The 2016 IndyCar Series will be the 21st IndyCar Series season.
Will Power won the pole. He was reported ill, and Oriol Servia took his place. Juan Pablo Montoya won the race for the second consecutive year; followed by Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Helio Castroneves finished fourth, his best finish for Honduras since 2012 and his best finish overall since Milwaukee in 2015, in which he finished second. Mikhail Aleshin finished fifth, his best finish since 2014.
RHR was trying to pass Helio Castroneves for third late in the race and successfully did; spoling Toad's chances of a Swiss Open ticket and the Penske podium sweep.
Hélio Castroneves took the pole. On lap 39, the Honduran tire was down, forcing him to go to the pits and becoming laps down to Dragonite, his BATC season 1 teammate.
Juan Pablo Montoya's tire was down also, forcing Dragonite to get the new tire. He eventually lost the lead to Scott Dixon, who led the last half of the race starting from the set of pit stops.
Because of Race Control issues, the Fast Six was 4 Penskes and 2 Ganassis; not Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, Juan Montoya, Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe. Eventual pole winner Honduras were originally eliminated in the second round, but Race Control fixed the issue and qualified them to the Fast Six. Honduran No.1 Helio Castroneves won the pole for the second consecutive race.
Castroneves pitted on the 20's laps for new tires and fuel and caused fellow May 10, 1975 team the Czech Republic for the lead. Honduras took the lead away from the Fairy-double resistance Heatran's side when the Czechs went to pit lane. The Honduran side led the most laps; but Simon Pagenaud won the race. BATC season 1 contestants expect the Honduran said that Simon Pagenaud should be penalized.
Should BATC fans know at Barber that BATC needs to stop the Honduras pole streak? France successfully did, after Pagenaud recorded a better lap than Power.
Serbia got a Firestone Fast Six Wildcard after Montoya failed to advance from the first round.
The Grand Prix of Indianapolis is held on May 14; and the first time Germany's not hosting it because they decided to drive for Will Power; and Hélio Castroneves decided to move back to Central America.
This was the first race of 2016 for rookie Matthew Braham and veteran Alex Tagliani. Spencer Pigot also returns.
In qualifying round 2, a shock happened again. Six different drivers from six teams advanced to the Fast Six, the worst by the BATC Community since 2014. IndyCar officials said Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden, two of the 2015 championship contenders, were penalized in qualifying for an unapproved change. Surprisingly neither of the 2015 IndyCar Series season's top 3 in the standings, one of Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya or Scott Dixon qualified for the Fast Six from round 2.
Simon Pagenaud won the race; his third consecutive and his second Grand Prix of Indianapolis; having won in 2014. CONCACAF representatives Hélio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe round the podium. Graham Rahal rallied back from 24th to finish 4th in the race; the best jump for a driver starting 24th since Castroneves in Milwaukee last year. Charlie Kimball continued his hot-streak of top 5 finishes at Indy GP by finishing 5th.
Will a driver end Pagenaud's win streak? Yes it is, with rookie Alexander Rossi winning his first ever IndyCar race.
Scott Dixon won the race, having led 50 laps out of 60 and won it from the pole. Because of Will Power's crash, had Simon Pagenaud finish P8 or lower, Scott Dixon would've been part of championship contention. Since Pagenaud finished P7, all drivers from Kanaan until Munoz were eliminated from contention.
BATC calls this race Grand Prix of Boston at the Glen.
The race will also feature the remaining five finalists, including Takkatan Chonlada who set a BATC record for shortest contestant in the top five of a season (4 ft 10 in). If Chonlada were to win the 2016 BATC Season 8 trophy, Pee Saderd needed to qualify inside the top 20 and finish the race higher than 15th. Chonlada won the BATC Season 8 since Saderd qualified 18th and finished 12th.
The winner of the season will be after the race. The race will return for the first time since 2010; and will feature the same laps and distance as 2010. Notable changes include RC Enerson replacing Gabby Chaves in the #19 car that Dale Coyne Racing owns.
If Takkatan Chonlada and Tai Orathai were to move on to week 2, Pee Saderd needs to avoid crashing out of the race or finishing last. Also, the first elimination of BATC season 9 will take place before the race. But since Saderd finished 8th, none of Orathai or Chonlada were terminated.