Tuesday, March 13, 2012

2012 Indycar Season Predictions

This is strictly a just-for-fun type post. I have done these kinds of things for the past few years and it's fun to see how the season progressed and how spot-on I may or may not have been.

I predict that the season will begin with much flux as teams dial in their newly-decorated Dallara DW12 racecars. While theearly spoils will go to the two teams that perennially prepare their cars the best (Penske and Ganassi) other teams will begin to break through as early as Long Beach. The points battle will go back and forth between Penske's, Ganassi's, and KV's Brazilian drivers and shift mainly between Chevy and Honda for the manufacturers' title, but I have a strong feeling that Will power shakes off the monkey, and avoids the engine problems that have thus far been nagging at the Honda powerplants. Rubens Barrichello impresses with three victories, all on road course, and strong runs on the ovals, but in the end loses the title in the last race to Will Power. Dario finishes third in the points, having strong races throughout the year but succumbing to engine manufacturer woes.

1 – St. Petersburg                 Pole: Dixon                 Most Laps: Dixon                 Win: Power
2 – Barber                 Pole: Power                 Most Laps: Power                 Win: Dixon
3 – Long Beach                 Pole: Power                 Most Laps: Hunter-Reay                 Win: Hunter-Reay
4 – Sao Paulo                 Pole: Power                 Most Laps: Barrichello                 Win: Barrichello
5 – Indianapolis                 Pole: Franchitti                 Most Laps: Kanaan                 Win: Kanaan
6 – Belle Isle                 Pole: Dixon                 Most Laps: Castroneves                 Win: Castroneves
7 – Texas                 Pole: Briscoe                 Most Laps: Andretti                 Win: Andretti
8 – Milwaukee                 Pole: Dixon                 Most Laps: Kanaan                 Win: Kanaan
9 – Iowa                 Pole: Kanaan                 Most Laps: Franchitti                 Win: Franchitti
10 – Toronto                 Pole: Wilson                 Most Laps: Hinchcliffe                 Win: Hinchcliffe
11 – Edmonton                 Pole: Power                 Most Laps: Power                 Win: Power
12 – Mid-Ohio                 Pole: Power                 Most Laps: Barrichello                 Win: Barrichello
13 – Qingdao                 Pole: Barrichello                 Most Laps: Barrichello                 Win: Barrichello
14 – Infineon                 Pole: Franchitti                 Most Laps: Franchitti                 Win: Franchitti
15 – Baltimore                 Pole: Power                 Most Laps: Castroneves                 Win: Rahal
16 – Fontana                 Pole: Carpenter                 Most Laps: Kanaan                 Win: Power

Mario Andretti Road Course Champion: Rubens Barrichello
AJ Foyt Oval Champion: Tony Kanaan
2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Champion: Will Power over Rubens Barrichello

1 comment:

  1. This will be fun. I loaded this into an Excel spreadsheet to track predictions with actual results