2012 Edmonton Indy
- 3.1 qualifying
- 3.2 race 3.2.1 guide sections
- 3.2.2 yellow phase
- 4.1 Drivers' Championship
- 4.2 Manufacturers' Championship
Honda Indy Toronto After Ryan Hunter -Reay led the Drivers' Championship with 34 points, ahead of Will Power with 46 points, ahead of Helio Castroneves. At the engine manufacturers Chevrolet led with 12 points ahead of Honda with 41 points, ahead of Lotus.
Each pilot had s time to press the push-to- pass button for the race 120.
Ryan Briscoe joined this Indy for the 100th time to a race of IndyCar Series at.
With Sébastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, power ( twice each ) and Justin Wilson (once) were all past winners at this Indy.
In the first session of Appreciation Leading Hunter -Reay fell to a lack of sportsmanship. He urged James Jakes into curve 12, and showed him the middle finger. As punishment, held in the racing line for eight minutes in the pit lane. Simon Pagenaud scored the fastest lap in front of Mike Conway and Wilson. The pole time from last year was undercut by Pagenaud by about two seconds. The second training was interrupted four times. First, Wilson turned in curve 5, then it came almost to a collision between Power and Castroneves. Castroneves had braked and rotated while Power drove out of the box and his teammates could barely dodge before the first corner. The third interruption triggered Charlie Kimball by driving into a tire wall. For the fourth interruption, the roll-out of Conway was responsible. Castroneves set the fastest lap, undercutting the time of Pagenaud from the first training. With 0.0027 s behind the leader Dixon was second. Conway once again took the third place. 18, the first pilot were within half a second.
In the third exercise, the track dried after morgendlichem rain and the times were at the end of the training better. In the initial phase Josef Newgarden solved with a slip on the grass in the eleventh curve a break from. Dario Franchitti posted the fastest lap in front of Dixon and Power. Again were the fastest 18 drivers within half a second.
The first part of the session was held in two groups. The six fastest drivers in each group came to the second segment. The remaining starting positions were determined from the result of the first Qualifyingabschnitts, where the drivers of the first group, the odd positions from 13, and the drivers of the second group were assigned to the even positions from 14. In the first group Power set the fastest lap of the entire qualifying, in the second group was Hunter -Reay the fastest pilot.
In the second segment of qualifying, the six fastest riders qualified for the final section. In this section, parts of the track were wet, so that the pilots used Intermediates. Takuma Satō Satō drove the fastest time. In the last section, called the Firestone Fast Six, scored Hunter -Reay under dry conditions the fastest lap in front of Franchitti, Briscoe, Satō, Alex Tagliani and Castroneves. Hunter -Reay won the bonus point and the prize money for the pole position, because of premature engine change, however, he went from eleventh on the grid. It was Hunter reays first pole position since the Champ Car race in West Allis 2004.
In addition to Hunter -Reay also Power and Oriol Servia were set back because of premature engine change at ten positions. Simona de Silvestro Dixon and also received a disciplinary transfer of ten places. Both already used their sixth engine in the season. For the season but there were a motor limit of five engines. The Team Penske stated that Powers engine change was strategically conditional, as with Dixon and Hunter -Reay two title rivals of Power were also demoted and you could so use a new stage of development. The engine changing from Hunter -Reay took place as a precaution because his Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe had a race weekend previously suffered an engine failure.
In the final training session on Sunday morning, Dixon was the fastest driver in front of Rubens Barrichello and Conway.
At the start Franchitti kept the lead at first, Briscoe lost second place to Tagliani, the past stopped himself at Briscoe. One lap later succeeded Tagliani in the same place, drive past also Franchitti. Briscoe was then overtaken even by Satō and Castroneves. Power, who started along with Castroneves and Hunter -Reay to the only pilot on the harder tires, improved in the first round of 17 on the 13th Place. During the first ten positions initially remained unchanged, there was behind some changes.
During the phase of the first pit stops Tagliani briefly lost his lead, however, took this after the stop of its competitors again. Castroneves passed at the pit stop, Franchitti and Satō. Power arrived at the pit exit just in front of Hunter -Reay back on track. Hunter -Reay complained after the race the race director Beaux Barfield on Powers overtaking what had not been sanctioned.
In the 44th round fell with Jake from the first pilot. Jake had a broken shock absorber. At this time, all the drivers were still within the lead lap. Before the second pit stops began, power still went to Briscoe over to the sixth position behind Tagliani, Castroneves, Satō, Franchitti and Graham Rahal and took the first five riders on.
In the second pit stops Castroneves went in the 51st round to the pits. One lap later followed Tagliani and Satō. Since Castroneves had driven a good first lap on new tires, he was able to come before Tagliani back on track and to take the lead. Satō kept the third place. Power stopped in the 54th round and improved to fourth position.
Tagliani fell in the closing stages with deterioration of the tires still behind Satō, Power and Rahal back. While Power drove fuel-efficient, Satō took on the leading Castroneves and was from the 60th round right behind him. Castroneves was at this time still twice as many seconds for the Push - to- pass system left as Satō and therefore had an advantage in a duel. Satō exerted pressure on Castroneves, an overtaking move but he did not try.
In the final phase were still Servia ( technical failure) and Pagenaud made ( contact). A yellow phase, there was not the whole race, which meant that some pilots had to save fuel. The last road course race without caution period was at the 2007 Champ Cars in Portland. In the IndyCar Series was 2011, a race with no yellow phase on the oval in Fort Worth instead.
Castroneves finally won the race ahead of Satō. Castroneves scored his first victory at the Edmonton Indy after the racing line he had in 2010 denied the victory with a controversial decision. Satō achieved with a second place his hitherto best result in the IndyCar Series. Power was third ahead of Rahal, Franchitti and Tagliani. Hunter -Reay was after a passing phase in the final against Briscoe seventh. The top 10 was completed by Briscoe, and Dixon Wilson.
In the drivers' standings Hunter -Reay kept the lead. Castroneves took the second place of power, which was now in third place. The places in the manufacturers' standings remained unchanged.
All teams and drivers used the chassis Dallara DW12 with an aero kit from Dallara and a Firestone tire.
There was no yellow phase.
Points standings after the race
The scoring is explained here.