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facts and figures from a classic year
Eleven different winners in 18 races beat CART
Indy car’s record ratio of 2001 ( 11 from 20).
Two surprises – Saavedra’s P1 on the IMS road
course and Andretti Autosport landing just one.
King oF tHe road
Will Power resumed his usual place at the
top of the road/street course performers.
Fifth, first and fourth in the three double-points
500-mile races were key to JPM’s edge here.
rooKie oF tHe year
Walkover for Munoz, but Hawksworth and Aleshin
each missed a race. Meanwhile, Huertas won one!
Honda’s Indy 500 victory is a heck of a
consolation for its 2-1 loss over the season.
Will Power 3
Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
Scott dixon 2
Simon Pagenaud 2
Mike Conway 2
Helio castroneves 1
Juan Pablo Montoya 1
Tony Kanaan 1
Sebastien Bourdais 1
Carlos Huertas 1
Ed Carpenter 1
Will Power 4
Helio castroneves 4
Sebastien Bourdais 2
Takuma Sato 2
Scott dixon 1
Juan Pablo Montoya 1
Simon Pagenaud 1
Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
Sebastien Saavedra 1
Ed Carpenter 1
300 285 267 266 262 pts
pts 344 337 313 309 307
“After 93 years of being runner up, good
to see @12WillPower win the championship.
(OK, not 93, but a few). Congratulations!”
So tweeted Justin Wilson after the
season finale at Auto Club Speedway in
Fontana, Calif., and his sentiment was
shared by many of Will Power’s peers. But
teammate Helio Castroneves had many
supporters, too. However the cards fell,
most were happy that IndyCar had a first-
time champion and that Team Penske
had turned seasons of promise into a title.
But the Verizon IndyCar Series became
even more ferociously competitive in 2014,
for while a superficial glance at the points
table would suggest Penske dominated,
its trio of drivers won just five of the 18
races. Chip Ganassi Racing was lost in the
first half of the season, but came on
strong in the final third. Schmidt Peterson
Motorsport, as last year, twice sent Simon
Pagenaud to Victory Lane. And while
Andretti Autosport took only three wins,
one of them was the Indy 500, and the
other two came from the same driver,
Ryan Hunter-Reay, who thus remained a
distant title contender until the
One of the biggest stories was that Ed
Carpenter Racing matched Ganassi’s and
Andretti’s win tally, with road/street racer
Mike Conway landing two wins, team owner
Carpenter grabbing another. Four-time
Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais
notched a W for the first time in seven
years and made KVSH Racing regular win
and pole contenders. And rookie Carlos
Huertas did what he was told by team
owner Dale Coyne, whose strategy
produced a surprise victory in Houston.
Another Colombian, Carlos Munoz,
proved worthy of his Rookie of the Year
honors with three podiums, while main
Ro Y rival Jack Hawksworth put on some
stellar displays. And 2014 was also the
year America’s Josef Newgarden proved
beyond all doubt that he’s a future star.
anotHer vintage SeaSon
Eleven different winners from seven different teams and a
deserving first-time champion…IndyCar delivered in 2014.
For the past three years, Simon Pagenaud
has finished in the top five in the IndyCar
championship for Schmidt Peterson.
Next year, he becomes a Penske driver.
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Ryan Hunter-Reay’s résumé is now complete
Not that he’s finished racing, of course, but RHR had
long been on most people’s shortlist of drivers who
hadn’t but were most likely to achieve Indianapolis 500
glory. And, in a manner we’ve come to expect of Indy in
the Dallara DW12 era, Hunter-Reay’s victory was just
the climax of a routinely gripping race.
Ryan’s own race was a thriller. Having qualified 19th,
last of the five-strong Andretti Autosport team – even
outpaced by “500” rookie and IndyCar debutant Kurt
Busch – RHR had to put on a charge, but that’s what
the 2012 IndyCar champion has always been best at.
A late red flag to clear crash debris led to a six-lap duel
with Penske’s three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves,
culminating in a final-lap pass by Hunter-Reay…and the
second-closest finish in Indy 500 history – 0.060sec!