|2013 IndyCar season|
|IZOD IndyCar Series|
|Start date||March 24|
|End date||October 19|
|Drivers' champion||Scott Dixon|
|Rookie of the Year||Tristan Vautier|
|Indianapolis 500 winner||Tony Kanaan|
The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series was the 18th season of the IndyCar Series and the 102nd season of American open wheel racing. Its premier event was the 97th Indianapolis 500 held on Sunday, May 26. The 2013 season was the second to feature the Dallara DW12 chassis. Ryan Hunter-Reay entered the season as the defending drivers' champion. Chevrolet entered as the defending Manufacturers' Cup champion.
The 2013 season has featured four first-time winners, the most since 1965. Also highlighting the season is the introduction of doubleheader races, and the experimentation with standing starts at selected events. Heading into the final race of the season, two-time champion Scott Dixon led Hélio Castroneves by 25 points in a two driver fight for the championship. In a race where only nine drivers finished, Dixon finished fifth while Castroneves finished sixth, and as a result, Dixon won his third series title by 27 points. In the manufacturers' championship, Chevrolet defended their title ahead of Honda.
2013 was the final season that Izod--which became the main sponsor in the 2010 IndyCar Series--was the main sponsor of the championship; as Verizon Communications was announced as the new series sponsor for the 2014 season.
|A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Honda||14||Takuma Sato||All|
|41||Conor Daly ||5|
|Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet||1||Ryan Hunter-Reay||All|
|5||E. J. Viso[N 1]||1-18|
|Carlos Muñoz [N 1]||19|
|26||Carlos Muñoz ||5|
|Barracuda Racing||Honda||98||Alex Tagliani||1-13|
|Luca Filippi||14, 16-18|
|J. R. Hildebrand||15, 19|
|Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||8||Ryan Briscoe||5|
|10||Dario Franchitti[N 2]||1-18|
|Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||18||Ana Beatriz||1-5, 9-10|
|Mike Conway||6-7, 12-13, 17-18|
|Pippa Mann||8, 11, 19|
|James Davison ||14-15|
|Stefan Wilson ||16|
|Dragon Racing||Chevrolet||6||Sebastián Saavedra||All|
|Ed Carpenter Racing||Chevrolet||20||Ed Carpenter||All|
|KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet||11||Tony Kanaan[N 3]||All|
|78||Simona de Silvestro||All|
|Lazier Partners Racing||Chevrolet||91||Buddy Lazier||5|
|Panther Racing||Chevrolet||4||J. R. Hildebrand||1-5|
|Ryan Briscoe||6-7, 9, 11-12, 15|
|Oriol Servià||8, 10, 14, 16-19|
|Panther Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||Chevrolet||22||Oriol Servià||1-5|
|Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Honda||15||Graham Rahal||All|
|Michel Jourdain, Jr.||5|
|Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing||Honda||21||Josef Newgarden[N 4]||5|
|97||Lucas Luhr [N 5]||15|
|Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports||Honda||55||Tristan Vautier ||All|
|81||Katherine Legge[N 6]||5|
|Team Penske||Chevrolet||2||A. J. Allmendinger[N 7]||2-3, 5-7, 19|
The 2013 IndyCar Series schedule was formally announced on Speed's WindTunnel with Dave Despain, on the evening of September 30, 2012. The schedule consists of nineteen races, hosted across sixteen venues. Included are three doubleheader events - with one race of the Toronto and Houston doubleheader featuring a standing start (Belle Isle will not use a standing start because of the narrowness of the start-finish area). The IndyCar Triple Crown will return for the first time since 1989, featuring the races at Indianapolis, Pocono and Fontana. IndyCar is offering a $1,000,000 bonus to a driver who can win all three events, with a $250,000 consolation prize if a driver can win two of the three events.
