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2011 Las Vegas Indy 300 // The season finale of the IndyCar championship has arrived

Published by Pat W

Welcome to the 2011 season finale of the IZOD IndyCar series!

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas
What happens in Vegas, stays in VegasCredit: IZOD IndyCar

You might be forgiven for ignoring this race, given the problems this season with officiating and the difficulty in actually watching IndyCar if you don't have the correct TV package. However, there are very many good reasons why you should take the time to watch this one.

Why should I watch?

  • This is the last race of the season.
  • This is a championship-deciding round with 18 points separating Dario Franchitti and Will Power, with 50 points available for a win - and they start together back in 17th and 18th on the grid!
  • This is probably Danica Patrick's last IndyCar start. She's off to NASCAR next year and may only come back for the Indy 500. (This might be mentioned once or twice in the broadcast.)
  • Despite ovals being the territory of Ganassi and Penske, the most recent oval race was won by Ed Carpenter driving for the small Sarah Fisher Racing team, the first win for both team and driver. And.. he starts 3rd today. Can he repeat?
  • The top half of the field is very competitive. The top four on the grid are Kanaan, Servia, Carpenter and Tagliani. The first Penske or Ganassi is Briscoe in 5th followed by a brace of Andretti cars. Penske and Ganassi won't be walking all over the field today!
  • This is the final ever race for these old dinosaur Dallaras. Since the teams have paid for the chassis and engines and won't ever use them again they may as well throw a driver in it and race it - meaning we have a starting grid of 34 cars! 34 cars on a 1.5 mile oval is going to be insane. It'll either be the best race IndyCar has ever put on or there'll be crashes every other lap, no middle ground.
  • IndyCars haven't raced here in years, nobody really knows what to expect.
  • The small matter of the GoDaddy IndyCar Challenge. This year's Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon will split a $5 Million prize in half with a randomly-chosen fan if he wins this race. Trouble is, he has to start last.

After years of PR neglect for their non-Indy oval races, IndyCar and Randy Bernard are throwing the kitchen sink at this one. They even closed the Las Vegas strip for 10 minutes and ran the entire grid of 34 cars up and down it, plus Mario Andretti driving the two-seater. This is Bernard's baby. The renowned promoter who took bull riding, of all things, from a backwater pastime into nationally prominent sport in the US has made this his pet project. He says he'll quit on the spot if this race doesn't get good TV ratings and a good crowd. And you don't want him to quit, do you?

Race information

Race Distance300 miles (200 laps)
Coverage Start Time20:00 GMT+1 / 15:00 ET
Race Start Time20.45 GMT+1 / 15.45 ET
NetworkSky Sports (UK) / ABC (USA)
Live TimingIndyCar Race Control
Spotters GuideView PDF

Starting grid

1Tony KanaanKV
2Oriol ServiaNewman Haas
3Ed CarpenterFisher
4Alex TaglianiHerta / Schmidt
5Ryan BriscoePenske
6Marco AndrettiAndretti
7Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti
8Graham RahalGanassi
9Danica PatrickAndretti
10Mike ConwayAndretti

Championship contenders

17Will PowerPenske
18Dario FranchittiGanassi

34 starters all Dallara / Honda / Firestone (see the full grid in this PDF).

The next time the IndyCar Series races (in March) it will be with brand new Dallara IR12 cars and brand new twin-turbo engines from Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus. Let's hope we send out the old faithful IR4 in style!




You might be forgiven for ignoring this race, given the problems this season with officiating and the difficulty in actually watching IndyCar if you don't have the correct TV package. However, there are very many good reasons why you should take the time to watch this one.

Event start

20:45GMT +01:00

16 October 2011