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IndyCar Series
IZOD IndyCar Series.jpg
IZOD IndyCar Series logo
Category Open-wheel racing
Country or region International
Inaugural season 1996
Drivers 29
Teams 15
Constructors Dallara
Engine suppliers Honda
Tyre suppliers Firestone
Drivers' champion United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
Teams' champion United States Chip Ganassi Racing
Official website IndyCar.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Izod IndyCar Series [1] is the premier level of American open wheel racing. The current championship, founded by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George, began in 1996 as a competitor to CART known as the Indy Racing League (IRL). Citing CART's increasing reliance on expensive machinery and overseas drivers, George aimed to create a lower-cost alternative. In 2008, the IndyCar Series merged with the Champ Car World Series (formerly CART). The series continues to be sanctioned by the Indy Racing League.

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Overview

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Series name

Due to the legal settlement with CART, the IRL was unable to utilize the name IndyCar until the beginning of the 2003 season. For 1996-1997, the premier series was simply referred to as the USAC Indy Racing League, with no genre designation. For 1998-1999, the series garnered its first title sponsor, and was advertised as the Pep Boys Indy Racing League. The contract was not renewed after the second year. In 2000, the series sold its naming rights to Internet search engine Northern Light for five seasons, and the series was named the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. After only two seasons, however, the sponsorship agreement ended when Northern Light reevaluated its business plan and ended all sponsorships[2].

The league reverted back to the Indy Racing League name for the 2002 season, with no title sponsor, but several major series sponsors (such as Firestone). The IndyCar Series name was officially adopted beginning in 2003, as the series was now legally entitled to use it. In 2006, IndyCar forged an alliance with Simmons-Abramson Marketing (headed by Gene Simmons of the heavy metal band Kiss), promising to be "actively engaged in the league's marketing, event, public relations, sponsorship, merchandising and branding efforts -- from its IndyCar Series to the venerable Indianapolis 500". Simmons also co-authored the new IndyCar theme song, "I Am Indy".[3] For the 2008 season, DirecTV served as a presenting sponsor,[4] and the series was briefly advertised as the IndyCar Series in DIRECTV HD.

Izod was announced as the series title sponsor beginning on November 5, 2009. Exact financial terms will not be disclosed but the deal is worth at least $10 million per year and runs for at least 5 years.[5]

Television

Series logo from 2003-2009.

Since the series inception, IndyCar Series events have been broadcast on several networks, including ABC, CBS, ESPN, Fox, FSN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and TNN.[6] However, beginning in the 2009 season, Versus began televising the races which will air for the next 10 years, televising at least 13 races per season. ABC continued to broadcast the Indianapolis 500 until 2012, as well as four additional races. Versus began airing one hour pre-race shows the day before the race.[7]

In the UK the IndyCar Series races have all their broadcasts on the Sky Sports family of networks. The viewing figures of the IndyCar races in the UK outnumber that of the NASCAR races which are also broadcast on Sky Sports. The IndyCar Series also has had highlights of all the races on the channel Five British terrestrial channel and Five USA, but this has been discontinued for the 2010 season[8].

Car History and Current Specifications

The IndyCar Series is not an open formula, it is essentially a one-make or "spec" series, with chassis and engine manufacturers provided exclusively to the league in three-year cycles. Currently, Dallara provides the chassis to all teams and Honda is the sole engine provider.

Chassis

In the series' first season (1996), 1992 to 1995 model year CART chassis built by Lola and Reynard were used. The current Indycar came into being in 1997. Tony George specified new technical rules for less expensive cars and production-based engines. The move effectively outlawed the CART chassis and turbocharged engines that had been the mainstay of the Indianapolis 500 since the late 1960s.

Vitor Meira's 2006 Dallara preparing for practice.

Starting with the 2003 season, the series rules were changed to require chassis manufacturers to be approved by the league before they could build cars. Prior to that, any interested party could build a car, provided it met the rules and was made available to customers at the league mandated price. In total, four manufacturers have built IndyCar chassis:

  • Dallara began producing Indycars for the 1997 season. The Dallara and G Force chassis were relatively evenly matched over their first few seasons, but eventually the Dallara began to win more races. This caused more teams to switch to the Dallara, further increasing their success. Currently, all full time teams now use the Dallara chassis. Dallara was also tabbed to build the Firestone Indy Lights machines. Dallara has won eight of the twelve Indy 500 races they have entered. After the withdrawal of factory support from Panoz Auto Development, they are the only supplier of new chassis.
    A 1997-spec G-Force IRL car. This car was repainted for promotional purposes in 2008.
    A Panoz GF09 driven at Indianapolis by Jaques Lazier in 2007
  • The G Force chassis was introduced in 1997, and won the 1997 and 2000 Indy 500 races. In 2002, Élan Motorsport Technologies bought G Force, and the chassis was re-named "Panoz G Force", and then shortened to "Panoz" in 2005. In 2003 a new model was introduced, and it won the Indy 500 in 2003-2004, and finished second in 2005. It fell out of favor starting in 2005, and by 2006 only one finished in the top ten at Indy. Little factory support was given to IndyCar teams after that point, as Panoz concentrated on their DP01 chassis for the rival Champ Car World Series. By 2008, only one Panoz saw track time, an aborted second weekend effort at Indy, that resulted in Phil Giebler being injured in a practice crash. Given the age of the cars, and three-year cycles, it is unlikely that any further efforts will be seen with these chassis.
  • Riley & Scott produced IndyCar chassis from 1997-2000. Their initial effort, the Mark V, was introduced late in the 1997 season, severely limiting its potential market. It also proved to be uncompetitive. After Riley & Scott was purchased by Reynard, an all-new model, the Mark VII, was introduced for the 2000 season. It won in Phoenix, the second race of the season (driven by Buddy Lazier), but was off the pace at Indy and was quickly dropped by its teams.
  • Falcon Cars was founded by Michael Kranefuss and Ken Anderson in 2002 as the third approved chassis supplier for the 2003 season. One rolling chassis was completed and shown, but it was never fitted with a working engine and never ran. No orders were ever filled.

