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2009 IndyCar Series

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

2009 IndyCar season
IndyCar Series
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Season
Races17
Start dateApril 5
End dateOctober 10
Awards
Drivers' championUnited Kingdom Dario Franchitti
Rookie of the YearBrazil Raphael Matos
Indianapolis 500 winnerBrazil Hélio Castroneves
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Dario Franchitti (left) won his second Drivers' Championship while Scott Dixon (right) finished second in the championship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Originally Honda was supposed to end their IndyCar Series single engine supplier after 2009. But on September 23, 2009, it was confirmed that Honda renewed their single engine supplier until 2011 season.[3]

2009 IndyCar Series scheduleEdit

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

(O) Oval/Speedway
(S) Road Course/Street Circuit

Schedule detailsEdit

Team and Driver ChartEdit

All entrants competed in Dallara IR5 chassis, powered by Honda HI9R V8 engines, and utilize Firestone Firehawk tires.

Team No Drivers Rounds
  Andretti Green Racing 7   Danica Patrick All
11   Tony Kanaan All
25   Franck Montagny (R) 14
26   Marco Andretti All
27   Hideki Mutoh All
  A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14   Vitor Meira[5] 1–4
  Paul Tracy 5
  Ryan Hunter-Reay 7–17
  A. J. Foyt IV 6
41 4
  Conquest Racing 34   Alex Tagliani 1–2, 4, 6, 10–11
  Nelson Philippe (R)[6] 14
  Kosuke Matsuura 16
36   Alex Tagliani 4
  Bruno Junqueira 4
  Dale Coyne Racing 18   Justin Wilson 2–17
19 1
  Tomas Scheckter 4
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 23   Darren Manning 1–2
  Milka Duno 3–4, 6, 9, 12–15, 17
  Tomas Scheckter 5, 7–8, 10–11
  Roger Yasukawa 16
24   Mike Conway (R) All
43   John Andretti 4
  Tomas Scheckter 6, 12, 15–17
44   Davey Hamilton 4
  Hemelgarn Racing 91   Buddy Lazier 4
  HVM Racing 00   Nelson Philippe (R) 4
13   E. J. Viso All
33   Robert Doornbos (R) 13–17
  KV Racing Technology 5   Mario Moraes 1–12, 14–17
  Paul Tracy 13
15 4, 9–11
8   Townsend Bell 4
  Luczo-Dragon Racing 2   Raphael Matos (R) All
  Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 02   Graham Rahal All
06   Robert Doornbos (R) [7] 1–12
  Oriol Servià 13–16
40202   Alex Lloyd (R) 17 [8][9]
  Panther Racing 4   Dan Wheldon All
16   Scott Sharp 4
  Penske Racing 12   Will Power 2, 4, 10-12, 14
3   Will Power 1
  Hélio Castroneves 2–17
6   Ryan Briscoe All
  Rahal Letterman Racing 17   Oriol Servià 4
  Sam Schmidt Motorsports 99   Alex Lloyd (R) 4
  Sarah Fisher Racing 67   Sarah Fisher 3–4, 6, 12, 15, 17[10]
  Target Chip Ganassi Racing[11] 9   Scott Dixon All
10   Dario Franchitti All
  Team 3G 98   Stanton Barrett (R) 1–5, 16
  Jaques Lazier 6–8, 12, 15, 17
  Richard Antinucci (R) 9–11, 13–14
  Vision Racing 20   Ed Carpenter All
21   Ryan Hunter-Reay 1–6

