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The 2015 MAVTV 500 IndyCar race was an open-wheel motorsport event held on June 27, 2015, at the 2.000-mile (3.219 km) oval course at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. It marked the 11th round of the 2015 season and unlike the previous season, was not the championship's final race of the season.

United States 2015 MAVTV 500
Race details
11th round of the 2015 IndyCar Series season
Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) - Speedway.svg
DateJune 27, 2015
Official nameMAVTV 500
LocationAuto Club Speedway, Fontana, California
CoursePermanent racing facility
2.000 mi / 3.219 km
Distance250 laps
500.000 mi / 804.672 km
Weather89 °F (32 °C), dry, overcast
Pole position
DriverSimon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
Time1:05.7679
Fastest lap
DriverTakuma Sato (A. J. Foyt Enterprises)
Time33.0027 sec. - 218.164 mph (351.101 km/h) (on lap 229 of 250)
Podium
FirstGraham Rahal (RLL Racing)
SecondTony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)
ThirdMarco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

The race featured an IndyCar Series record 80 lead changes. The race was the first race since the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship to feature pack-style racing. While many observers applauded the race as being the most exciting race in IndyCar history (Jan Wagner of the Del Mar Times called it "one of the best IndyCar races ever"),[1] others questioned the racing as being too dangerous.[2][3][4][5] The race ended with a spectacular airborne crash from Ryan Briscoe, who was uninjured.[6]

Contents

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

Initial practice and qualifying took place in the afternoon on Friday June 27, 2015 with a final practice occurring later that evening.

Pos No. Name Lap 1 Lap 2 Total Time
1 22   Simon Pagenaud 32.8599 32.9080 1:05.7679
2 3   Hélio Castroneves 32.9164 32.9171 1:05.8335
3 27   Marco Andretti 33.0378 33.0788 1:06.1166
4 20   Ed Carpenter W 32.9883 33.1680 1:06.1563
5 2   Juan Pablo Montoya 33.1160 33.1670 1:06.2830
6 10   Tony Kanaan W 33.1022 33.2011 1:06.3033
7 9   Scott Dixon 33.1371 33.1662 1:06.3033
8 1   Will Power W 33.0502 33.2555 1:06.3057
9 14   Takuma Sato 33.0883 33.2378 1:06.3261
10 8   Sage Karam R 33.1253 33.2159 1:06.3412
11 26   Carlos Muñoz 33.1895 33.2072 1:06.3967
12 67   Josef Newgarden 33.3031 33.2128 1:06.5159
13 83   Charlie Kimball 33.2668 33.3253 1:06.5921
14 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay 33.3422 33.3296 1:06.6718
15 11   Sébastien Bourdais 33.3614 33.3920 1:06.7534
16 5   Ryan Briscoe 33.4218 33.3914 1:06.8132
17 41   Jack Hawksworth 33.3911 33.4781 1:06.8692
18 98   Gabby Chaves R 33.6946 33.6832 1:07.3778
19 15   Graham Rahal 33.6841 33.7193 1:07.4034
20 19   Tristan Vautier 33.7516 33.7536 1:07.5052
21 4   Stefano Coletti R 33.6009 34.1179 1:07.7188
22 18   Pippa Mann 34.2066 34.1928 1:08.3994
23 7   James Jakes DNQ DNQ No Time
Qualifications

Race resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.
1 15   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 250 2:57:40.6179 9 19 15 51
2 10   Tony Kanaan W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 250 +0.3157 8 6 23 41
3 27   Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 250 +1.2490 9 3 31 36
4 2   Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 250 +2.1182 8 5 5 33
5 8   Sage Karam R Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 250 +2.9539 10 10 5 31
6 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 250 +3.6092 9 7 7 29
7 7   James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 250 +4.9846 9 23 26
8 83   Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 250 +5.3595 10 13 24
9 22   Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 250 +7.4054 10 1 3 24
10 41   Jack Hawksworth A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 250 +9.5128 10 17 20
11 26   Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 250 +11.6907 10 11 14 20
12 4   Stefano Coletti R KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 250 +11.9206 10 21 18
13 18   Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 250 +24.3450 10 22 17
14 11   Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 250 +25.1511 12 15 16
15 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 249 Contact 10 15 3 16
16 5   Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 249 Contact 11 16 7 15
17 19   Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 246 +4 Laps 9 20 13
18 14   Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 241 Contact 7 9 31 13
19 1   Will Power W Team Penske Chevrolet 241 Contact 7 8 62 14
20 98   Gabby Chaves R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 237 +13 Laps 10 18 10
21 67   Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Chevrolet 161 Contact 5 12 9
22 20   Ed Carpenter W CFH Racing Chevrolet 157 Contact 4 4 1 9
23 3   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 136 Contact 4 2 43 8
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Juan Pablo Montoya 407
  2   Will Power 361
  3   Scott Dixon 358
  1 4   Graham Rahal 334
  1 5   Hélio Castroneves 330
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wagner, Jan (2015-07-15). "AutoMatters+: MAVTV 500 – One of the Best IndyCar Races Ever". Del Mar Times. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  2. ^ "DiZinno: IndyCar's Double-Edged Sword in Fontana | MotorSportsTalk". Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  3. ^ "Montoya increases points lead, but not happy with how it happened | MotorSportsTalk". Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  4. ^ "Kanaan misses out on MAVTV 500 repeat, but frustrated over race (VIDEO) | MotorSportsTalk". Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  5. ^ "Reactions on social run gamut: Was IndyCar's MAVTV 500 pack racing, or the edge of brilliance? | MotorSportsTalk". Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  6. ^ "IndyCar: Briscoe airborne in frightening crash, but emerges unscathed | MotorSportsTalk". Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.

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