomas Scheckter   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Sam Hornish, Jr.
11 Michigan   Bryan Herta   Townsend Bell   Bryan Herta   Bryan Herta
12 Kentucky   Danica Patrick   Danica Patrick   Dan Wheldon   Scott Sharp
13 Pikes Peak   Hélio Castroneves   Dario Franchitti   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Dan Wheldon
14 Sonoma   Ryan Briscoe   Tony Kanaan   Tony Kanaan   Tony Kanaan
15 Chicagoland   Danica Patrick   Dario Franchitti   Dan Wheldon   Dan Wheldon
16 Watkins Glen   Hélio Castroneves   Scott Dixon   Scott Dixon   Scott Dixon
17 California   Dario Franchitti   Dan Wheldon   Tomas Scheckter   Dario Franchitti

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY PIK SNM CHI WGL FON Pts
1   Dan Wheldon 1* 6* 1 1 1 6 5 2* 21 5 2 3* 1 18 1* 5 6 628
2   Tony Kanaan 3 3 2 6 8 3 19 1 19* 4 4 20 3 1* 5 2 2 548
3   Sam Hornish, Jr. 2 1 15 7 23* 2 18 12 2 1* 5 7 2* 17 3 7 5 512
4   Dario Franchitti 22 4 3 17* 6 8 2 4 1 2 8 18 7 8 12 3 1 498
5   Scott Sharp 13 5 18 2 7 4 17 6 4 10 7 1 9 12 8 9 4 444
6   Hélio Castroneves 5 2 20 11 9 5 1* 8 5 16 21 5 4 21 2 12 9 440
7   Vitor Meira 4 11 5 15 2 9 20 3 16 9 14 2 5 9 7 18 3 422
8   Bryan Herta 14 7 4 5 3 10 8 15 22 6 1* 19 12 13 14 8 11 397
9   Tomas Scheckter 11 17 17 10 20 1* 4 5 17 3 3 21 14 16 4 20 7* 390
10   Patrick Carpentier 7 9 8 13 21 16 3 14 3 7 9 12 10 4 9 10 15 376
11   Alex Barron 8 13 10 19 13 14 6 13 15 8 11 4 18 3 21 17 14 329
12   Danica Patrick  RY  15 15 12 4 4 13 10 9 7 19 20 16 8 20 6 16 18 325
13   Scott Dixon 16 12 6 21 24 11 22 18 6 13 19 23 16 7 19 1* 10 321
14   Kosuke Matsuura 12 10 13 9 17 7 9 20 14 11 16 8 13 6 23 6 19 320
15   Buddy Rice 19 22 7 3 21 11 10 18 17 22 14 11 2 13 19 12 295
16   Tomáš Enge  R  21 20 16 DNS 19 19 7 11 23 11 6 5 20 13 8 261
17   Roger Yasukawa 17 18 11 18 18 15 16 22 11 15 18 17 15 11 15 15 16 246
18   Ed Carpenter 18 16 19 16 11 20 12 17 10 12 23 22 19 15 17 14 20 244
19   Ryan Briscoe  R  20 19 14* 12 10 12 21 21 8 DNS 10 13 20 19 22 232
20   A. J. Foyt IV 9 14 21 14 28 18 14 16 12 21 12 9 21 11 21 231
21   Darren Manning 6 8 9 8 29 17 15 7 20 20 186
22   Jimmy Kite 32 22 13 19 13 14 13 10 17 18 13 163
23   Buddy Lazier 5 9 18 6 6 10 140
24   Jacques Lazier 16 17 15 DNS 16 17 81
25   Jeff Bucknum  R  22 22 10 11 63
26   Giorgio Pantano 14 4 48
27   Paul Dana  R  10 21 20 44
28   Sébastien Bourdais 12 18
29   Adrián Fernández 14 16
30   Townsend Bell 15 15
31   Felipe Giaffone 15 15
32   Thiago Medeiros  R  DNS 12
33   Richie Hearn 25 10
34   Kenny Brack 26 10
35   Jeff Ward 27 10
36   Bruno Junqueira 30 10
37   Marty Roth  R  31 10
38   Larry Foyt  R  33 10
  Arie Luyendyk Jr. DNQ 0
Pos Driver HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY PIK SNM CHI WGL FON Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(3 points)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
  • 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.

Engine manufacturersEdit

Pos. Manufacturer Points Gap
1 Honda 153 Leader
2 Toyota 125 -28
3 Chevrolet 96 -57

Chassis manufacturersEdit

Pos. Manufacturer Points Gap
1 Dallara 164 Leader
2 Panoz 125 -39

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit