2009 IndyCar Series season
The IndyCar Series 2009 season was the 14th season of the American IndyCar Series. Originally it was to be held in 19 races. As the organizer but the organizer Surfers paradise could not agree on a date and the race on Belle Isle in Detroit was canceled early due to the current economic crisis, there was the 2009 season only 17 races.
The field was not as compared to the 2008 season, as was initially expected, continued to grow, but shrunk considerably. Apart from the top teams, Penske, Ganassi, Andretti - Green and Newman / Haas / Lanigan the other teams often had only one car at the start; However, the two teams Luczo -Dragon Racing and Team have been added 3G, which had only sporadic appearances in the 2008 season.
In awarding points, the following change was: For most laps led only two instead of three bonus points were awarded, the pole position was rewarded with a point in return.
Dario Franchitti won the championship title.
Teams and Drivers
1Junqueira qualified for the Indy 500, but was replaced by Alex Tagliani, who could not qualify with his car.
There were held 17 races. Ten races were held on ovals, four temporary street courses or race tracks and three on the racetrack.
The points were awarded according to the following scheme:
There is also an extra point for pole position and two additional points for the driver who has led the most laps the race.
2 Bruno Junqueira qualified for the Indy 500, but was replaced by Alex Tagliani, who could not qualify with his car. 3 Vitor Meira was injured severely at the Indy 500 and fell for the rest of the season. 4 Will Power and Nelson Philippe had a serious training accident. Power broke his the vertebrae L2 and L4, Philippe broke his left leg.