Superficially, IndyCar machines closely resemble those of other open-wheeled formula racing cars, with front and rear wings and prominent airboxes. Originally, the cars were unique, being designed specifically for oval racing; for example, the oil and cooling systems were asymmetrical to account for the pull of liquids to the right side of the cars. The current generation chassis however, are designed to accommodate the added requirements of road racing.

Indy Racing League officials have confirmed that the series will continue to use the current fleet of Dallara chassis through 2010.

Due to the quirks of the unification efforts of 2008, the ChampCar World Series spec Panoz DP01, with a Cosworth engine, was run in an IndyCar Series points event in the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Fuel

Methanol

At its inception, the IRL used methanol racing fuel, which had been the de facto standard in American open wheel racing since the 1964 Indianapolis 500 Eddie Sachs - Dave MacDonald crash. Methanol had long provided a safer alternative to gasoline. It had a higher flash point, was easily extinguishable with water, and burned invisible. With the IRL's introduction of night races in 1997, the burning of methanol fuel was visible for the first time, seen with a light blue haze. With this in mind, in an effort to make it more visible in case of fire during daylight hours, additional mixtures were placed in the fuel. As a safety feature, the methanol would burn with a color.

Ethanol

In 2005, driver Paul Dana brought the sponsorship of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) to his IndyCar team. EPIC is a consortium of ethanol producers that advocate the increased use of ethanol. EPIC were anxious to address public concerns of that era that ethanol use led to engine damage and poor performance when used in street cars. As a marketing effort, it was believed that sponsoring an IndyCar could be used as a tool to promote education and awareness of ethanol use, and to curb the spread of erroneous information.

Dana was killed in a crash in 2006, but the IRL had already begun a transition to ethanol fuel. For the 2006 season the fuel was a 90%/10% mixture of methanol and ethanol. Starting in 2007, the league advertised "100% Fuel Grade Ethanol," the first competitive series to utilize renewable fuel. The mixture was actually of 98% ethanol and 2% gasoline, provided by Lifeline Foods of Saint Joseph, Missouri. The additives satisfies the U.S. government's demand that the alcohol be unfit for human consumption, and adds visible color in case of fire.

To compensate for the loss of power due to the use of ethanol, the displacement was increased back to 3.5L. Since ethanol gets better fuel mileage than methanol, the fuel tanks in the car were decreased.

Compared to methanol, human contact with the current ICS fuel is much less harsh, and the fumes much less irritating. The fumes are often compared with the sweet smell of apple cider or apple cobbler. Unlike methanol, ethanol is not caustic and does not cause chemical burns when it comes in contact with the skin. It also is less polluting when spilled compared to methanol.

Engines

The initial 1996 IRL season, as well as the first two races of the 1996-97 season, featured engines with specifications left over from the rival CART series competition. Those chassis/engine combinations were essentially the same rules utilized by teams which participated in the 1995 Indianapolis 500, which was sanctioned by USAC. V-8 powerplants were allowed the typical 45 inHg. The Menard-Buick V6 engine used in 1996, however, was an updated powerplant from the 1995 version. In addition, the V-6 stock block engines (Buick-Menard) were allowed 55 inHg of boost at all races, instead of just at Indianapolis. During the CART era, V-6 stock blocks were only allowed 45 inHg at all races outside of Indy, which was a decided disadvantage and left the engine out of favor.

Ford-Cosworth reluctantly provided support to teams wishing to run their older-spec engines in the IRL, a major point of contention for CART management, to whom Ford-Cosworth was an official engine supplier. The Ilmor Mercedes V-8 engine, also a mainstay CART powerplant, was permitted, but the only time it was used was a one-off at the 1996 Indy 500 by Galles Racing.

Starting in 1997, IRL cars were powered by 4.0 L V8, methanol burning, production-based, normally-aspirated engines, produced by Oldsmobile (under the Aurora label) and Nissan (badged as Infiniti). Per IRL rules, the motors sold for no more than $80,000, and were rev-limited to 10,500 rpm.[9] They produced around 700 hp (520 kW).[9]

The engine formula was changed with the 2000-2004 formula. The displacement was dropped from 4.0L to 3.5L, and the requirement for the block to be production-based was dropped. This formula was used through 2003.[10] In 2004, in the wake of several crashes including the fatal crash of Tony Renna and the severe crash of Kenny Bräck, the displacement was further reduced to 3.0L to curb top speeds.

Infiniti's engines, though reliable, were significantly down on power compared to the Auroras in 1997, leading many of the teams that had initially opted for the Infiniti to switch. By the end of the 1998 season, only a handful of low-budget teams were using the Infiniti. However, early in the 1999 season, Cheever Racing, a well-funded team, was brought on to develop the engine with team owner Eddie Cheever expanding the team to two cars and bringing on his brother Ross Cheever as a test driver. By 2000 the engine had improved markedly and Cheever captured the marque's first win at Pikes Peak International Raceway. However, despite the improved success, few teams made the switch to the Infiniti and the company left the series after the 2002 season to focus on powering the league's new Infiniti Pro Series (now Firestone Indy Lights).

As part of General Motors' discontinuance of the Oldsmobile name, the Olds motor was rebadged as the Chevrolet starting with the 2002 season.[11] However, the effort could not compete with the Toyota and Honda programs starting in 2003. In August, 2003, Chevrolet announced its "Gen IV" motor, a rebadged Cosworth motor. At the time, Cosworth was owned by Ford. On November 4 2004, Chevrolet stated that it would be ending its IRL engine program effective with the end of the 2005 season, citing costs that exceeded value, according to then-GM Racing Director Doug Duchardt, "The investment did not meet our objectives."

In 2003, Toyota came to the IRL from the rival CART series. Toyota won their first race in Miami, as well as the Indianapolis 500 and the series title. However, Toyota had just one podium in the last seven races of 2004, and only Penske Racing fielded competitive Toyota-powered cars in 2005. In November 2005, Toyota company officials announced the company's withdrawal from American open-wheel racing and the immediate discontinuation of its IRL program, coinciding with its entrance into NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series in 2004, and its discontinuation of its IMSA program. It is doubtful that Infiniti, Chevrolet, or Toyota will ever race in the series again.