|1||March 24||Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg||Streets of St. Petersburg||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|2||April 7||Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama||Barber Motorsports Park||Birmingham, Alabama|
|3||April 21||39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach||Streets of Long Beach||Long Beach, California|
|4||May 5||Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestlé||Streets of São Paulo||São Paulo, Brazil|
|5||May 26||97th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Speedway, Indiana|
|6||June 1||Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans||Belle Isle||Detroit, Michigan|
|8||June 8||Firestone 550||Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth, Texas|
|9||June 15||Milwaukee IndyFest||Milwaukee Mile||West Allis, Wisconsin|
|10||June 23||Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DeKalb||Iowa Speedway||Newton, Iowa|
|11||July 7||Pocono IndyCar 400 fueled by Sunoco||Pocono Raceway||Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
|12||July 13||Honda Indy Toronto||Exhibition Place||Toronto, Ontario|
|14||August 4||Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington, Ohio|
|15||August 25||GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma||Sonoma Raceway||Sonoma, California|
|16||September 1||Grand Prix of Baltimore||Streets of Baltimore||Baltimore, Maryland|
|17||October 5||Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston||Reliant Park||Houston, Texas|
|19||October 19||MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships||Auto Club Speedway||Fontana, California|
Temporary Street Circuit
BOLD indicates a Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka IndyCar Triple Crown event.
James Hinchcliffe won the first IndyCar race of his career, taking the lead from Hélio Castroneves on a restart on lap 85 of 110. Hinchcliffe held off Castroneves by 1.09 seconds, with Marco Andretti finishing third, passing Simona de Silvestro for the position on the final lap.
Will Power dominated the early parts of the race, but dropped to 16th at the finish after contact with J. R. Hildebrand. Dario Franchitti finished last after an early crash, and defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay dropped out with mechanical problems.
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole position and led 53 laps en route to victory. After a sequence of pit stops around lap 50, Hélio Castroneves led. Hunter-Reay caught up and passed Castroneves for the lead on lap 76, with Scott Dixon moving up to second. Hunter-Reay held off the charge of Dixon over the last 5-10 laps, to seal the win. Castroneves held on to finish third. Will Power started second, but slid off the track in turn one at the start, losing several positions. After working his way back to the front for two laps, he came home 5th.
Takuma Sato led 50 of 80 laps, and won his first career IndyCar race at the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Sato effectively took control of the race on lap 23, when he passed Ryan Hunter-Reay for second place in turn 1. After the leaders cycled through pit stops, Sato assumed the lead on lap 31, and did not relinquish the top spot for the remainder of the race. Sato's win was the first for A. J. Foyt Enterprises since 2002 and their first ever (in the team's 34th season) not on an Oval.
In the dramatic closing laps, Takuma Sato was leading, looking for his second consecutive victory. Josef Newgarden was running second, and in third was a hard-charging James Hinchcliffe. Newgarden challenged Sato for the lead with a few laps to go, but Sato held the lead. Hinchcliffe then managed to take over second, and set his sights on Sato. On the backstretch, Hinchcliffe went side-by-side, but again Sato held the lead, with what some thought may have been intentional 'blocking.' On the final lap, Hinchcliffe again tried for the lead on the backstretch, and again Sato aggressively defended his position. At the end of the backstretch, going into the final turn, Sato slid high, and Hinchcliffe slipped by on the inside to take the win by 0.3463 seconds. At the same time, Marco Andretti made a similar pass for third place, to round out the podium.
A race record 68 lead changes amongst 14 different drivers highlighted the most competitive and fastest Indy 500 in history. On a restart with three laps to go, Ryan Hunter-Reay led rookie Carlos Muñoz, Tony Kanaan, and Marco Andretti. At the green flag, the top three cars went three-wide into turn one, with Kanaan taking the lead. Seconds later, Dario Franchitti hit the outside wall in turn one, bringing out the final caution. Tony Kanaan completed the final two laps in the lead under yellow, and won his first Indy 500, a popular victory after eleven previous unsuccessful attempts.
