EVENT SUMMARY: Sonoma

2012 Season, Event Summaries — By on August 22, 2012 10:52 am
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GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Winner: Ryan Briscoe
Official box score – View PDF

Post-race analysis »
Post-race point standings »
Important times »
Track facts »
Entrant facts »
History »
Session times »
Pre-race point standings »
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POST-RACE ANALYSIS

Box score: View PDF
Lap chart: View PDF
Tire use chart: View JPG
Leader summary: View PDF
Pit stop summary: TBD

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POST-RACE POINT STANDINGS

Driver standings:

Rank Car Driver Points
1 12 Will Power 422
2 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 386
3 3 Helio Castroneves 381
4 9 Scott Dixon 368
5 77 Simon Pagenaud 337
6 11 Tony Kanaan 327
7 27 James Hinchcliffe 326
8 2 Ryan Briscoe 317
9 10 Dario Franchitti 306
10 38 Graham Rahal 286
11 4 JR Hildebrand 257
12 18 Justin Wilson 253
13 22 Oriol Servia 249
13 8 Rubens Barrichello 247
15 15 Takuma Sato 243
16 26 Marco Andretti 237
17 98 Alex Tagliani 236
18 83 Charlie Kimball 228
19 14 Mike Conway 219
20 5 EJ Viso 212
21 19 James Jakes 202
22 20 Ed Carpenter 199
23 67 Josef Newgarden 186
24 7 Sebastien Bourdais 161
25 78 Simona de Silvestro 160
26 6 Katherine Legge 115
27 17 Sebastian Saavedra 29
28 25 Ana Beatriz 28
29 99 Townsend Bell 26
29 30 Michel Jourdain 16
31 83 Giorgio Pantano 16
32 39 Bryan Clauson 13
32 64 Jean Alesi 13
32 41 Wade Cunningham 13

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Manufacturer standings:

Rank Manufacturer Points
1 Chevrolet (CLINCHED) 105
2 Honda 90
3 Lotus 52

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Rookie of the Year standings:

Rank Car Driver Points
1 77 Simon Pagenaud (CLINCHED) 337
2 67 Josef Newgarden 186
3 6 Katherine Legge 115

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Non-Leaders Circle entry winnings (unofficial tally):

Rank Car Team Prize Money
1 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing $687,000
2 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $610,000
3 98 Barracuda Racing $609,000
4 19 Dale Coyne Racing $549,000
5 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing $446,000
6 7 Dragon Racing $213,000
7 17 Andretti Autosport/AFS Racing $53,000
6 25 Andretti Autosport $26,000

Notes:
- Indianapolis one-off entries that received no prize money are excluded from this list.
- Dragon Racing consolidated its #6 and #7 entries from Detroit through Mid-Ohio and was not eligible to earn non-Leader Circle bonus awards for those events.
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IMPORTANT TIMES

Green flag: 4:40 PM EDT*
Race broadcast: 4:00 PM EDT on NBC Sports Network
Qualifying: 5:30-6:45 PM EDT Saturday
(Broadcast 6:00 PM EDT on NBC Sports Network)
Practice sessions: 5:50-7:05 PM EDT Friday (all cars for entire session)
1:50-2:50 PM EDT Saturday
12:00-12:30 PM EDT Sunday
Full weekend schedule: View PDF
Radio/live timing and scoring: INDYCAR Race Control

*3:40 PM CDT, 2:40 PM MDT, 1:40 PM PDT (local), 5:40 PM BRST, 8:40 PM GMT, 8:40 AM Mon NZST, 6:40 AM Mon AEST, 5:40 AM Mon JST

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TRACK FACTS

Track type: Permanent road course
Length: 2.385 miles
Race distance: 85 laps (202.725 miles)
Number of turns: 12
Track map: View JPG
Start: Rolling
Restarts: Double-file
Event Twitter account and hashtag: @RaceSonoma, #GoProGP
Weather forecast: Disabled

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ENTRANT FACTS

Entry list: View PDF
Spotter guide: View PDF
Pit assignments: View PDF
Driver performance: View PDF
Wing configuration: Road/street
Boost level: 150 kPa (push-to-pass increases to 160 kPa)
Push-to-pass available: 90 seconds, 3.5-second delay, 15-second time limit per use
Tires available per entry: * Primary: 708, each entry receives six sets (24 total tires);
* Alternate: 354, each entry receives three sets (12 total tires);
* Wets: 452, each entry has five sets (20 total tires).The Sonoma primary and alternate tire specifications were previously used earlier this season at Barber Motorsports Park.*

