GP of NOLA weekend

GP of NOLA weekend

- in Latest News, Race Reports

How it started…

Who’s driving this weekend:

WDW St Pete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Points Standings

Starting grid

Position Driver Points   Position

Driver

1 Juan Pablo Montoya 51 1 Juan Pablo Montoya
2 Will Power 44 2 Will Power
3 Tony Kanaan 35 3 Tony Kanaan
4 Helio Castroneves 33 4 Helio Castroneves
5 Simon Pagenaud 31 5 Simon Pagenaud
6 Sebastien Bourdais 28 6 Sebastien Bourdais
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 26 7 Ryan Hunter-Reay
8 Jack Hawksworth 25 8 Jack Hawksworth
9 Luca Filippi 22 9 Luca Filippi
10 Marco Andretti 20 10 Marco Andretti
11 Graham Rahal 19 11 Graham Rahal
12 Josef Newgarden 18 12 Josef Newgarden
13 Takuma Sato 17 13 Takuma Sato
14 Carlos Munoz 16 14 Carlos Munoz
15 Scott Dixon 15 15 Scott Dixon
16 James Hinchcliffe 14 16 James Hinchcliffe
17 Gabby Chavez (R) 13 17 Gabby Chavez (R)
18 Simona de Silvestro 12 18 Simona de Silvestro
19 Sage Karam 11 19 Sage Karam
20 Stefano Coletti 10 20 Stefano Coletti
21 Charlie Kimball 9 21 Charlie Kimball
22 James Jakes 8 22 James Jakes
23 Francesco Dracone 7 23 Francesco Dracone
24 Carlos Huertas 6 24 Carlos Huertas
(Grid set by points due to rainout)

…how it ended…

Race results

Points standings

Position Driver   Position Driver

Points

1 James Hinchcliffe 1 Juan Pablo Montoya  84
2 Helio Castroneves 2 Helio Castroneves  74
3 James Jakes 3 Will Power  70
4 Simona de Silvestro 4 James Hinchcliffe  65
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 5 Tony Kanaan  63
6 Tony Kanaan 6 Simona de Silvestro  44
7 Will Power 7 James Jakes  43
8 Graham Rahal 8 Graham Rahal 43
9 Josef Newgarden 9 Luca Filippi  42
10 Luca Filippi 10 Simon Pagenaud  41
11 Scott Dixon 11 Josef Newgarden  40
12 Carlos Munoz 12 Sebastien Bourdais  37
13 Marco Andretti 13 Ryan Hunter-Reay  37
14 Charlie Kimball 14 Marco Andretti 37
15 Gabby Chavez (R) 15 Scott Dixon  34
16 Carlos Huertas 16 Carlos Munoz  34
17 Stefano Coletti (R) 17 Jack Hawksworth  31
18 Sage Karam (R) 18 Gabby Chavez (R)  28
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay 19 Charlie Kimball  25
20 Simon Pagenaud 20 Takuma Sato  25
21 Sebastien Bourdais 21 Stefano Coletti  23
22 Takuma Sato 22 Sage Karam 23
 23  Francesco Dracone (R) 23 Carlos Huertas 20
 24  Carlos Huertas 24 Francesco Dracone 14

 

…and all the stuff in between…

Rain rue: First practice on Friday was fine, but the second practice was delayed by rain. Rain dogged everyone on Saturday as well, and brought qualifying to a halt.

Reversion rule: Since quails couldn’t be finished due to severe thunderstorms rolling in, the starting order reverted to entrant points. Montoya started on the pole with a passel of Penske cars at the sharp end of the grid.

Racing the rain: The race was mainly dry, but the rain-soaked track caused carnage, and more rain threatened in the distance, putting going the full distance in doubt. The race was a timed event due to many cautions colliding with the available TV window. It was a possibility that more rain would shorten the race even further, but the clouds held their contents until the end.

Royal (w)reck: On the last of a gazillion restarts, Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais ended up in a melee of flying cars and parts, bringing out yet another yellow that the race would finish under.  Everyone walked away unhurt, thankfully.

Rockin’ results: James Hinchcliffe returned to the top of the podium after having a rough 2014. He was joined by Helio Castroneves (2nd) and team mate James Jakes (3rd) in the winner’s circle. Simona de Silvestro, a late addition to this race, finished 4th after not even testing on this track in the preseason like most of the rest of the field. A bit of a shakeup compared to the expected Penske domination. Onward to Long Beach!