Summaries of 2022 IndyCar Races
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MAR 20      XPEL 375         TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY        FORT WORTH TX - 248 LAPS
APRIL 25       Grand Prix of  ST PETERSBURG FLA -  100 LAPS
FEB 27 - Firestone GP of St. Petersburg
MAR 20 - XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway
APR 10 - Acura GP of Long Beach
MAY 01 - Honda GP of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park
MAY 14 - GMR Grand Prix at IMS
MAY 29 - Indianapolis 500 at IMS
JUN 05 - Chevrolet Detroit GP at Belle Isle Park
JUN 12 - Sonsio GP at Road America
JUL 03 - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
JUL 17 - Honda Indy Toronto
JUL 23 - Hy-VEE 250 at Iowa Speedway
JUL 24 - Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 at Iowa Speedway
JUL 30 - Big Machine Spiked Coolers GP at IMS
AUG 07 - Music City GP in Nashville TN
AUG 20 - Bommarito 500 at WWT Raceway
SEP 04 - GP of Portland at Portland Int'l Raceway
SEP 11 - Firestone GP of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
MAY 29       Indy 500          INDY MOTOR SPEEDWAY         INDIANAPOLIS IN -  200 LAPS
JUNE 05         Detroit GP          BELLE ISLE  - RACE 1            DETROIT, MI -  70 LAPS
JUNE 12     REV Group GP          ROAD AMERICA            ELKHART LAKE, WI  -  55 LAPS
JULY 03       Honda Indy 200                 MID-OHIO                  LEXINGTON, IL  -  80 LAPS
Points Leader - Scott McLaughlin - 54 pts
August 07                 Music City Grand Prix               Streets of NASHVILLE, TN  -  80 LAPS
July 30        Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix          IMS Road Course -  85 LAPS
August 20         Bommarito Auto Group 500        WWT Raceway      ST LOUIS -  260 LAPS
September 04     Grand Prix of Portland    Portland Int'l Raceway   PORTLAND OR -  110 LAPS
September 11     Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey     WeatherTech Raceway CA -  90 LAPS
April 10               Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach              LONG BEACH CA  -  85 LAPS
JULY 17                 Honda Indy Toronto                         TORONTO CANADA  -  85 LAPS
JULY 23         Hy-Vee 250        Iowa Speedway         NEWTON IA  -  250 LAPS
JULY 24           Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300      Iowa Speedway    NEWTON IA  -  300 LAPS
The weather was in the upper 70s for the race in St. Petersburg Florida.  Scott McLaughlin placed
his Penske Chevy on the pole.  Even though the field had 26 drivers, the race got off clean and
stayed clean on this tight 1.8-mile street race.  The only caution occurred on Lap 25 of 100, when
rookie David Malukas got high in the chicane, lost traction and hit the wall, ending his race, but not
involving any other cars.  All the other drivers finished the race except AJ Foyt Racing’s Dalton
Kellett, who retired on Lap 73 with mechanical issues.

That caution reverberated throughout the rest of the race as it affected some drivers race strategy.
Drivers who may have finished well today, did not due to pitting three times.  Those drivers were
Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Jack Harvey, Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.  Scott Dixon
led 26 laps, but he also had to pit three times, finishing highest of all the 3-stoppers in 8th.
Scott McLaughlin led most of the race and
won his first IndyCar race.  Alex Palou made
his way from tenth to finish 2nd, a half-second
behind McLaughlin, resulting in an exciting finish.  

Will Power, who just missed pole, finished
another two seconds back in 3rd.
The Start
For the first time, drivers were invited to run some laps before practice on Saturday to lay down
some rubber in an effort to create traction in the outer lanes of the grease-stained Nascar track.  
Seven drivers volunteered and it seemed to be beneficial.

Scott McLaughlin passed pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist on the 2nd lap of the race and was in the
lead most of the day.

Santino Ferrucci, who last raced IndyCar at the 2021 Indy 500 for RLL, was called on by the team
to fill-in for injured
Jack Harvey.  With only a few hours notice, Ferrucci jumped in the car and drove
from last place to finish in 9th!  The other two RLL cars wrecked.

Kyle Kirkwood showed promise today.  Starting from 23rd on the grid, Kirkwood worked his
way up to 9th by Lap 30.  He was leading the race on Lap 205, when he lost traction in a corner and
crashed.  Kirkwood races for
A.J. Foyt, who attended the race.  Foyt may scold him, but the rest of
us were surely impressed.

