2009 INDYCAR SEASON


INDYCAR 2009 Race season
17 FULL RACES ON DVD
17 dvd boxset collection

Classic Rewind: Homestead 2009

The 2009 IndyCar Series was the 14th season of the IndyCar Series. The 17-race season began on April 5, and its premier event, the 93rd Indianapolis 500 was held May 24. All races were broadcast on ABC[1] or Versus in high-definition. It represented the 98th recognized season of top-level American open wheel racing.

On July 30, 2008 the 2009 schedule for the IndyCar Series was officially released.[2] New to the schedule were Long Beach and Toronto, with Nashville having been removed to make way for the new events.

Dario Franchitti won his second IndyCar Series championship, putting a disappointing foray into NASCAR in 2008 behind him. Franchitti took his Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara-Honda to victory at Long Beach, Iowa Speedway, Toronto and Infineon Raceway in a season long battle with his Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon and Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe. Dixon led the series heading into the final round, but Franchitti's win at the series finale at Homestead pushed the British driver eleven points clear at season's end.

Dixon, who took five wins, held second place by a solitary point over Briscoe. Briscoe, with three wins, had his best ever season leading Team Penske after Hélio Castroneves's abbreviated start to the season from his tax-evasion trial. The Brazilian recovered by winning his third Indianapolis 500 before taking a win a Texas Motor Speedway a month later.

The Ganassi and Penske teams dominated the season, only two race victories were taken by drivers other than the four regulars from these two teams, and one of them, at Edmonton, was claimed by part-time Penske driver Will Power. The only other winner was Justin Wilson, scoring Dale Coyne Racing's first victory at Watkins Glen.

The Andretti Green Racing team had their first ever season without a win. Drivers Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Hideki Mutoh each scored podium finishes, and Patrick finished fifth in the season points, setting a new record for highest points finish by a female driver.

Brazilian racer Raphael Matos claimed rookie of the year honors for the Luczo-Dragon Racing team, finishing thirteenth in the season point score, 29 points clear of Robert Doornbos with a season best result of sixth at Milwaukee.

Originally Honda was supposed to end their IndyCar Series single engine supplier after 2009. But on September 23, 2009, it was confirmed that Honda renewed their single engine supplier until 2011 season.[3]

1 St. Petersburg United States Graham Rahal United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Justin Wilson Australia Ryan Briscoe United States Penske Racing 

2 Long Beach Australia Will Power Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing

3 Kansas United States Graham Rahal Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing 

4 Indianapolis Brazil Hélio Castroneves United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Penske Racing

5 Milwaukee Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing   

6 Texas United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe Australia Ryan Briscoe Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Penske Racing   

7 Iowa Brazil Hélio Castroneves Japan Hideki Mutoh Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing

8 Richmond United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing 

9 Watkins Glen Australia Ryan Briscoe Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Justin Wilson United States Dale Coyne Racing 

10 Toronto United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing

11 Edmonton Australia Will Power United Kingdom Mike Conway Australia Will Power Australia Will Power United States Penske Racing  

12 Kentucky New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Ed Carpenter New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Ryan Briscoe United States Penske Racing

13 Mid-Ohio Australia Ryan Briscoe New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing 

14 Sonoma United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Brazil Hélio Castroneves United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing

15 Chicagoland Australia Ryan Briscoe South Africa Tomas Scheckter Australia Ryan Briscoe Australia Ryan Briscoe United States Penske Racing 

16 Motegi New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report 17 Homestead United Kingdom Dario Franchitti New Zealand Scott Dixon Australia Ryan Briscoe United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing