2015 marked the twentieth season for the IndyCar series.
As in recent years, the season opened in March at Saint Petersburg and ended in late August at Sonoma, California.
There was a total fifteen race weekends and only one double-header event (Detroit).
The series used the fourth generation Dallara IR-12 which was introduced in 2012 to replace the Dallara IR5. Chevrolet (Chevy IndyCar V6) and Honda (Honda HI14TT Indy-V6) were still providing 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engines for the series.
Some of the rule changes for 2015 included:
Round ten took place at Toronto’s 1.755-miles eleven-turn Exhibition Place.
The event was moved to June - this was required as the traditional date in July conflicted with the Pan American games.
Round ten took place at Toronto’s 1.755-miles eleven-turn Exhibition Place. The event was moved to June - this was required as the traditional date in July conflicted with the Pan American games.
|At Toronto, Josef Newgarden scored his second IndyCar victory of his career and of the season – his first came in round-four at Barber Motorsports Park. Based on his eleventh place qualifying spot Newgarden did not appear to be a threat for the win. A steady drive during the race and an excellent pit strategy allowed him to take the lead on lap-72 of 85.|
|Finishing just 1.4485-seconds by Newgarden was his Carpenter Fisher Hartman teammate Luca Filippi in the No. 20 Chevrolet powered Dallara. Team partner, Ed Carpenter, continued competing on the ovals but Filippi was brought in to replace Mike Conway on the street courses – Conway moved to the Word Endurance Championship.|
|Helio Castroneves qualified seventh behind his Penske teammates – Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud. Castroneves used a strategy that required fuel conservation mid-race but a caution period prevented him from pitting - upsetting the team’s plans. He had the speed at the end of the race but not enough time to catch Newgarden and Filippi – Castroneves finished third which closed the point’s gap on Montoya.|
|Local driver, James Hinchcliffe was severely injured during practice for the Indy 500 and had to sit out the remainder of the 2015 season. In Hinchcliffe’s absence, his seat was filled by Ryan Briscoe and Conor Daly. At Toronto, rookie Daly was recruited to drive the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara. He qualified nineteenth and finished twelfth.|
|Defending IndyCar Series champion, Will Power, started from the pole position. Power entered the Toronto event with a win at the Indianapolis GP and second in points behind his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. Power would lead the first thirty-laps and finish fourth. This result closed the gap on Montoya’s points lead.|
|The 2014 winner of race-one in Toronto, Sebastien Bourdais qualified fifth on the grid. While Bourdais’ competitors moved up and down the race order, he was mainly in or around the fifth position. At the checkered flag, Bourdais finished where he started – fifth.|
|With four podium finishes in 2015 which included victories at the season opener in St. Petersburg and the Indianapolis 500, Juan Pablo Montoya was the point’s leader. He started from the third position on the grid and was seventh at the checkered flag.|
|Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud qualified second just 0.1815-seconds behind his teammate – Will Power. At the start of the race, Pagenaud followed Power and attempted to take the lead on a couple of occasions but settled for second. The changing weather conditions and some poorly timed pit-stops meant he was eleventh at the finish.|
|During the 2015 season, Chevrolet powered cars were dominating the results – both qualifying and the races. The best qualifying effort for a Honda entry at Toronto was A.J. Foyt’s No. 14 driven by Takuma Sato. Sato started the car eighth and was tenth at the checkered flag.|
|The usually dependable No. 9 Ganassi Chevrolet, driven by Scott Dixon, stopped on track during the practice. With the problems sorted, the 2013 winner of two events in Toronto qualified fourth. But like some of his fellow competitors the changing weather conditions worked against him. Dixon was in the eighth position when the checkered flag fell.|
|Tony Kanaan drove the No. 10 Dallara for Chip Ganassi. Kanaan qualified ninth and early in the race maintained this position. As the weather changed and the teams cycled through their pit-stops, Kanaan moved up the order. Lap-60 to 62 he led the race but would drop to sixth at the checkered flag.|
|1||11||Josef Newgarden||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||CFH Racing||85||-|
|2||6||Luca Filippi||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||CFH Racing||85||-|
|3||7||Helio Castroneves||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||Roger Penske||85||-|
|4||1||Will Power||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||Roger Penske||85||-|
|5||5||Sebastien Bourdais||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||KVSH Racing||85||-|
|6||9||Tony Kanaan||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi||85||-|
|7||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||Roger Penske||85||-|
|8||4||Scott Dixon||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi||85||-|
|9||10||Graham Rahal||Dallara DW12 / Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||85||-|
|10||8||Takuma Sato||Dallara DW12 / Honda||A.J. Foyt||85||-|
|11||2||Simon Pagenaud||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||Roger Penske||85||-|
|12||19||Conor Daly||Dallara DW12 / Honda||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||85||-|
|13||18||Marco Andretti||Dallara DW12 / Honda||Andretti Autosport||85||-|
|14||14||Jack Hawksworth||Dallara DW12 / Honda||A.J. Foyt||85||-|
|15||22||Gabby Chaves||Dallara DW12 / Honda||BHA with Curb-Agajanian||85||-|
|16||17||Sebastian Saavedra||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi||85||-|
|17||21||Tristan Vautier||Dallara DW12 / Honda||Dale Coyne||85||-|
|18||23||Rodolfo Gonzalez||Dallara DW12 / Honda||Dale Coyne||85||-|
|19||16||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Dallara DW12 / Honda||Andretti Autosport||84||Brakes|
|20||15||Charlie Kimball||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi||84||-|
|21||12||James Jakes||Dallara DW12 / Honda||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||84||-|
|22||13||Carlos Munoz||Dallara DW12 / Honda||Andretti Autosport||69||Engine|
|23||20||Stefano Coletti||Dallara DW12 / Chevrolet||KV Racing Technology||40||Accident|
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