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2016 Grand Prix of Indianapolis

The 2016 Grand Prix of Indianapolis, officially known as the 2016 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis for sponsorship reasons, was the fifth round of the 2016 IndyCar Series season. The race took place over 82 laps on the infield road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The race also served as part of the festivities surrounding the 2016 Indianapolis 500. The car count for the race slightly increased from other races during the season due to some entries participating in the Indianapolis 500 electing to also run in the Grand Prix.

United States 2016 GP Indianapolis
Race details
5th round of the 2016 IndyCar Series season
Grand Prix of Indianapolis Course Map.png
DateMay 14, 2016
Official nameAngie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
LocationIndianapolis Motor Speedway
CoursePermanent racing facility
2.439 mi / 3.925 km
Distance82 laps
200 mi / 321.87 km
Pole position
DriverSimon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
Time1:08.6868
Fastest lap
DriverAlexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport)
Time1:09.5535 (on lap 67 of 82)
Podium
FirstSimon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
SecondHélio Castroneves (Team Penske)
ThirdJames Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

For the second race in a row, Simon Pagenaud qualified in pole position, this time with a time of 1:08.6868. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Charlie Kimball surprised with a qualifying run good enough to place him second.[1] Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden, who had qualified third and fifth respectively, had their times disallowed and were moved to the back of the starting grid for failing to meet minimum car weight regulations in post-qualifying inspection.[2]

The race was run in cold temperatures and overcast skies. At the start, Simon Pagenaud held the lead, while James Hinchcliffe moved into second. As the field moved into the first turn, Tony Kanaan and Sébastien Bourdais made contact, bringing out a full course caution and bringing an end to Kanaan's day before he could complete a lap. The race restarted after four caution laps with much cleaner results. On lap six, Will Power lost control of his car entering turn seven while trying to defend from Alexander Rossi. No caution resulted from the spin and Power would finish a lowly 19th. The first round of pit stops came around lap 20. Graham Rahal would lead briefly due to extending fuel farther than anyone else, but would fall back following his own pit stop. The lead was briefly handed to Charlie Kimball, who had beat Pagenaud out of the pits. Pagenaud would not take long to find a way by, however, and was quickly back in the lead.

On lap 37, the second caution of the day came out when Sébastien Bourdais rolled to a halt on track. Most of the leaders pitted under the caution, but Hélio Castroneves and Conor Daly, who had made their first stops early and went off sequence from the leaders, stayed out, handing Castroneves the lead. On the restart, Daly was able to get by Castroneves and take the lead, which he held for 14 laps before coming in for his final pit stop. After Castroneves pitted two laps later, Simon Pagenaud resumed the lead and was able to gain enough of an advantage to not lose it again after his pit stop. Pagenaud took victory by roughly 4.5 seconds over his teammate Castroneves, giving Pagenaud his third consecutive victory and a comfortable lead in the point standings. James Hinchcliffe took the final step of the podium, coming across about half a second after Castroneves. Graham Rahal, despite starting at the back of the field, finished fourth. Despite fading in the last laps of the race, Conor Daly still placed a respectable sixth, making him the highest finishing rookie in the race.[3]

ReportEdit

Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Name Grp. Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
1 22   Simon Pagenaud W 2 1:08.6748 1:08.7696 1:08.6868
2 83   Charlie Kimball 1 1:09.2451 1:09.0607 1:08.9816
3 5   James Hinchcliffe 2 1:09.0244 1:09.0086 1:09.2260
4 41   Jack Hawksworth 1 1:09.1601 1:09.0611 1:09.5141
5 10   Tony Kanaan 2 1:09.0845 1:09.2511
6 2   Juan Pablo Montoya 1 1:09.3260 1:09.2645
7 9   Scott Dixon 1 1:09.2004 1:09.4010
8 11   Sébastien Bourdais 1 1:09.2463 1:09.4436
9 7   Mikhail Aleshin 1 1:09.2537 1:09.6771
10 12   Will Power W 2 1:08.6746 1:09.9297
11 8   Max Chilton R 1 1:09.3289
12 98   Alexander Rossi R 2 1:09.1475
13 3   Hélio Castroneves 1 1:09.4947
14 61   Matthew Brabham R 2 1:09.2944
15 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay 1 1:09.5276
16 6   J. R. Hildebrand 2 1:09.4377
17 26   Carlos Muñoz 1 1:09.6457
18 16   Spencer Pigot R 2 1:09.4591
19 27   Marco Andretti 1 1:09.7478
20 14   Takuma Sato 2 1:09.4659
21 35   Alex Tagliani 1 1:10.4109
22 18   Conor Daly R 2 1:09.4795
23 19   Gabby Chaves 2 1:09.7720
24 15   Graham Rahal 2 Times Disallowed
25 21   Josef Newgarden 2 Times Disallowed
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

Source for individual rounds:[4]

Race ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.1
1 22   Simon Pagenaud W Team Penske Chevrolet 82 1:50:18.5823 3 1 57 54
2 3   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 82 +4.4748 3 13 7 41
3 5   James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 82 +5.0807 3 3 35
4 15   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 82 +7.0715 4 24 2 33
5 83   Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 82 +7.4234 3 2 2 31
6 18   Conor Daly R Dale Coyne Racing Honda 82 +12.1838 3 22 14 29
7 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 82 +12.9226 3 7 26
8 2   Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 82 +13.6912 4 6 24
9 28   Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 82 +15.1933 3 15 22
10 98   Alexander Rossi R Andretti Herta Autosport Honda 82 +16.3134 3 12 20
11 16   Spencer Pigot R Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 82 +20.5172 3 18 19
12 26   Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 82 +29.6369 3 17 18
13 7   Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 82 +43.3093 3 9 17
14 8   Max Chilton R Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 82 +43.3785 3 11 16
15 27   Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 82 +44.6339 3 19 15
16 61   Matthew Brabham R Pirtek Team Murray Chevrolet 82 +45.5107 3 14 14
17 19   Gabby Chaves Dale Coyne Racing Honda 82 +47.0326 4 23 13
18 14   Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 82 +56.3389 5 20 12
19 12   Will Power W Team Penske Chevrolet 82 +57.4410 4 10 11
20 41   Jack Hawksworth A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 82 +1:03.7229 3 4 10
21 21   Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 82 +1:08.6234 5 25 9
22 6   J. R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 81 +1 Lap 4 16 8
23 35   Alex Tagliani A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 81 +1 Lap 5 21 7
24 11   Sébastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Chevrolet 20 Mechanical 1 8 6
25 10   Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0 Contact 0 5 5
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
Notes

1 Points include 1 point for leading at least 1 lap during a race, an additional 2 points for leading the most race laps, and 1 point for Pole Position.

Source for time gaps:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Miller, Robin (May 13, 2016). ""INDYCAR: Pagenaud on pole for Indy GP"". Racer.com. Speedway, Indiana: Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved July 20, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "INDYCAR: Rahal, Newgarden fail post-qualifying inspection". Racer.com. Speedway, Indiana: Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. May 13, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Malsher, David (May 14, 2016). ""Pagenaud perfect again, scores third straight victory"". Motorsport.com. Speedway, Indiana: Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Race Report: 2016 Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis". theapexracing.co. TheApex.racing LLC. May 9, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.

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