Brian Barnhart Jim Haines

INDYCAR announced today that Vice President of Competition Brian Barnhart has been named Race Director and will lead the Verizon IndyCar Series’ three-steward Race Control system in 2015. Barnhart was a key member of the INDYCAR Race Control system implemented in 2014 that stipulates all in-race penalties are decided by a two-thirds vote among the respective stewards officiating each event.

“We believe that based on his extensive experience in Race Control, combined with the three-steward system, Brian Barnhart is a good fit as INDYCAR Race Director,” said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. “The process allows the Race Director to focus on running the race, without the double-duty of reviewing multiple replays and simultaneously trying to make a call. In terms of determining penalties our process defines that a majority vote amongst the three stewards is required, which ensures a jury-like process. Last year we found that this was a fair system when making difficult judgment calls.”

Barnhart was a Race Control steward throughout the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and was previously INDYCAR Race Director from 1997-2011.

“This is a position and a role that I’ve done for a number of years and I take a great deal of pride in being Race Director of the Verizon IndyCar Series,” Barnhart said. “One of the things that excites me the most is the steward system we implemented last year. That was a great advancement in how we review and make discretionary decisions, and having that assistance in making calls is a big improvement to the way we officiate INDYCAR events.”

As Vice President of Competition, Barnhart oversees the Race Control staff, the sporting regulations of the rulebook, the Holmatro Safety Team and medical personnel, security and INDYCAR Timing and Scoring. He has been a part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR since 1994.

“The technological improvements we’ve made in Race Control have expanded the amount of information available to us,” Barnhart said. “The additional cameras, the replay system and assistance from other stewards provide us with additional tools to do our job better. I’m excited about this opportunity and look forward to doing it again.”

INDYCAR’s Race Control system allows any of the three stewards to call for a review of a potential on-track incident. Upon review the stewards will deliberate on the violation using all available resources – which includes video replays, timing and scoring data and rulebook references – in rendering their decision. Following the review each race steward votes for, or against, the issuance of a penalty and the majority vote then decides if a penalty is issued. Once that determination is made the senior steward, as determined by Walker before each race, dictates the severity of each penalty.

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Photo: Jim Haines / IndyCar Media

January 29, 2015 IndyCar

IndyCar Mid-Ohio 2

A week after celebrating its Verizon IndyCar Series driver and entrant championships in Southern California, Team Penske principals marked the organization’s 400th victory in all forms of motorsports in the stock car race at Richmond, Va (win via Brad Keselowski).

“For me it’s a special time,” team owner Roger Penske said. “I think we said that when we moved everybody under one roof (in Mooresville, N.C.), where we could cross-pollenate. We moved people from NASCAR to INDYCAR and vice versa, even over-the-wall guys. That’s been an opportunity.”

Penske entered Indy car competition in 1968, which was preceded by the Trans-Am Series (1967) and the SCCA Can-Am Series and United States Road Racing Championship (1966). It entered NASCAR competition in 1972. The team also competed in Formula One from 1974-76 and the American Le Mans Series from 2005-09.

Team Penske, which earned five Verizon IndyCar Series victories this season (three by series champion Will Power, one each by Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya) has the most IndyCar Series wins (55) since the 2004 season. Chip Ganassi Racing has 52. Team Penske is the only team with a victory in each of those seasons.

Ryan Briscoe earned Team Penske’s 300th win in June 2008 at the Milwaukee Mile. Power wrapped up the 13th Indy car championship for Team Penske at Auto Club Speedway on Aug. 30.

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Photo: IndyCar Media

September 9, 2014 IndyCar, NASCAR

Will Power IndyCar Champion 2014

Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Power, who entered the 18th race of the season with a 51-point lead over Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, had been the championship runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012. It was the ninth consecutive year that the series champion was determined in the season finale.

“It’s 15 years of hard work. I was crying as I crossed the (finish) line,” said Power, who finished 62 points ahead of Castroneves. “It’s surreal. It’s just a fantastic way to finish the season.”

Power provided Team Penske its 13th Indy car championship and the first since 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.

“Tonight showed everyone the strength of our team,” said team owner Roger Penske, who has won the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race 15 times.

Tony Kanaan, the 2004 series champion, won the 250-lap by 3.6750 seconds over Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and 2013 champion Scott Dixon.