Series newsEdit

  • 2009 is the beginning of a new 10-year TV deal with the Versus TV network. Versus will broadcast at least twelve IndyCar Series events a year in HD. Versus will also broadcast extensive pre-race coverage, a one-hour preview show the day before each race including qualifying highlights, qualifications for the Indianapolis 500, a Firestone Indy Lights weekly telecast, replays of all series races a week after original broadcast, and at least ten hours of ancillary programming.[12] Bob Jenkins, Robbie Buhl, and Jon Beekhuis will be the broadcast team along with Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, and Lindy Thackston in the pits. Emmy-award-winning auto-racing producer Terry Lingner will produce the coverage.[13] Versus will air commercials using IndyCar Non-Stop.
  • Firestone will offer two sets of tire compounds beginning in 2009 on road and street courses for the IR5 chassis. It will operate similar to Champ Car's "option tire" program. The alternate tires are marked with red sidewalls and are made of a softer compound. They contain more grip and allow for faster times, but do not last as long as the regular tires. Each team will receive six sets of the regular tires ("the blacks") and three sets of the new alternate tires ("the reds") for the race weekend. The car will be required to run at least two green flag laps with the alternate tires during a race.
  • A new private testing policy was put into place for team for 2009, provided they participate in the TEAM revenue-sharing program.[14] Teams will be permitted:
    • 800 miles (1,300 km) or six days of testing, whichever comes first, along with eight sets of tires.
    • Two-car teams may conduct 1,200 miles (1,900 km) of testing with 26 sets of tires.
    • Additional team cars gain 200 miles (320 km) and four sets of tires per car.
    • No testing at any track within seven days of a race.
    • Teams can earn additional test days by providing opportunities to Firestone Indy Lights drivers.
  • Bonus practice time for rookies and teams outside the Top 10 in points will be added starting at Long Beach. The bonus session will last from 30–45 minutes at each venue before the first practice sessions of the day for all cars. The policy is intended to promote competition, allowing teams a chance to close the gap on the Top 10 teams without paying for expensive private testing. In addition, it will provide more opportunities for rookie drivers, particularly those moving up from Indy Lights.[15]
  • Slight changes have been made to the points system in 2009, as a driver will only get two points for most laps led in a race instead of three. A point will be given for winning pole for a race.
  • On December 26, 2008 IndyCar Series introduces their new exhaust design to reduce noise of Honda Indy V8 engines.[16]
  • IndyCar Series officials have banned formerly optional 118 and 120 inch wheelbases, requiring teams to uniformly adopt 122 inch wheelbases. This will provide cost savings for the teams as well as greatly enhancing competition on the oval tracks.[17]
  • On July 28, 2009 the IRL approved "push to pass" buttons on all the cars. They would give a driver a 20 hp boost for 12 seconds with a 10-second recharge time. This will be available for use only 20 times during a given race. This feature will debut at the event at Kentucky Speedway on August 1, 2009.[18]
  • Due to several IndyCar Series teams opting for Dallara IR5 chassis, Panoz discontinued their IndyCar Series involvement after the 2008 season.
  • With the series undergoing a development freeze until the 2011 season, IndyCar Series teams carried over chassis and engine from 2008 season but modified due to new exhaust design. The series were concentrating on 2012 new car development to save costs.[19]

Team and driver newsEdit

TestingEdit

The following open tests were held.

Race summariesEdit

Round 1: Honda Grand Prix of St. PetersburgEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 100 2:12:26.8387 46
2 14 21   Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision Racing 100 +0.4619 0
3 2 19   Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 100 +0.9490 52
4 5 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 100 +1.5230 0
5 3 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 100 +2.3214 0
Race average speed: 81.542 mph (131.229 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 28 laps

Round 2: 35th Toyota Grand Prix of Long BeachEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:58:47.4658 51
2 1 12   Will Power Penske Racing 85 +3.3182 16
3 11 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 85 +4.0537 7
4 22 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 85 +5.0742 0
5 14 4   Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 85 +6.5655 0
Race average speed: 84.491 mph (135.975 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 18 laps

Round 3: RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:43:21.0035 134
2 22 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +0.7104 3
3 8 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 +1.5022 0
4 7 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 +1.8872 53
5 3 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 +2.6502 0
Race average speed: 176.488 mph (284.030 km/h)
Lead changes: 10 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 20 laps

