The results after nineteen races on sixteen weekends determined the 2013 IndyCar Champion.
The series opened in late-March at St. Petersburg and ended at Auto Club Speedway in mid-October.
The Championship had a good mix of ovals, temporary street circuit and road courses.
The series continued to use the Dallara DW-12 which was introduced in 2012 to replace the Dallara IR5. The philosophy behind a spec car was to control costs ($349,000/chassis). The DW-12 also incorporated many new safety features – most noticeable was the bodywork surrounding the rear tires. The DW designation was in honour of the late Dan Wheldon, who had performed much of the testing on the new car.
There were two manufacturers providing engines for the season – Chevrolet and Honda. The twin-turbocharged engines produced approximately the same horsepower – 550-700-hp depending on the turbo boost.
There were some changes for 2013:
In a first, the IndyCar Series held a doubleheader weekend at Detroit’s Belle Isle.
Competitors would race around the fourteen-turn 2.350-miles temporary street circuit on Belle Isle for seventy laps.
Rounds six and seven were called the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit.
In a first, the IndyCar Series held a doubleheader weekend at Detroit’s Belle Isle. Competitors would race around the fourteen-turn 2.350-miles temporary street circuit on Belle Isle for seventy laps. Rounds six and seven were called the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit.
|A week before the Detroit event, Mike Conway received a call from Dale Coyne Racing to drive the No. 18 Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ Dallara DW-12. Conway adapted quickly and qualified second fastest for race one. He passed the pole-sitter, E.J. Viso, on the opening lap. Conway would lose first place during the pit stops but took the lead for the final time on lap-56 for the win. On Sunday, he started first and finished third.|
|Sunday’s race was won by Simon Pagenaud in the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Dallara DW-12. The previous day, Pagenaud started eighth and was never a factor, crossing the finish line in twelfth. In round seven, he was gridded sixth. By lap-49, Pagenaud had moved into contention and with two circuits remaining, he grabbed the lead for his first series victory. The result moved him from ninth to fifth in the standings.|
|The series defending champion was Ryan Hunter-Reay, who drove the No. 1 Dallara DW-12. He entered the Detroit weekend with a victory at Alabama and a fourth in the standings. Hunter-Reay qualified fourth for Saturday’s contest and moved into second place early. But, he was no match for Mike Conway and finished second by 12.9707-seconds. The next day, Hunter-Reay finished eighteenth but was now third in points.|
|James Jakes drove the No. 16 Dallara DW-12 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. His fortunes appeared to improve at Detroit when he started third in race one. His best result to date was a twelfth place at Long Beach. Unfortunately, an off-course excursion left him with a tenth-place finish. On Sunday, Jakes qualified second fastest and redeemed himself by capturing the runner-up position by a margin of 5.6274-seconds.|
|With a win and third place result at the Dual in Detroit, Mike Conway left the event with the most points, but perhaps the biggest winner was Helio Castroneves. Castroneves entered the weekend behind Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato in the standings. However, the two-point leaders had a miserable event while Castroneves collected fifth and eighth place finishes, which tied him for the championship lead.|
|The primary Dale Coyne Racing entry was the No. 19 Dallara DW-12 driven by Justin Wilson. The former Formula One driver gave the Coyne team its first IndyCar victory after 558 attempts in 2009 at Watkins Glen International. Wilson qualified a disappointing sixteenth fastest in round six at Detroit but charged through the field to finish third. The next day, Wilson was involved in a restart incident and finished twenty-second.|
|After the first five races of the season, Marco Andretti had earned five top-ten finishes, of which two were podium results. This combination gave him the championship lead. However, that would change in Detroit. After qualifying eighteenth, Andretti had contact with Charlie Kimball and finished twentieth. In the finale, he bounced back with a sixth place result but was now tied with Helio Castroneves in the title chase.|
|1||2||Mike Conway||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Sonny's BBQ||70||-|
|2||4||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||DHL / Sun Drop Citrus Soda||70||-|
|3||16||Justin Wilson||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Dale Coyne Racing||70||-|
|4||15||Scott Dixon||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||70||-|
|5||12||Helio Castroneves||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||PPG Team Penske||70||-|
|6||11||Dario Franchitti||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||GE Reveal Chip Ganassi Racing||70||-|
|7||24||Josef Newgarden||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing||70||-|
|8||9||Will Power||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Verizon Team Penske||70||-|
|9||23||Graham Rahal||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Midas/Big-O Tires||70||-|
|10||3||James Jakes||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Acorn Stairlifts||70||-|
|11||6||Tristan Vautier||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Angie's List Schmidt Peterson||70||-|
|12||8||Simon Pagenaud||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Schmidt Hamilton HP||70||-|
|13||19||Tony Kanaan||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||KV Racing Technology||70||-|
|14||25||Charlie Kimball||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||NovoLog FlexPen||70||-|
|15||20||James Hinchcliffe||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||GoDaddy||70||-|
|16||17||Simona De Silvestro||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT||70||-|
|17||1||E.J. Viso||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Team Venezuela-CITGO-PDVSA||70||-|
|18||22||Ed Carpenter||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter||69||-|
|19||7||Takuma Sato||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing||68||-|
|20||18||Marco Andretti||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||RC Cola / Live United||67||-|
|21||21||Ryan Briscoe||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Panter Racing||66||Accident|
|22||10||Sebastian Saavedra||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Dragon Racing||32||Accident|
|23||5||Alex Tagliani||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Barracuda Networks||28||Accident|
|24||14||Sebastien Bourdais||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Dragon Racing||19||Throttle|
|25||13||A.J. Allmendinger||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Team Penske||0||Accident|
|1||6||Simon Pagenaud||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Schmidt Hamilton HP||70||-|
|2||2||James Jakes||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Acorn Stairlifts||70||-|
|3||1||Mike Conway||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Sonny's BBQ||70||-|
|4||7||Scott Dixon||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||70||-|
|5||16||Dario Franchitti||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||GE Reveal Chip Ganassi Racing||70||-|
|6||14||Marco Andretti||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||RC Cola / Live United||70||-|
|7||18||Charlie Kimball||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||NovoLog FlexPen||70||-|
|8||9||Helio Castroneves||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||PPG Team Penske||70||-|
|9||15||Graham Rahal||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Midas/Big-O Tires||70||-|
|10||11||Sebastian Saavedra||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Dragon Racing||70||-|
|11||22||Sebastien Bourdais||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Dragon Racing||70||-|
|12||19||Tony Kanaan||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||KV Racing Technology||70||-|
|13||13||Ryan Briscoe||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Panter Racing||69||-|
|14||20||Tristan Vautier||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Angie's List Schmidt Peterson||69||-|
|15||22||Ed Carpenter||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter||66||-|
|16||24||Josef Newgarden||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing||64||-|
|17||5||E.J. Viso||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Team Venezuela-CITGO-PDVSA||61||-|
|18||4||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||DHL / Sun Drop Citrus Soda||59||-|
|19||10||James Hinchcliffe||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||GoDaddy||57||-|
|20||3||Will Power||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Verizon Team Penske||53||-|
|21||25||Alex Tagliani||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Barracuda Networks||27||Accident|
|22||8||Justin Wilson||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||Dale Coyne Racing||27||Accident|
|23||21||Takuma Sato||Dallara DW-12 / Honda||ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing||23||Accident|
|24||17||Simona De Silvestro||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT||8||Accident|
|25||12||A.J. Allmendinger||Dallara DW-12 / Chevrolet||Team Penske||0||Accident|
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