Archive for July 30, 2015

Sebastien Bourdais leads the field into Turn 13 during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio — Image by Chris Owens for IndyCar

Date: Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015

TrackMid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio
Race Distance:  90 laps / 203.22 miles
Pushtopass parameters:  10 activations for 20 seconds each
Firestone Tire Allotment:  Eight sets primary and 3 sets alternate for use through the weekend

Twitter: @Mid_Ohio @IndyCar, #Honda200, #IndyCar

Event website: www.MidOhio.com/
INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2014 Race Winner: Scott Dixon

2014 Verizon P1 Award Winner: Sebastien Bourdais, 1 minute, 24.1610 seconds, 96.586 mph
OneLap Qualifying Record: Dario Franchitti & Gil de Ferran, 1:05.347, 124.394 mph, Aug. 13, 1999 (Franchitti) and Aug. 12, 2000 (de Ferran).

Television Broadcasts: Qualifying, 3 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 1 (live, NBCSN); Race,1:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 2 (live, CNBC). Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and David Hobbs. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller.

INDYCAR Radio Network Broadcasts: Paul Page chief announcer, analyst Davey Hamilton. Pit reporters Dave Furst, Nick Yeoman & Michael Young, with Mark Jaynes and Jake Query serving as the turn announcers. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying & races air live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, IndyCarRadio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app. Practice sessions are available on IndyCar.com, IndyCarRadio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app.

Video Streaming: All practice sessions for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season are available live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

INDYCAR 15 App: The Verizon INDYCAR 15 app has exclusive features for Verizon Wireless customers, including interactive 3D Live View with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where drivers are positioned, a leaderboard with enhanced 2D “marching ants” and car telemetry, in-car camera video streams from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver-pit crew chatter during the race.

AtTrack Schedule (all times local):

Friday, July 31

10:45 am-Noon – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 1
3:15-4:30 pm – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 2

Saturday, August 1

10:45-11:30 am – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 3
3-4:15 pm – Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying (three rounds of knockout qualifying), NBCSN (live)

Sunday, August 2

9:45-10:15 am – Verizon IndyCar Series warmup
1:30 pm – CNBC on air
2:07 pm – Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (90 laps/203.22 miles), CNBC (live)

IndyCar Championship Facts:

Juan Pablo Montoya sits on pit wall at Mid-Ohio prior to the Honda Indy 200 — Image by Chris Owens for IndyCar

Juan Pablo Montoya leads the Indy car championship with three races to go for the second time in his career. He also led the CART point standings with three to go when he won the 1999 championship.

• Montoya leads Graham Rahal by 42 points. Montoya has led the championship since winning the opening race of the season at St. Petersburg.

• With 54 maximum points available at Mid-Ohio, the points lead could change for the first time in 2015.

• There are 13 drivers mathematically eligible for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship: Montoya, Rahal, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais, Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Simon Pagenaud, Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Charlie Kimball.

• Since the first Indy car race at Mid-Ohio in 1980, nine drivers have won at Mid-Ohio in their Indy car championship-winning seasons: Johnny Rutherford (1980), Mario Andretti (1984), Bobby Rahal (1986), Michael Andretti (1991), Al Unser Jr. (1994), Alex Zanardi (1997), Juan Montoya (1999), Paul Tracy (2003) and Dario Franchitti (2010).

Key championship points statistic: The driver who has led the championship with three races to go has failed to win the championship in four of the last six seasons. Only Dario Franchitti in 2011 and Will Power in 2014 have won the title when leading with three to go.

Championship-eligible drivers with strong results at Mid-Ohio: Scott Dixon is a five-time Mid-Ohio winner and has won three of the last four races at the track… Helio Castroneves won the CART races at the track in 2000-01. … Juan Pablo Montoya won the CART race in 1999…Will Power has five top-10 finishes in six starts at Mid-Ohio. … Sebastien Bourdais has three top-five finishes in five starts. … Simon Pagenaud has two podium finishes in four starts at Mid-Ohio.

IndyCar Series Entry List for the Honda Indy 200

Derrick Walker at IMS during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Road Course Test — Image by Chris Jones for the IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2015) — Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman & Company, announced that Derrick Walker, President of Competition & Operations, INDYCAR, has decided to leave the company effective August 31, 2015, the conclusion of the 2015 IndyCar season, in order to pursue other professional opportunities. A search for his replacement is now under way.

Walker has made several important contributions that advanced INDYCAR as a sanctioning body. During his tenure, he greatly assisted in securing Boston as a new event on the 2016 schedule, successfully introduced the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014, spearheaded additional investment to improve technology in Race Control and led innovation of the new Indy car aero kits. His focus on continuous safety advancement resulted in changes to the Indy car underwing, making the cars more stable and strengthening sidepods, further protecting drivers.

“We have benefited from Derrick’s extensive racing experience, his tireless effort and his passion for INDYCAR, and he will be missed,” said Miles. “We appreciate the thoughtful way Derrick has planned his transition and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Commented Walker, “I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the team owners, drivers and the team at INDYCAR. After two and a half racing seasons, I believe the timing is right to move on to other opportunities.”

Derrick Daly (right) speaks with IndyCar’s Derrick Walker —  Image by Dana Garrett for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway