2012 Indianapolis 500
Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) won the race with a total time of 2:58:51,2532 hours ahead of his teammate Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology w / SH ). After 2007 and 2010, it was Franchittis third victory at the Indianapolis 500
- 3.1 rookie and Refresher Day ( May 10)
- 3.2 1 training (May 12 )
- 3.3 second training (May 13 )
- 3.4 3 training (May 14 )
- 3.5 Training 4 (May 15 )
- 3.6 Training 5 (May 16 )
- 3.7 6 Training (May 17 )
- 3.8 7 Training: " Fast Friday " (May 18 )
- 4.1 Pole Day (19 May ) 4.1.1 Training 8
- 4.1.2 First Section (Top 24)
- 4.1.3 Top 9
- 4.2.1 qualifying
- 4.2.2 9 Training
- 7.1 report
- 7.2 classification 7.2.1 guiding portions
- 7.2.2 yellow phase
- 8.1 Drivers' Championship
- 8.2 Manufacturers' Championship
After Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle Will Power led the Drivers' Championship with 45 points, ahead of Hélio Castroneves and 57 points on James Hinchcliffe. At the engine manufacturers Chevrolet led with 12 points ahead of Honda and with 20 points, ahead of Lotus.
The Indianapolis 500 was the first race of the season on an oval track and the first oval race with the Dallara DW12 chassis newly introduced.
As the Indianapolis 500 has a special position in the racing calendar, no penalties for premature engine change were imposed during the entire event. Usually engine change will result in a fine offset by 10 starting positions when they were not required by an engine failure in a race. All engine change during this event sanctioned by the Indianapolis 500.
With Castroneves (three times), Dario Franchitti (twice) and Scott Dixon (once ) occurred at three former Indianapolis 500 winner. Moreover, took Rubens Barrichello for the first time a driver at the Indianapolis 500 in part, who has won on the Grand Prix circuit of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a Formula 1 race. Castroneves was with his twelfth start the Indianapolis 500 the most experienced pilot. With Jean Alesi, Barrichello, Bryan Clauson, Wade Cunningham, James Jakes, Katherine Legge, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud eight pilots started the first time the race. Newgarden was at an age of 21 years, the youngest participant, Alesi with an age of 47 years and 351 days, the oldest starter. Alesi also became the oldest rookie. Previously, Jack Hewitt held this age record. He was at his Indianapolis 500 debut in 1998, 46 years and 320 days old. 33 riders from 13 nations took part in the event. Jointly with the nine riders to the United States, most participants.
It was the first time since 1947 that the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner not witnessed the event. Last year's winner, Dan Wheldon, died during the preseason.
The Indianapolis 500 extended including the training sessions over a period of 18 days. The event began on May 10 with the rookie and refresher day on which newcomers and returners, have contested any oval racing longer time to complete a training program. Each rookie and Refresher had to drive at a constant speed 205-210 miles per hour on this day 10 rounds at a constant speed 200-205 mph and 15 rounds. In the remainder of this training each driver had to drive 15 laps at a speed of at least 210 miles per hour.
From 12 to 18 May found seven free training days instead of six hours of training time per day. On May 19, the qualifying began. First, a two-hour free training took place. Subsequently, in a five-hour qualifying session, the first 24 pilots who will qualify for the race, determined. Finally rode the first nine riders in a ninety-minute meeting, the first nine starting positions among themselves. The following day was the so-called bump -Day. After a one-hour free practice session the remaining nine starting positions were presented in a six-hour qualifying session. All pilots who would then not have been in the top 33, would not have qualified for the 500- mile race. On May 25, the so-called Carb Day was a one-hour free practice. The Indianapolis 500 finally took place on 27 May.
In contrast to all other race at the Indianapolis 500 received any driver who qualified, points for qualifying result.
Changes in the starting field
Go to Indianapolis 500, there were some changes in the starting field. Several teams were a further vehicles.
- Bryan Herta Autosport and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing dissolved their contracts with the engine suppliers to Lotus Dreyer & Reinbold Racing entered into a strategic partnership with Panther Racing and took their second lease agreement for a Chevrolet. Bryan Herta Autosport switched to Honda.
- Dragon Racing parted before the event also by Lotus. After matching media reports gave Dragon a claim for damages against Lotus in the amount of 4.6 million U.S. dollars for breach of contract. The team switched to Chevrolet and climbed into the event only on the sixth day of training a.
- In AJ Foyt Enterprises Wade Cunningham received the second cockpit next to Mike Conway. Cunningham had recently completed an IndyCar race at the season finale in 2011.
- Rahal Letterman Lanigan also wrote a second vehicle. Before the start of the season was Luca Filippi, who has a contract with the team, provided for this cockpit and he should go into the championship from this race. The cockpit was, however, awarded to Michel Jourdain Jr. returnees. Jourdain started in 1996 to the Indianapolis 500 It was his only start so far in this race. From 1996 to 2004 he was active in the Champ Car series. He achieved his best overall placement in 2003 for the Team Rahal with a third place.
- Andretti Autosport driver extended his regular trio for this race. Sebastian Saavedra, who drove in the Indy Lights team of Andretti Autosport, received a car that had been reported together with AFS Racing. Saavedra 2011 was down almost the full IndyCar season. Moreover remained Ana Beatriz, who had received an additional car is already at the previous race in the team. Your car, however, was used in this race, together with Conquest Racing.
- Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing began another car for Bryan Clauson. Clauson had previously taken part in any IndyCar race. Clauson won the 2010 and 2011 USAC National Drivers Championship, which is why he received a grant of IndyCar for use in the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights. The second car, which was driven by Josef Newgarden was in this race again from the former main sponsor of the team, Dollar General, sponsored.
- Sam Schmidt Motorsports committed Townsend Bell for the second vehicle. Bell was already started in the preseason at the Indianapolis 500 for the team.
- Bryan Herta Autosport Alex Tagliani returned with after a break of a race back into the series back.
- Jean Alesi, who started from 1989 to 2001 to 201 Grand Prix in Formula 1, first appeared in the IndyCar Series. He was the manufacturer Lotus is a brand ambassador. Originally Newman / Haas Racing was provided for its use. However, it did not come to this commitment, as the team in late April withdrew his message to the race. According to the team, the preparation time was too short. Finally, the Indy Lights Fan Force United team took over the use of Alesi. A co-owner of Fan Force United was the former IRL driver Tyce Carlson. As chief mechanic acted Greg Beck, who was formerly represented by his team Beck Motorsports in the IndyCar Series. In addition, the team employed some mechanics who had already won with other teams, the Indianapolis 500.
- In addition, Ed Carpenter Racing had originally reported another vehicle. However, this was not occupied.
- Originally wanted to MSR Indy debut at the race in the IndyCar Series. As a driver Jay Howard was already decided. However, Howard finally the beginning of May was released from the team, because it was not the engine manufacturer.
- Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing team entered the Indianapolis 500 is not at his usual starting number, 10, but with the 50. The reason for the one-time number change was the 50th anniversary of the title sponsor Target.
All teams and drivers used the chassis Dallara DW12 with an aero kit from Dallara and a Firestone tire.
- Except for the vehicles 17, 25 and 39 each also have a spare chassis was reported.
- Originally another car with the number 21 was reported by Ed Carpenter Racing.
Rookie and Refresher Day ( May 10)
The training started with the rookie and refresher day on which ten drivers ( eight rookies, two Refresher ) had to complete the three-stage test program. The Indianapolis 500 Rookies Jean Alesi, Rubens Barrichello, Bryan Clauson, Wade Cunningham, Katherine Legge, James Jakes, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud. As a refresher were invited Sébastien Bourdais and Michel Jourdain Jr.. Except for Bourdais all pilots must pass the three-step test program in order to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 may. However, the Dragon pilots Bourdais and Legge did not occur, since their team was missing a motor manufacturer.
Pagenaud collided during training with a bird caught in his cooler. He did not notice the incident and his program was not affected.
Jakes, who failed to qualifying for the race in 2011, achieved the fastest lap before Clauson and Newgarden. Up to Alesi and Cunningham all drivers completed successfully the three-stage program. Cunningham 's missing is the last section, so 15 laps with an average speed of over 210 mph Alesi did not manage the stairs. It was the first test with the vehicle both for him and for his team Fan Force United. He was allowed to complete a ninety minute extra training the following day. He passed the first two stages.
