Race Report: 2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500

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World Wide Technology Raceway
Aug. 21, 2021

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Race Top Five

RankDriverCar No.Laps LedPoints
1Josef Newgarden213853
2Pato O'Ward5141
3Will Power12137
4Scott McLaughlin3-32
5Sebastien Bourdais141831

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RankDriverCar No.StartLapsTotal TimeLaps LedStatusPointsAvg. SpeedPit Stops
1Josef Newgarden2326002:24:10.9404138Running53135.2453
2Pato O'Ward5526002:24:11.48011Running41135.2373
3Will Power12126002:24:16.80641Running37135.1543
4Scott McLaughlin31126002:24:17.6024-Running32135.1413
5Sebastien Bourdais141826002:24:18.736418Running31135.1244
6Takuma Sato301626002:24:19.2022-Running28135.1164
7Ryan Hunter-Reay281326002:24:24.9663-Running26135.0264
8Simon Pagenaud22426002:24:26.48251Running25135.0037
9Marcus Ericsson8626002:24:29.7080-Running22134.9533
10Jack Harvey601526002:24:31.0611-Running20134.9323
11Conor Daly592026002:24:33.0440-Running19134.9014
12Dalton Kellett42426002:24:35.4985-Running18134.8635
13Tony Kanaan481726002:24:37.7771-Running17134.8274
14Romain Grosjean511425902:24:18.0304-Running16134.6154
15James Hinchcliffe291924302:20:36.5459-Running15129.6158
16Felix Rosenqvist71021102:06:47.9547-Mechanical14124.8044
17Alexander Rossi27720001:53:02.9510-Contact13132.6863
18Colton Herta26218501:46:15.7834101Mechanical13130.5723
19Scott Dixon9810001:53:13.8431-Contact1166.2362
20Alex Palou10216400:43:29.1102-Contact10110.3821
21Rinus VeeKay21236400:43:29.1804-Contact9110.3791
22Ed Carpenter20225400:34:47.8865-Contact8116.3862
23Graham Rahal159400:08:45.4902-Contact734.2541
24Ed Jones1812200:00:57.7690-Contact6155.7930
— Race: Results (PDF) | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The 2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was 260 laps on the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway oval totaling 325 miles. The pit road speed was 50 mph and the pit window was 45–55 laps under green-flag conditions.
  • Fifteen minutes before the green flag, the ambient temperature was 85 degrees with 66% relative humidity and fair skies. The track temperature was 97 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
  • At the green flag, pole sitter Will Power led the field into Turn 1. On Lap 2, Colton Herta passed Power for the lead. Herta would go on to be a dominant factor until a broken halfshaft during a pit stop on Lap 185 knocked him out of the race.
  • Between the start and the checkered flag at the conclusion of Lap 260, the race slowed for seven cautions:
    • Lap 3: The No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda of Ed Jones and the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda of Graham Rahal made contact in Turn 1. Jones spun and made hard front contact with the Turn 1 SAFER Barrier while Rahal was able to continue with a damaged left sidepod.
    • Lap 17: Debris from the front wing of the No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet of Simon Pagenaud brought out the race's second full-course caution. The damage was caused by earlier contact between Pagenaud and teammate Josef Newgarden.
    • Lap 21: The second caution was extended another five laps due to a caution light malfunction.
    • Lap 55: Ed Carpenter spun the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet and made contact with the Turn 4 SAFER Barrier to bring out the fourth full-course caution.
    • Lap 65: The fifth yellow flag was brought out by a multi-car incident precipitated by Rinus VeeKay, whose No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet got into the back of the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Scott Dixon causing both cars to spin out. VeeKay's car made further contact with the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Alex Palou, sending both into the wall. All three cars were eventually retired from the race.
    • Lap 200: Alexander Rossi made contact with the wall in Turn 2, bringing out the sixth and final caution.
  • Newgarden took the checkered flag with a 0.5397-second advantage over Pato O'Ward. The victory marked the second win of 2021 for Newgarden and his third win at World Wide Technology Raceway.
  • O'Ward's strong second-place finish thrust him into the points lead with three races remaining.
  • Unofficial points after the Bommarito Automotive Group 500:
    • O'Ward: 435
    • Palou: 425 (-10)
    • Newgarden: 413 (-22)
    • Dixon: 392 (-43)
    • Ericsson: 375 (-60)
    • Herta: 324 (-111)
    • Pagenaud: 320 (-115)
    • Rahal: 319 (-116)