Honda also came to the IRL in 2003, and by 2005 was clearly the dominant engine manufacturer. Starting in 2006, they became the only engine manufacturer in the IndyCar Series, and will continue in that capacity until 2010. The Honda engine is designed and produced by Ilmor, which is part owned by Roger Penske.

A 2008-spec Honda Indy V8

Since the IndyCar Series has only one engine manufacturer, that manufacturer concentrates on minimizing engine failure and minimizing costs instead of defeating rivals. The engines have proven themselves to be quite durable—there have been no catastrophic engine failures at Indy for the past 2 years, which also lowers the number of crashes. Most of the engines, including those used for the Indy 500, are used for multiple races and are intended to last 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) between rebuilds.[12] The Honda motors are only available via lease arrangement from Honda, which costs approximately $US 2.9 million per season per car. Honda techs travel with the series, as well as attending all IRL team testing sessions. Virtually all teams like the current arrangement.[13]

IndyCar Series engines are rev-limited to 10,300 rpm and produce approximately 650 hp. The valve train is a dual overhead camshaft configuration with four valves per cylinder. The crankshaft is made of alloy steel, with five main bearing caps. The pistons are forged aluminum alloy, while the connecting rods are machined alloy steel. The electronic engine management system is supplied by Motorola, firing a CDI ignition system. The engine lubrication is a dry sump type, cooled by a single water pump.

Specifications

Chassis

  • Type: Open-wheel, single-seat, open-cockpit and ground-effect underbody; outboard wings front and rear.
  • Construction: Monocoque contains cockpit, fuel cell and front suspension; engine is stressed (integral) member of chassis; rear assembly contains bellhousing, gearbox and rear suspension members.
  • Materials: Carbon fiber, kevlar and other composites.
  • Weight: 1,565 pounds (691.7 kg) minimum for ovals and 1,630 pounds (725.7 kg) minimum for road courses, including lubricants and coolants. Does not include fuel or driver.
  • Length: 192 inches minimum.
  • Width: 78.5 inches maximum, 77.5 inches minimum (measured outside rim to rim).
  • Height: Approximately 38 inches.
  • Wheelbase: 121.5 inches to 122 inches.
  • Wheel Size: Front: 15 inches diameter, 10 inches wide Rear: 15 inches diameter, 14 inches wide.
  • Tires: Firestone Firehawk Front diameter: 26 inches maximum, 25 inches minimum @ 35 psi Rear diameter: 27.5 inches maximum, 26.5 inches minimum @ 35 psi.
  • Gearbox: XTRAC (gears forward of rear axle) Six forward gears (Manual), Mega-Line Assisted Gear Shift (paddle-shift).
  • Fuel Cell: Single, rupture-proof cell, 22 U.S. gallons (standard).
  • Manufacturer: Dallara Automobili.

Engine

  • Type: 3.5-liter (183.07 cubic inches) V-8, 32-valve dual-overhead cam (DOHC), Normally aspirated (no turbocharger) Max. bore diameter 93 millimeters Four camshafts, four valves per cylinder.
  • Weight: Minimum dry weight is 280 pounds - no headers, clutch, ECU, spark box or filters.
  • RPM: 10,300 (rpm) maximum (league-supplied rev limiter).
  • Power output: 650 hp (485 kW).
  • Fuel: 100% fuel grade Ethanol.[14]
  • Injector: Electronic.
  • Models: Honda Racing Indy V-8.
  • Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Source: http://www.indycar.com/tech/

Future IndyCar Formula

New IndyCar chassis and engines were originally expected in 2011, now will not be available until 2012 at earliest, and may be delayed until even later.[15][16]. According to IRL President of Competition Brian Barnhart, officials are deciding whether to retain Dallara as exclusive chassis supplier, or to allow multiple chassis manufacturers [17].

In December 2009 existence of a top secret chassis project headed by former Lola lead designer Ben Bowlsby was revealed. According to SpeedTV's Robin Miller, Bowlsby with the backing of his boss Chip Ganassi and multiple team owners have formed a company known as Delta Wing and plan to reveal their "revolutionary" car design on February 10th, 2010 at the Chicago Auto Show.[18] On February 4th, 2010, the IRL revealed it had received chassis proposals from veteran builders Lola and Swift in addition to Delta Wing and Dallara and that it hoped to reach a decision in the next three months.[19] The same day, the IRL released its guidelines for selecting the new chassis[20] – these include safety, raceability, cost effectivity, American production and fuel efficiency.

An engine manufacturer summit took place in Indianapolis on June 24, 2008. The goal of the meeting was to set standards for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series engine package and encourage more manufacturers to produce engines for the series. Auto manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Ford, Ferrari, GM, Honda, Mazda, and Volkswagen were represented at the meeting, alongside engine suppliers AER, Cosworth, Cummins, Ilmor, John Judd, Speedway and Zytek Engines.[21][22]

A second manufacturer's meeting took place on September 17, 2008 and a third meeting was held in Germany in December, 2008. Audi, Fiat Powertrain Technologies, Honda, Porsche, and Volkswagen all continue to show interest in potentially supplying engines to the series and have agreed on the following specifications:

  • 4-stroke engines with reciprocating pistons
  • Engine capacity not to exceed 2.0 liters
  • Dual-overhead cam shaft with 4 valves per cylinder
  • Single turbo charger systems will be permitted
  • Direct injection systems will be permitted
  • Continue the league's leadership position with the use of alternative fuels
  • Engine life between rebuilds of 3,750 miles (6000 km)
  • Five-year sealed engine homologation process that will define areas with possible annual updates
  • Cost containment engine lease ceiling that is applicable to all participants

The new formula may allow for a mix of 4-cylinder inline and V6 engines while using an equivalency formula. The league favors turbo-charged engines to allow higher HP on the road and street courses and lower HP on the high-banked ovals to make the racing on those surfaces less drag-limited. Further announcements on specifications and manufacturers are expected in the next several months.[23]

Firestone will remain as the series' tire supplier.