1st Training (May 12 )
Josef Newgarden was finally the fastest ago JR Hildebrand and his teammate Bryan Clauson. In the top 5 were three rookies.
26 of the 33 pilots reported a continued time. Notable incidents did not exist. Dragon Racing was unable to attend that day due to a lack of the engine manufacturer.
2 Training (May 13 )
On the second day, Sebastian Saavedra was the fastest driver in front of Bryan Clauson and Josef Newgarden. Thus again were both rookies by Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in the top 3
Briefly took over Tony Kanaan 's car Rubens Barrichello and Marco Andretti, the vehicle of Ana Beatriz.
Wade Cunningham was in this training, the third phase of the rookie program and thus may participate in the qualifying.
31 of the 33 pilots reported a continued time. The two Lotus drivers Jean Alesi and Simona de Silvestro do not create time within the 105- percent rule. Notable incidents did not exist. Dragon Racing was due to a lack of engine manufacturer not again be able to participate in this day.
3 Training ( 14 May)
On the third day of training was Josef Newgarden for the second time the fastest rider in front of Ryan Hunter -Reay and Marco Andretti. Newgarden set a new pole position with a time of 40.4519 s.
Jean Alesi was in this training, the third phase of the rookie program and thus may participate in the qualifying. On Wednesday it was announced that Alesi with a higher boost level was on this day unique way and thus had more power.
There were two small incidents in Training: Graham Rahal rolled from smoking, Michel Jourdain Jr. lay without fuel.
29 of the 33 pilots reported a continued time. Charlie Kimball and Simona de Silvestro renounced participation. Dragon Racing was due to a lack of engine manufacturer not again be able to participate in the training.
4 Training (May 15 )
On the fourth day of training Marco Andretti was the fastest rider in front of Hélio Castroneves and teammate James Hinchcliffe. Andretti set a new pole position with a time of 40.2367 s. At this training day, some tests were carried out in the slipstream.
On Wednesday it was announced that Simona de Silvestro with a higher boost level was on this day unique way and thus had more power.
30 of the 33 pilots reported a continued time. Notable incidents did not exist. Jean Alesi opted not to participate. Dragon Racing was due to a lack of engine manufacturer not again be able to participate in the training.
5 Training (May 16 )
On the fifth day of training Josef Newgarden was the fastest driver Marco Andretti before and Ryan Hunter-Reay. It was the third time in qualifying for Newgarden.
Shortly before the end of the training, an accident Newgardens triggered a caution period. He turned twice around its own axis and hit the exit of the fourth curve in the boundary there. The chassis has been used but does not harm.
Both Lotus drivers Jean Alesi and Simona de Silvestro was missing about three seconds, the fastest time. Alesi said after the workout safety concerns because of its low speed.
30 of the 33 pilots reported a continued time. James Jakes opted not to participate. Dragon Racing was due to a lack of engine manufacturer not again be able to participate in the training.
6 Training (May 17 )
The schedule of the sixth day of training was modified as Dragon Racing had found a Chevrolet with engine suppliers and with his driver duo Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge for the first time took part in the event. Before and after training found the Movement rookie and refresher training. The actual training was shortened by one hour to five hours. Bourdais completed a refresher program and then took part in the actual training. Legge completed the first phase of rookie training and was not allowed to attend the training. After training in the second rookie session, she completed the second phase successfully.
On the sixth day of training Scott Dixon was the fastest driver Josef Newgarden and before his teammate Graham Rahal.
Both Lotus drivers Jean Alesi and Simona de Silvestro was missing again about three seconds, the fastest time.
29 of the 33 pilots reported a continued time. Notable incidents did not exist. Besides Legge, who still had to pass the rookie test, Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Sebastian Saavedra renounced participation.
7 Training: " Fast Friday " (May 18 )
The seventh and last day of training was the so-called " Fast Friday ". On this day, the boost pressure of 1.3 bar to 1.4 bar was raised, which brought an additional capacity of 40 to 50 hp. The times were therefore. Marco Andretti was the fastest pilot and sat with a time of 0:39,5535 minutes a new qualifying time. Second was Ryan Briscoe ahead of his teammate Helio Castroneves.