Round 4: 93rd Indianapolis 500Edit

  • Report: 2009 Indianapolis 500
  • Sunday May 24, 2009 - 12:12 p.m. CDT / 1:12 p.m. EDT
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana (2.5 mile oval)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 500 miles
  • Race weather: 83 °F, sunny
  • Television: ABC (Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever, Jack Arute, Jamie Little, Brienne Pedigo, Vince Welch)
  • Nielsen ratings: 4.2
  • Attendance: TBA
  • Pole Position winner: #3 Hélio Castroneves, 2:40.0967 sec, 224.864 mph (361.884 km/h) (4-lap)
  • Race Summary: Dario Franchitti made the move at the start, passing Ryan Briscoe on the first lap and polesitter Hélio Castroneves at a restart on the eighth lap. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, starting fifth and sixth made short work of Graham Rahal and joined the top three. Castroneves lost out to Briscoe and Dixon in the first round of stops. Briscoe, now second took the lead from Franchitti on lap 53. Graham Rahal crashed from sixth on lap 56 which brought out the caution. Another poor stop for Castroneves got him behind Kanaan as well, while the two Ganassi cars of Dixon and Franchitti switched places. The race turned green on lap 64, and it was evident that Briscoe had a bad set of tires. He lost many places immediately, and Castroneves also lost out to Raphael Matos and Danica Patrick. Meanwhile, Briscoe had to pit again, and rejoined 24th. The top three pulled away, while Castroneves passed Patrick on lap 81. During the third round of stops (after another caution), Franchitti got ahead of Dixon, and Castroneves got in front of Matos. There was the green flag on lap 91, and Dixon used Franchitti's slipstream to take the lead. Kanaan, running third on lap 98 had a huge impact with the wall at Turn 3 after a mechanical failure. He was okay except for some bruises, and the caution was brought out again leading to the fourth round of stops. The top two retained order, while third placed Castroneves again lost out, this time to Will Power and Matos. Danica Patrick had a bad stop as well, dropping from sixth to tenth. During the next restart, Castroneves made short work of Matos, and had a go at Power, but Power kept the place. The order remained the same until lap 131, when Nelson Philippe crashed, bringing out the fifth caution. This led to another round of stops. While Dixon maintained his lead, Franchitti had a slow stop, dropping from second to eighth, and Castrineves got the jump on power. The order after the stops is Dixon from Castroneves, Power, Paul Tracy and Dan Wheldon. The green flag came out on lap 142, and it was Castroneves who immediately was on sond, taking the lead from Dixon even before they had reached the first turn. Tracy started dropping back, quickly passed by Wheldon and Townsend Bell. Franchitti, frustrated after his bad stop, further dropped down to 12th after running wide when trying to pass Ed Carpenter. On lap 159, Power passed Dixon for second. The next caution came after Justin Wilson crashed. This led to one more round of stops. Power and Dixon, running second and third had bad stops, and Danica Patrick got in front of Townsend Bell during this time. Ryan Briscoe did not stop, and was in second. There were no changes at the restart. There was one more caution, during which Briscoe pitted from second. He rejoined 16th. At the last restart with twenty laps to go, Patrick had a go at Wheldon but Wheldon defended well. Castroneves pulled away and won, with Wheldon, Patrick, Bell and Power making the top 5.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 3:19:34.6427 66
2 18 4   Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 200 +1.9819 0
3 10 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 +2.3350 0
4 24 8   Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology 200 +2.7043 0
5 9 12   Will Power Penske Racing 200 +3.6216 0
Race average speed: 150.318 mph (241.913 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 61 laps

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

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 225 1:38:43.9552 27
2 1 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 225 +2.1257 154
3 8 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 225 +2.2644 19
4 2 02   Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 225 +2.6744 0
5 7 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 225 +5.9824 0
Race average speed: 138.784 mph (223.351 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 22 laps

Round 6: Bombardier Learjet 550Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 228 1:55:16.1670 57
2 2 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 228 +0.3904 160
3 3 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 228 +2.2461 0
4 8 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 228 +4.3745 0
5 1 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 228 +4.7695 10
Race average speed: 172.677 mph (277.897 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 26 laps

Round 7: Iowa Corn Indy 250Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 4 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 250 1:39:47.9077 68
2 2 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 250 +5.0132 85
3 11 27   Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 250 +10.9769 0
4 6 4   Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 250 +17.5807 8
5 3 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 249 +1 Lap 1
Race average speed: 134.371 mph (216.249 km/h)
Lead changes: 12 between 7 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 46 laps

Round 8: SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 300 1:48:02.4703 161
2 1 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 300 +0.3109 65
3 5 02   Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 300 +2.4085 0
4 8 27   Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 300 +13.5302 74
5 10 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 300 +14.1111 0
Race average speed: 124.952 mph (201.091 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 46 laps

Round 9: Camping World Grand Prix at The GlenEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 2 18   Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 60 1:48:24.1947 49
2 1 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 60 +4.9906 7
3 3 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 60 +5.1632 1
4 13 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 60 +7.0755 1
5 8 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 60 +8.5595 2
Race average speed: 111.915 mph (180.110 km/h)
Lead changes: 8 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 10 laps