The first race of the Detroit Grand Prix (IndyCar) saw part-time driver Mike Conway dominate. The series began utilizing a revised and upgraded version of the Belle Isle circuit, a layout used by CART from 1998-2001. Conway took the lead on lap 44 and led a total of 47 laps en route to victory. In the second half, Conway pulled out to an insurmountable 20-second lead at one point.
Mike Conway started from the pole position and looked to sweep the weekend of races in the second race of the Chevrolet Dual at Detroit. Conway led 31 of the first 45 laps, but after a sequence of pit stops, and a failed tire strategy, was shuffled back to third in the closing stages. After a ten-car accident that took out several front-runners, the final stint shaped up as a three-car battle between Simon Pagenaud, James Jakes, and Conway. Pagenaud came to the lead when Jakes pitted on lap 58. Jakes came back out on the track close behind, with Conway charging in third. Pagenaud held off the challenge, and won his first-career IndyCar race, and the first victory for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports.
Hélio Castroneves dominated en route to his first win of the season, and Team Penske's first victory of 2013. Castroneves led the final 132 laps, and won over second place Ryan Hunter-Reay by 4.6919 seconds. However, Castroneves' car failed post-race inspection due to an illegal underwing. The team was fined $35,000 but Castroneves maintained the victory.
Ryan Hunter-Reay won for the second year in a row at Milwaukee, taking the lead from Takuma Sato with 53 laps to go, after executing a daring pass on Hélio Castroneves only a few laps before. Marco Andretti started on the pole and led 61 laps, but an electrical problem dropped him from contention. The combination of these events meant Hunter-Reay passed his Andretti Autosport teammate for 2nd in the championship.
James Hinchcliffe led 226 of 250 laps, dominating his way to victory. Second place Ryan Hunter-Reay mounted a charge in the waning laps as Hinchcliffe developed some handling problems, but fell short at the finish. Hélio Castroneves finished 8th, but held on to the championship points lead.
IndyCars returned to Pocono for the first time since 1989. Marco Andretti started on the pole, and dominated most of the first half. His fuel stop strategy, however, forced him to conserve late in the race, and dropped him to a 10th-place finish. Early contenders Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato dropped out when Sato overshot the entrance to pit road, slamming into Hunter-Reay's car from behind. In the late stages, Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon, Charlie Kimball, and Dario Franchitti came to the front after a well-executed final pit stop strategy. Dixon led the Ganassi sweep of the podium, owner Chip Ganassi's first 1-2-3 sweep, the team's 100th Indycar win, and the 200th victory for Honda in the series.
The second doubleheader of the season was held at Toronto. The Saturday race was scheduled to utilize a standing start, but it was waved off when Josef Newgarden stalled on the track.Scott Dixon won, while Sébastien Bourdais finished second, his first open-wheel podium since 2007.
Scott Dixon swept the second race of the doubleheader, as well as winning his third consecutive race overall. After waving off the previous day, the Sunday race utilized a standing start, the first American Indycar race to utilize a standing start in modern times.
Charlie Kimball became the fourth first-time winner of the season, and the 9th different winner in 14 races. Kimball took the lead for good on lap 73 of 90, and won even after crashing his primary car earlier in the weekend. Some drivers in the field were attempting to execute a two-stop strategy, but in doing so, fuel-saving measures were needed. In a race that went without a caution, Kimball's race strategist made the call to switch to a three-stop run, which allowed a much faster pace, and Kimball pulled away to a commanding victory.
Lucas Luhr made his IndyCar Series debut, driving the #97 Honda for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. J. R. Hildebrand drove the #98 car for Barracuda Racing. Dario Franchitti won the pole. Will Power and Scott Dixon battled most of the race, but when Dixon hit one of Power's crew members, Dixon received a drive-through penalty. Power led the final sixteen laps to take his first win of the season, and as a result, Power became the tenth different winner of the 2013 season.
The first race of the Houston doubleheader saw Scott Dixon win, and points leader Hélio Castroneves struggle. Castroneves suffered mechanical problems and came home 18th. Dixon closed the championship deficit to 8 points with two events remaining.