Kanaan was the 11th different winner of the season, which tied the Indy car single-season record set in 2000 and matched in 2001. Ed Carpenter, who won at Auto Club Speedway in 2012 and was runner-up in 2013, placed third and Juan Pablo Montoya finished fourth.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Kanaan, who claimed his first victory since the 2013 Indianapolis 500. “We had a team meeting this afternoon and (team owner) Chip Ganassi said if you win you can brag about it for seven months.”

Castroneves, who started from the pole and led 41 laps, was assessed a drive-through penalty for a pit lane entry violation on Lap 218 that put him a lap down. He finished 14th in the race and second in the championship for the fourth time in his career.

“It’s another second, but well done to Will,” said Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. “It stings a little bit, but it motivates me to come back stronger next year and win a championship.”

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Photo: Chris Owens, IndyCar Media

September 1, 2014 IndyCar

Mikhail Aleshin

Mikhail Aleshin suffered a big crash in practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. After losing the control of the car in turn 3, Aleshin was impacted by Charlie Kimball and lifted to the catchfence. Fortunately, according to IndyCar he is in serious but stable condition.

Medical update from Dr. Terry Trammell, INDYCAR Medical Consultant:

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Mikhail Aleshin was evaluated at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., on Aug. 29 and diagnosed with fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries. He was admitted to the hospital and listed in serious but stable condition.

Aleshin was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center after he was involved in a multi-car accident during final practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Charlie Kimball, the other driver involved in the incident, was checked and released from the infield care center and was cleared to drive.

August 30, 2014 IndyCar

Helio Castroneves IndyCar

Helio Castroneves earned the Verizon P1 Award for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship-deciding MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. The pole was the 41st of Castroneves’ career, breaking a tie with four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears for fourth all-time in Indy car history.

Castroneves, the last of 22 qualifiers, recorded a two-lap average of 218.540 mph in the No. 3 AAA Southern California Team Penske car on the 2-mile oval as the track temperature reached 134 degrees.

Castroneves earned one bonus point for the pole and trails championship front-runner and teammate Will Power by 50 points entering the 250-lap season finale. The final leg of the Triple Crown series is worth double points.

Teammate Juan Pablo Montoya recorded a two-lap average of 217.621 mph in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske car to qualify second. Josef Newgarden, driving the No. 67 Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car, also qualified on the front row (217.600 mph) for the three-wide start.

“It ain’t over; it’s just beginning,” said Castroneves, who earned his third pole of the season and third since 2003 at Auto Club Speedway. “Our job is to be aggressive over the 500 miles and finish where we started.”

Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, qualified a season-low 21st with a two-lap average of 212.604 mph. Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, the third driver eligible for the championship, qualified 13th at 215.752 mph.

“With the starting position, I’d rather start at the very front or the very back to stay out of trouble early on,” Power said. “It’s obviously all about the race; it’s very long and we’ll be racing in different conditions.”

Power earned the pole for the October 2013 race at Auto Club Speedway with an average speed of 220.775 mph – a two-lap track record – and went on to win for the first time on a superspeedway.

Team owner Roger Penske is aiming for his 13th Indy car championship since 1977 with Tom Sneva and the first since 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.

“I always tell our guys if one driver wins the team wins,” Penske said. “We got here because it was a team effort.”

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August 30, 2014 IndyCar

Scott Dixon Sonoma IndyCar

Scott Dixon overtook race leader Mike Conway on Lap 83 of 85 en route to a dramatic victory Sunday in the GoPro Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway. The win was the 35th of Dixon’s Indy car career, putting him in a tie for fifth place on the all-time Indy car victory list with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser.

Dixon, who started third in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, led Ryan Hunter-Reay across the finish line by 1.1359 seconds. Simon Pagenaud finished third after overtaking Conway, whose No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing car ran out of fuel and coasted across the finish line for a 14th-place finish.

Pagenaud, who started 15th in the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports car, joins Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves as drivers eligible for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dixon remain championship eligible, but will be eliminated if Power participates in Friday practice at Auto Club Speedway, which would assure the Team Penske driver half points for the weekend.

Power takes a lead of 51 points over Castroneves and 81 points over Pagenaud to the two-mile Auto Club Speedway oval for the season-closing MAVTV 500 on Aug. 30. A total of 104 points are available in the final round of the Triple Crown series.

