IndyCar: Series confirms 2014 Leaders Circle entrants

IndyCar: Series confirms 2014 Leaders Circle entrants

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IndyCar: Series confirms 2014 Leaders Circle entrants

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IndyCar announced today enhancements to the bonus structure and the 21 entrants that will be part of its Leaders Circle program for the 2014 IndyCar Series season.

The Leaders Circle program was established in 2002 to provide incentives to teams that participate full time in the IndyCar Series. Each Leaders Circle member is assured a minimum of $1 million for the 18-race season if the entrant successfully qualifies for the Indianapolis 500.

“The Leaders Circle program is an important resource for full-time teams in the IndyCar Series,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar President of Competition and Operations. “We are looking at ways to continue to grow this resource in the future and further reward our teams for their continued participation in the series.”

Twenty entrants were selected based on their standing in the 2013 IndyCar Series entrant points, including Bryan Herta Autosport (car number and driver TBA). The entry for the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske car driven by Juan Pablo Montoya is also a new Leaders Circle member for 2014 through a partnership with Dragon Racing.

Additionally, all entrants will continue to compete for bonuses that will now be paid to the top-10 finishers at each IndyCar Series race aside from the races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis 500), Pocono Raceway and Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway. The race bonuses are: $30,000 for first place, $20,000 for second place, $15,000 for third, $10,000 for fourth, $9,000 for fifth, $8,000 for sixth, $7,000 for seventh, $5,000 for eighth, $4,000 for ninth and $2,000 for 10th at each race. At Pocono and Fontana, the winning team will receive $40,000 with the remaining payouts remaining the same as other races.

Non-Leaders Circle entrants will compete for payouts awarded to the top-five finishers. In each race excluding the races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis 500), Pocono and Auto Club, the highest-finishing non-Leaders Circle entrant will receive $20,000. At Pocono and Auto Club, the highest finishing team will receive $30,000.

The next-placed Non-Leaders Circle entrants will receive $15,000, and $10,000, respectively. The fourth and fifth-placed Non-Leader Circle entrants will each receive $5,000 at all races excluding the Indianapolis 500.

The IndyCar Series driver champion and championship entrant again will share a $1 million bonus, with second through 10th in the standings sharing bonuses of $250,000, $90,000, $75,000, $60,000, $50,000, $40,000, $35,000, $25,000 and $15,000.

Contingency prizes will continue to be awarded at IndyCar Series events.

2014 INDYCAR SERIES LEADER CIRCLE ENTRANTS

Number

Car name

Driver

Engine

2

Verizon Team Penske

Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevrolet

3

Team Penske

Helio Castroneves

Chevrolet

7

SMP Racing

Mikail Aleshin

Honda

9

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Scott Dixon

Chevrolet

10

Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Tony Kanaan

Chevrolet

11

Mistic KVSH Racing

Sebastien Bourdais

Chevrolet

12

Verizon Team Penske

Will Power

Chevrolet

14

ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing

Takuma Sato

Honda

15

National Guard

Graham Rahal

Honda

17

AFS KVAFS Racing

Sebastian Saavedra

Chevrolet

18

Dale Coyne Racing

TBA

Honda

19

Dale Coyne Racing

Justin Wilson

Honda

20

Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing

Ed Carpenter/Mike Conway

Chevrolet

25

Snapple

Marco Andretti

Honda

27

United Fiber & Data

James Hinchcliffe

Honda

28

DHL

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Honda

34

Cinsay AndrettiTV.com HVM

Carlos Munoz

Honda

67

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Josef Newgarden

Honda

77

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Simon Pagenaud

Honda

83

Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing

Charlie Kimball

Chevrolet

TBA

Bryan Herta Autosport

TBA

Honda

Subject to change

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