2016 IndyCar season preview: All posts, one place

Associated Press

We’ve had an extensive buildup to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season on NBCSports.com the last two weeks. The season kicks off this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg; the first NBCSN race will be at Phoenix International Raceway on April 2.

In case you missed any of the content, see all posts in the buildup from the last two weeks below:



Pivotal 2016 season lurks ahead for IndyCar, starting at St. Pete (owner feedback on series direction)
PREVIEW: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (race preview)
Fast Facts: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (IndyCar PR race outline)
IndyCar’s St. Petersburg entry list confirmed with 22 cars (entry list)


IndyCar to take “First Priority” for Rossi’s 2016 campaign
Penske’s 50th anniversary season presents another shot at IndyCar glory
DiZinno: Rossi’s divided focus could hurt, not help, dual program
RLL Racing seeks to roll on with even better 2016 season
IndyCar’s rookie battle features three drivers with chips on shoulders
Michael Andretti: “The team’s never clicked this well before”
Spencer Pigot’s IndyCar debut arrives, at last, in home race
When Jimmy Vasser’s 1996 title kicked off Ganassi’s IndyCar reign
Rising Star Racing’s Art Wilmes’ passion fuels continued U.S. support
Graham Rahal on IndyCar sponsorship: “The money doesn’t find itself”
Pagenaud’s comfort level at Penske on upswing, seeks big 2016
Bourdais hoping one-car focus at KVSH pays dividends
Vasser, “Sulli” shooting for more wins, possible KVSH title in 2016
IndyCar teams still full speed ahead on Red Bull GRC prep for 2016
Phoenix Test in the West notes, musings, observations
Despite late start, Andretti, Herta excited to reunite in 2016
Mario Andretti on IndyCar 2016: “It’s better than I’ve felt in years”
Extra Indy 500 entries come clearer into focus at PIR test
IndyCar test at PIR: All posts, one place


St. Petersburg weekend, Thursday notes
Brembo, INDYCAR extend brakes partnership for fifth year
Takuma Sato looking forward to start of season, return of A.J. Foyt to track
Team Penske takes wraps off silver Verizon cars for Power, JPM
Sarah Fisher named primary Verizon IndyCar Series pace car driver in 2016
Alexander Rossi named Manor F1 reserve for 2016
Andretti Autosport inks hhgregg for multi-race sponsorship deal, including Indy 500
Scott Dixon joins TODAY Show’s “Guys Tell All” segment
Carpenter confirms only one car for St. Petersburg opener
Mouser Electronics to sponsor Sebastien Bourdais
Vern Schuppan on board with Matt Brabham
James Hinchcliffe slides into 2016 with new sponsor
Aleshin gets his work visa sorted, looks set for St. Pete
Rising Star Racing rolls out its version of Egg Russian Roulette (VIDEO)
NBCSN’s Kevin Lee hosts first annual kart event for charity
Skrillex to headline Snake Pit at 100th Indy 500
Fuzzy’s Vodka offers fresh look of Turn 2 suites at IMS
Social roundup: IndyCar testing at Sebring
Spencer Pigot feeling right at home at Sebring and in IndyCar
Even though they’re in Sebring, drivers still talking about Phoenix test
Chaves back at Sebring as Pigot, Rossi set for first 2016 tests
Hoosier Lottery to commemorate 100th Indy 500 with new scratch-off game


Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda
New 2017 Tatuus USF-17 rolling chassis set at $51,800
MRTI: Barber Warmup Weekend times, notes
MRTI: Big test ahead at Barber for Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000
Alberico’s next step arrives with Carlin, Rising Star in Indy Lights
Rosenqvist gunning for Indy Lights as one of 2016 main targets

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

Lap leader summary

Full lap chart

Best section times

Full section data

Event summary

Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



Engine manufacturers

Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.