Katherine Legge was in this training, the third phase of the rookie program. Thus, all 33 reported pilots were authorized to start.
Michel Jourdain Jr. suffered an engine failure, which pulled the chassis affected by team statements.
32 of the 33 pilots reported a continued time. Oriol Servia dispensed with engine problems on participation.
Pole Day (19 May )
On the Saturday before qualifying the 8th training was held for the Indianapolis 500. Hélio Castroneves was the fastest pilot before Ana Beatriz and his teammate Ryan Briscoe.
The boost pressure remained at 1.4 bar on this day.
30 of the 33 pilots reported a continued time. Jean Alesi, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter -Reay waived participation.
First section (Top 24)
In the first phase of qualifying, the first 24 riders qualified for the Indianapolis 500, the first nine riders qualified for the Entscheidungsqualifying for the pole position. There four flying laps were run at a time and determines the total time and average speed. The drivers were alone on the track.
The first attempt was made by Tony Kanaan. However, his car fell through the technical inspection and the time has been deleted.
Once there was a slight wall contact in the week, it came in this qualifying to three departures. In the last four rounds Bryan Clauson lost the rear of his vehicle and slammed backwards hard into the barriers a. He was able to leave his car on their own. With its average speed achieved so far, he would certainly have been qualified. Then also injured Ed Carpenter and Oriol Servia. All three pilots were unhurt. Carpenter said after qualifying that he would go the next day not by gas and would also take the loss of another car in purchasing. Carpenter possessed besides his spare car still on the car with the number 21, for which no pilot was reported. Clauson, however, had no separate replacement vehicle. However, his team Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing had a second vehicle for his teammate Josef Newgarden. By the destroyed vehicle Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing was according to statements of the team leaders Andy O'Gara, husband of Sarah Fisher, a financial loss? " 200000-250000 U.S. dollars."
When Chip Ganassi Racing with Graham Rahal and Charlie were Kimball from the B team in front of their teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, who was 39 years old on this day, from the A-Team. No vehicle of Ganassi made it into the Top 9
James Hinchcliffe was the fastest rider in front of Will Power and Ryan Hunter -Reay. Newgarden was the only pilot with Honda engine, which made it through the first nine. The two Lotus drivers Jean Alesi and Simona de Silvestro took no qualifying attempt. De Silvestro saw no chance to qualify and therefore wanted to concentrate on the next day. The last pilot, on this day after qualifying, Sebastian Saavedra was.
The pole position was extended under the first nine riders of the first section. Ryan Briscoe set the fastest time, beating James Hinchcliffe by 2.3 thousandths of a second. It was the closest distance that there was ever at the Indianapolis 500 in the battle for the pole position. It was Briscoe's first pole position at the Indianapolis 500 and the first pole position of an Australian in this race.
On the third and fourth places were Hinchcliffe's teammate Ryan Hunter -Reay and Marco Andretti. On the fifth and sixth Briscoe's teammate Will Power and Helio Castroneves. Thus there were only pilot Penske and Andretti and driver with Chevrolet engine on the first six positions. On the seventh position followed with Josef Newgarden, the first pilot who used a Honda engine. The KV Racing Technology drivers Tony Kanaan and EJ Viso put no time
The pole sitter received a bonus of $ 100,000, the second $ 50,000 and third $ 40,000.
Hinchcliffe wore during his qualifying participations original gloves of his 1999 at the Auto Club Speedway fatally injured compatriot Greg Moore with it. Moore never took part in the Indianapolis 500.
Bump Day (May 20 )
The boost pressure remained at 1.4 bar on this day.
Since task only 33 applicants for the 33 starting places, consisted of no pilots the risk to fail with a slow round of qualifying. The teams of yesterday injured drivers were ready in time with the repairs, only Ed Carpenter needed a replacement vehicle.
Sébastien Bourdais scored the fastest average speed. Had he this result previously managed one day he would have reached the 15th place. Second was Wade Cunningham before Oriol Servia.