Seasons

Following the merger of CART/Champ Car into the Indy Racing League in 2008, the IRL acquired all intellectual property and historic records. For all other previous national champions from 1902-2007, see: American Open Wheel National Champions.

Season Champion Rookie of the Year Most Popular Driver
Driver Team Chassis Engine
1996 United States Scott Sharp &
United States Buzz Calkins*
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Bradley Motorsports
Lola
Reynard
Ford-Cosworth
Ford-Cosworth
not awarded not awarded
1996-97 United States Tony Stewart Team Menard G-Force Oldsmobile United States Jim Guthrie Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
1998 Sweden Kenny Bräck A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Oldsmobile United States Robby Unser Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
1999 United States Greg Ray Team Menard Dallara Oldsmobile United States Scott Harrington Canada Scott Goodyear
2000 United States Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile Brazil Airton Daré United States Al Unser, Jr.
2001 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Panther Racing Dallara Oldsmobile Brazil Felipe Giaffone United States Sarah Fisher
2002 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet France Laurent Rédon United States Sarah Fisher
2003 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Toyota United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States Sarah Fisher
2004 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda Japan Kosuke Matsuura United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
2005 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda United States Danica Patrick United States Danica Patrick
2006 United States Sam Hornish, Jr.* Penske Racing Dallara Honda United States Marco Andretti United States Danica Patrick
2007 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda United States Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Danica Patrick
2008 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda Japan Hideki Mutoh not awarded
2009 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda Brazil Raphael Matos United States Danica Patrick
  • 1996: Scott Sharp and Buzz Calkins tied in the final standings, and were declared co-champions. Calkins had one win, as opposed to Sharp being winless, but no tiebreakers were in place.
  • 2006: Sam Hornish, Jr. and Dan Wheldon tied in the final standings for first place. Hornish clinched the championship based on tiebreaker of most victories during the season.

See also

References

  1. ^ IndyCar lands Title Sponsor, indystar.com, November 3, 2009
  2. ^ Indy Racing and Northern Light end partnership, Motorsport.com, January 7, 2002
  3. ^ Indy Racing League Forms Innovative Marketing.., Gene Simmons.com, January 10, 2006
  4. ^ Direct Carrier, IndyCar.com, April 3, 3008
  5. ^ IndyCar lands Title Sponsor, indystar.com, November 3, 2009
  6. ^ IRL Adds TNN to Its Family As All '98 Races On Broadcast TV Sports Business Daily, December 4, 1997
  7. ^ Indy Racing League Announces Multi-Year Media Partnerships With ABC and Versus Versus, Aug. 7, 2008
  8. ^ http://about.five.tv/taxonomy/term/60/0/feed
  9. ^ a b IRL Aurora V8, Autoworld.com, March 29, 2001
  10. ^ IRL Engine Specifications Announced for 2000-2004 Seasons, Motorsport.com, November 17, 1998
  11. ^ Chevy revs for 2002 IRL season SAE Tech Briefs, March 2002
  12. ^ Machinedesign.com "Leveling the playing field" Retrieved April 13, 2003
  13. ^ Honda's Indy Car Engine Evolves Yet Again racing.Honda.com, June 21, 2007
  14. ^ IndyCar Series Technical Update Press Conference, IndyCar.com, February 22, 2007
  15. ^ motorauthority.com, Feb 4, 2009
  16. ^ [1], Jun 8, 2009
  17. ^ [2], Nov 10, 2009
  18. ^ [3]
  19. ^ [4]
  20. ^ [5]
  21. ^ Speedtv.com, June 27, 2008
  22. ^ Indystar.com, June 28, 2008
  23. ^ indycar.com February 3, 2009

File:Motorsport current For current information on this topic, see 2010 IndyCar Series season.
Category Open-wheel racing
Country or region International
Inaugural season 1996
Drivers 29
Teams 15
Constructors Dallara
Engine suppliers Honda
Drivers' champion Dario Franchitti
Teams' champion Chip Ganassi Racing
Official website IndyCar.com
Current season

The IZOD IndyCar Series is the premier level of American open wheel racing.[1] The current championship, founded by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George, began in 1996 as a competitor to CART known as the Indy Racing League (IRL). Citing CART's increasing reliance on expensive machinery and overseas drivers, George aimed to create a lower-cost alternative. In 2008, the IndyCar Series merged with the Champ Car World Series (formerly CART). The series continues to be sanctioned by the Indy Racing League.

Contents

Overview

Series name

Due to the legal settlement with CART, the IRL was unable to utilize the name IndyCar until the beginning of the 2003 season. For 1996-1997, the premier series was simply referred to as the USAC Indy Racing League, with no genre designation. For 1998-1999, the series garnered its first title sponsor, and was advertised as the Pep Boys Indy Racing League. The contract was not renewed after the second year. In 2000, the series sold its naming rights to Internet search engine Northern Light for five seasons, and the series was named the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. After only two seasons, however, the sponsorship agreement ended when Northern Light reevaluated its business plan and ended all sponsorships.[2]

The league reverted back to the Indy Racing League name for the 2002 season, with no title sponsor. The IndyCar Series name was officially adopted beginning in 2003, as the series was now legally entitled to use it. In 2006, IndyCar forged an alliance with Simmons-Abramson Marketing (headed by Gene Simmons of the hard rock band Kiss), promising to be "actively engaged in the league's marketing, event, public relations, sponsorship, merchandising and branding efforts — from its IndyCar Series to the venerable Indianapolis 500". Simmons also co-authored the new IndyCar theme song, "I Am Indy".[3] For the 2008 season, DirecTV served as a presenting sponsor,[4] and the series was briefly advertised as the IndyCar Series in DIRECTV HD.

