One of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ calling cards is the diversity of
its tracks. That’s reflected in the breakdown of this year’s calendar:
five ovals, six street courses, and five road courses.
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Hunter-Reay, who won the title in
2012. “There’s no other series
where, on any given weekend,
15 guys could go win the race.”
Hunter-Reay’s Andretti Autosport
teammate, Marco Andretti, agrees.
“I think it’s way more competitive
than Formula 1 from the standpoint
of the gap from first to last,” he
says. “You’re not just racing your
teammates, you’re racing
everybody in the field.”
If there’s any prediction that can
be made with confidence, it’s this:
the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series
title fight is going down to the wire.
When you consider that Juan Pablo
Montoya lost last year’s IndyCar
Series championship to Scott Dixon
on a tie-break, you can see why it
might take a special blend of
bravery and clairvoyance to make
any predictions this time around.
With close racing all the way
through the field and double-points
Josef Newgarden (TOP) and Marco
Andretti (ABOVE) will be aiming to be in
the thick of the 2016 championship fight.
“IN INDYCAR, YOU’RE NOT JUST
RACING YOUR TEAMMATES.
YOU’RE RACING EVERYBODY”
The Indy 500 story
begins with Ray Harroun
beating Ralph Mulford to
take the inaugural victory.
Wilbur Shaw holds off
Ralph Hepburn to win.
His 2.16sec victory
margin remained the
closest until 1982.
An early crash eliminates
11 cars, helping Graham
Hill to become the first
rookie winner since 1927.
Rick Mears triumphs
after a tense battle with
Michael Andretti, and
becomes only the third
four-time Indy winner.
The Indianapolis 500
knows how to rise to
an occasion, and most
of its milestone races in
the past have produced
on offer at the Indianapolis 500 and
Sonoma finale, it’s difficult for any
driver to break away in the title
chase – no fewer than six drivers
were still championship contenders
going into the final race last year.
That headcount included
representatives from both
manufacturers, Chevrolet and
Honda, and drivers from teams of
all sizes, ranging from the multi-car
stables of Penske and Ganassi,
down to the single-car Rahal
Letterman Lanigan Racing outfit.
There were veterans like Will Power
in the hunt, along with upstarts
like Josef Newgarden.
“IndyCar is the most competitive
series in the world,” says Ryan