Marcus Ericsson reached the top 10 by lap 64 of 248. As the fortunes of others waxed and waned,
he stayed in the top 5 consistently through the rest of the race, finishing 3rd.

Josef Newgarden spent the whole race behind McLaughlin and was chasing him at the end for the win.
As the Penske duo came up on slower traffic, Newgarden was able to get past his teammate coming
out of the last turn and take the win in a very exciting finish!
Points Leader - Scott McLaughlin - 97 pts
The 3rd Penske driver,
Will Power, came in 4th,
just missing a 1-2-3 finish
for Team Penske's 600th

The F1 race finished just in
time for me to catch the
start of this race.  The
increased excitement factor
was immediately apparent!

IndyCar needs more ovals!
Josef Newgarden's Win Was Team Penske' 600th Victory
(Newgarden, Penske, McLaughlin, Power)
Josef Newgarden Nips Scott McLaughlin for the Win!
Points Leader - Josef Newgarden - 118 pts
In qualifying, Colton Herta won pole and was over a second a lap faster than his nearest Andretti
Autosport teammate,
Alex Rossi, who qualified 5th.  Herta was favored to win. He not only had the
fastest car on Saturday, he won this race last September.

With temperature in the 90s, the race got off to a clean start.
By lap 6, Herta had pulled out a 2.5-second gap over 2nd-place
Josef Newarden.  
A crash by
Dalton Kellett brought out the first of four cautions, bunching the field back up.

During the first pit stop rotation,
Alex Palou moved into the lead.  
To Herta's dismay, he found himself back in 3rd, behind Newgarden.

During the next pit stop, Newgarden took the lead over Palou.  
As Herta prepared to come into the pits, he hit the wall, ending
his race!

A few laps later
Simon Pagenaud tangled with Takuma Sato
while going by the fountain. Pagenaud ended up in the flower
bed which brought out a full-course yellow.

During the restart, on lap 65 of 85,
Marcus Ericsson, who had
worked his way up from 6th to 3rd, hit the wall. This allowed
Roman Grosjean to move up to 3rd.  

Within 3 laps, Grosjean passed Palou for 2nd-place!

With 15 laps to go, the top 3 cars were locked in close combat.

On lap 75,
Jimmie Johnson wrecked, taking David Malukas out in the process and bringing out another

After the final restart,
Pato O'Ward got by Scott Dixon to take 5th.

Grosjean and Palou stayed on Newgarden's tail, but were unable to get by him during a thrilling finish.

Sato hit the wall during the last lap and the race finished under yellow.

This was Newgarden's first victory at Long Beach.
Josef Newgarden leading Romain Grosjean
Josef Newgarden Won Again
Points Leader - Alex Palou - 144 pts
The event was sold out and the track was dry for the race after some showers over the weekend.

Rinus VeeKay won the pole, followed by Pato O'Ward and Alex Palou.  Starting from the front
is important at this fast, flowing track.  While
Colton Herta had shown he also had a fast car
during practice, problems in qualifying resulted in a 10th place start for him.  

8 drivers pit early (Laps 11-13), including Herta,
Romain Grosjean, Josef Newgarden and
Marcus Ericsson.  A few laps after the rest of the field made their pit stops (Laps 28-30),
Callum Illot spun into the gravel, bringing out the only caution of the race.  The drivers who had pit
early were able to pit again under that caution, but they still needed to make a 3rd pit stop and they
did not advance on the leaders, who were on a 2-stop strategy.

VeeKay and
Pato O'Ward pit for the final time on Lap 61.  Afterward, O'Ward passed Veekay for
the lead.  Then Palou had a fast pit stop and came out in front of Veekay.  They held their positions
to the end.
Rinus VeeKay (Ed Carpenter Racing) Led First 2/3rds of Race
Pato O'Ward
Won the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
for Arrow McLaren SP
With 3 laps to go, Romain Grosjean hit Graham Rahal
twice during a passing attempt into a corner. While both
were fortunate to come out unscathed, Rahal thought it
was intentional.  No penalty was handed to Grosjean
however, who was voted the most popular driver this
year in a fan poll. During the last lap, Rahal began to
run out of fuel, which allowed Grosjean to get past him
for 7th-place.

Will Power's race fortune continued.  Starting from 19th,
he made steady progress and finished 4th for the third
time in a row and is 4th place in points.