IZOD was announced as the series title sponsor beginning on November 5, 2009. Exact financial terms were not disclosed but the deal is worth at least $10 million per year and runs for at least 5 years.[5]

Television

File:IndyCar
Series logo from 2003-2009
Since the series inception, IndyCar Series events have been broadcast on several networks, including ABC, CBS, ESPN, Fox, FSN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and TNN.[6] However, beginning with the 2009 season, Versus began televising the races which will air for the next 10 years, televising at least 13 races per season. ABC will continue to broadcast the Indianapolis 500 until 2012, as well as four additional races. Versus began airing one hour pre-race shows the day before a given race.[7]

In the UK, the IndyCar Series races have all their broadcasts on the Sky Sports family of networks. The viewing figures of the IndyCar races in the UK outnumber that of the NASCAR races which are also broadcast on Sky Sports. The IndyCar Series also has had highlights of all the races on the channel Five British terrestrial channel and Five USA, but has since been discontinued for the 2010 season.[8]

Car History and Current Specifications

The IndyCar Series is not an open formula, with chassis and engine manufacturers provided exclusively to the league in three-year cycles. Currently, Dallara provides the chassis to all teams and Honda is the sole engine provider, making the series essentially a one-make or "spec" series at present.

Chassis

In the series' first season (1996), 1992 to 1995 model year CART chassis built by Lola and Reynard were used. The current Indycar came into being in 1997. Tony George specified new technical rules for less expensive cars and production-based engines. The move effectively outlawed the CART chassis and turbocharged engines that had been the mainstay of the Indianapolis 500 since the late 1960s.

Starting with the 2003 season, the series rules were changed to require chassis manufacturers to be approved by the league before they could build cars. Prior to that, any interested party could build a car, provided it met the rules and was made available to customers at the league mandated price. In total, four manufacturers have built IndyCar chassis:

Dallara began producing Indycars for the 1997 season. The Dallara and G Force chassis were relatively evenly matched over their first few seasons, but eventually the Dallara began to win more races. This caused more teams to switch to the Dallara, further increasing their success. Currently, all full time teams now use the Dallara chassis. Dallara was also tabbed to build the Firestone Indy Lights machines. Dallara has won eight of the twelve Indy 500 races they have entered. After the withdrawal of factory support from Panoz Auto Development, they are the only supplier of new chassis.

The G Force chassis was introduced in 1997, and won the 1997 and 2000 Indy 500 races. In 2002, Élan Motorsport Technologies bought G Force, and the chassis was re-named "Panoz G Force", and then shortened to "Panoz" in 2005. In 2003 a new model was introduced, and it won the Indy 500 in 2003-2004, and finished second in 2005. It fell out of favor starting in 2005, and by 2006 only one finished in the top ten at Indy. Little factory support was given to IndyCar teams after that point, as Panoz concentrated on their DP01 chassis for the rival Champ Car World Series. By 2008, only one Panoz saw track time, an aborted second weekend effort at Indy, that resulted in Phil Giebler being injured in a practice crash. Given the age of the cars, and three-year cycles, it is unlikely that any further efforts will be seen with these chassis.

in 2007]]

Riley & Scott produced IndyCar chassis from 1997-2000. Their initial effort, the Mark V, was introduced late in the 1997 season, severely limiting its potential market. It also proved to be uncompetitive. After Riley & Scott was purchased by Reynard, an all-new model, the Mark VII, was introduced for the 2000 season. It won in Phoenix, the second race of the season (driven by Buddy Lazier), but was off the pace at Indy and was quickly dropped by its teams.

Falcon Cars was founded by Michael Kranefuss and Ken Anderson in 2002 as the third approved chassis supplier for the 2003 season. One rolling chassis was completed and shown, but it was never fitted with a working engine and never ran. No orders were ever filled. Superficially, IndyCar machines closely resemble those of other open-wheeled formula racing cars, with front and rear wings and prominent airboxes. Originally, the cars were unique, being designed specifically for oval racing; for example, the oil and cooling systems were asymmetrical to account for the pull of liquids to the right side of the cars. The current generation chassis however, are designed to accommodate the added requirements of road racing.

Due to the quirks of the unification efforts of 2008, the ChampCar World Series spec Panoz DP01, with a Cosworth engine, was run in an IndyCar Series points event in the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Indy Racing League officials have confirmed that the series will continue to use the current fleet of Dallara chassis through 2011.

Fuel

Methanol

At its inception, the IRL used methanol racing fuel, which had been the de facto standard in American open wheel racing since the 1964 Indianapolis 500 Eddie Sachs - Dave MacDonald crash. Methanol had long provided a safer alternative to gasoline. It had a higher flash point, was easily extinguishable with water, and burned invisible. With the IRL's introduction of night races in 1997, the burning of methanol fuel was visible for the first time, seen with a light blue haze. With this in mind, in an effort to make it more visible in case of fire during daylight hours, additional mixtures were placed in the fuel. As a safety feature, the methanol would burn with a color.

Ethanol

In 2005, driver Paul Dana brought the sponsorship of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) to his IndyCar team. EPIC is a consortium of ethanol producers that advocate the increased use of ethanol. EPIC was anxious to address public concerns of that era that ethanol use led to engine damage and poor performance when used in street cars. As a marketing effort, it was believed that sponsoring an IndyCar could be used as a tool to promote education and awareness of ethanol use, and to curb the spread of erroneous information.

Dana was killed in a crash in 2006, but the IRL had already begun a transition to ethanol fuel. For the 2006 season, the fuel was a 90%/10% mixture of methanol and ethanol. Starting in 2007, the league advertised "100% Fuel Grade Ethanol", the first competitive series to utilize renewable fuel. The mixture was actually 98% ethanol and 2% gasoline, provided by Lifeline Foods of Saint Joseph, Missouri. The additives satisfied the U.S. government's demand that the alcohol be unfit for human consumption, and adding visible color in case of a fire.

To compensate for the loss of power due to the use of ethanol, the displacement was increased back to 3.5L. Since ethanol gets better fuel mileage than methanol, the fuel tanks in the car were decreased. Compared to methanol, human contact with the current ICS fuel is much less harsh, and the fumes much less irritating. The fumes are often compared with the sweet smell of apple cider or apple cobbler. Unlike methanol, ethanol is not caustic and does not cause chemical burns when it comes in contact with skin. It is also less polluting when spilled compared to methanol.