HISTORY

Last five wins: 2011 – Will Power, Penske Racing
2010 – Will Power, Penske Racing
2009 – Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
2008 – Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
2007 – Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Last five poles: 2011 – Will Power, Penske Racing (105.479)
2010 – Will Power, Penske Racing (108.337)
2009 – Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (107.955)
2008 – Helio Castroneves, Team Penske (107.809)
2007 – Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (107.951)
Track pole record: 108.337 (2010, Will Power)

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SESSION TIMES

Race – Official results

Rank Start Car Driver Engine Laps Comment
1 2 2 Ryan Briscoe C 85
2 1 12 Will Power C 85
3 6 10 Dario Franchitti H 85
4 11 8 Rubens Barrichello C 85
5 13 38 Graham Rahal H 85
6 4 3 Helio Castroneves C 85
7 9 77 Simon Pagenaud H 85
8 15 4 JR Hildebrand C 85
9 8 98 Alex Tagliani H  85
10 16 11 Tony Kanaan C 84
11 20 18 Justin Wilson H 84
12 24 19 James Jakes H 84
13 5 9 Scott Dixon H 84
14 14 14 Mike Conway H 84
15 23 17 Sebastian Saavedra C 84
16 17 5 EJ Viso C 84
17 27 78 Simona de Silvestro L 84
18 7 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay C 84
19 18 22 Oriol Servia C 84
20 25 20 Ed Carpenter C 84
21 21 83 Charlie Kimball H 82
22 3 7 Sebastien Bourdais C 63 Contact
23 22 67 Josef Newgarden H 62  Contact
24 19 6 Katherine Legge C 48 Mechanical
25 12 26 Marco Andretti C 46 Mechanical
26 10 27 James Hinchcliffe C 35 Mechanical
27 26 15 Takuma Sato H 2 Mechanical

Red=Non-Leaders Circle Entries

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Official starting grid: View PDF

Incurring 10-spot starting grid penalties for unapproved engine changes: 15-Sato, 17-Saavedra, 18-Wilson, 78-de Silvestro.

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Practice 3 – Sunday morning warm-up

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL#
1
28
Ryan Hunter-Reay C 0 1:19.0645 1:22.5577 0 17 16
2
14
Mike Conway H 0.1404 1:19.2049 1:20.1560 0.1404 16 13
3
22
Oriol Servia C 0.2063 1:19.2708 1:20.6989 0.0659 16 15
4
11
Tony Kanaan C 0.2792 1:19.3437 1:44.0824 0.0729 16 11
5
77
Simon Pagenaud H 0.3183 1:19.3828 1:20.0359 0.0391 17 9
6
9
Scott Dixon H 0.4580 1:19.5225 1:20.8913 0.1397 20 10
7
12
Will Power C 0.5029 1:19.5674 1:21.3259 0.0449 20 6
8
4
JR Hildebrand C 0.5157 1:19.5802 1:20.7873 0.0128 19 17
9
38
Graham Rahal H 0.5196 1:19.5841 1:20.4669 0.0039 18 13
10
3
Helio Castroneves C 0.5357 1:19.6002 1:20.0811 0.0161 20 18
11 7 Sebastien Bourdais C 0.5377 1:19.6022 1:20.1571 0.0020 16 14
12
10
Dario Franchitti H 0.5901 1:19.6546 1:31.2435 0.0524 14 10
13
8
Rubens Barrichello C 0.7264 1:19.7909 1:20.5934 0.1363 18 16
14
17
Sebastian Saavedra C 0.7969 1:19.8614 1:19.8614 0.0705 19 19
15
26
Marco Andretti C 0.9440 1:20.0085 1:38.5239 0.1471 12 8
16
2
Ryan Briscoe C 0.9611 1:20.0256 1:20.9821 0.0171 18 11
17
5
EJ Viso C 0.9680 1:20.0325 1:21.6766 0.0069 15 12
18
98
Alex Tagliani H 0.9729 1:20.0374 1:20.0374 0.0049 13 13
19
83
Charlie Kimball H 1.0149 1:20.0794 1:20.7138 0.0420 16 8
20
18
Justin Wilson H 1.2763 1:20.3408 1:20.5209 0.2614 15 6
21
15
Takuma Sato H 1.2881 1:20.3526 1:21.4413 0.0118 19 7
22
27
James Hinchcliffe C 1.3072 1:20.3717 1:20.6162 0.0191 16 14
23
67
Josef Newgarden H 1.3422 1:20.4067 1:26.3192 0.0350 14 8
24
19
James Jakes H 1.4084 1:20.4729 1:21.4346 0.0662 15 14
25
6
Katherine Legge C 1.5378 1:20.6023 1:21.6460 0.1294 15 10
26
78
Simona de Silvestro L 1.5569 1:20.6214 1:21.0509 0.0191 17 16
27
20
Ed Carpenter C 2.4330 1:21.4975 1:22.6706 0.8761 17 9

Notes:
- 5:00: 83-Kimball spins exiting pit lane and brings out a red flag; front end damage.