Simon Pagenaud only finished in 11th, he had a
good race, having moved up quickly from 24th, then
hovered around 10th and 11th throughout the last half of
the race.

This was O'Ward's 3rd career win.

2nd place went to Palou.  This was his best finish yet this
year.  He took over the points lead in the championship  
thanks to his consistency.
Scott McLaughlin
Points Leader - Will Power - 170 pts
Will Power earned the pole on a hot sunny day.  The race began on a wet track and Power was
passed by
Pato O'Ward and Alex Palou on the first lap.  Power stayed in the Top 10 through the
race and brought his #12 Penske Chevrolet home in 3rd, which moved him into the points lead of
the IndyCar Series championship.

The threat of rain endured throughout the race.  The track would almost dry entirely, then rain would
hit to varying degrees, sometimes only falling on half of the track.  This play havoc with the teams'
tire strategies - when to pit and whether to use rain tires or slicks, became a tough decision.

The slippery conditions also played havoc with the drivers.  There were many slides, spins and
contacts made.  The rain increased at the end and tall rooster tails arose from the back of the cars
as the drivers struggled to see.  

The large number of cautions was the only drawback to this very exciting race.  Around Lap 58,
the race went from a lap race to a timed race.

All the drivers pit for rain tires on laps 3 & 4.

One memorable moment happened early on when
Colton Herta lost traction on the rear of his car
as he went into a corner.  The rear swung out and Herta somehow kept control as the IndyCar drifted
through the turn like a Formula Drift car!  A few moments later, he passed Palou for the lead.  Well
done Herta!

Josef Newgarden started third.  On Lap 17, he got bounced around like a ping pong ball between
three other cars. He ended up stalled off track and had to be towed back to the pits.

There were some big winners and losers in this wet and wild race.

* Pato O'Ward drove like a man possessed.  He spun twice in Turn 1 while leading, both times in
front of
Felix Rosenqvist, resulting in contact and causing the lead to pass from him to his McLaren
teammate!  O'Ward finished a lap down back in 19th, while Rosenqvist finished in 6th.
* Alex Palou fell from 2nd to last place when he spun out on lap 5.
* Rinus VeeKay worked his way into the Top Ten, then got pushed off track by Callum Ilott then hit
Devlin DeFrancesco.   He finished 2 laps down in 23rd.
* Scott McLaughlin started 11th and moved up to 2nd by lap 46. During a pit stop under yellow,
he got out in front of Herta to take P1.  He then spun while still under caution!  He was passed by
several cars, but was allowed to take the green
flag from 2nd place.  It did not matter though, as
he spun in the middle of the course halfway
through that first green lap, sending other cars  
scattering off course as they tried to avoid him.  
He finished a lap down in 20th.

Colton Herta started the race in 14th, was
the first to pit for tires and came out in 1st.  
Herta would lead most of the green laps in this
caution filled race.
Simon Pagenaud started 21st and shot up to
13th after the early pit stops for tires.  By the
half-way point, he was in 11th.  His luck
continued and he finished the race 2nd!
Marcus Ericsson started in 15th, fell back to
23rd, and was working his way forward, when
fortune smiled and he found himself in 1st place
during the 4th caution period on lap 36.  He
finished in 5th.

Scott Dixon started 18th. By the 2nd set of pit
stops, he was in 10th . He then fell to 22nd, but
began marching forward through the field again
and finished in 10th.
Colton Herta Winner
Juan Montoya Battling with Felix Rosenqvist in the GMR Grand Prix
Points Leader - Marcus Ericsson - 226 pts
Chip Ganassi Racing had the fastest cars of any team, and with 5
cars entered, their chances for winning the Indy 500 were good.
Their cars qualified in 1st (Dixon), 2nd (Palou), 5th (Ericsson),
6th (Kanaan) and 12th (Johnson).

It was a sunny day, a little warm (77-80 degrees) and a little windy.

Scott Dixon and Alex Palou controlled the first 68 laps of the race.  
As Palou was pitting,
Callum Ilott crashed in Turn 2 bringing out the
first caution.  Unfortunately for Palou, the pit lane closed and he had
to drive on through.  He ended up at the end of the field.