Round 10: Honda Indy TorontoEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:43:47.1408 45
2 11 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 85 +1.6745 0
3 2 12   Will Power Penske Racing 85 +2.1355 0
4 8 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +2.4803 0
5 4 18   Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 85 +2.9230 0
Race average speed: 86.240 mph (138.790 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 5 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 15 laps

Round 11: Rexall Edmonton IndyEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 12   Will Power Penske Racing 95 1:42:42.3773 90
2 3 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 95 +1.0936* 2
3 4 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 95 +1.3213 2
4 2 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 95 +1.8266 1
5 6 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 95 +4.4652 0
Race average speed: 109.498 mph (176.220 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 2 laps
  • * Race finished under caution.

Round 12: Meijer Indy 300Edit

  • Report: 2009 Meijer Indy 300
  • Saturday August 1, 2009 - 8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Kentucky (1.48 mile oval)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 296 miles
  • Race weather: 76 °F, overcast
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Robbie Buhl, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Robbie Floyd, Lindy Thackston)
  • Nielsen ratings: 0.14[71]
  • Attendance: 48,000
  • Pole Position winner: #9 Scott Dixon (qualifying cancelled; field set by owner points)
  • Race Summary: Series officials implemented a mid-season rules change on oval races to encourage increased competition. A push-to-pass system was added to the cars, along with various aerodynamic enhancements. The changes were well-received, and the race became the most competitive oval race on the circuit in almost two years. In the final 50 laps, Ed Carpenter of Vision Racing led Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan, with Hélio Castroneves lurking amongst the top 5. In the final ten laps, Carpenter and Briscoe raced side by side, swapping the lead several times each lap. On the final turn, Briscoe edged ahead, and denied Carpenter his first career victory by 0.0162 seconds. The race's average speed, only slowed by a single caution flag for a second straight race, was over 200 mph, making it the second fastest IndyCar Series race held.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 3 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 1:28:24.3246 38
2 14 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 200 +0.0162 35
3 9 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 +0.1614 1
4 4 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +0.2728 1
5 10 02   Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +0.6346 0
Race average speed: 200.893 mph (323.306 km/h)
Lead changes: 22 between 7 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 6 laps

Round 13: Honda 200Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 3 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 85 1:46:05.7985 51
2 1 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 85 +29.7803 6
3 6 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 85 +30.0551 0
4 7 14   Ryan Hunter-Reay A. J. Foyt Enterprises 85 +33.7307 0
5 11 27   Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 85 +34.1839 0
Race average speed: 108.541 mph (174.680 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 6 laps

Round 14: Indy Grand Prix of SonomaEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 75 1:49:23.0073 75
2 2 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 75 +0.2488 0
3 9 24   Mike Conway (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 75 +0.8293 0
4 14 5   Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 75 +3.6171 0
5 5 27   Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 75 +5.4536 0
Race average speed: 94.745 mph (152.477 km/h)
Lead changes: None
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps

Round 15: Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 1:42:34.3051 71
2 6 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0077 61
3 8 5   Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 200 +0.0699 0
4 3 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +0.0997 34
5 5 02   Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +0.1295 0
Race average speed: 177.827 mph (286.185 km/h)
Lead changes: 18 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 23 laps

Round 16: Indy Japan 300Edit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:51:37.6411 139
2 3 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +1.4475 53
3 5 02   Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +3.2002 3
4 7 06   Oriol Servià Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 200 +7.3720 0
5 2 5   Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 200 +12.7643 0
Race average speed: 163.401 mph (262.968 km/h)
Lead changes: 7 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 23 laps