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Qualifying – Firestone Fast 6

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL#
1 12 Will Power C 0 1:17.2709 1:17.5785 0 3 2
2 2 Ryan Briscoe C 0.1638 1:17.4347 1:17.9942 0.1638 3 1
3 7 Sebastien Bourdais C 0.4788 1:17.7497 1:21.3512 0.3150 5 3
4 3 Helio Castroneves C 0.8381 1:18.1090 1:18.5084 0.3593 5 3
5 9 Scott Dixon H 0.9417 1:18.2126 1:21.6892 0.1036 4 2
6 10 Dario Franchitti H 1.0753 1:18.3462 1:23.1287 0.1336 5 3

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Qualifying – Round 2

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL Gap TL BL#
1 2 Ryan Briscoe C 0 1:17.5378 0 3 3
2 12 Will Power C 0.0453 1:17.5831 0.0453 2 2
3 7 Sebastien Bourdais C 0.3325 1:17.8703 0.2872 4 3
4 9 Scott Dixon H 0.4942 1:18.0320 0.1617 5 2
5 3 Helio Castroneves C 0.5422 1:18.0800 0.0480 5 2
6 10 Dario Franchitti H 0.7808 1:18.3186 0.2386 5 2
7 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay C 0.7977 1:18.3355 0.0169 4 4
8 98 Alex Tagliani H 0.8790 1:18.4168 0.0813 3 3
9 77 Simon Pagenaud H 0.8956 1:18.4334 0.0166 4 2
10 18 Justin Wilson H 1.0880 1:18.6258 0.1924 5 3
11 27 James Hinchcliffe C 1.2507 1:18.7885 0.1627 4 3
12 8 Rubens Barrichello C 1.4410 1:18.9788 0.1903 4 4

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Qualifying – Round 1, Group 2

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL#
1 12 Will Power C 0 1:17.7803 1:17.7803 0 3 3
2 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay C 0.6286 1:18.4089 1:23.7114 0.6286 4 2
3 77 Simon Pagenaud H 0.7485 1:18.5288 1:24.6785 0.1199 5 3
4 98 Alex Tagliani H 0.7718 1:18.5521 1:19.0202 0.0233 4 2
5 9 Scott Dixon H 1.0018 1:18.7821 1:19.3419 0.2300 5 4
6 8 Rubens Barrichello C 1.0374 1:18.8177 1:18.9330 0.0356 4 2
7 26 Marco Andretti C 1.1122 1:18.8925 1:18.9418 0.0748 4 2
8 14 Mike Conway H 1.1245 1:18.9048 1:19.1997 0.0123 6 4
9 11 Tony Kanaan C 1.1672 1:18.9475 1:19.3048 0.0427 4 1
10 22 Oriol Servia C 1.1869 1:18.9672 1:19.0178 0.0197 5 4
11 83 Charlie Kimball H 1.2459 1:19.0262 1:19.7409 0.0590 4 2
12 15 Takuma Sato H 1.5018 1:19.2821 1:19.5169 0.2559 4 3
13 18 James Jakes H 1.7349 1:19.5152 1:19.7031 0.2331 6 5
14 20 Ed Carpenter C 1.9034 1:19.6837 1:19.6837 0.1685 5 5

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Qualifying – Round 1, Group 1

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL#
1
2
Ryan Briscoe C 0 1:17.5515 1:25.1674 0 4 2
2
10
Dario Franchitti H 0.5072 1:18.0587 1:18.3801 0.5072 4 2
3
3
Helio Castroneves C 0.7928 1:18.3443 1:18.4541 0.2856 4 2
4
7
Sebastien Bourdais C 0.8237 1:18.3752 1:18.4177 0.0309 5 2
5
18
Justin Wilson H 1.1855 1:18.7370 1:18.8063 0.3618 5 4
6
27
James Hinchcliffe C 1.3154 1:18.8669 1:18.8669 0.1299 5 5
7
17
Sebastian Saavedra C 1.3403 1:18.8918 1:18.8918 0.0249 5 5
8
38
Graham Rahal H 1.3466 1:18.8981 1:18.8981 0.0063 4 4
9
4
JR Hildebrand C 1.5416 1:19.0931 1:19.5954 0.1950 5 2
10
5
EJ Viso C 1.8438 1:19.3953 1:19.9532 0.3022 4 3
11
6
Katherine Legge C 2.0899 1:19.6414 1:19.7940 0.2461 5 3
12
67
Josef Newgarden H 2.1953 1:19.7468 1:20.1235 0.1054 5 2
13
78
Simona de Silvestro L 2.6780 1:20.2295 1:20.2726 0.4827 3 2