Conor Daly then replaced Palou for battling Dixon for the lead. When
Daly pit on Lap 105,
Romain Grosjean crashed in T2 bringing out
another caution.  Once the race resumed,
Pato O'Ward slotted into
2nd, behind Dixon while Daly fell back to 3rd.  
Points Leader - Will Power - 255 pts
Josef Newgarden started from Pole and led the first 13 Laps.

In an intriguing race that blended strategy and speed,
Will Power earned his first victory of the season,
leading 55 of 70 laps.  With his consistency this season, the win moved him into the points lead.
Starting back in 16th, Power used a two-stop strategy, warding off a charging
Alex Rossi at the end.  
Scott Dixon came in 3rd.  

Teams unfurled different tire and fuel strategies almost from the drop of the green flag. Andretti
Autosport called Rossi to the pits after just four laps to remove the Firestone “red” tires andaffix the
more durable “black” tires, choosing a three-stop strategy.

Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing chose a different route for Power and Dixon, respectively,
opting for two-stop races. But there was variety even among that option.

As Power's red tires began to fade at the end, Rossi kept narrowing the gap to him, getting it down to
2 seconds with one lap to go.

Rinus VeeKay crashed on the last lap as Power crossed the finish line.  Other than that, there were
no full-course yellows on this bumpy street circuit, though there were several incidents.  
Graham Rahal
slid into the turn 2 wall on Lap 2 and was able to limp back to the pits with a right rear flat, but his day
was done.

Kyle Kirkwood had been running in 5th, when he exited the pits on lap 48 brushed the wall. After he
returned to the pits he learned the car was too damaged to continue. Kirkwood competed in the IMSA
race this weekend and injured his right hand.
Alex Rossi (2nd), Will Power (1st), Firebird, Scott Dixon (3rd)
Will Power's Team Penske Car
Points Leader - Marcus Ericsson - 293 pts
Alex Rossi started on pole, next to Josef

3 yellow flags caused 6 caution laps at the
beginning of the race:
LAP 1 -
Jimmie Johnson went off track in Turn
3 after contact with
Tatiana Calderon, who had
drifted left to avoid stack up in front of her.  
They restarted him, but he lost a lap.
LAP 3 -
Marcus Ericsson made contact with
Alex Palou's rear wheel, breaking a part and
sending him off track and out of race.
LAP 7 -
Devlin DeFrancesco tried to pass Will
and hit his rear, sending Power into wall.
Power returned to pits for front wing.  
DeFrancesco received a stop and go penalty for
Avoidable Contact.

Rossi led until first pit stops, after which he was
in 4th.  After the next set of stops, he was in
2nd, behind Newgarden.  Marcus Ericsson and
Colton Herta followed behind in 3rd and 4th.

LAP 47 - After the final pit stops,
Pato O'Ward
began having engine trouble with his McLaren
Chevrolet and was out of the race, bringing out
a full-course yellow.
LAP 50 - After the restart,
Helio Castroneves
went off track and created another full-course
With 3 laps to go, Newgarden made a great start.  Marcus Ericsson got by Rossi for 2nd.
With no push-to-pass left, Herta was unable to keep
Romain Grosjean from passing him for 4th
on the last lap.
Josef Newgarden's 3rd Win of 2022
Alexander Rossi Led at Start
After the next set of pitstops, O'Ward got out in
front to lead the race.
 Four laps later, another
caution came out on lap 152.  On the restart,
Dixon took the lead back, but O'Ward would fight
back, retaking the
lead twice before Dixon pit on
lap 175.  Dixon came in too hot and
didn't get the
car slowed enough.  He received a stop-and-go
for speeding in the pit lane.  With only 25
laps to go, Dixon went from
the lead to 26th.  He
had led the most laps of the race.

With scattered pit stops leading up to the final
10 laps,
Marcus Ericsson found himself in the
lead, followed by O'Ward,
Tony Kanaan and
Felix Roseqvist, drivers who had all spent the
race in the top 10.

With 8 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson, running back
in 25th, crashed.  Like the previous crashes
during the race, it happened late in T2, where
the rear of the car snapped around, sending it
into the safety barrier.

IndCar waved the red flag to halt the race so
that it could finish under green.

With two laps to go, O'Ward got one chance at
Ericsson, who weaved like a snake down the
main straight to avoid giving O'Ward a tow.  
As the leaders approached the last turn of the
race in this exciting race,
Sage Karam wrecked
from 13th place, and the race officially ended
under yellow, though neither cautions at the end
affected the racing order.
Marcus Ericsson Won the Indy 500