2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore

The Grand Prix of Baltimore in 2013 was held on 1 September in the Streets of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States instead and was the 16th race of the IndyCar Series in 2013.

  • 3.1 qualifying
  • 3.2 race 3.2.1 guiding portions
  • 3.2.2 yellow phase
  • 4.1 Drivers' Championship



After the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Hélio Castroneves led the Drivers' Championship with 39 points on Scott Dixon and 62 points on Ryan Hunter -Reay.

At the Grand Prix of Baltimore in 2013 the drivers were a total of 150 seconds to use the push-to -pass button. The overtaking was allowed to be activated ten times in the race.

Before the Grand Prix of Baltimore, there were two changes to the regulations. After Dixon collided in Sonoma with a Penske crew member, the scheme has been included in the 7/9/17 rules, so that a team can be penalized if a crew member by negligence or intentionally provoked an incident with another driver. In addition, the boxes were labeled clearly. It remained the drivers, however, will still be allowed to cut these lines at the entrance and exit from the box. However, for potential incidents they should contribute to make comprehensible sentences. In addition, Rule has been clarified. From this race have driver while showing a blue flag just one lap time to be over round by a driver.

In the starting field, there were four changes. Oriol Servia returned to a race break back to Panther Racing and took the vehicle back of Ryan Briscoe. It was the last driver change of Panther Racing this season, as Servia had been taken for the last four races under contract. Briscoe was still in Baltimore this weekend and took active part in the race of the American Le Mans Series ( ALMS). Together with his partner Scott Tucker, he left. When Dale Coyne Racing James Davison was replaced as planned after two races by Stefan Wilson. Wilson debuted in the IndyCar Series and drove in his first race in 2013. Together with his brother and teammate Justin Wilson he made the first pair of brothers in the IndyCar history that started in a team. Luca Filippi returned to Bryan Herta Autosport after JR Hildebrand had piloted the vehicle at the previous race. Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing reduced the team back to the usual one- car team with Josef Newgarden. Lucas Luhr came to Baltimore no longer in the IndyCar Series for use. Instead, he also competed in the ALMS races and won this along with Klaus Graf.

With Will Power and Hunter -Reay ( once each ) were all former winners of this Grand Prix.

Tony Kanaan started at the Grand Prix of Baltimore to 212 times in a row to an IndyCar race and thus became the sole record holder in these statistics ahead of his teammate Jimmy Vasser.

Shortly after the race it was announced that the Grand Prix of Baltimore would not take place in the next two years. This is due to conflicting schedules on Sunday before Labor Day, which is essentially a date for the Baltimore race. 2014 there will be a college football game at the stadium, near the ninth curve 2015 is a trade fair in the city. From the IndyCar Series potential dates in June or August of divorce, as the baseball stadium of the Baltimore Orioles is used in these months of the baseball club. The entrance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards acts as a pit building at the IndyCar race.


In the first Training Power was fastest ahead of EJ Viso and Servia. The training was interrupted three times after an incident in the fifth curve. Sébastien Bourdais and Stefan Wilson came off the track embark from without. The third interruption was caused by debris. Dario Franchitti drove only five laps due to a defective sensor and electronics was 22 In the second session Tristan Vautier took over the top of the standings ahead of Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden. Vautier was 1.4 seconds faster than the first power training. Power went just before the end in the ninth curve in the tire barrier and thereby damaged the front of the vehicle. In addition, there were several minor incidents. Stefan Wilson had in the first two training sessions a backlog of over four seconds behind the leader and was last.

In the third training Simon Pagenaud set the fastest time and sparked his teammates Vautier at the top from. Second place went to Dixon before Power. Castroneves made ​​at the beginning for red flags, after he came to a stop off the track. In the initial phase there was an incident between Dixon and Power, which triggered an interrupt. In the twelfth curve, the two pilots touched after a misunderstanding. While Dixon was trying to take distance, ran power, which was directly behind him, on him and turned him. Dixon touched the wall, damaging his front wing and stopped, Power drove on. After a repair stop in the pits also Dixon training resumed. Both drivers of KV Racing Technology were simultaneously involved in incidents. Canaan missed in the fourth curve the braking point and went straight ahead, while Simona de Silvestro drove in the eighth curve in the tire wall. De Silvestris accident triggered the third and final interruption. Several riders took off when passing through the final chicane, after they had gone too far over the curbs. James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti subjected to minor damage on landing, as they had come too close to the wall. The first 17 riders were within one second. Stefan Wilson remained in last place, reduced its distance but at just below three seconds.


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 Dixon set the fastest lap in the second group Pagenaud was the fastest pilot. In the first group Bourdais drove to the start of practice at the chicane on the start -finish straight into the tire wall and triggered a break from. Thus, the two fastest laps him were deleted. Also Viso drove later in this pile of tires.

In the second segment of qualifying, the six fastest riders qualified for the final section. Power posted the fastest lap time. Next to him made ​​it Newgarden, Vautier, Pagenaud, Wilson and Dixon in the third part of qualifying, the so-called Firestone Fast Six. Shortly before the end of this section there was in the eighth curve a collision between Vautier and Rahal, both of which were at this time in the top -6. First Rahal had gone into the tire wall and there were only local yellow flags. After Vautier had driven into the back of Rahals vehicle, the training was canceled. As the race management Rahal was to blame for the break, his two fastest laps were canceled, so he fell out of the top 6 and Dixon nachrückte him.