Until Bump Day, there were rumors that Jay Howard or Pippa Mann could step up spontaneously. However, none of the two was short a cockpit. Howard, who had some sponsors, but was without a cockpit, verlautbarte on Bump Day, that he actually has an engine contract, have left the manufacturer but that such agreements fall. Man held since the beginning of the training at the track on, but also received no cockpit.
After qualifying was another exercise, the ninth overall instead. Oriol Servia was fastest ago Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Carpenter.
All 33 pilots participated in this training. Charlie Kimball went into the wall with his car.
After the Bump Day fines were imposed amounting to a total of 275,000 U.S. dollars for 13 Team. The trigger was transgressions that were noticed at scrutineering after qualification. The fines from the IndyCar Series go usually in the security research.
Carb Day (May 25 )
For the last training before the race, the Carb Day, the boost pressure was lowered again to 1.3 bar. Meanwhile, there was some thought that the two vehicles with Lotus engine should continue to run with an increased boost pressure of 1.4 bar. For the sake of equality and security were seen, however, depended on it. IndyCar race director Beaux Barfield announced, however, that the lap times of the Lotus cars are observed in the race. All participants had to be able to drive a time that was within the 105- percent rule. In the practice sessions and qualifying the Lotus driver were not to have been able.
Chassis manufacturer Dallara Dallara DW12 to this modified the training, responding to the recent accidents in which several cars were slightly raised. The cause was suspected lateral stiffness of the underwing support. Dallara added three slots added in Underwing support. IndyCar justified the move in a report as follows: " Thus, the lateral stiffness should be reduced and remain vertical stiffness upright. "
Dario Franchitti posted the fastest time ahead of Scott Dixon and Marco Andretti. All qualified participants were a time.
Before the start of the race, a memorial event for the fatally injured in October 2011, last year's winner Dan Wheldon was held. To this was his widow with one of his sons on site. Wheldons former team boss Bryan Herta drove the winning car in a victory lap around the track. To the spectators white sunglasses, a trademark Wheldons, had been distributed. 300,000 spectators at the race Sunday on the spot at the world's largest single-day sporting event.
In the initial phase of the Indianapolis 500, there was a duel between the first two pilots of qualifying: Ryan Briscoe and James Hinchcliffe, said Briscoe was most of the time in the lead.
After a few rounds showed that the Lotus pilots Jean Alesi and Simona de Silvestro did not drive competitive lap times. Your average speed was roughly at 205 mph while average speeds of 217 mph were possible at the top. Therefore, the race director Beaux Barfield to decided to take the two riders in the 10th round out of the race because their times were not within the 105- percent rule. While Alesi reacted with dismay to the decision showed de Silvestro understanding of the disqualification. Alesi also ignored the disqualification and remained one more lap on the track. Therefore, two rounds of him were removed in the final standings.
On lap 14 there was the first caution period, as Bryan Clauson had turned. He first drove further, gave after 46 rounds but on technical problems. In the yellow phase, the drivers completed their first pit stop. It came in the box in contact between EJ Viso and Dario Franchitti, with Franchitti was filmed. Yet his front wing was damaged. He had to change this and dropped back to 28th place. After the restart Marco Andretti took the lead for several laps. In the 24 rounds Oriol Servia fell out after a puncture of the lead lap.
At the top there was a duel of Andretti and Scott Dixon. Dixon benefited from the lower fuel consumption of its Honda engine, while Andretti had rather stop with a Chevrolet engine. In this phase of the race there were two stops under green. In the meantime, Wade Cunningham had abandoned the race with technical problems.
Finally, a result of pit stops it was also the first serious accident in the race. Mike Conway had the front wing damaged during his pit stop, as he had approached members of his pit crew at the entrance. He drove back to the track and noticed in the curves 3 and 4, that his front wing was no longer intact. In the first turn he finally tried to brake, but as Will Power was behind him, Conway could not slow down too much. Conway eventually lost control of his vehicle and collided with power. By touching touched Conway's vehicle at a 90 ° angle along the wall and it broke up a wheel This flew through the air, narrowly missing Hélio Castroneves just barely. Conway and Power were unhurt, but the race was over for them. Conway said after the race that it was his fault.
