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The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series was the 22nd season of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 96th official championship season of American open wheel racing. The premier event was the 101st Indianapolis 500 won by Takuma Sato. Josef Newgarden, the 2011 Indy Lights champion, in his sixth full-time season in the IndyCar Series, won the championship. It was Newgarden's first season as part of Team Penske, and he collected four wins, one pole position, and ten top-five finishes. It was Team Penske's 15th Indy car season championship, and third in four years.

2017 IndyCar season
Verizon IndyCar Series
Season
Races17
Start dateMarch 12
End dateSeptember 17
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Josef Newgarden
Manufacturers' CupUnited States Chevrolet
Rookie of the YearUnited Arab Emirates Ed Jones
Indianapolis 500 winnerJapan Takuma Sato
Discipline champions
Oval championBrazil Hélio Castroneves
Road course championUnited States Josef Newgarden
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Josef Newgarden (left) won his first Drivers' Championship while Simon Pagenaud (right) finished second in the championship.
Takuma Sato after winning the Indianapolis 500 race event on May 28, 2017 - Indianapolis Indiana USA

Simon Pagenaud entered the season as the defending IndyCar champion, and finished second in points behind his teammate Newgarden. The 2017 season was the last season for the Honda/Chevy aerokits introduced in 2015, as 2018 will see the introduction of a new spec-aerokit.[1]

All events from 2016 returned to the schedule. In addition, the series returned to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2003.

Series newsEdit

  • On September 2, 2016, it was announced that Performance Friction Brakes has been selected as a brake rotor and pad supplier package for IndyCar Series starting from 2017 season onwards but Brembo remained as brake caliper until the end of 2017 season.[2]

Teams and driversEdit

This chart represents announced teams, cars and their respective driver combinations for the 2017 season.

Team Engine No. Driver(s) Round(s)
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet[3] 4   Conor Daly[4] All
14   Carlos Muñoz[4] All
40   Zach Veach  R [5] 6
Andretti Autosport Honda[6] 26   Takuma Sato[7] All
28   Ryan Hunter-Reay[8] All
Andretti Autosport with Lendium[9] 27   Marco Andretti[10] 1–4
Andretti Autosport with Yorrow[11] 5–17
Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian 98   Alexander Rossi[12] All
McLaren-Honda-Andretti[13] 29   Fernando Alonso  R [13] 6
Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport[14] 50   Jack Harvey  R [15] 6
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda[16] 8   Max Chilton[17] All
9   Scott Dixon[18] All
10   Tony Kanaan[19] All
83   Charlie Kimball[20] All
Dale Coyne Racing Honda[6] 18   Sébastien Bourdais[21] 1–5, 15–17
  James Davison[22]  R [N 1] 6
  Esteban Gutiérrez  R [23][24] 7–8, 10–14
  Tristan Vautier[25] 9
19   Ed Jones  R [26] All
63   Pippa Mann[27] 6
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 24   Sage Karam[28] 6
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 20   Spencer Pigot[29] 1–3, 5, 7–8, 10, 12–13, 16–17
  Ed Carpenter[18] 4, 6, 9, 11, 14–15
21   J.R. Hildebrand[30] 1–2, 4–17
  Zach Veach  R [31] 3
Harding Racing Chevrolet 88   Gabby Chaves[32] 6, 9, 14
Juncos Racing[33] Chevrolet 11   Spencer Pigot[34] 6
17   Sebastián Saavedra[35] 6
Lazier Partners Racing[36] Chevrolet 44   Buddy Lazier[36] 6
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda[6] 13   Zachary Claman DeMelo  R [37] 17
15   Graham Rahal[18] All
16   Oriol Servià[38] 6–8
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda[6] 5   James Hinchcliffe[18] All
7   Mikhail Aleshin[39] 1–11, 13
  Sebastián Saavedra[40] 12, 14–15
  Jack Harvey  R [41] 16–17
77   Jay Howard[42] 6
Team Penske Chevrolet 1   Simon Pagenaud[43][44] All
2   Josef Newgarden[43][45] All
3   Hélio Castroneves[43] All
12   Will Power[43] All
22   Juan Pablo Montoya[46] 5–6

Team changesEdit

  • Chip Ganassi Racing announced their discount retail giants sponsor Target, effective from the 2017 IndyCar season, has discontinued sponsorship after 27 straight years of direct participation.[47][48] The team also announced on October 7, 2016 that they would be returning to Honda in a multi year deal and thus discontinuing Chevrolet partnership. Ganassi had previously worked with Honda in 1996–99 (CART) and 2006–13 (IndyCar Series), when Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti won the CART and IndyCar title.
  • Larry Foyt, president of A. J. Foyt Enterprises, confirmed on October 13 that the team is switching manufacturers from Honda to Chevrolet, with the formal announcement on January 17.[3]
  • KV Racing Technology will not race in 2017 due to Kevin Kalkhoven and James Sullivan withdrawing funding from the team.[49] The team had been in negotiations with Carlin to sell their remaining equipment, but attempts to secure Indy Lights champion Ed Jones and Mikhail Aleshin fell through.
  • On February 21, Juncos Racing confirmed[33] it would field an entry for the 101st Indy 500 with support from Kevin Kalkhoven, following purchase of three cars and equipment from KV Racing Technology.[50] The team entered two cars into the 101st Indy 500,[51] opting to postpone the announcement of their drivers and engine partner until later.[52] On May 9, the team announced that the first of their two entries would be driven by Spencer Pigot.[34] Pigot had previously driven for the team in Indy Lights. On May 10, the team announced that Sebastián Saavedra would drive in the second car.[35]
  • On April 10, Harding Racing confirmed it would field an entry for the 101st Indy 500, driven by Gabby Chaves.[32] On May 20, the team announced that it would also race at Texas Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway in preparation for a possible full-season entry for 2018.[53]

