2010 IndyCar Series season
The Izod IndyCar Series 2010 season was the 15th season of the American IndyCar Series. It was the first season in the Izod was the title sponsor of the series. There were held 17 races. The season began on March 14, 2010 in São Paulo and ended on October 2, 2010 in Homestead. Dario Franchitti defended the championship the IndyCar Series, and was thus the third time overall winner of the series.
The Mario Andretti trophy, which was awarded for the first time this season the most successful pilots on round trips to Willpower secured prematurely in two races to go. The AJ Foyt Trophy, which was the most successful driver on the ovals, went to the overall winner Franchitti.
- 4.1 Points system
- 4.2 Drivers' Championship
- 4.3 A. J. Foyt - Trophy
- 4.4 Mario Andretti Trophy
Teams and Drivers
The IndyCar Series 2010 season consisted of 17 races. First time ever IndyCar race held on the street circuit in São Paulo and in the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. Eight races were held on ovals, five on road courses and temporary tracks and four on the race track.
- Explanation: O: Oval, S: road course, R: racetrack
1st race: São Paulo Indy 300
The São Paulo Indy 300 in the Streets of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil took place on March 14, 2010 and received over a distance of 61 laps of 4.081 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 248.959 km. Originally a distance of 75 laps was planned, but the race was stopped due to rain after two hours.
2nd race: Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the Streets of St. Petersburg Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States took place on March 29, 2010 and received over a distance of 100 laps of 2.897 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 289.682 km. Originally the race 28 March 2010 to take place, but it was postponed due to a thunderstorm on Monday.
Will Power won the second race in a row. On the second and third place followed by Justin Wilson and Ryan Briscoe.
3rd race: Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
The Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama, United States took place on 11 April 2010 and received over a distance of 90 laps of 3.701 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 333.134 km.
Hélio Castroneves won his first race this season. On the second and third place followed Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti. Marco Andretti leading the race over long distances and had to be satisfied at the end because of a different tactic with fifth place.
4th race: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, California, United States took place on 18 April 2010 and received over a distance of 85 laps of 3.167 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 269.211 km.
Ryan Hunter -Reay won the race ahead of Justin Wilson and Will Power.
The RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway said, Kansas City, Kansas, United States took place on 1 May 2010 and received over a distance of 200 laps of 2.446 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 489.241 km.
Scott Dixon won the first oval race of the season ahead of teammate Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan.
6th Race: 94th Indianapolis 500
The qualification for the 94th Indianapolis 500 was no longer with 37 qualifiers as exciting as many years. The mode had been changed to: The courts have now been extended to two instead of four days. Decisive for the qualification, the rule should be that the last elapsed time counted as a previous one has been deleted before trying again.
On the first day, the first 24 starting positions were awarded. This surprises largely failed, except that Tony Kanaan (# 11) did not qualify due to an accident. The fastest nine drivers drove the actual launch sites in another qualifying session in the evening from where Hélio Castroneves (# 3) in this race the chance to his fourth Indianapolis 500 had victory, with nearly 367 km / h reached an average speed as they since the introduction of ethanol fuel had not yet been reached. At the end, there were three of the first four grid positions riders of Team Penske, which thus was seen as the clear favorite. In contrast was the previously traded also as a co-favorite team Andretti Autosport, whose best of five cars was on rank 16 and two cars were not qualified, not in a good position.
For special drama made on the second day again Tony Kanaan, who built another accident the morning and was so until one hour before the end does not qualify. At this time, the newcomer Sebastian Saavedra was (# 29 ) 33, who had also been able to build an accident and so, someone would have been faster, no longer could defend themselves.
Well first succeeded in Canaan, to qualify. This Saavedra would have been out there and Mario Romancini (# 34) was last. The summit drew back his previous time and replaced it with a much faster. Last was now Jay Howard ( # 66), which was then replaced by Takuma Satō ( # 5). Now was Paul Tracy (# 15 ) Last. A risk to the Canadians was that Howard and Jaques Lazier also (# 41) would have been faster times in the situation. To try again, after these two the time was lacking, so he tried again. After a fatal mistake, because the new time was not fast enough by far. Tracy was now out and Howard was in the same situation as the Canadians before. Behind him in the series waited Lazier and now back Tracy. Even Howard withdrew his time, which actually had long forgotten Sebastian Saavedra of the pilot was to the beating time - a time that Howard could not be beaten. Thus Saavedra was qualified, even though he had occupied from the time of her only in 35th place.
The 94th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States took place on 30 May 2010 and received over a distance of 200 laps of 4.023 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 804.672 km.