Power, who started on the pole and led a field-high 33 laps in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, was scored 10th after rebounding from a spin on Lap 40 that cost him eight positions to 20th.

“It took me by surprise when I spun. That’s just racing,” Power said. “I would have liked to have had a better finish, but the Verizon Chevy team will look to Fontana working towards the championship.”

Castroneves, whose No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car was involved in contact on Laps 1 and 36, finished 18th. He entered the race 40 points behind Power.

“This is just big for our team,” said Dixon. “It was tough because there were so many fuel strategies going on and they were just slightly off. I didn’t know who could make it and who couldn’t.”

Takuma Sato, who started 20th in the No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing car, finished a season-high fourth and Juan Pablo Montoya was fifth in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske entry.

Twenty cars finished on the lead lap, tying a season high set in the Indianapolis 500. The 10 lead changes were the most for a Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway.

Results

1. (3) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
2. (10) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
3. (15) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
4. (20) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
5. (19) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
6. (2) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
7. (12) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
8. (13) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
9. (16) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
10. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
11. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
12. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
13. (8) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
14. (17) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
15. (18) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
16. (22) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
17. (5) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
18. (6) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 85, Running
19. (9) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
20. (14) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
21. (11) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 84, Running
22. (21) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 28, Mechanical

Source: IndyCar PR
Photo: Chris Jones, IndyCar Media

August 25, 2014 IndyCar

Will Power Milwaukee IndyCar

Will Power led 229 laps to dominate the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest and take command of the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings with two races left.

Power, the pole sitter in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske entry, turned away challenges by Tony Kanaan and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya to win by 2.7949 seconds over Montoya on the historic Milwaukee Mile. Kanaan finished third for his fourth podium in the past five races and Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon placed fourth. Josef Newgarden, who was running third when he had to pit for fuel on Lap 237, rebounded for his second consecutive top-five finish on an oval.

It was the first victory at Milwaukee, the first on a short oval and the first on an oval since Auto Club Speedway last October for Power, whose 24th career win matched Bobby Rahal and Ralph DePalma for 16th on the all-time list.

“The handling was awesome; we hardly made any adjustments over the whole race,” Power said. “I give full credit to the team for giving me such a great car. These are my favorite tracks these days. I really enjoy the ovals – it’s great fun. I hope we put a good show on for the fans.”

Power came into the 16th of 18 races with a four-point lead over Helio Castroneves and heads to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 24 with a 39-point advantage (602-563) over his teammate, who finished 11th.

There are six contenders who remain eligible for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, which will be decided for the ninth consecutive year in the MAVTV 500 finale Aug. 30 at Auto Club Speedway. Simon Pagenaud (510 points) finished seventh to move to third in the standings ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay (494), whose No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport car developed a mechanical issue on Lap 167 and finished 21st. Montoya (488) and Dixon (472) also remain in the hunt.

“It’s a perfect way to start this three-race chase,” Power said. “If we have a couple more days like this – this course it’s going to be a great finish. We’re going to keep our head down, don’t think of points, and execute.”

 

Results

1. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
2. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
3. (2) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
4. (11) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
5. (5) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
6. (4) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
7. (16) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
8. (15) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
9. (7) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 249, Running
10. (17) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
11. (8) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 249, Running
12. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 249, Running
13. (9) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
14. (14) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
15. (10) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 248, Running
16. (6) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 248, Running
17. (12) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 248, Running
18. (21) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 246, Running
19. (13) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 244, Running
20. (22) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 243, Running
21. (19) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 168, Mechanical
22. (20) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 130, Contact

 

Photo: Chris Jones, IndyCar Media

Source: IndyCar PR

August 17, 2014 IndyCar

IndyCar Mid-Ohio 2

Honda Performance Development vice president and COO Steve Eriksen believes that fans will clearly see a distinction between Honda and Chevrolet cars through the aero kit program introduced for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“INDYCAR has defined some boxes, and you have to work within the boxes. But, apart from that, it’s pretty open,” Eriksen said. “It’s so open on the rules that you’re going to see quite a bit of variation I think between the cars, the details particularly.

“I think you’ll end up in sort of like a sports car situation where people are going to be looking at all the little details on the car, and it’s going to generate quite a bit of interest.”