RankDriverCar No.Lap 1 TimeLap 2 TimeTotal TimeAvg. Speed
1Will Power1224.978124.850800:49.8289180.618
2Colton Herta2624.923124.930600:49.8537180.528
3Josef Newgarden225.009024.849900:49.8589180.509
4Simon Pagenaud2224.941724.956400:49.8981180.368
5Pato O'Ward525.085524.944100:50.0296179.894
6Marcus Ericsson824.986025.058900:50.0449179.839
7Alexander Rossi2725.037425.077100:50.1145179.589
8Scott Dixon925.127425.015300:50.1427179.488
9Graham Rahal1525.211825.067400:50.2792179.000
10Felix Rosenqvist725.195025.104600:50.2996178.928
11Scott McLaughlin325.289425.014200:50.3036178.914
12Alex Palou1025.182425.215600:50.3980178.579
13Ed Jones1825.289625.164400:50.4540178.380
14Ryan Hunter-Reay2825.201125.259400:50.4605178.357
15Romain Grosjean5125.183725.315700:50.4994178.220
16Jack Harvey6025.260025.276300:50.5363178.090
17Takuma Sato3025.274025.323200:50.5972177.875
18Tony Kanaan4825.368025.428200:50.7962177.179
19Sebastien Bourdais1425.421825.460600:50.8824176.878
20James Hinchcliffe2925.463125.433800:50.8969176.828
21Conor Daly5925.492625.485400:50.9780176.547
22Ed Carpenter2025.565925.495100:51.0610176.260
23Rinus VeeKay2125.554425.518900:51.0733176.217
24Dalton Kellett425.814025.672400:51.4864174.803
— Qualifying: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Qualifying at World Wide Technology Raceway for the 2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 consisted of two laps with times and speeds calculated using a traveling distance of 1.25 miles, which corresponded with data registered by onboard telemetry. Qualifying order was set by reverse entrant points.
  • At the time of the first qualifying run by Dalton Kellett, the ambient temperature was 88 degrees with 57% relative humidity and party cloudy skies. The track temperature was 118 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
  • There were no incidents during qualifying and each qualification attempt consisted of a complete two-lap run.
  • Will Power won the NTT P1 Award, his 63rd pole in Indy car competition.
  • Power ranks second on the all-time list, behind Mario Andretti who earned 67 poles in Indy car competition.
  • Power's pole marked the 13th consecutive season that he has earned at least one pole postion, and broke a record he shared with Bobby Unser and Helio Castroneves for most consecutive seasons with a pole position.


RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Josef Newgarden200:25.171553178.77454--.------.----
2Scott McLaughlin300:25.328059177.669670.15650.1565
3Ryan Hunter-Reay2800:25.346232177.541410.17470.0182
4Graham Rahal1500:25.356057177.473620.18450.0098
5Scott Dixon900:25.357437177.463480.18590.0014
6Marcus Ericsson800:25.367459177.393670.19590.0100
7Felix Rosenqvist700:25.400447177.163580.22890.0330
8Colton Herta2600:25.462850176.728520.29130.0624
9James Hinchcliffe2900:25.463230176.726500.29170.0004
10Pato O'Ward500:25.466735176.701510.29520.0035
11Romain Grosjean5100:25.480168176.608720.30860.0134
12Alexander Rossi2700:25.496825176.493500.32530.0167
13Takuma Sato3000:25.514160176.373630.34260.0173
14Simon Pagenaud2200:25.514539176.370510.34300.0004
15Ed Jones1800:25.555052176.091570.38350.0405
16Will Power1200:25.559174176.063820.38760.0041
17Alex Palou1000:25.581860175.906650.41030.0227
18Conor Daly5900:25.61607175.671450.44450.0342
19Jack Harvey6000:25.684431175.204610.51290.0684
20Tony Kanaan4800:25.764747174.658550.59320.0803
21Sebastien Bourdais1400:25.819410174.288870.64790.0547
22Rinus VeeKay2100:25.849849174.083530.67830.0304
23Dalton Kellett400:25.881032173.873620.70950.0312
24Ed Carpenter2000:25.992241173.129600.82070.1112
— Practice: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The ambient temperature at the beginning of the 90-minute practice session was 86 degrees with 71% relative humidity and mostly cloudy skies. The track temperature was 119 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
  • The weekend's only practice was free of incidents. There were two yellow flags, each for track inspections.
  • Josef Newgarden's 178.774 mph lap in the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet was fastest overall while Colton Herta had the fastest no-tow lap at 173.962 mph in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda.