Immediately after the start had Dario Franchitti (# 10) took the lead, which he did not issue even over long periods. Kanaan, who had now started after a few changes to the car even from the 33 starting position, worked his way forward systematically and should take over in the later course of the race, even for a few laps the lead. After an accident, Ryan Briscoe ( # 6) about 50 laps to go, the race turned into a gasoline poker. Mike Conway (# 24), Justin Wilson (# 22), last year's winner Castroneves and Graham Rahal (# 30) had already come at this time to make a pit stop, which, however, would not extend to the end when the race without further interruption to the end was going. Saveedra saw then a few laps later for another interrupt. This time all went down to the four thus lying in the lead at the box - this also stop, however, would only go very close to the finish. At the end, then, was that the pilot who holds out the longest wins. Be first had to give up and refuel Conway about 20 laps to go. Some laps later the same fate befell the rest of the four brave pilots who were now but to rank 15 around and could watch in peace, as they were rinsed forward again as gradually more cars had to turn to refuel.
Now, however, there was an accident between Conway and Ryan Hunter -Reay (# 37). Conway, who had to save no gasoline would go down to Hunter -Reay past, while the wheels of both cars and the cars of Conway hooked was spun at high speed in the fencing, the car between the passenger compartment and the engine block into two parts broke. This race was neutralized and it was only to roll out what the driver apparently did me very different speeds, so that the order of finish is not completely the end result, which corresponded to the state immediately after the accident. Conway moved to a broken leg in the accident and a compression fracture of the thoracic vertebrae, through which he will miss the rest of the season. Hunter -Reay retired previously a light hand injury.
Dario Franchitti won the race ahead of Dan Wheldon (# 4). The third place was hanging on Marco Andretti (# 26), who came in sixth place, but was overtaken in the yellow phase of a few cars. The come as a third party objective Alex Lloyd ( # 19) was thus fourth. As a result of these offenses there were some shifts in the final result.
At the top teams, the frustration of the qualification now turned around: had While the dominant in qualifying Team Penske by margins on all three cars to be charged to the eighth and ninth as well as a failure, had at Andretti Autosport, the three remaining cars on the squares three, seven and eleven - an improvement of on average about 15 positions.
7th Race: Firestone 550
The Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States took place on June 5, 2010 and received over a distance of 228 laps of 2.400 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 547.200 km.
Penske driver Ryan Briscoe won the race from pole position starting before the two Andretti drivers Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti. The injured at the Indy 500 Mike Conway was replaced by Tomas Scheckter, who had driven there another car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. For a Aufreger in and after the race caused a fire accident Simona de Silvestro of a span -rich recovery.
8th race: Iowa Corn Indy 250
The Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway said, Newton, Iowa, United States was held on 20 June 2010 and received over a distance of 250 laps of 1.408 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 352.044 km. For Dreyer & Reinbold Racing this again Graham Rahal was the Conway replacement that started already for the third team this season with it.
The Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen Watkins Glen International on, Watkins Glen, New York, United States took place on July 4, 2010 and received over a distance of 60 laps of 5.423 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 325.409 km.
In the race Paul Tracy was the first time this season for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at the start and thus already the third replacement rider for the injured Mike Conway. On a deployed jointly by Andretti Autosport and the Indy Lights team AFS car with the number 27 also gave Adam Carroll his debut.
The race was dominated from the start of the three cars of Team Penske, which already occupied the top three spots in qualifying. Only the Ganassi cars and first year's winner Justin Wilson could follow. After Dixon had fallen hopelessly by a collision at mid-race Hélio Castroneves and Scott, the first places were practically based, where there were two changes between the remaining Penske cars.
10 racing: Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy Toronto in the Streets of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada took place on 18 July 2010 and received over a distance of 85 laps of 2.824 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 240.074 km.
Will Power won for the fourth time this season a race. Behind the Australians Dario Franchitti finished second and Ryan Hunter -Reay in third place.
The race developed into a failure orgy in a row of various accidents. Basically, the strategy was a good result alone " you keep out of trouble out ", which then reflects the result.
11 racing: Honda Indy Edmonton
The Honda Indy Edmonton at the Edmonton City Centre Airport, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada took place on 25 July 2010 and received over a distance of 95 laps of 3.175 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 301.647 km.
Scott Dixon won his second race of the season. Will Power and Dario Franchitti completed the podium. Although Hélio Castroneves drove first to the finish line, but he was penalized with a drive-through penalty, which was implemented after the race in an offset to the end of the lead lap. This was preceded by a team- internal duel between Castroneves and Power, in which Castroneves had blocked the race management 's view of power.
12 racing: Honda Indy 200
The Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, United States took place on August 8, 2010 and received over a distance of 85 laps of 3.634 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 308.881 km.
Dario Franchitti won his second race of the season in front of Will Power and Helio Castroneves. In the race gave with the 2009 Indy Lights champion JR Hildebrand (# 24 Dreyer & Reinbold ) and the previously little-known Italian Francesco Dracone (# 34 Conquest Racing) two driver her IndyCar debut. While Hildebrand similar services already handed in as the various other, much more experienced driver who had tried in this car, rather Dracone made by various incidents in the limelight. Most leading laps in the race, Alex Tagliani collected, who had completed the first pit stop very early and so in a subsequent, by the collision of Justin Wilson and EJ Viso initiated safety - car phase was rinsed forward.