As part of its long-range focus on innovation and competition, INDYCAR announced in June 2013 that aero kits would be introduced in 2015 and include separate specifications for speedways and road/street courses and short ovals. Chevrolet and Honda Performance Development, along with its project partners, will supply aero kits to their designated entrants for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The full aero kits will debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29.

The manufacturer testing window for up to six on-track days opens Oct. 6 and closes Jan. 18, 2015. Verizon IndyCar Series teams will take delivery of the street/road course aero kit March 1, with on-track and wind tunnel testing scheduled to open March 13 depending on the racing schedule. The speedway aero kit will follow.

“Just as we’ve done in INDYCAR aero development years ago, just as we do on the sports car side, the bulk of the development is done in the digital domain,” Eriksen said. “Then we have had a series of wind tunnel tests to verify that the correlation between the virtual world and the real world is where we need it to be. We’ve done quite a bit of that testing.

“That so far has shown very good correlation, so we believe that the projected performance targets that we’re seeing are going to be met in the real world.”

Examples of areas open for development by INDYCAR-approved aero configuration manufacturers include sidepods, engine cover, rear wheel guards, front and rear wing endplates, speedway front wing main plane and the Indianapolis 500 rear wing mainplane.

Beginning with 2016, additional engine manufacturers and/or third party vendors will be eligible to be an INDYCAR-approved supplier. Correspondingly, Chevrolet and Honda will be permitted to re-homologate three of the identified boxes.

“Basically if you look at the regulations, there’s a series of boxes,” Eriksen said. “The boxes surround certain sections of the car. You might have a side pod box, you might have a front wing box, a rear wing box, engine cover box, etc. In 2016, you’re allowed to do three boxes, take three of those boxes, and revise them further. If the rules stay the same as they are now, you’ll see a 2015 car, then you’ll see an updated 2016 car.

“As long as a team stays with the same manufacturer, the base components would stay the same. Then just those three boxes, whatever you chose to update, you’d buy those new parts.”

According to regulations, Chevrolet and Honda are to offer two aero kits to each of their entrants at no more than $75,000 per complete kit (excluding fasteners for all circuits). Each entrant is eligible to purchase two kits of the re-homologated components for 2016 at a cost not exceeding $15,000.

Eriksen said early tracking of the performance level indicates it will be impressive.
“It’s the same as what we do on our engine program. We go through and set a performance target that we expect to achieve. We monitor, just as on the engine program, our progress towards that target over time. Based on that, you can impute an expected performance. We’re doing the same thing with the aero kit. We do a tracker of the performance of the aero kit. You can watch over time as it approaches our target.

“At this point it looks like we’ve got the likelihood of reaching the target we set. It’s going to be a pretty impressive performance.”

Source: IndyCar PR
Photo: IndyCar Media, Bret Kelley

August 7, 2014 IndyCar

IndyCar Mid-Ohio

INDYCAR announced today that TAG Heuer, the world-leading luxury Swiss watch brand recognized for its prestigious sports watches and chronographs, has been named the official watch of the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The partnership includes entitlement sponsorship of the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, held annually on Carb Day before the Indianapolis 500.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is proud of its long association with TAG Heuer and excited that the partnership has expanded to include the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Mark Miles, Chief Executive Officer of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “TAG Heuer is an iconic brand and a perfect representation of the speed, precision, technology and innovation that are the pillars of our sport.”

For more than 150 years, TAG Heuer has stood at the forefront of the auto racing industry. Crafting and perfecting timepieces of ultimate precision, TAG Heuer’s involvement in motorsports extends from legends like Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Steve McQueen and Jenson Button to mythical races including Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.

To commemorate this partnership and to celebrate the brand’s newest title as the official timepiece of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series, TAG Heuer has created a special edition, Indy 500 Chronograph.

“The Verizon IndyCar Series embodies TAG Heuer’s brand DNA of mental fortitude, perseverance and inner strength and brings it to life,” said TAG Heuer President and CEO Ulrich Wohn. “We are thrilled to continue our successful partnership and to become not only the official timepiece of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but the title sponsor for an event so focused on timing, the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge.”

The Indy 500 Chronograph boasts a grey stylized dial patterned after the iconic “Yard of Bricks” start/finish line of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a printed “INDY 500” logo inside the counter at 6 o’clock. To honor this partnership even further, the winner of each race throughout the Verizon IndyCar Series will receive the exclusive timepiece from the brand.