Dixon finally posted the fastest time and achieved the pole position with power and Pagenaud.

Franchitti and James Jakes were subsequently displaced by ten positions to the rear, as they used a sixth motor. The IndyCar regulations allow only five engines for the entire season.

Vautier was occupied after the race because of reckless, negligent and / or overly aggressive or unsportsmanlike conduct during the collision with Rahal with a fine in the amount of $ 10,000 and also drives up to the end of the season on probation.

Final training

In the final training Bourdais was the fastest. On the second and third place followed Power and Newgarden.


Dixon kept at startup the lead ahead of Power, but was overtaken by the third curve from him. Powers teammate Castroneves is damaged in an attack on Newgarden in this curve his front wing and went to a repair pit stop. While Power led the race in the early stages, separated Takuma Satō, Jakes and Filippi early on with technical problems.

In the 13th round Ed Carpenter replaced with a slip-up in the fifth curve from the first caution period. While the leading group fell by the wayside, several riders went from the rear panel to the box. At the restart, Dixon lost the second position to Pagenaud, Newgarden fell back from fourth to seventh place after he had touched the wall. Shortly after the restart, Franchitti was on with brake problems.

In the 25th round, the phase of the first pit stops for the drivers, who were not yet in the Box began. Power remained the longest out and handed in the lead after the 31 lap Bourdais. He demonstrated Vautier, Sebastian Saavedra, Castroneves, Andretti and Viso. The six drivers had been in the first caution period on the box. Power ran over at his pit stop an air hose in his box and came right in front of Dixon in seventh place back on the track.

Power and Dixon made ​​in the next few rounds positions well. Bourdais went in the 40th round to the pits, so Vautier took the lead. It was Vautier's first IndyCar lead lap. Bourdais had so much lead moved out that he came back on the track with power and Dixon. Shortly thereafter, Stefan Wilson slipped in the seventh curve and sparked the second caution period of the race from. Vautier, Castroneves and Saavedra went to the box and Bourdais took the lead again so the race. Castroneves started up at the stop Doug Snyder, a member of his pit crew, and was then punished with a drive-through penalty. Snyder was uninjured. During the caution period Hunter -Reay retired with a gearbox failure.

At the restart Bourdais led before Power, Dixon, Saavedra and Rahal. While Bourdais kept the lead, Rahal turned around at the first corner Dixon. The route has been blocked and Castroneves, Newgarden and Hinchcliffe stopped. Rahal was occupied in the course of the race for causing this collision with a drive-through penalty. At the next restart Bourdais led before Rahal, Power, Servia and Dixon. Rahal took the lead from Bourdais before the first curve on the outer track driving. Behind it was a collision between Power and Dixon. Power wanted to pass on the inside lane of Bourdais and Dixon had overlooked it behind. Dixon, whose car had been pushed into the wall was damaged on the start -finish straight stand, power came into the pits and rejoined the race after a repair stop with some laps again. Power said after the race that the collision was due to a mistake on his part.

The next time you restart Rahal kept the lead. He touched Bourdais easily. This contact had no consequences. However, Bourdais was inverted directly on Servia. Servia was caught by Viso and drove into the tire wall. Thus, the route has been blocked and Vautier, Saavedra, Charlie Kimball and de Silvestro stopped.

At the restart, Andretti took the lead in front of Canaan, Pagenaud, Bourdais and Justin Wilson. Two laps after the restart triggered a mass accident in the third corner of the sixth and final caution period. Bourdais turned Justin Wilson. In the intermediate case, Servia, Rahal, Carpenter and Hinchcliffe were involved.

Andretti held the lead at the restart. After Bourdais had passed two laps later to Canaan to the third position, Pagenaud took the lead from Andretti with an overtaking maneuver on the start -finish straight. Bourdais also walked past Andretti during this maneuver. Andretti lost in the next round even more positions. Bourdais tried to drive past in the eighth curve on the winger to Pagenaud. The maneuver did not work and Bourdais lost two positions, made a but soon well again. Newgarden was now in second place.

In the penultimate round of Canaan retired after a contact with the wall.

Pagenaud finally scored his second win of the season against Newgarden, who first stood on the podium. Bourdais was third ahead of Justin Wilson and de Silvestro, who had become 25 years old on that day. The top 10 was completed by Kimball, Hinchcliffe, Saavedra, Castroneves and Andretti. The first 10 drivers were as on the lead lap. Saavedra scored his hitherto best IndyCar placement with eighth place.

In the overall standings Castroneves, who had graduated from the only driver every lap of the race in the season increased his lead on Dixon. Pagenaud improved to third place. Hunter -Reay fell to fifth place behind his team mate Andretti.

Dixon said after the race his displeasure with decisions of the Race Director. He criticized that Servia, who is said to have overtaken him under yellow flags, received no punishment for this offense and was also to get angry at the racing line, which had refused after his accident, his car back to the pits. Dixon said after the race that IndyCar race director Beaux Barfield have acted like an idiot and called for his release. Dixon was then occupied due to his statements with a fine in the amount of $ 30,000 and also set up at the end of probation.

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All teams and drivers used the chassis Dallara DW12 with an aero kit from Dallara and a Firestone tire.







Guide sections


Yellow phases


Points standings after the race

Drivers' championship

The scoring is explained here.