13 race: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
The Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California, United States took place on August 22, 2010 and went over a distance of 75 laps of 3.706 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 277.974 km.
Will Power won his fifth race of the season ahead of Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti.
14 race: Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300
The Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois, United States took place on 28 August 2010 and received over a distance of 200 laps of 2.446 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 489.241 km.
The race was won relatively surprising from # 10 Dario Franchitti before # 4 Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti # 26. The championship -leading # 12 Will Power once again had to refuel ethanol, so that he finished the race only to 16th five laps to go.
The race saw 29 cars with the largest starting field of the series outside of Indy 500 for many years. The guest drivers were # 66 Jay Howard and # 67 Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher Racing, # 36 Tomas Scheckter for Conquest, # 24 Ana Beatriz for Dreyer & Reinbold, # 20 Ed Carpenter for Panther (together with Vision Racing ) and # 21 Davey Hamilton who drove his first IndyCar races outside of Indianapolis since his serious accident in Texas in 2001. In addition, for the first time took all of five active this season women participate in a race.
In the early days of the race, pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe was almost constantly in the first place. His Penske teammates Power and Castroneves, the Panther duo Wheldon and Carpenter and three of the four Andretti cars ( Andretti, Kanaan, Hunter -Reay ) were in a permanent change to the first ten places. The Ganassi cars were, however, not at the front but returned again and again significantly faster pit stops, they brought forward. Just the opposite, there were at Panther, with the driver able to work forward again and again, Carpenter but had to retire due to technical problems later. Meanwhile, Sarah Fisher went through another pit strategy to second place, where she could keep all but Briscoe behind him in the actually clear inferior car. At the last pit stops about 25 laps to go, Dario Franchitti waived in contrast to most other drivers on a tire change, so he took the lead and, despite various attempts of Dan Wheldon at no time gave again.
15 race: Kentucky Indy 300
The Kentucky Indy 300 at the Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky, United States took place on September 4, 2010 and received over a distance of 200 laps of 2.382 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 476.366 km.
The race was won by Hélio Castroneves (# 3) won by a clever pit strategy before the two Panther cars from Ed Carpenter (# 20) and Dan Wheldon (# 4). Immediately after the start were the two Conquest cars from Bertrand Baguette (# 34) and Tomas Scheckter (# 36) up there, but fell back pretty soon, so that after a break to middle of the race, caused by a collision of Vitor Meira (# 14), Simona de Silvestro (# 78) and Ryan Briscoe (# 6 ) developed a two-tier society. The first 10, after the failure of Ryan Hunter -Reay (# 37) then the first 9 places were taken by the cars of Panther, Ganassi, Andretti and Penske is in constant change, where it remained until the end. "Best of the Rest" was most of the time Paul Tracy (# 24), but was intercepted at the end of baguette and Justin Wilson (# 22).
Determination was the race because practically had to again follow up gasoline few laps to all. Only Castroneves was able to do this by a pit stop at the very end of the aforementioned break and a very conservative driving style, with which he has exploited that its projection on Tracy still in the was 5 seconds to avoid.
16 race: Indy Japan 300
The Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan took place on September 19, 2010 and received over a distance of 200 laps of 2.446 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 489.241 km.
Hélio Castroneves won his third race of the season ahead of Dario Franchitti and Will Power.
17 race: Cafes do Brasil Indy 300
The Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead -Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida, United States took place on October 2, 2010 and went over a distance of 200 laps of 2.390 km, which corresponds to a total distance of 477.975 km.
Scott Dixon won the race ahead of Danica Patrick and Tony Kanaan.
First, Dario Franchitti set the pace and led the race in the first half of almost continuous, with which he early secured the bonus points for most laps led. He was thus able to win the title on their own. His title rival, Will Power, never came up to the leadership and took a place among the top ten drivers.
After a wall contact Power had to pit, where a suspension damage on the right rear was detected. Although his mechanics repaired the suspension and he was initially able to get back on track after a few laps he had but finally park the car. Franchitti was thus able to win the championship title with a placement within the first ten pilots. As a result, drove the British controlled the race to the end and came in eighth place finish.
At the head of his teammate Dixon controlled the race and broke away from the other pilots. To the second place fought in the last ten laps the two Andretti drivers Kanaan and Patrick. The two drove a few rounds next to each other. Finally, Patrick seemed to Canaan on the second place finish.
The points were awarded according to the following scheme:
In addition, there was an additional point for pole position and two additional points for the driver who had the race led the most laps.
For the qualifying session for the Indianapolis 500, the points were awarded as follows:
A. J. Foyt - Trophy
The AJ Foyt Trophy was awarded to the most successful drivers on the oval courses. It included the results of races 5 to 8 and 14 to 16 The season finale is in any one of the individual scores.
Status: After 7 of 7 races
Mario Andretti Trophy
The Mario Andretti trophy was awarded to the most successful drivers in the round courses. It included the results of the race 1 to 4 and 9 to 13
Status: After 9 of 9 races