The second race of the Houston doubleheader was marred by a major crash involving Dario Franchitti, Takuma Sato and E. J. Viso. On the final lap, Franchitti touched wheels with Sato and his car was launched up into the catch fence. Debris injured thirteen spectators, while Franchitti was hospitalized with a concussion, fractured ankle, and two spinal fractures; these injuries forced him to retire from racing. Sato and Viso were uninjured.
Will Power took the race victory, and Scott Dixon came home second. For the second day in a row, Hélio Castroneves suffered gearbox troubles, which relegated him to a 23rd-place finish. Dixon took the points lead for the first time, holding a 25-point advantage with one race left.
A. J. Allmendinger returned to Team Penske, driving the #2 car. J. R. Hildebrand drove the #98 Honda for Barracuda Racing. Will Power, from the pole, quickly lost the lead to a faster Sébastien Bourdais who dominated the first quarter of the race. Meanwhile, Castroneves rises from 10th to 5th place and watched the battle for the lead between Kanaan, Hunter-Reay, Bourdais and a fast Carlos Muñoz while Dixon keep the pace in 15th place.
At lap 111, Justin Wilson lost the rear of his car and was avoided by Josef Newgarden who collected Oriol Servià in the process. Then Wilson was hit by Tristan Vautier involving also James Jakes and Simona de Silvestro on the accident. Wilson was sent to the local hospital with minor fractures.
At the checkered flag Will Power finally grabbed the win at Fontana, followed by Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan. Dixon finished at 5th place, which was enough to give him the season title, while Castroneves had a tough night and finished 6th. Dixon become the new three time Indycar Series Champion, winning previously in 2003 and 2008.
|Round||Race||Pole position||Fastest lap||Most laps led||Race Winner||Report|
|1||St. Petersburg||Will Power||Will Power||Hélio Castroneves||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet||Report|
|2||Birmingham||Ryan Hunter-Reay||James Jakes||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet||Report|
|3||Long Beach||Dario Franchitti||E. J. Viso||Takuma Sato||Takuma Sato||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Honda||Report|
|4||São Paulo||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Tony Kanaan||Takuma Sato||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet||Report|
|5||Indianapolis||Ed Carpenter||Justin Wilson||Ed Carpenter||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||Chevrolet||Report|
|6||Detroit 1||Dario Franchitti[N 8]||Mike Conway||Mike Conway||Mike Conway||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda||Report|
|7||Detroit 2||Mike Conway[N 9]||Mike Conway||Mike Conway||Simon Pagenaud||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports||Honda|
|8||Texas||Will Power||Tony Kanaan||Hélio Castroneves||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||Chevrolet||Report|
|9||Milwaukee||Marco Andretti||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Takuma Sato||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet||Report|
|10||Iowa||Hélio Castroneves[N 10]||Ed Carpenter||James Hinchcliffe||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport||Chevrolet||Report|
|11||Pocono||Marco Andretti||Takuma Sato||Marco Andretti||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||Report|
|12||Toronto 1||Dario Franchitti||Hélio Castroneves||Will Power||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||Report|
|13||Toronto 2||Scott Dixon[N 11]||Dario Franchitti||Scott Dixon||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda|
|14||Mid-Ohio||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Simon Pagenaud||Charlie Kimball||Charlie Kimball||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||Report|
|15||Sonoma||Dario Franchitti||Will Power||Scott Dixon||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet||Report|
|16||Baltimore||Scott Dixon||Sébastien Bourdais||Will Power||Simon Pagenaud||Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports||Honda||Report|
|17||Houston 1||Takuma Sato[N 12]||Will Power||Scott Dixon||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda||Report|
|18||Houston 2||Hélio Castroneves[N 13]||Luca Filippi||Will Power||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet|
|19||Fontana||Will Power||James Hinchcliffe||Will Power||Will Power||Team Penske||Chevrolet||Report|