Indycar Series Highlights

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1st Start

March 2, 2003
Homestead-Miami Speedway

1st Victory

March 2, 2003
Homestead-Miami Speedway

1st Pole

April 13, 2003
Twin Ring Motegi

Year Series Starts Wins Poles Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF Pts
2016 IndyCar Series 16 2 2 5 11 268 12 6th
2015 IndyCar Series 16 3 2 7 12 306 15 1st
2014 IndyCar Series 18 2 1 11 12 97 16 3rd
2013 IndyCar Series 19 4 2 10 12 239 17 1st
2012 IndyCar Series 15 2 1 8 9 456 12 3rd
2011 IndyCar Series 17 2 2 12 13 190 17 3rd
2010 IndyCar Series 17 3 0 9 15 273 15 3rd
2009 IndyCar Series 17 5 2 12 14 815 16 2nd
2008 IndyCar Series 17 6 7 14 14 899 16 1st
2007 IndyCar Series 17 4 2 13 16 291 15 2nd
2006 IndyCar Series 14 2 1 9 12 215 14 4th
2005 IndyCar Series 17 1 0 1 5 25 10 13th
2004 IndyCar Series 15 0 0 2 10 3 12 13th
2003 IndyCar Series 16 3 5 9 11 748 11 1st
2002 CART 19 0 0 3 12 0 12 13th
2001 CART 20 1 0 6 10 74 15 8th
Total   270 40 27 131 188 4899 225  

2016

  • Won poles at Toronto and Watkins Glen.
  • Extended streak of consecutive seasons with at least one win to 12, setting an Indy car record.
  • Finished sixth in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Chip Ganassi Racing with wins at Phoenix and Watkins Glen.

2015

Championship Season

  • Won two poles, including the Indianapolis 500
  • Recorded three victories including: Long Beach, Texas and Sonoma
  • Won the Verizon IndyCar Series championship for Chip Ganassi Racing, winning the title over Juan Pablo Montoya on a tiebreaker by virtue of his three wins

2014

  • Finished third in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Recorded victories at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma and had 11 top-five finishes overall in 18 races.
  • Earned pole at Iowa.
  • Led eight races for total of 97 laps.

2013

Championship Season

  • Finished first in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Recorded four victories and 10 top-five finishes overall in 19 races.
  • Earned pole for Toronto 2 and went on to complete sweep of doubleheader. Also earned pole at Baltimore.
  • Led eight races for total of 239 laps.
  • Was running at the finish in 17 races.

2012

  • Finished third in the IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Recorded wins at Belle Isle and Mid-Ohio.
  • Posted nine top-10 finishes overall.
  • Earned pole at Belle Isle.
  • Led all drivers in laps led with 456.

2011

  • Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Recorded victories from the pole at Mid-Ohio and Motegi. Is only driver to win on both oval and road course at Twin Ring Motegi.
  • Won A.J. Foyt Oval Trophy for scoring most points in oval races.
  • One of three drivers who was running at the finish in all 17 races.

2010

  • Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Recorded three victories (Kansas, Edmonton, Homestead) for 25 in his career.
  • Had nine top-five and 15 top-10 finishes overall.
  • Series-record consecutive top-10 starting streak (45) ended at Chicagoland.

2009

  • Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Recorded five victories and one pole start.
  • Became IndyCar Series career race win leader (20) at Mid-Ohio. Added victory at Twin Ring Motegi.
  • Was running at the finish in 16 of the 17 races.

2008

Championship Season

  • Finished first in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Won Indianapolis 500 among six victories. Tied series record at Kentucky with sixth victory.
  • Moved into points lead after 500-Mile Race victory.
  • Added 14 top-five finishes and six pole starts.
  • Became series leader for laps led in a season with 889, and became fifth series driver to lead more than 2,000 laps.

2007

  • Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with victories at Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid-Ohio and Infineon.
  • Became third IndyCar Series driver to win three consecutive races with victories at Watkins Glen, Nashville and Mid-Ohio.
  • Joined Dan Wheldon as only drivers to win three consecutive races at one track when he won at Watkins Glen.
  • Recorded a series-best 13 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Led a series-best 13 of 17 races.
  • Finished first or second in 10 of the 17 races.

2006

  • Won at Watkins Glen International for the second year in a row and at Nashville Superspeedway.
  • Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, 15 points behind champion Sam Hornish Jr.
  • Was only IndyCar Series driver to be running at the finish in all 14 events.
  • Completed a series-high 2,504 of a possible 2,510 laps. Led nine races.

2005

  • Finished 13th in IndyCar Series standings with one victory (Watkins Glen) and four other top-10 finishes.
  • Started 13th and finished 24th at Indianapolis 500.

2004

  • Finished 10th in IndyCar Series standings with best finish of second at Phoenix. Scored two top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes in 15 starts.
  • Earned two Formula 1 tests with Williams-BMW.

2003

Championship Season

  • Clinched the IndyCar Series championship for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with three victories (Homestead-Miami Speedway, his first IndyCar Series start, Pikes Peak and Richmond).
  • Earned five pole positions (Japan, Richmond, Kansas, Nashville, Nazareth).
  • Became the first driver in IndyCar Series history to lead consecutive laps over the course of three races.Led the final 84 laps en route to a victory at Pikes Peak and led all 206 laps of the rain-shortened event Richmond. Led the first 53 laps at Kansas for a total of 343 consecutive laps led.

Road to the Indycar Series

2002

  • Finished 13th in CART standings, scoring three top-five finishes, including a second place at Denver.
  • Began the season with PacWest Racing, moved to Target Chip Ganassi Racing before Milwaukee and finished season with team.
  • Announced Oct. 23 he would compete in IndyCar Series for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2003.

2001

  • Won CART Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award and finished eighth in CART point standings with victory at Nazareth.
  • Youngest driver to win in any major open-wheel series with victory in 2001 at Nazareth at age 20 years, 9 months, 14 days.
  • Scored six top-five finishes and completed a series-high 2,521 of a possible 2,610 laps.

2000

  • Won Dayton Indy Lights championship, winning six of 12 races driving for PacWest Lights team.
  • Led series-high 228 laps.

1999

  • Competed in first season of North American competition with Johansson Motorsports in Dayton Indy Lights series, winning at Chicago, where he led every lap from the pole.
  • Finished fifth in championship and finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings, one point behind Jonny Kane.

Early Career

Competed in Formula Vee, Formula Ford and Formula Holden in New Zealand and Australia. Won Australian-based Formula Holden championship for Formula 3000, New Zealand Formula Ford Class I championship, New Zealand Formula Ford Class II championship and New Zealand Formula Vee championship (age 13).

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