2013 Pocono IndyCar 400
The Pocono 400 2013 IndyCar took place on 7 July at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, United States place and was the eleventh race of the IndyCar Series in 2013.
- 3.1 qualifying
- 3.2 race 3.2.1 guide sections
- 3.2.2 yellow phase
- 4.1 Drivers' Championship
Iowa Corn Indy 250 After Hélio Castroneves led in the drivers' standings with 9 points on Ryan Hunter -Reay and Marco Andretti on 55 points.
After 24 -year break, there was again an IndyCar race at the Pocono Raceway. The race was one of the Indianapolis 500 2013 and 500 2013 MAVTV to Triple Crown. A driver who had won all three races would receive as a bonus a million U.S. dollars. For two wins there is a premium of U.S. $ 250,000. Tony Kanaan was the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in all Triple Crown races of the start of the race was conducted in three lineup. The Restarts found, as usual, instead of just a single-file formation.
There were two driver changes before this race. Ryan Briscoe broke Oriol Servia off at Panther Racing. He had missed the previous race due to a schedule conflict with the 24- hour race at Le Mans 2013. As Briscoe participated in the weekend in a race of the American Le Mans Series, he went only on race day into the action and waived the qualification. Pippa Mann replaced Dale Coyne Racing Ana Beatriz with two races and returned to break back into the cockpit.
There was not a former winner of this race.
In the week before the Pocono IndyCar 400 test drives were conducted at Pocono Raceway, so there was only one practice session before qualifying. Here Andretti scored the fastest lap before Canaan and Charlie Kimball.
The qualifying session was held in the time trial. Each pilot drove two fast laps in a row. The average speed, scoring determined the order of the grid.
Andretti posted the fastest time in front of his teammate Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe. He was then excited by the wayside, which is located in the vicinity of Nazareth, the family seat of the Andretti. EJ Viso, the fourth Andretti - pilot, had in the second round of qualification test an accident at the first corner. He was uninjured. Also in the first corner accident Alex Tagliani. He, too, was uninjured. In addition, Briscoe took no part in the qualifying schedule. The first six places were occupied by Chevrolet drivers, Scott Dixon was seventh best Honda Pilot.
For the first time since the Indianapolis 500 1998 there was a front row with three cars of a team.
Dixon, Dario Franchitti, husband, Justin Wilson, Viso and Tagliani were displaced due to premature engine change at ten positions to the rear.
In the final training Andretti was again the fastest. Takuma Satō was second, Hinchcliffe third parties.
In the first round Hinchcliffe lost in the first turn control of his vehicle and slammed backwards into the barriers. Thus a yellow phase was triggered. In the yellow phase Sebastian Saavedra also retired with technical problems.
Andretti held the lead at the restart, Hunter -Reay lost second place to Canaan. In the 30th round Andretti began the phase of the first pit stops under green flag. As a result, he lost the lead briefly at Kanaan, Will Power, and Kimball, until he regained back five laps later. On the box Hunter-Reay and Satō walked past Canaan and took over positions of the pursuers Andretti. During the first pit stop phase, Tristan Vautier turned into the pit lane and choked his vehicle also. He was thus a backlog of two rounds.
In the 61st round Andretti went to his second pit stop, whereby the guide briefly went to Canaan, who, however, lost after his stop at Power. Coinciding with Andretti and Hunter -Reay and Satō went to the box. This Satō was driving too fast in the pit lane and thereby into the back of Hunter- reays vehicle that has been pushed into the pit wall. Satō was eliminated immediately, Hunter -Reay took the race with behind again, but gave another 60 laps early on. Satō was later occupied by a term of probation for the next five races. The accident caused a caution period in which Canaan took the lead again. Behind him followed Andretti, Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Power, Dixon, Franchitti and Kimball. The three Ganassi drivers were in this phase of the race getting along better with their vehicle.
At the restart, Andretti went back in the lead before Canaan. In the third pit stop phase but starting the 96th round it was found that the Ganassi drivers had a better fuel management and long remained outside. Andretti went first to the box and had no good stop. Canaan took the lead briefly and handed it over after his stop at Dixon, who went four rounds after Andretti to the box and the guide kept. In the 107th lap Dixon was overtaken on the route through Canaan. Here, Canaan damaged his front wing, so he went shortly afterwards to a repair pit stop. Power and Andretti also went this past Dixon. Power led the race briefly before Andretti took the lead again.
The race began to be tactically little later. Since the fuel window was 30 rounds, all the pilots were trying to stay as long as possible on the track and to complete their last stop as late as possible. Andretti was overtaken save fuel by Power and Dixon. The top 10 moved closer together and were at this stage within five seconds. In the 127th lap Andretti went first to the box. Soon followed by power, whereby the guide briefly went to Kimball. After all the drivers were in the pits, the three Ganassi drivers were led by Dixon on the first three places. The fourth place went Pagenaud, who also used a Honda engine. The Honda engines proved to be in this race as fuel-efficient as the Chevrolet engines.
In the final phase Andretti, who was fastest in all practice sessions lost, further position and dropped back to tenth place. Also Pagenaud lost in the final phase spaces. Viso gave up the race early on with several laps down.
Dixon finally won for the 30th time an IndyCar race and scored the first win of the season Ganassi, the 100 Ganassi victory was ever at the same time. Dixon was the eighth winner in the eleventh race. Since Kimball and Franchitti completed the podium, it was the first triple victory of Ganassi at all. Ganassi had concentrated with the car set-up for the race and thus a vehicle which has become better and better in the race. Power was fourth best Chevrolet driver, describing the result as a good result Oval. Josef Newgarden finished fifth for the second time in the top fifth Pagenaud, Wilson, Castroneves, Ed Carpenter and Andretti completed the top 10. Andretti rolled directly after crossing the finish line without fuel.
For the first time since the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma in 2011, a team to occupy the first three places. At the time, Penske with Power, Castroneves and Briscoe on the first three positions. The only up to this race Triple Crown race in which the first three places were achieved by a team that was the California 500 1979, at the Penske with Bobby Unser, Rick Mears and Mario Andretti was successful.
Honda won the Pocono 400 IndyCar 200th IndyCar race.
The first three positions in the drivers' standings remained unchanged. Castroneves extended his lead on Hunter -Reay further.
All teams and drivers used the chassis Dallara DW12 with an aero kit from Dallara and a Firestone tire.
Points standings after the race
The scoring is explained here.