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Qualifying groups (View PDF):
- Group 1: 2-Briscoe, 3-Castroneves, 4-Hildebrand, 5-Viso, 6-Legge, 7-Bourdais, 10-Franchitti, 17-Saavedra, 18-Wilson, 27-Hinchcliffe, 38-Rahal, 67-Newgarden, 78-de Silvestro.
- Group 2: 8-Barrichello, 9-Dixon, 11-Kanaan, 12-Power, 14-Conway, 15-Sato, 19-Jakes, 20-Carpenter, 22-Servia, 26-Andretti, 28-Hunter-Reay, 77-Pagenaud, 83-Kimball, 98-Tagliani.

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Practice 2 – Saturday morning

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL#
1
12
Will Power C 0 1:17.5339 1:18.4645 0 21 4
2
9
Scott Dixon H 0.4386 1:17.9725 1:18.2660 0.4386 23 20
3
2
Ryan Briscoe C 0.5343 1:18.0682 1:18.1145 0.0957 22 20
4
10
Dario Franchitti H 0.6847 1:18.2186 1:18.2458 0.1504 19 18
5
7
Sebastien Bourdais C 0.7181 1:18.2520 1:18.7099 0.0334 26 24
6
3
Helio Castroneves C 0.7210 1:18.2549 1:19.1552 0.0029 28 6
7
28
Ryan Hunter-Reay C 1.0598 1:18.5937 1:20.6807 0.3388 24 20
8
38
Graham Rahal H 1.1327 1:18.6666 1:18.8230 0.0729 28 23
9
11
Tony Kanaan C 1.1610 1:18.6949 1:18.9574 0.0283 24 20
10
18
Justin Wilson H 1.1627 1:18.6966 1:18.7716 0.0017 20 18
11
27
James Hinchcliffe C 1.1727 1:18.7066 1:18.7066 0.0100 21 21
12
26
Marco Andretti C 1.2046 1:18.7385 1:25.5776 0.0319 20 8
13
77
Simon Pagenaud H 1.2054 1:18.7393 1:18.7716 0.0008 26 24
14
83
Charlie Kimball H 1.2776 1:18.8115 1:20.0025 0.0722 19 17
15
17
Sebastian Saavedra C 1.3658 1:18.8997 4:08.8385 0.0882 20 19
16
98
Alex Tagliani H 1.4393 1:18.9732 1:26.8709 0.0735 20 13
17
8
Rubens Barrichello C 1.4860 1:19.0199 1:21.9539 0.0467 20 19
18
14
Mike Conway H 1.6528 1:19.1867 1:19.1867 0.1668 20 20
19
6
Katherine Legge C 1.6603 1:19.1942 1:19.1942 0.0075 26 26
20
4
JR Hildebrand C 1.7088 1:19.2427 1:19.2427 0.0485 22 22
21
19
James Jakes H 1.7392 1:19.2731 1:19.6880 0.0304 27 24
22
5
EJ Viso C 1.9301 1:19.4640 1:20.4100 0.1909 10 7
23
15
Takuma Sato H 1.9438 1:19.4777 1:21.1508 0.0137 20 19
24
22
Oriol Servia C 1.9551 1:19.4890 1:23.0014 0.0113 19 17
25
78
Simona de Silvestro L 2.2080 1:19.7419 1:20.0377 0.2529 21 20
26
20
Ed Carpenter C 2.2642 1:19.7981 1:24.4652 0.0562 25 21
27
67
Josef Newgarden H 2.2922 1:19.8261 1:20.5951 0.0280 25 20

Notes:
- 21:00: 27-Hinchcliffe spins and stops in turn 11 to bring out a red flag; no damage.