After the restart, it came within a few laps later the next amber phase. This time Ana Beatriz had contact with the wall. Your car was not damaged so badly and she took the race on again. In the yellow phase, the teams chose different strategies. Andretti and Satō pitted and fell to the positions eleven and twelve, Dixon and Franchitti stayed outside and Dixon took the lead. In the meantime, Ryan Hunter -Reay, who started from third place, had abandoned the race with technical problems.
When you restart, Satō improved to fifth place and he finally lay for several laps in the lead. It came again to a phase of pit stops under green. Front was a group of four to Dixon, Franchitti, Satō and Andretti. Andretti has again earlier to the box. As his teammate Sebastian Saavedra stood out on the track, there was a yellow phase, and Andretti dropped out of the top 10. Something similar happened to JR Hildebrand, who thereby also dropped out of the top 10 also. 13 laps after the end of the yellow phase triggered Josef Newgarden from another caution period. He remained as Saavedra are on the track.
At the top there was now a duel between the Ganassi driver Dixon and Franchitti. Behind fought Ed Carpenter, Satō and Justin Wilson for positions. Carpenter eventually quit in the 180th round of the top group, as he turned on the track. He solved characterized by a more yellow phase. Some laps after the restart, finally took over Tony Kanaan the lead which he held for several rounds, as Andretti with an accident another caution period made it necessary. Like Carpenter, he lost in the first turn control of his vehicle. Andretti had come into this curve on the white line and it was no longer able to keep control of his car.
At the restart, which was the last restart of the race, to Franchitti won the day and took over the lead from Dixon, Satō and Canaan. One lap later succeeded his teammate Dixon to take the first position. In the 198 rounds Franchitti finally overtook Dixon and took the lead of the race. Also Satō walked past Dixon. In the final laps Satō ventured into the first corner to attack Franchitti. In a tight duel Satō crossed the white line on the inside of the curve and lost control of his vehicle. He crashed into the barriers. The race was then stopped under yellow. In place of his first victory Satō was taken as 17. While Satō would blame for the accident at Franchitti, who had left him in his opinion, too little space, Franchitti was of the opinion that he had not pressed Satō down and this had even lost control of its author. Dixon and Kanaan, who drove behind the two, saw the blame for the accident at Satō.
Franchitti finally won over his teammate Dixon and Kanaan. The three drivers drove in parallel across the finish line. Franchitti won for the third time in his career after 2007 and 2010, the Indianapolis 500, he became the first Europeans and a total of ten pilot who won the Indianapolis 500 at least three times. With this win he moved simultaneously with Sebastien Bourdais and Paul Tracy, who had achieved all series and 31 wins in the highest class of American formula racing. Franchitti dedicated his victory to his late friend Dan Wheldon. Dixon said after the race that the lower fuel consumption of Honda motor race was crucial.
Servia, who made it back to the lead lap in the closing stages of the race, was fourth ahead of Briscoe, Hinchcliffe, Wilson, Charlie Kimball, Townsend Bell and Castroneves. Rubens Barrichello, who had led the race for two laps, was in eleventh best newcomer. Servia was the pilot who did well at most positions in the race. Hinchcliffe had lost by a botched pit stop connection to the top.
Power retained the championship lead ahead of Castroneves and Hinchcliffe. Franchitti moved up from tenth to sixth place. Among the manufacturers of the positions remained unchanged, Honda won for the first time this season.
Total premiums in the amount of 13,285,815 U.S. dollars were paid out during this race. All pilots received at least U.S. $ 250,000 premium. The winner Franchitti was 2.47428 million U.S. dollars, Dixon 1.10228 million U.S. dollars and Canaan, as a third party 636 580. The lowest premium was the ninth -placed Bell with 251 305 U.S. dollars. With an official temperature of 91 ° Fahrenheit ( 32.8 ° Celsius ) was this Indianapolis 500 along with the races of 1919 and 1953, the zweitheißeste in history.
The race achieved in the United States the best TV rating since 2008. In the overnight ratings of Nielsen Media Research, the race was rated at 4.3, ahead of the same day held NASCAR Sprint Cup race Coca- Cola 600, which is rated 4.1.
Points standings after the race
The scoring is explained here.