Driver changesEdit

ScheduleEdit

All races were held in the United States, except the Toronto round.

Rd. Date Race Name Track City
1 March 12 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (S) Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida
2 April 9 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (S) Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
3 April 23 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (R) Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama
4 April 29 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix (O) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona
5 May 13 IndyCar Grand Prix (R) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Speedway, Indiana
6 May 28 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade (O) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana
7 June 3 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation (S) The Raceway at Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan
8 June 4
9 June 10 Rainguard Water Sealers 600 (O) Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas
10 June 25 Kohler Grand Prix (R) Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
11 July 9 Iowa Corn 300 (O) Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
12 July 16 Honda Indy Toronto (S) Exhibition Place   Toronto, Ontario
13 July 30 Honda Indy 200 (R) Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
14 August 20 ABC Supply 500 (O) Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania
15 August 26 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline (O) Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Illinois
16 September 3 Grand Prix at The Glen (R) Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York
17 September 17 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (R) Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California

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

All 16 races from 2016 will return. Gateway Motorsports Park returns to the schedule for the first time since 2003. The only other schedule change is the move of the race at Phoenix from the first weekend in April to the last weekend in April to avoid a conflict with the Final Four being held in nearby Glendale, Arizona. The Long Beach race will be the second race of the season as opposed to being the third race of the season in 2016.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis was rebranded as the IndyCar Grand Prix for the 2017 running of the event following an announcement that Angie's List would no longer sponsor the event.[62]

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winners Report
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 St. Petersburg   Will Power   Scott Dixon   Sébastien Bourdais   Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Honda Report
2 Long Beach   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves   Scott Dixon   James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Report
3 Birmingham   Will Power   Will Power   Will Power   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
4 Phoenix   Hélio Castroneves   Will Power   Simon Pagenaud   Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet Report
5 Indianapolis GP   Will Power   Josef Newgarden   Will Power   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
6 Indianapolis 500   Scott Dixon   Takuma Sato   Max Chilton   Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Honda Report
7 Detroit 1   Graham Rahal[N 2]   Josef Newgarden   Graham Rahal   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda Report
8 Detroit 2   Takuma Sato[N 3]   Josef Newgarden   Graham Rahal   Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
9 Texas   Charlie Kimball   Tony Kanaan   Will Power   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
10 Road America   Hélio Castroneves   Josef Newgarden   Scott Dixon   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Report
11 Iowa   Will Power   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Report
12 Toronto   Simon Pagenaud   Simon Pagenaud   Josef Newgarden   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
13 Mid-Ohio   Will Power   Alexander Rossi   Josef Newgarden   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
14 Pocono   Takuma Sato   Tony Kanaan   Scott Dixon   Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Report
15 Gateway   Will Power   Josef Newgarden   Josef Newgarden   Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet Report
16 Watkins Glen   Alexander Rossi   Sébastien Bourdais   Alexander Rossi   Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian Honda Report
17 Sonoma   Josef Newgarden   Simon Pagenaud   Simon Pagenaud   Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet Report

Driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM Pts
QL 500
1   Josef Newgarden 8 3 1 9 11 22 19 4 2 13 2 6 1* 1* 2 1* 18 2 642
2   Simon Pagenaud 2 5 3 1* 4 23 14 16 5 3 4 7 5 4 4 3 9 1* 629
3   Scott Dixon 3 4* 2 5 2 1 32 2 6 9 1* 8 10 9 6* 2 2 4 621
4   Hélio Castroneves 6 9 4 4 5 19 2 7 9 20 3 1* 8 7 7 4 4 5 598
5   Will Power 19 13 14* 2 1* 9 23 18 3 1* 5 4 21 2 1 20 6 3 562
6   Graham Rahal 17 10 13 21 6 14 12 1* 1* 4 8 5 9 3 9 12 5 6 522
7   Alexander Rossi 11 19 5 15 8 3 7 5 7 22 13 11 2 6 3 6 1* 21 494
8   Takuma Sato 5 18 9 16 12 4 1 8 4 10 19 16 16 5 13 19 19 20 441
9   Ryan Hunter-Reay 4 17 11 13 3 10 27 13 17 19 14 3 6 8 8 15 3 8 421
10   Tony Kanaan 12 15 7 6 20 7 5 15 10 2 21 9 19 16 5 16 20 16 403
11   Max Chilton 16 14 12 20 7 15 4* 11 15 8 9 14 7 15 18 17 8 12 396
12   Marco Andretti 7 20 21 18 16 8 8 12 13 6 18 17 4 12 11 14 16 7 388
13   James Hinchcliffe 9 1 6 12 13 17 22 3 20 14 20 10 3 11 20 8 21 22 376
14   Ed Jones  RY  10 6 16 11 19 11 3 9 22 17 7 18 20 21 17 13 13 19 354
15   J. R. Hildebrand 13 11 3 14 6 16 17 18 12 16 2 13 17 19 18 15 14 347
16   Carlos Muñoz 21 7 17 10 15 24 10 14 11 18 11 20 15 18 10 9 10 15 328
17   Charlie Kimball 18 21 15 8 21 16 25 21 8 21 6 15 12 13 16 7 7 11 327
18   Conor Daly 15 16 18 14 17 26 30 22 12 7 15 19 17 10 14 5 11 10 305
19   Mikhail Aleshin 14 12 10 17 18 13 13 6 16 15 10 21 14 237
20   Spencer Pigot 20 8 20 9 29 18 10 21 12 18 19 12 13 218
21   Sébastien Bourdais 1* 2 8 19 22 Wth 10 17 9 214
22   Ed Carpenter 7 2 11 11 12 12 21 169
23   Gabby Chaves 25 9 5 15 98
24   Juan Pablo Montoya 10 18 6 93
25   Esteban Gutiérrez  R  19 14 17 13 14 20 22 91
26   Sebastián Saavedra 31 15 11 21 11 80
27   Oriol Servià 12 21 20 19 61
28   Jack Harvey  R  27 31 14 18 57
29   Fernando Alonso  R  5 24 47
30   Pippa Mann 28 17 32
31   Zachary Claman DeMelo  R  17 26
32   Jay Howard 20 33 24
33   Zach Veach  R  19 32 26 23
34   Sage Karam 21 28 23
35   James Davison 33 20 21
36   Tristan Vautier 16 15
37   Buddy Lazier 30 29 14
Pos Driver STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM 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
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did Not Start
(DNS)
Race abandoned
(C)
Blank Did not
participate
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point; except Indy)
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 canceled
no bonus point awarded
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
  • One (1) championship point is awarded to each driver who leads at least one race lap. Two (2) additional championship points are awarded to the driver who leads most laps during a race.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the number 1 qualifier earns one (1) point. At double header races, the fastest qualifier of each qualifying group earns one championship point.[63]
  • Entrant-initiated engine change-outs before the engines reach their required distance run will result in the loss of ten (-10) points.
    • NOTE: The distance run will be based on the total distance raced by that entrant with the engine in question, regardless of driver.
  • Ties are broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

Manufacturer standingsEdit

Pos Manufacturer STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM Bonus Points
1 Chevrolet 2 3 1 1 1 2 4 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 70 1489
6 5 3 2 4 10 7 3 3 3 2 5 2 2 3 6 2
69 66 91* 96* 88* 61 58 75 90* 76 96* 86* 96* 95 91* 60 186*
2 Honda 1 1 2 5 2 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 3 2 1 4 85 1326
3 2 5 6 3 3 2 4 4 6 5 3 5 5 6 2 6
90* 95* 70 58 75 92* 96* 88* 73 83* 65 75 65 66* 68 96* 120
  • All manufacturer points (including qualifying points, race finish points, and race win bonus points) can only be earned by full-season entrants.[64]
  • The top two finishing entrants from each manufacturer in each race score championship points for their respective manufacturer. The manufacturer that wins each race will be awarded five (5) additional points.
  • At all races except the Indy 500, the manufacturer who qualifies on pole earns one (1) point. At the Indy 500, the fastest Saturday qualifier earns one (1) point, while the pole position winner on Sunday earns two (2) points.
  • For every full-season engine used during the Indy 500 that reaches 2,000 total miles run, the manufacturer earns bonus points equal to that engine's finishing position in the race.
  • Ties are broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ James Davison is considered a rookie in the IndyCar Series; however, he was not a rookie in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 as he participated in the Indy 500 in 2014 and 2015.
  2. ^ The qualification format for this race featured two separate qualification groups, with the fastest qualifier in each group earning a championship point; the faster of the two group fastest qualifiers would then start on pole, while the other would start from the outside of the front row. Rahal set the fastest overall lap, and was awarded the pole position. Hélio Castroneves set the fastest lap in the other qualifying group, and was also awarded a championship point.
  3. ^ The qualification format for this race featured two separate qualification groups, with the fastest qualifier in each group earning a championship point; the faster of the two group fastest qualifiers would then start on pole, while the other would start from the outside of the front row. Sato set the fastest overall lap, and was awarded the pole position. Ryan Hunter-Reay set the fastest lap in the other qualifying group, and was also awarded a championship point.

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