Over the weekend the 2013 IZOD Indy Car series came to a close at Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, CA. Its suitable that the series has chosen one of the fastest tracks on the west coast to hold their finale. This was the last chance for the top 5 Indy Car drivers to make their run at a title and for those who were out of the running, there was nothing to lose and one final win to gain. So who came out on top?
Scott Dixon became the 2013 Indy Car Champion by finishing in 5th place which was just enough to keep him ahead of Helio Castroneves in the points.
As for the podium. It played out as follows:
1st place: Will Power
2nd place: Ed Carpenter
3rd place: Tony Kanaan
For all the race highlights check out the video below!
While I was baking in the sun at X Games, Indy car made its return to Mid-Ohio (Honda’s engineering home-base) for the Honda 200. Seeing how they were in the big H’s hometown, Honda decided to show off the new NSX Prototype before playing host for the race. Once that got underway, history was made once again! Scroll below for results.
Charlie Kimball made history by becoming the fourth first-time winner this season as well as being the first person with type-1 diabetes to win an Indy Car race. Simon Pagenaud grabbed second place and Dario Franchitti landed third place. For race highlights scroll below!
A few hours after Formula 1 finished up in Germany, the Indy Cars returned to Pocono Raceway AKA “The Tricky Triangle” after years and years of being away. How did things turn out? Scroll below for race results and a video of race highlights if you want the cliff notes.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW!
1st: Scott Dixon
2nd: Charlie Kimball
3rd: Dario Franchitti
Note: Scott Dixon’s victory marks the 200th Indy Car win for Honda, the 100th win for Target, and a 1-2-3 podium sweep for Chip Ganassi racing.
Over the weekend the IZOD Indy Car series came right into our back yard for the 36th annual Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach. The party actually started at the beginning of last week with a huge media even at the track site. And there was a ton of racing outside Indy Car going on all weekend but there will be more on that in later posts. This is all about the big Indy race! Things started off on Saturday with Will Power capturing his 4th pole in 5 races so he was sitting comfortably up front, until the green flag dropped and Ryan Hunter-Reay made an early move for the lead then ran away with it. Ryan pushed as hard as he could for the first stint and built a huge cap. The fact that there was only one caution for the entire race just helped him all the more and in the end he took the top spot on the podium. Will Power and Justin Wilson followed behind in second and third respectively. Catch all the race highlights in the video below and check out three full galleries of coverage on the official MotorworldHype facebook page.
Ryan Hunter Reay AKA “RHR” is what you may call a trend setter among open wheel drivers. He was one of the first Champ Car guys to switch to the IRL “before it was cool.” Unfortunately it hadn’t paid off too much for him since the move, or so many thought until yesterday.
You see at the end of a comedic spin and crash filled race at the famed Watkin’s Glen road course in New York, Reay was able to nab is first ever Indy Car Series win. It was a very “American’ win at that, An American driver with an American sponsor (Ethanol) at a classic American race track. Where were the other top contenders like Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe, and Dan Wheldon? They were all crashed out. Heck Dixon took himself and Briscoe out because of a mistake he made during a caution! It was pretty comedic.
Check out the Indy Car website for their take on the New York yellow crash fest.