The IndyCar series is the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States. Races are held on oval tracks, permanent road courses and temporary street courses. The Indianapolis 500 (mile) race is the premier event of the IndyCar schedule.
• Some of the most talented and famous IndyCar drivers include: Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Danica Patrick, Graham Rahal and Dan Wheldon.
• IndyCar vehicles are open-wheel, single-seat and have an open cockpit.
• The cars are powered by the 3.5-liter Honda Indy V-8 engine.
• IndyCar vehicles run on 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol.
• The cars can produce approximately 650 horsepower and can reach nearly 230 mph.
• Each of the eight pistons in the IndyCar engines travels nearly one mile up and down in the cylinder every minute.
• The cars can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in less than three seconds.
Top IndyCar Drivers
1. Dario Franchitti (Scotland)
Target Chip Ganassi Racing, No. 10
2. Will Power (Australia)
Team Penske, No. 12
3. Scott Dixon (Australia)
Target Chip Ganassi Racing, No. 9
4. Tony Kanaan (Brazil)
KV Racing Technology-Lotus, No. 82
5. Oriol Servia (Spain)
Newman/Haas Racing, No. 2
6. Marco Andretti (United States)
Andretti Autosport, No. 26
7. Ryan Briscoe (Australia)
Team Penske, No. 6
8. Graham Rahal (United States)
Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing, No. 38
9. Helio Castroneves (Brazil)
Team Penske, No. 3
10. JR Hildebrand (United States)
Panther Racing, No. 4
Issue 164: August 2011