2012 Iowa Corn Indy 250
- 3.1 qualifying 3.1.1 1st Heat Race 18.104.22.168 guide sections
- 22.214.171.124 guide sections
- 126.96.36.199 guide sections
- 3.2.1 guide sections
- 3.2.2 yellow phase
- 4.1 Drivers' Championship
- 4.2 Manufacturers' Championship
After the Milwaukee IndyFest Will Power led the Drivers' Championship with 31 points ahead of James Hinchcliffe and with 35 points ahead of Scott Dixon. At the engine manufacturers Chevrolet led with 6 points ahead of Honda and with 31 points, ahead of Lotus.
The rear wing of the Dallara DW12 was adapted for this race. He was allowed a maximum at an angle of 37 ° and are not using a Gurney flap. In addition, for the starts or restarts a complementary camera was installed, which is synchronized with the timing and video system. In order for the IndyCar Series wanted to prevent erroneous decisions on offense at this stage.
The qualifying format for this race has been changed. Instead of the usual on ovals time trial the starting grid was determined by so-called heat races. The field was divided based on the result of the second session in three groups. In the first group the even starting positions from tenth place to the second group the odd starting positions from ninth place and in the third group were the places assigned one to eight. The division into groups was carried out according to the same criteria. Each Heat Race went over 30 rounds.
In the first session Andretti scored the fastest lap time before Josef Newgarden and Alex Tagliani. The second training determined the classification into three skill groups. Andretti was again the fastest rider. Second was Franchitti before Hélio Castroneves. For the third group of the first eight to three pilots of the Team Penske and Andretti Autosport and two pilots of Chip Ganassi Racing qualified.
1 Heat Race
In the first heat race starting positions were awarded the straight from position ten. Graham Rahal achieved a start-finish victory in front of Newgarden and JR Hildebrand. With Rahal and EJ Viso two pilots were this Heat Races subject to a disciplinary transfer to ten positions as a result of premature engine change.
2 Heat Race
In the second heat race, the odd starting positions were awarded from position nine. First, Rubens Barrichello was leading the race. In the sixth round, he lost the lead to Tagliani. This was until the 20th lap in front. In this Canaan went to the top. Canaan eventually won the race ahead Tagliani and Barrichello. In this group of Canaan and Simon Pagenaud by a disciplinary transfer to ten positions as a result of premature engine change were affected.
3 Heat Race
In the third heat race for pole position and the first eight starting positions has been extended. Andretti initially leading the race. In the eighth round Franchitti ventured an attack on the outer track and took the lead. Also Castroneves succeeded shortly thereafter sail past Andretti.
Franchitti finally won ahead of Castroneves and Andretti and achieved the pole position. To the fourth place to Hinchcliffe and Ryan Briscoe delivered in the last round a duel, in which Hinchcliffe remained forward. The remaining places went to Power, Ryan Hunter -Reay and Dixon.
The Iowa Corn Indy 250 was a floodlit race. Originally the launch was planned For 21 clock local time. Due to rain, the start was delayed by about an hour. Already in the introduction rounds fell pole sitter Dario Franchitti with an engine failure. Also Tagliani fell by the wayside stand, so the race began with a caution period. Tagliani took the race but with residue again.
Castroneves led the race at first before Hinchcliffe, Hunter -Reay, Briscoe, Andretti and Power. Hildebrand had contact with Hunter -Reay, which meant a front wing change for Hildebrand at startup. By this he lost three laps on the leading pilots.
Hinchcliffe took over in the 52nd round of the leadership of Castroneves, who then defended himself against Hunter -Reay. Justin Wilson had taken the fourth place in the meantime. In the 68th round, there was a yellow phase, when Viso and Power collided. Both dropped out. During the caution period Castroneves took the lead again, which he kept for many laps.
To the 100th lap, there was a yellow phase, and two other failures. Hildebrand had an accident in Turn 1 and Oriol Servia finally gave up with electronic problems. In this yellow phase Dixon and Briscoe completed another pit stop in which they lost not many places because drove at that time only 13 drivers on the lead lap. Mike Conway also was little to technical problems.
Then there was a longer green phase in which Castroneves, Hunter -Reay, Andretti, Hinchcliffe and Canaan were in the top 5. In sixth place was Pagenaud, who started from last place. Dixon and Briscoe remained strategy requires longer on the track. When Dixon went to the pits with Briscoe was only one pilot on the lead lap. However, he collided shortly thereafter with Newgarden, making the race for both was over.
At the restart was Dixon, who had completed his last stop just before the yellow phase and thus benefited from the stop of the competitors in the lead. A few laps after the restart, Hinchcliffe spun into the wall and triggered a more yellow phase. While Dixon was placed after the restart then in the lead of Hunter- Reay and Andretti under pressure, Tagliani retired with technical problems. 13 laps before the end of the race took over Hunter -Reay the lead from Dixon and Andretti walked past him. A few laps later, Dixon lost another position to Canaan.
Katherine Legge eventually dissolved three laps before the end of the race after a spin another yellow phase. Under this, the race was stopped.
Hunter -Reay won so before Andretti and the two racers scored a double victory for Andretti Autosport. Kanaan was third ahead of Dixon. Pagenaud finished the race in fifth place. The top 10 was completed by Castroneves, Barrichello, Ed Carpenter, Rahal and Wilson.
Hunter -Reay overtook in the overall standings to within three points on Power on and took the second place. Dixon kept the third place. Within a week, Hunter -Reay had brought 102 points from two races with two wins, Power posted in these two races 30 points. Among the manufacturers of the positions remained unchanged.
All teams and drivers used the chassis Dallara DW12 with an aero kit from Dallara and a Firestone tire.
1 Heat Race
2 Heat Race
3 Heat Race
Points standings after the race
The scoring is explained here.