• IndyCar Series 2017 Review

    Dixon 3rd After Final Round Decider Sato Becomes First Japanese Indy 500 Champion


    Aiming for his fifth title, Scott Dixon took the fight to the final round, finishing overall 3rd in the 2017 IndyCar season. Takuma Sato became the first Japanese to win the Indy 500, part of the Triple Crown of Motorsports, providing fans with overwhelming joy and entering the history books.




Races


Round 01: St. Petersburg

Round 01: St. Petersburg

March 12

Bourdais Goes From Last to First in Dramatic St. Petersburg
Sato Starts Off the Season 5th

Honda-powered Bourdais took the win at the season-opener at St. Petersburg. Starting from the back of the grid after an accident, his strategy paid off moving him through the field for a dramatic victory.

1. Sebastien Bourdais (Honda)
2. Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet)
3. Scott Dixon (Honda)
5. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 02: Long Beach

April 9

Two in a Row for Honda with Hinchcliffe Win
Bourdais 2nd for a Honda 1-2

Hinchcliffe starting 4th on the Long Beach grid moves up to 2nd within a lap, and continues his relentless pace. After taking the lead on Lap 63, he goes on to win the 85-lap race. Bourdais follows up on his St. Petersburg victory with a runner-up finish.

1. James Hinchcliffe (Honda)
2. Sebastien Bourdais (Honda)
3. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
18. Takuma Sato (Honda)
Round 02: Long Beach

Round 03: Alabama

Round 03: Alabama

April 23

Dixon Fights to Second in Alabama
Bourdais Defends Championship Lead with 8th

Dixon, qualifying 4th at the first permanent track of the season, goes on to 2nd at Alabama after a heated battle, for his second podium of the season.

1. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
2. Scott Dixon (Honda)
3. Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet)
9. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 04: Phoenix

April 29

Dixon 5th at Phoenix Four Top 5’s in a Row

Honda drivers struggle at Phoenix, with Kanaan the top qualifier at 6th on the grid. Dixon finished the race 5th, and Kanaan 6th. Dixon nonetheless defended overall 2nd.

1. Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet)
2. Will Power (Chevrolet)
3. JR Hildebrand (Chevrolet)
16. Takuma Sato (Honda)
Round 04: Phoenix

Round 05: Indianapolis

Round 05: Indianapolis

May 13

Dixon 2nd for Third Podium at INDYCAR Grand Prix Leading into Indy 500

Dixon finishes 2nd and Hunter-Reay 3rd at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, the precursor to the Indy 500, giving Honda a double podium. Sato after a lousy 22nd grid start due to mechanical issues, charges through the field to finish 12th.

1. Will Power (Chevrolet)
2. Scott Dixon (Honda)
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda)
12. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 06: INDY500

Round 06: INDY500

May 28

Sato Wins the Indy 500
Enters the History Books as First Japanese Champion

Starting 4th at the Indianapolis 500, considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsports, Sato battled a hectic race with 11 full-course cautions to take the checkered flag, winning a race that many drivers dream of.

1. Takuma Sato (Honda)
2. Helio Castroneves (Chevrolet)
3. Ed Jones (Honda)

Round 07: Detroit

Round 07: Detroit

June 3

Rahal Leads Honda Sweep of Day 1 of Season’s Only Double Header

Rahal takes pole on Day 1 of the only double header of the season, Detoit, and goes on to win after leading 55 of the 70-lap race. Dixon finishes 2nd, taking the lead in the points.

1. Graham Rahal (Honda)
2. Scott Dixon (Honda)
3. James Hinchcliffe (Honda)
8. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 08: Detroit

June 4

Rahal Dominates Double Header
Pole Sitter Sato Finishes 4th

Rahal wins the second day in Detoir, completely dominating the double header. Sato finishes 4th, just shy of the podium.

1. Graham Rahal (Honda)
2. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
3. Will Power (Chevrolet)
4. Takuma Sato (Honda)
Round 08: Detroit

Round 09: Texas

Round 09: Texas

June 10

Kanaan Avoids the Crashes for 2nd Place Finish in Texas

Although dominating qualifying by taking the top 8 spots at Texas, eight of the 13 Hondas running did not make it to the finish line. Kanaan and Rahal survived the carnage, finishing 2nd and 4th respectively.

1. Will Power (Chevrolet)
2. Tony Kanaan (Honda)
3. Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet)
10. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 10: Wisconsin

June 25

Dixon Stays on Top with Season First Victory
Defends Championship Lead in Good Weekend

Points leader Dixon qualifies 5th in Round 10, Road America, to lead halfway through the race and finish on top, for his first victory of the season.

Round 10: Wisconsin
1. Scott Dixon (Honda)
2. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
3. Helio Castroneves (Chevrolet)
19. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 11: Iowa

Round 11: Iowa

July 9

Three-time Iowa Winner Hunter-Reay
Takes 3rd on Favorite Track

2012 season champion Rahal finishes Iowa 3rd, the only Honda driver on the podium. Dixon finishes 8th, but retains the lead in the points.

1. Helio Castroneves (Chevrolet)
2. JR Hildebrand (Chevrolet)
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda)
16. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 12: Toronto

July 16

Rossi 2nd and Hinchcliffe 3rd in Toronto
Two Hondas on the Podium in Season’s Only Canadian Race

Rossi finished 2nd and Hinchcliffe 3rd in a hectic race, the only round held outside of the US, in which the state of affairs was thrown off repeatedly despite only two full course cautions.

1. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
2. Alexander Rossi (Honda)
3. James Hinchcliffe (Honda)
16. Takuma Sato (Honda)
Round 12: Toronto

Round 13: Mid-Ohio

Round 13: Mid-Ohio

July 30

Hometown Hero Rahal 3rd at Mid-Ohio
Sato Qualifies 3rd, Finishes 5th

Hometown hero Rahal finishes 3rd at Mid-Ohio to the delight of his local fans. Sato, who qualified 3rd, dipped down to 8th during the race, but managed to claw back to 5th.

1. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
2. Will Power (Chevrolet)
3. Graham Rahal (Honda)
5. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 14: Pocono

August 20

Rossi 3rd at Pocono
Pole Sitter Sato Struggles for a 13th Place Finish

Rossi emerges 3rd on Pocono’s unique triangle oval track after a ferocious battle with 41 leader changes and 590 overtakes.

1. Will Power (Chevrolet)
2. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
3. Alexander Rossi (Honda)
13. Takuma Sato (Honda)
Round 14: Pocono

Round 15: Illinois

Round 15: Illinois

August 27

Dixon 2nd at Gateway
Eyes the Title with Move Up to 2nd

Dixon, down to 3rd overall at Mid-Ohio, regained 2nd in the standings at Pocono. Starting 7th in Madison, Dixon finishes 2nd, closing in on race winner and championship leader Newgarden.

1. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
2. Scott Dixon (Honda)
3. Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet)
19. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 16: Watkins Glen

Round 16: Watkins Glen

September 3

Honda Dominates Watkins Glen Podium
Rossi Wins, Dixon 2nd

Honda dominates the Watkins Glen podium with Rossi the winner, Dixon 2nd and Hunter-Reay 3rd. Dixon is 3 points to championship leader Newgarden, taking the fight into the final round.

1. Alexander Rossi (Honda)
2. Scott Dixon (Honda)
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda)
19. Takuma Sato (Honda)

Round 17: Sonoma

September 17

Dixon’s 4th in Sonoma Gives Him 3rd Overall Sato Finishes Season 8th

Dixon, aiming to snatch the championship in the final round at Sonoma, was fast, but unable to overcome three drivers ahead including Newgarden, finishing the race 4th. 3rd overall, Dixon was unable to in his 5th Indy title.

1. Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet)
2. Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet)
3. Will Power (Chevrolet)
20. Takuma Sato (Honda)
Round 17: Sonoma

Ranking


Rider

Pos. No. Name (Engine) Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1 2 Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet) 642 24 35 51 23 19 34 32 41 18 41 29 53 53 41 53 13 82
2 1 Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet) 629 41 30 35 53 32 43 14 30 35 32 27 32 32 32 36 22 103
3 9 Scott Dixon (Honda) 621 35 35 41 30 40 53 41 28 23 53 24 20 22 31 40 41 64
4 3 Helio Castroneves (Chevrolet) 598 28 23 33 34 31 96 28 22 10 37 53 25 26 26 33 33 60
5 12 Will Power (Chevrolet) 562 13 17 20 41 54 41 12 35 53 30 34 9 42 51 12 28 70
6 15 Graham Rahal (Honda) 522 13 20 17 9 28 57 54 53 32 24 30 22 36 23 18 30 56
7 98 Alexander Rossi (Honda) 494 19 11 30 15 24 91 30 26 8 17 19 40 28 36 28 54 18
8 26 Takuma Sato (Honda) 441 31 12 22 14 18 137 24 34 20 11 14 14 30 18 11 11 20
9 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda) 421 32 14 19 17 35 35 17 14 11 16 35 28 24 25 15 36 48
10 10 Tony Kanaan (Honda) 403 18 15 26 28 10 91 15 20 41 9 22 11 14 31 14 10 28
11 8 Max Chilton (Honda) 396 14 16 18 10 26 86 19 15 25 22 17 27 15 12 14 24 36
12 27 Marco Andretti (Honda) 388 26 10 9 12 14 76 18 17 28 12 14 32 18 20 16 14 52
13 5 James Hinchcliffe (Honda) 376 23 51 28 18 17 33 36 10 16 10 20 35 19 11 24 9 16
14 19 Ed Jones (Honda) 354 20 28 14 19 11 93 22 8 13 26 12 10 9 13 17 17 22
17 83 Charlie Kimball (Honda) 327 12 9 16 24 9 29 9 24 11 29 16 18 17 14 26 26 38
19 7 Mikhail Aleshin (Honda) 237 16 18 20 13 12 55 29 14 15 20 9 0 16 0 0 0 0
21 18 Sebastien Bourdais (Honda) 214 53 40 24 11 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 13 44
25 18 Esteban Gutierrez (Honda) 91 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 16 0 13 17 16 10 8 0 0 0
26 7 Sebastian Saavedra (Honda) 80 0 0 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 9 19 0 0
27 16 Oriol Servia (Honda) 61 0 0 0 0 0 40 10 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 50 Jack Harvey (Honda) 57 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 24
29 29 Fernando Alonso (Honda) 47 0 0 0 0 0 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 63 Pippa Mann (Honda) 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 13 Zachary Claman DeMelo (Honda) 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26
32 77 Jay Howard (Honda) 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 18 James Davison (Honda) 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0