On May 2010, Sunoco will become the official fuel of the series starting in 2011, running through 2014. Sunoco will work with APEX-Brasil and UNICA to provide ethanol for the series.[9]

Engines

The initial 1996 IRL season, as well as the first two races of the 1996-97 season, featured engines with specifications left over from the rival CART series competition. Those chassis/engine combinations were essentially under the same rules utilized by teams which participated in the 1995 Indianapolis 500, which was sanctioned by USAC. V-8 powerplants were allowed the typical 45 inHg (inches of mercury) of pressure boost. The Menard-Buick V6 engine used in 1996, however, was an updated powerplant from the 1995 version. In addition, the V-6 stock block engines (Buick-Menard) were allowed 55 inHg of boost at all races, instead of just at Indianapolis. During the CART era, V-6 stock blocks were only allowed 45 inHg at all races outside of Indy, which was a decided disadvantage and left the engine out of favor.

Ford-Cosworth reluctantly provided support to teams wishing to run their older-spec engines in the IRL, a major point of contention for CART management, to whom Ford-Cosworth was an official engine supplier. The Ilmor Mercedes V-8 engine, also a mainstay CART powerplant, was permitted, but the only time it was used was a one-off at the 1996 Indy 500 by Galles Racing.


Starting in 1997, IRL cars were powered by 4.0 L V8, methanol burning, production-based, normally-aspirated engines, produced by Oldsmobile (under the Aurora label) and Nissan (badged as Infiniti). Per IRL rules, the motors sold for no more than $80,000, and were rev-limited to 10,500 rpm.[10] They produced around 700 hp (520 kW).[10]

The engine formula was changed with the 2000-2004 formula. The displacement was dropped from 4.0L to 3.5L, and the requirement for the block to be production-based was dropped. This formula was used through 2003.[11] In 2004, in the wake of several crashes including the fatal crash of Tony Renna and the severe crash of Kenny Bräck, the displacement was further reduced to 3.0L to curb top speeds.

Infiniti's engines, though reliable, were significantly down on power compared to the Auroras in 1997, leading many of the teams that had initially opted for the Infiniti to switch. By the end of the 1998 season, only a handful of low-budget teams were using the Infiniti. However, early in the 1999 season, Cheever Racing, a well-funded team, was brought on to develop the engine with team owner Eddie Cheever expanding the team to two cars and bringing on his brother Ross Cheever as a test driver. By 2000, the engine had improved markedly and Cheever captured the marque's first win at Pikes Peak International Raceway. However, despite the improved success, few teams made the switch to the Infiniti and the company left the series after the 2002 season to focus on powering the league's new Infiniti Pro Series (now Firestone Indy Lights).

As part of General Motors' discontinuance of the Oldsmobile name, the Olds motor was rebadged as the Chevrolet starting with the 2002 season.[12] However, the effort could not compete with the Toyota and Honda programs starting in 2003. In August 2003, Chevrolet announced to the public its "Gen IV" motor, a rebadged Cosworth motor for competition. At the time, Cosworth was owned by Ford. On November 4, 2004, Chevrolet stated that it would be ending its IRL engine program effective with the end of the 2005 season, citing costs that exceeded value, according to then GM Racing Director Doug Duchardt, "The investment did not meet our objectives."

In 2003, Toyota came to the IRL from the rival CART series. Toyota won their first race in Miami, as well as the Indianapolis 500 and the series title. However, Toyota had just one podium in the last seven races of 2004, and only Penske Racing fielded competitive Toyota-powered cars in 2005. In November 2005, Toyota company officials announced the company's withdrawal from American open-wheel racing and the immediate discontinuation of its IRL program, coinciding with its entrance into NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series in 2004, and its discontinuation of its IMSA program. It is doubtful that Infiniti, Chevrolet, or Toyota will ever race in the series again.

Honda also came to the IRL in 2003, and by 2005 was clearly the dominant engine manufacturer. Starting in 2006, they became the only engine manufacturer in the IndyCar Series, and will continue in that capacity until 2010. The Honda engine is designed and produced by Ilmor, which is part owned by Roger Penske.

Since the IndyCar Series has only one engine manufacturer, that manufacturer concentrates on minimizing engine failure and minimizing costs instead of defeating rivals. The engines have proven themselves to be quite durable—there have been no catastrophic engine failures at Indy for the past 2 years, which also lowers the number of crashes. Most of the engines, including those used for the Indy 500, are used for multiple races and are intended to last 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) between rebuilds.[13] The Honda motors are only available via lease arrangement from Honda, which, for the 2010 full season, costs $935,000 U.S. per season, per car. Honda techs travel with the series, as well as attending all IRL team testing sessions.[14]

IndyCar Series engines are rev-limited to 10,300 rpm and produce approximately 650 hp. The valve train is a dual overhead camshaft configuration with four valves per cylinder. The crankshaft is made of alloy steel, with five main bearing caps. The pistons are forged aluminum alloy, while the connecting rods are machined alloy steel. The electronic engine management system is supplied by Motorola, firing a CDI ignition system. The engine lubrication is a dry sump type, cooled by a single water pump.

Specifications

Chassis

  • Type: Open-wheel, single-seat, open-cockpit and ground-effect underbody; outboard wings front and rear.
  • Construction: Monocoque contains cockpit, fuel cell and front suspension; engine is stressed (integral) member of chassis; rear assembly contains bellhousing, gearbox and rear suspension members.
  • Materials: Carbon fiber, kevlar and other composites.
  • Weight: 691.7 kg (1,525 lb) minimum for ovals and 725.7 kg (1,600 lb) minimum for road courses, including lubricants and coolants. Does not include fuel or driver.
  • Length: 192 inches minimum.
  • Width: 78.5 inches maximum, 77.5 inches minimum (measured outside rim to rim).
  • Height: Approximately 38 inches.
  • Wheelbase: 121.5 inches to 122 inches.
  • Wheel Size: Front: 15 inches diameter, 10 inches wide Rear: 15 inches diameter, 14 inches wide.
  • Tires: Firestone Firehawk Front diameter: 26 inches maximum, 25 inches minimum @ 35 psi Rear diameter: 27.5 inches maximum, 26.5 inches minimum @ 35 psi.
  • Gearbox: XTRAC (gears forward of rear axle) Six forward gears (Manual), Mega-Line Assisted Gear Shift (paddle-shift).
  • Fuel Cell: Single, rupture-proof cell, 22 U.S. gallons (standard).
  • Manufacturer: Dallara Automobili.