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Practice 1 – Friday afternoon

Rank Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL#
1 12 Will Power C 0 1:18.6887 1:18.8218 0 21 19
2
2
Ryan Briscoe C 0.1895 1:18.8782 1:19.0185 0.1895 22 21
3
77
Simon Pagenaud H 0.2341 1:18.9228 1:18.9769 0.0446 26 24
4
10
Dario Franchitti H 0.3507 1:19.0394 1:19.0394 0.1166 18 18
5
8
Rubens Barrichello C 0.7128 1:19.4015 1:19.4015 0.3621 25 25
6
7
Sebastien Bourdais C 0.7285 1:19.4172 4:44.4595 0.0157 26 23
7
9
Scott Dixon H 0.7631 1:19.4518 1:20.2211 0.0346 17 15
8
38
Graham Rahal H 0.9036 1:19.5923 1:19.5923 0.1405 25 25
9
26
Marco Andretti C 0.9383 1:19.6270 1:24.2014 0.0347 18 17
10
17
Sebastian Saavedra C 0.9515 1:19.6402 1:19.6402 0.0132 20 20
11
22
Oriol Servia C 0.9744 1:19.6631 1:22.3361 0.0229 22 18
12
18
Justin Wilson H 0.9953 1:19.6840 1:20.9308 0.0209 23 21
13
11
Tony Kanaan C 1.0016 1:19.6903 1:19.7373 0.0063 23 20
14
3
JR Hildebrand C 1.2081 1:19.8968 1:19.8968 0.2065 16 16
15
19
James Jakes H 1.2701 1:19.9588 1:19.9588 0.0620 24 24
16
3
Helio Castroneves C 1.2733 1:19.9620 1:32.7342 0.0032 17 10
17
98
Alex Tagliani H 1.3030 1:19.9917 1:19.9917 0.0297 21 21
18
67
Josef Newgarden H 1.5043 1:20.1930 1:20.8966 0.2013 22 19
19
28
Ryan Hunter-Reay C 1.5176 1:20.2063 1:21.1453 0.0133 16 5
20
27
James Hinchcliffe C 1.6780 1:20.3667 1:23.0127 0.1604 18 13
21
14
Mike Conway H 1.7579 1:20.4466 1:20.6670 0.0799 19 18
22
5
EJ Viso C 1.9702 1:20.6589 1:23.8716 0.2123 18 5
23
15
Takuma Sato H 2.2013 1:20.8900 1:20.8927 0.2311 19 10
24
78
Simona de Silvestro L 2.2495 1:20.9382 1:21.2760 0.0482 24 20
25
83
Charlie Kimball H 2.3417 1:21.0304 1:21.0304 0.0922 5 5
26
6
Katherine Legge C 2.4989 1:21.1876 1:21.1876 0.1572 23 23
27
20
Ed Carpenter C 2.7245 1:21.4132 1:21.4132 0.2256 23 23

Notes:
- 25:00: 83-Kimball spins in turn 3 and brings out red flag; minor front-end damage.
- 53:00: 67-Newgarden spins in turn 7 and brings out red flag; no apparent damage.

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PRE-RACE POINT STANDINGS

Driver standings:

Rank Car Driver Points
1 12 Will Power 379
2 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 374
3 3 Helio Castroneves 353
4 9 Scott Dixon 351
5 27 James Hinchcliffe 316
6 77 Simon Pagenaud 311
7 11 Tony Kanaan 307
8 10 Dario Franchitti 271
9 2 Ryan Briscoe 267
10 38 Graham Rahal 256
11 22 Oriol Servia 237
12 18 Justin Wilson 234
13 15 Takuma Sato 233
13 4 JR Hildebrand 233
15 26 Marco Andretti 227
16 83 Charlie Kimball 216
17 8 Rubens Barrichello 215
18 98 Alex Tagliani 214
19 14 Mike Conway 203
20 5 EJ Viso 198
21 20 Ed Carpenter 187
22 19 James Jakes 184
23 67 Josef Newgarden 174
24 7 Sebastien Bourdais 149
25 78 Simona de Silvestro 147
26 6 Katherine Legge 103
27 25 Ana Beatriz 28
28 99 Townsend Bell 26
29 30 Michel Jourdain 16
29 83 Giorgio Pantano 16
31 17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
32 39 Bryan Clauson 13
32 64 Jean Alesi 13
32 41 Wade Cunningham 13

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Manufacturer standings:

Rank Manufacturer Points
1 Chevrolet 96
2 Honda 84
3 Lotus 48

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Rookie of the Year standings:

Rank Car Driver Points
1 77 Simon Pagenaud 311
2 67 Josef Newgarden 174
3 6 Katherine Legge 103

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Non-Leaders Circle entry winnings (unofficial tally):

Rank Car Team Prize Money
1 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing $647,000
2 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $610,000
3 98 Bryan Herta Autosport $529,000
4 19 Dale Coyne Racing $484,000
5 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing $420,000
6 7 Dragon Racing $213,000
7 25 Andretti Autosport $26,000

Notes:
- Indianapolis one-off entries that received no prize money are excluded from this list.
- Dragon Racing consolidated its #6 and #7 entries from Detroit through Mid-Ohio and was not eligible to earn non-Leader Circle bonus awards for those events.

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