who can catch flyin’ ryan?
2013 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES AT A GLANCE
The IndyCar seat-shuffling was over fairly
quickly this year, and by the end of
February the only remaining question
marks hung over a potential second Dale
Coyne Racing entry and an occasional
third car for Team Penske (see page 14).
Long before the music stopped, we
learned that Takuma Sato (ABOVE) was
heading to AJ Foyt Racing, in what could
prove a meeting of minds or a recipe for
disaster. Sato’s replacement at Rahal
Letterman Lanigan Racing is Graham Rahal,
whose two years at Ganassi promised
more than it delivered. A second full-time
RLLR seat will be occupied by James Jakes.
Sebastian Saavedra (BELOW) has
joined near-namesake Sebastien Bourdais
at Dragon Racing, replacing Katherine
Legge, while EJ Viso kind of returns to his
IndyCar roots by teaming up with HVM
Racing and race engineer Michael
Cannon in what is officially a fourth
Andretti Autosport entry.
Biggest loser in the seat swap was 2012
Sonoma winner and Indy 500 and Long
Beach polesitter Ryan Briscoe, who we
understand turned down full-time and
paid rides with both Foyt and Dragon, and
also a part-time role with RLLR.
A FE W TRULY SURPRISING T WISTS
AND ONE NOTABLE ABSENTEE
SEAT SWAPS AS
ThE muSiC STOPS
1 March 24
2 April 7
3 April 21
4 May 5
5 May 26
6& 7 June 1-2
8 June 8
9 June 15
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Long Beach, Calif.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fort Worth, Texas
10 June 23 Newton, Iowa
11 July 7 Pocono, Pa.
12& 13 July 13-14 Toronto, Ontario
14 Aug. 4 Mid-Ohio, Ohio
15 Aug. 25 Sonoma, Calif.
16 Sept. 1 Baltimore, Md.
17& 18 Oct. 5-6 Houston, Texas
19 Oct. 19 Fontana, Calif.
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (USA) Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
3 Helio Castroneves (BR) Team Penske Chevrolet
4 JR Hildebrand (USA) Panther DRR Chevrolet
5 EJ Viso (VEN) Andretti/HVM Racing Chevrolet
6 Sebastian Saavedra (COL) Dragon Racing Chevrolet
7 Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) Dragon Racing Chevrolet
9 Scott Dixon (NZ) Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
10 Dario Franchitti (GB) Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
11 Tony Kanaan (BR) KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
12 Will Power (AUS) Team Penske Chevrolet
14 Takuma Sato (JPN) AJ Foyt Racing Honda
15 Graham Rahal (USA) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
18 Justin Wilson (GB) Dale Coyne Racing Honda
20 Ed Carpenter (USA) Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
22 Oriol Servia (ESP) Panther DRR Chevrolet
25 Marco Andretti (USA) Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
27 James Hinchcliffe (CAN) Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
30 James Jakes (GB) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
55 Tristan Vautier (FRA) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
67 Josef Newgarden (USA) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda
77 Simon Pagenaud (FRA) Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda
78 Simona De Silvestro (SUI) KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
83 Charlie Kimball (USA) Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
98 Alex Tagliani (CAN) Bryan Herta Autosport Honda
ENTRY LIST (FULL SEASON)
KEY Rookie Team Swap No Change
The 19-race season heavily
favors road/street races, 13-6.
Yet, calculated on race mileage,
it’s amazingly close to being
perfectly balanced, with ovals
accounting for 2,210.75 miles
( 49.6%) of the 4,452.95 total.
2011 Long Beach winner Mike Conway will return there in a third part-time RLLR car. Could more “one-off” races follow?
QUALIFYING BY HEAT
RACES MAKES POLE AT
IOWA MORE VALUABLE
THAN FOR ANY EVENT
BESIDES THE INDY 500