Engine

  • Type: 3.5-liter (213.6 cubic inches) V-8, 32-valve dual-overhead cam (DOHC), Normally aspirated (no turbocharger) Max. bore diameter 93 millimeters Four camshafts, four valves per cylinder.
  • Weight: Minimum dry weight is 280 pounds - no headers, clutch, ECU, spark box or filters.
  • RPM: 10,300 (rpm) maximum (league-supplied rev limiter).
  • Power output: 650 hp (485 kW).
  • Fuel: 100% fuel grade Ethanol.[15]
  • Injector: Electronic.
  • Models: Honda Racing Indy V-8.
  • Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Source: IZOD IndyCar Series

Future IndyCar Formula

On July 14, 2010, the series announced that Dallara had been chosen over four other bids to replace the current Dallara chassis in 2012.[16][17] Dallara will provide a rolling chassis that will serve as the base of the car. Teams will choose an aero kit (sidepods, engine covers, front/rear wings) built by any manufacturer (including the teams themselves) to complete the chassis. Aero kits must be approved by the IndyCar Series, undergo safety testing, be available to all teams, and will have a maximum price of $70,000. Cars will be badged based on their aero kit manufacturers and not the chassis manufacturer. The Dallara name will not be a part of the car's name (e.g. if Team Penske produces their own aero kit, they will drive a "Penske IndyCar", not a "Penske Dallara"). A team will not be able to run more than 2 aero kits in a season.

As part of the deal, Dallara will create a manufacturing facility in the town of Speedway, Indiana to build the new cars (part of the deal includes tax breaks from the state and local governments). Dallara's rolling chassis will be sold to teams for $345,000 each (45% less than what is charged for the current chassis). The Governor of Indiana also indicated that the first 28 chassis purchased by Indiana-based teams will be sold for $195,000 each. The new chassis will be 1380 lbs; 185-lbs. (84 kg) lighter than the current model. The new chassis will include an anti-interlocking design which is intended to prevent tire-on-tire contact with the potential to launch a car into the air.

Images of the new design can be seen in the IndyCar.com Press Release:

The new open engine formula announced allows for any turbocharged engine up to 2.4L and 6 cylinders to run provided it can be tuned to produce the full range of 550-750 HP. The formula would allow hybrid systems, KERS system similar to Formula 1, and other engine enhancements. The "push to pass" feature in 2012 will allow a limited horsepower gain up to 100 HP as opposed to the current "overtake assist" which only provides 20 HP. Firestone will remain as the series' tire supplier.

Seasons

Following the merger of CART/Champ Car into the Indy Racing League in 2008, the IRL acquired all intellectual property and historic records.

Season Champion Rookie of the Year Most Popular Driver
Driver Team Chassis Engine
1996 Scott Sharp &
Buzz Calkins*
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Bradley Motorsports
Lola
Reynard
Ford-Cosworth
Ford-Cosworth
not awarded not awarded
1996-97 Tony Stewart Team Menard G-Force Oldsmobile Jim Guthrie Arie Luyendyk
1998 Kenny Bräck A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Oldsmobile Robby Unser Arie Luyendyk
1999 Greg Ray Team Menard Dallara Oldsmobile Scott Harrington Scott Goodyear
2000 Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile Airton Daré Al Unser, Jr.
2001 Sam Hornish, Jr. Panther Racing Dallara Oldsmobile Felipe Giaffone Sarah Fisher
2002 Sam Hornish, Jr. Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet Laurent Rédon Sarah Fisher
2003 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Toyota Dan Wheldon Sarah Fisher
2004 Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda Template:Country data JPN Kosuke Matsuura Sam Hornish, Jr.
2005 Dan Wheldon Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda Danica Patrick Danica Patrick
2006 Sam Hornish, Jr.* Penske Racing Dallara Honda Marco Andretti Danica Patrick
2007 Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda Ryan Hunter-Reay Danica Patrick
2008 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda Template:Country data JPN Hideki Mutoh Danica Patrick
2009 Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda Raphael Matos Danica Patrick
2010 Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda Alex Lloyd
  • 1996: Scott Sharp and Buzz Calkins were tied in the final standings, and were declared co-champions. Calkins had one win, as opposed to Sharp being winless, but no tiebreakers were in place.
  • 2006: Sam Hornish, Jr. and Dan Wheldon tied in the final standings for first place. Hornish clinched the championship based on a tiebreaker of most victories during the season.
  • 2008: Although no report was officially released about it in 2008, IndyCar.com confirmed in 2009 that Danica Patrick being named Most Popular Driver was her "fifth consecutive" win of the award.[18]

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IndyCar Series
Category Open wheel car
Country or region United States
Inaugural season 1996
Drivers 39
Teams 16
Constructors Dallara
Engine suppliers Honda
Tyre suppliers Firestone
Drivers' champion Dario Franchitti
Teams' champion Chip Ganassi Racing
Official website indycar.com

The IZOD IndyCar Series is the premier level of American open wheel racing.[1] The current series was founded by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George. It began in 1996 as a competitor to CART known as the Indy Racing League (IRL). In 2008, the IndyCar Series merged with the Champ Car World Series (formerly CART). The series continues to be sanctioned by the Indy Racing League.

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Overview

Series name

The IRL was unable to utilize the name IndyCar until the beginning of the 2003 for legal reasons. For 1996-1997, the series was simply called the USAC Indy Racing League. For 1998-1999, the series received its first title sponsor, and was knows as the Pep Boys Indy Racing League. In 2000, the series sponsor became the Internet search engine Northern Light. The series was named the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. This only lasted two of the planed five year contract.[2]

The league went back to the Indy Racing League name for the 2002 season. The IndyCar Series name was adopted in 2003. For the 2008 season, DirecTV served as a presenting sponsor,[3] and the series was briefly advertised as the IndyCar Series in DIRECTV HD.