Photo: IndyCar Media, Chris Owens
Source: IndyCar PR

August 6, 2014 IndyCar

Scott Dixon Mid Ohio IndyCar 2

Scott Dixon tied Al Unser Jr. for sixth on the all-time Indy car win list with a dramatic last-to-first Verizon IndyCar Series win Sunday in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The win was the 34th of Dixon’s career and his fifth win at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course in his last eight starts on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.

Dixon’s win from the 22nd starting position is the second-most positions gained by an Indy car race winner on a road/street course. Max Papis won at Laguna Seca in 2001 from the 25th starting position.

“Truthfully, I didn’t think it was possible,” said Dixon, who has won in 10 consecutive seasons. “Great pit stops by everybody on Team Target and the strategy was spot on once we got that (Lap 37) yellow. Long, hard-fought day but huge thanks to Chevy and obviously we got fantastic fuel mileage there, too.”

Verizon P1 Award winner Sebastien Bourdais finished second, hitting the finish line 5.3864 seconds behind the race winner.

“That was tough,” Bourdais said. “Hats off to Dixie (Scott Dixon) and the (Chip) Ganassi guys. We didn’t have anything for them. They were clearly the class of the field and deserve it. It is a one-two for Chevy so I couldn’t be any happier with the Mistic boys. We will keep rolling.”

Dixon gave Chip Ganassi Racing its first victory of the season and is the 10th different driver representing seven teams to win this season.

“We had a couple close calls in Iowa (fourth place) and Pocono (fifth place) and finally came through,” team owner Chip Ganassi said.

Hinchcliffe finished a season-high third in the No. 27 United Fiber & Data car and Andretti Autosport teammate Carlos Munoz placed fourth. Graham Rahal of New Albany, Ohio, earned his second top-five finish on a road/street course this season in the No. 15 National Guard Rahal Letterman Racing car.

“That start was pretty crazy,” Hinchcliffe said. “Going down into Turn 4 there, it was like the seas parted in front of me. I felt bad for the guys that got involved in that wreck, but it allowed us to get up there a little bit. The car was really fast, we were running off some really good lap times there. We got caught behind a couple of guys, and at some point we might have been able to pick one more spot up. I’m really proud of the United Fiber & Data guys.”

Will Power finished sixth to wrestle the Verizon IndyCar Series championship points lead from Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. The door opened for Power before the green flag as Castroneves’ No. 3 Hitachi car pulled into its pit box with what was diagnosed as a stuck throttle. Castroneves joined the race four laps down and finished 19th.

Castroneves, who entered Round 15 ahead of Power by 13 points, heads to the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Aug. 17 four points back (548-544).

“At first, I thought the throttle issue was a quick fix because as soon as they started the car for ‘gentlemen, start your engines’ I knew there was something wrong,” Castroneves said. “Then, during the parade laps, I noticed that it was stuck. That could be a big problem and cause a big crash. When we came back down pit road we figured out it was a bigger problem. There was just a bit of a mistake in our fuel mapping. It was a tough race, knowing that I was on a lap by myself the entire time. We will just to rebound from this. We might have been knocked down but we will get back up. On to Milwaukee.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who looked to gain on the Team Penske duo with a strong result after starting fifth, also experienced misfortune when the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport car spun exiting Turn 11 on Lap 37 to bring out the second full-course caution. He finished 10th and holds down third in the standings by one point over Simon Pagenaud (485-484).

“It was one of those days we really needed to capitalize,” said Hunter-Reay, who has a series-high three wins this season. “We had to come through for a (pit lane speed) penalty and that put us back in the field. I had a spin. We recovered from that to put the DHL car in 10th, narrowed the points margin to the points leader but not enough. We’ll have to get pretty creative here the rest of the year.”

Results

1. (22) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
2. (1) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
3. (17) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
4. (4) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
5. (7) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
6. (6) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
7. (20) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
8. (19) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
9. (9) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
10. (5) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
11. (11) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
12. (2) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
13. (12) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running
14. (13) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
15. (8) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
16. (18) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
17. (10) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running
18. (21) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 89, Running
19. (15) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 86, Running
20. (14) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 24, Mechanical
21. (3) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 0, Contact
22. (16) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 0, Contact

Photo: IndyCar Media, Chris Jones

August 4, 2014 IndyCar

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