2022 marked the twenty-seventh season of the NTT IndyCar Series.
Seventeen rounds would be contested to determine titles for teams and drivers.
There are some newsworthy items for the 2022 season:
All teams used the Dallara IR-18 chassis. The carbon fiber/Kevlar monocoque is fitted to a Honda or Chevrolet engine, which attaches to an XTRAC transmission with six forward gears and a paddle shift. To stop the Dallara PFC CR90 aluminum calipers are used with PFC carbon brake pads and rotors. Tires used in the series are Firestone Firehawks mounted on 15-inch diameter X 10-inch wide wheels on the front and the rears are 15-inch diameter X 14-inch wide wheels. The entire package weighs approximately 1,700 lbs.
Two engine options are available – Chevrolet and Honda. Both the Chevrolet (Chevy IndyCar V6) and Honda (Honda HI21R Indy-V6) were manufactured to the same rules. The series called for a 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged V6 power plant, which revs to a maximum of 12,000 rpm and produces 550-700 horsepower depending on the turbo boost.
The seventeen race schedule begins in late February and ends in early September
Round ten of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series was held on the eleven-turn 1.755-mile temporary street circuit at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. The Honda Indy Toronto event would be the thirty-sixth visit for Indy Cars to Toronto.
|Twenty-five NTT IndyCar competitors enter Toronto's Exhibition Place's corner nine for the tenth round of the championship. Already accelerating to the Starter's green flag are the two fastest qualifiers. In the No. 26 Andretti Autosport / Curb-Agajanian Dallara IR-18 is the pole-sitter, Colton Herta. Beside Herta is the second place starter, Scott Dixon, driving the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara IR-18.|
|With his victory in Toronto, the six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion, Scott Dixon, achieved another milestone. Dixon earned his fifty-second win, which ties him with Mario Andretti for second-most victories. In addition, he now has eighteen consecutive seasons with a win. Dixon qualified second in Toronto driving the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara IR-18. He moved to the front for the win during a well-timed pit stop.|
|Colton Herta in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Dallara IR-18 was the fastest qualifier for round ten, which ended a streak of nine consecutive different pole winners. Herta won the Indianapolis Grand Prix but was tenth in the standings due to some poor results. In Toronto, he would lead the first eighteen laps. However, Scott Dixon pitted a lap earlier than Herta and grabbed the advantage with warmer tires, leaving Herta to finish second.|
|Finishing in the third position at Toronto was Felix Rosenqvist. Rosenqvist entered round ten with a season-best result of fourth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Arrows McLaren driver made it to Toronto's second round of knockout qualifying. He started eighth in the No. 7 Dallara IR-18. Rosenqvist would lead a lap before pitting. He remained in contention and pressured Herta before finishing third.|
|The winner of the inaugural Toronto Indy event was Bobby Rahal. His son Graham followed in his footsteps and was in his fourteenth season of the series. Rahal and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team weren't producing exceptional results this year with the No. 15 United Rentals Dallara IR-18. However, in round ten, he started fourteenth and advanced ten positions to finish fourth – his best result for 2022.|
|Sweden's Marcus Ericcson was the winner of this year's Indianapolis 500. In addition to this victory, Ericcson had seven top-ten finishes in nine rounds and led the title chase. In Toronto, he was fast in the early sessions but could not proceed to the Firestone Fast Six. The No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara IR-18 would start the eighty-five-lap contest in ninth and finish fifth. Ericcson retained the points lead.|
|Another contender for this season's NTT IndyCar Series title is Alex Palou. Palou, the defending champion, drove the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara IR-18 with backing from NTT Data. During the practice and qualifying sessions in Toronto, he was not on pace. Palou was gridded twenty-second in the twenty-five car field. However, he demonstrated championship form and was in sixth place at the checkered flag.|
|As of late, Will Power was having bad luck during qualifying. Power was one of the fastest drivers in the final practice session in Toronto. However, in qualifying, the driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Dallara IR-18 saw his chances of advancing to round two qualifying end when Kyle Kirkwood's spin red-flagged the session. For the fourth consecutive race, Power started lower than fifteenth. He would finish in fifteenth place.|
|1||2||Scott Dixon||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing||85||-|
|2||1||Colton Herta||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Andretti Autosport/Curb-Agajanian||85||-|
|3||8||Felix Rosenqvist||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Arrow McLaren SP||85||-|
|4||14||Graham Rahal||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||85||-|
|5||9||Marcus Ericsson||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing||85||-|
|6||22||Alex Palou||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing||85||-|
|7||18||Simon Pagenaud||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Meyer Shank Racing||85||-|
|8||10||Christian Lundgaard||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||85||-|
|9||6||Scott McLaughlin||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||Team Penske||85||-|
|10||3||Josef Newgarden||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||Team Penske||85||-|
|11||15||Pato O'Ward||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||Arrow McLaren SP||85||-|
|12||5||David Malukas||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Dale Coyne Racing / HMD||85||-|
|13||20||Rinus VeeKay||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||Ed Carpenter Racing||85||-|
|14||7||Callum Ilott||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||Juncos Hollinger Racin||85||-|
|15||16||Will Power||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||Team Penske||85||-|
|16||11||Romain Grosjean||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Andretti Autosport||85||-|
|17||17||Helio Castroneves||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||Meyer Shank Racing||85||-|
|18||12||Devlin DeFrancesco||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport||85||-|
|19||13||Jack Harvey||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||85||-|
|20||25||Conor Daly||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||Ed Carpenter Racing||85||-|
|21||21||Jimmie Johnson||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Chip Ganassi Racing||73||Contact|
|22||24||Kyle Kirkwood||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||58||Contact|
|23||4||Alexander Rossi||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Andretti Autosport||44||Contact|
|24||23||Dalton Kellett||Dallara IR-18 / Chevrolet||A.J. Foyt Enterprises||30||Mechanical|
|25||19||Takuma Sato||Dallara IR-18 / Honda||Dale Coyne Racing / RWR||0||Contact|
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