IZOD was announced as the series title sponsor beginning on November 5, 2009. The contrace runs for at least 5 years.[4]

Car History and current specifications

The IndyCar Series is not an open formula, where teams build their own cars. Chassis and engine manufacturers provided products only to the league in three-year cycles. Currently, Dallara provides the chassis to all teams and Honda is the sole engine supplier. The series basically a one-make or spec series.

Chassis

In the series' first season in 1996 used older CART chassis. Any chassis built by Lola and Reynard from 1992 to 1995 could be used. The current Indycar started in 1997. Tony George defined rules for less expensive cars and production-based engines. This outlawed the CART chassis and turbocharged engines. These had been the type of race car used at the Indianapolis 500 since the late 1960s.

Dallara began producing Indycars for the 1997 season. The G Force chassis was introduced in 1997. It won the 1997 and 2000 Indy 500 races. In 2002, Élan Motorsport Technologies bought G Force,. The chassis was re-named Panoz G Force, and then shortened to Panoz in 2005.

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Riley & Scott produced IndyCar chassis from 1997-2000.

From the outside, IndyCars resemble those of other open-wheeled formula racing cars. They have front and rear wings and large air intakes.

Fuel

Methanol

At its inception, the IRL used methanol racing fuel. Methanol has been the standard choice in American open wheel racing since a firey crash at the 1964 Indianapolis 500. Methanol provided a safer alternative to gasoline. It does not start burning as quickly as gasoline. A methanol fire can be put out with water. A methanol fire cannot be seen in daylight, which is a problem. Material was added to the fuel so it would burn with a color.

Ethanol

For the 2006 season, the fuel was a 90%/10% mixture of methanol and ethanol. Starting in 2007, the league advertised using 100% Fuel Grade Ethanol. The mixture was actually 98% ethanol and 2% gasoline. The additives satisfied the U.S. government's requirement that the alcohol be unfit for human consumption. It also adds a visible color in case of a fire.

Engines

For the 1996 season, the old CART specification engines were used. They were also used for the first two races of the 1996-97 season. They were V8 engines with 45 inches of turbocharger boost. The Menard-Buick V6 engine was used in 1996 with 55 inches of boost was also used.

Ford-Cosworth provided support to teams running their older-spec engines. The Ilmor Mercedes V8 engine, was allowed. It was only used once at the 1996 Indy 500.


Starting in 1997, IRL cars were powered by 4.0 L V8, methanol burning engines. They were production-based and normally-aspirated engines. They were produced by Oldsmobile under the Aurora label, and Nissan under the Infiniti label. They produced around 700 horsepower.[5] The engine rules changed in 2000. The displacement was dropped from 4.0L to 3.5L. The block no longer needed to be production-based. In 2004, the displacement was further reduced to 3.0L to curb top speeds.

When General Motors' ended the Oldsmobile name, the engine label was changed to Chevrolet starting with the 2002 season.[6] In August 2003, Chevrolet announced its "Gen IV" motor, a rebadged Cosworth motor for competition. At the time, Cosworth was owned by Ford. On November 4, 2004, Chevrolet stated that it would be ending its IRL engine program at the end of the 2005 season.

In 2003, Toyota came to the IRL. In November 2005, Toyota company officials announced the company's withdrawal from American open-wheel racing and the immediate discontinuation of its IRL program. This was the same time they entered into NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series.

Honda also came to the IRL in 2003. By 2005 was clearly the dominant engine manufacturer. Starting in 2006, they became the only engine manufacturer in the IndyCar Series, and will continue in that capacity until 2010. The Honda engine is designed and produced by Ilmor Engineering, which is part owned by Roger Penske.

IndyCar Series engines are rev-limited to 10,300 Revolutions per minute (rpm) and produce approximately 650 hp. The valve train is a dual overhead camshaft configuration with four valves per cylinder. The crankshaft is made of alloy steel, with five main bearing caps. The pistons are forged aluminum alloy, while the connecting rods are machined alloy steel. The electronic engine management system is supplied by Motorola, firing a Capacitor discharge ignition (CDI) ignition system. The engine lubrication is a dry sump type, cooled by a single water pump.

Seasons

Following the merger of CART/Champ Car into the Indy Racing League in 2008, the IRL acquired all intellectual property and historic records.

Season Champion Rookie of the Year Most Popular Driver
Driver Team Chassis Engine
1996 Scott Sharp &
Buzz Calkins*
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Bradley Motorsports
Lola
Reynard
Ford-Cosworth
Ford-Cosworth
not awarded not awarded
1996–97 Tony Stewart Team Menard G-Force Oldsmobile Jim Guthrie Arie Luyendyk
1998 Kenny Bräck A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Oldsmobile Robby Unser Arie Luyendyk
1999 Greg Ray Team Menard Dallara Oldsmobile Scott Harrington Scott Goodyear
2000 Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile Airton Daré Al Unser, Jr.
2001 Sam Hornish, Jr. Panther Racing Dallara Oldsmobile Felipe Giaffone Sarah Fisher
2002 Sam Hornish, Jr. Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet Laurent Rédon Sarah Fisher
2003 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Toyota Dan Wheldon Sarah Fisher
2004 Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda Kosuke Matsuura Sam Hornish, Jr.
2005 Dan Wheldon Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda Danica Patrick Danica Patrick
2006 Sam Hornish, Jr.** Penske Racing Dallara Honda Marco Andretti Danica Patrick
2007 Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda Ryan Hunter-Reay Danica Patrick
2008 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda Hideki Mutoh Danica Patrick***
2009 Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda Raphael Matos Danica Patrick
2010 Dario Franchitti [7] Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda

*1996: Scott Sharp and Buzz Calkins were tied in the final standings, and were declared co-champions. Calkins had one win, as opposed to Sharp being winless, but no tiebreakers were in place.
**2006: Sam Hornish, Jr. and Dan Wheldon tied in the final standings for first place. Hornish clinched the championship based on a tiebreaker of most victories during the season.
***2008: Although no report was officially released about it in 2008, IndyCar.com confirmed in 2009 that Danica Patrick being named Most Popular Driver was her "fifth consecutive" win of the award.[8]

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