Round 17: Firestone Indy 300Edit

  • Report: 2009 Firestone Indy 300
  • Saturday October 10, 2009 - 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway - Homestead, Florida (1.485 mile oval)
  • Distance: 200 laps / 297 miles
  • Race weather: 89 °F, fair
  • Television: Versus (Bob Jenkins, Robbie Buhl, Jon Beekhuis, Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, Lindy Thackston)
  • Nielsen ratings:
  • Attendance:
  • Pole Position winner: #10 Dario Franchitti, 1:40.5378 sec, 212.696 mph (342.301 km/h) (4-lap)
  • Race Summary: The championship battle came down to a three-man race between Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti (5 points behind), and Ryan Briscoe (8 points behind). In what became the series' first oval race to run caution-free the full distance, the three title contenders dominated and were the only cars to finish on the lead lap. In the final 50 laps, fuel strategy became key, as Dixon and Briscoe ran 1st-2nd, with Franchitti trailing some 25 seconds in third. Both Dixon and Briscoe were forced to pit for fuel in the final 8 laps, while Franchitti stayed out and stretched his fuel to the finish. Franchitti's race victory clinched his second IndyCar Series title.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
1 1 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:28:28.3117 25
2 3 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 200 +4.7888 103
3 2 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +6.0206 70
4 15 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 199 +1 Lap 0
5 11 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 199 +1 Lap 2
Race average speed: 201.420 mph (324.154 km/h)
Lead changes: 12 between 4 drivers
Cautions: None

Season SummaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

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

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS Pts
1   Dario Franchitti 4 1* 18 7 3 5 1 2 15 1* 5 6 3 1* 4 2 1 616
2   Scott Dixon 16 15 1* 6* 1 3 5 1* 3 4 3 7*1 1* 13 2 1* 3 605
3   Ryan Briscoe 1 13 4 15 2* 2* 2* 19 2 2 4 1 2 2 1* 18 2* 604
4   Hélio Castroneves 7 2 1 11 1 71 17 4 18 2 4 12 18 20 10 5 433
5   Danica Patrick 19 4 5 3 5 6 9 5 11 6 11 8 19 16 12 6 19 393
6   Tony Kanaan 5 3 3 27 19 8 14 6 8 17 21 3 10 8 13 11 4 386
7   Graham Rahal 7 12 7 31 4 22 11 3 13 20 7 5 8 21 5 3 11 385
8   Marco Andretti 13 6 6 30 7 4 12 7 5 8 10 10 6 14 11 7 22 380
9   Justin Wilson 3* 22 14 23 15 15 18 14 1* 5 8 21 13 7 10 12 10 354
10   Dan Wheldon 14 5 10 2 10 7 4 10 10 14 15 11 16 12 22 8 21 354
11   Hideki Mutoh 15 20 8 10 8 21 3 4 18 12 14 13 5 5 23 14 6 353
12   Ed Carpenter 18 18 9 8 16 9 10 13 16 15 16 2 17 11 6 13 12 321
13   Raphael Matos  RY  20 8 20 22 6 12 16 8 12 10 18 16 9 9 9 9 14 312
14   Mario Moraes 21 19 11 33 9 10 17 16 14 11 23 18 4 3 5 7 304
15   Ryan Hunter-Reay 2 11 15 32 12 16 19 15 21 7 17 14 4 19 15 21 13 298
16   Robert Doornbos  R  11 9 12 28 14 11 15 9 9 23 9 19 14 10 18 16 20 283
17   Mike Conway  R  22 21 19 18 20 19 8 18 6 22 20 17 20 3 16 22 15 261
18   E. J. Viso 17 23 21 24 18 24 20 12 7 13 12 15 15 22 17 15 16 248
19   Will Power 6 2 5 3 1* 9 DNS 215
20   Tomas Scheckter 12 13 13 6 11 16 19 22 8 23 9 195
21   Oriol Servià 26 11 6 7 4 115
22   Alex Tagliani 10 10 11 14 9 13 114
23   Paul Tracy 9 17 20 19 6 7 113
24   Milka Duno 16 20 23 17 20 21 17 21 17 113
25   Sarah Fisher 13 17 17 12 14 18 89
26   Jaques Lazier 18 13 20 23 19 23 77
27   Richard Antinucci  R  19 21 22 18 15 63
28   Vitor Meira 9 14 22 21 62
29   Stanton Barrett  R  12 17 17 DNQ DNS 19 62
30   Alex Lloyd  R  13 8 41
31   Darren Manning 8 16 38
32   Townsend Bell 4 32
33   A. J. Foyt IV 16 20 26
34   Scott Sharp 14 16
35   Nelson Philippe  R  25 DNS 16
36   Kosuke Matsuura 17 13
37   John Andretti 19 12
38   Franck Montagny  R  20 12
39   Roger Yasukawa 20 12
40   Davey Hamilton 29 10
  Bruno Junqueira Wth 0
  Buddy Lazier DNQ 0
Pos Driver STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns half the points
had they taken part.
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded
 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.

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