Green Flag7:45 p.m. CDT *
Drivers Start Your Engines7:40 p.m.
Race Broadcast8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN
Qualifying4 p.m.
Qualifying Broadcast5 p.m. EDT on Peacock Premium
Practice Session12:15–1:45 p.m.
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* All times are in Central Daylight Time unless otherwise noted. View the green-flag time in all time zones.

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Tires Available per EntryNine sets for use throughout the weekend

Starting Lineup

SPCar No.DriverEngine
112Will PowerChevrolet
226Colton HertaHonda
32Josef NewgardenChevrolet
422Simon PagenaudChevrolet
55Pato O'WardChevrolet
68Marcus EricssonHonda
727Alexander RossiHonda
89Scott DixonHonda
915Graham RahalHonda
107Felix RosenqvistChevrolet
113Scott McLaughlin (R)Chevrolet
1218Ed JonesHonda
1328Ryan Hunter-ReayHonda
1451Romain Grosjean (R)Honda
1560Jack HarveyHonda
1630Takuma SatoHonda
1748Tony KanaanHonda
1814Sebastien BourdaisChevrolet
1929James HinchcliffeHonda
2059Conor DalyChevrolet
2110Alex PalouHonda
2220Ed CarpenterChevrolet
2321Rinus VeeKayChevrolet
244Dalton KellettChevrolet
(R) Rookie
— Starting Lineup: PDF

Entry List

Car No.DriverHometownSponsorTeamEngine
2Josef NewgardenNashville, Tennessee, USASonsioTeam PenskeChevrolet
3Scott McLaughlin (R)Christchurch, New ZealandDEX ImagingTeam PenskeChevrolet
4Dalton KellettStouffville, CanadaK-Line InsulatorsAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
5Pato O'WardMonterrey, MexicoArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
7Felix RosenqvistVärnamo, SwedenArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
8Marcus EricssonKumla, SwedenHuski ChocolateChip Ganassi RacingHonda
9Scott DixonAuckland, New ZealandPNC Bank Grow Up GreatChip Ganassi RacingHonda
10Alex PalouBarcelona, SpainThe American LegionChip Ganassi RacingHonda
12Will PowerToowoomba, AustraliaVerizon 5GTeam PenskeChevrolet
14Sebastien BourdaisLe Mans, FranceROKiTAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
15Graham RahalNew Albany, Ohio, USAHy-VeeRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
18Ed JonesDubai, United Arab EmiratesSealMasterDale Coyne Racing with Vasser SullivanHonda
20Ed CarpenterIndianapolis, Indiana, USAU.S. Air ForceEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
21Rinus VeeKayHoofddorp, NetherlandsSonax / AutogeekEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
22Simon PagenaudMontmorillon, FranceMenardsTeam PenskeChevrolet
26Colton HertaValencia, California, USAGainbridgeAndretti AutosportHonda
27Alexander RossiNevada City, California, USANAPA Auto Parts / AutoNationAndretti AutosportHonda
28Ryan Hunter-ReayFort Lauderdale, Florida, USADHLAndretti AutosportHonda
29James HinchcliffeToronto, CanadaGenesysAndretti AutosportHonda
30Takuma SatoTokyo, JapanPanasonic / Mi-JackRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
48Tony KanaanSalvador, BrazilNTT DataChip Ganassi RacingHonda
51Romain Grosjean (R)Geneva, SwitzerlandNurtec ODTDale Coyne Racing with RWRHonda
59Conor DalyNoblesville, Indiana, USACarlinCarlinChevrolet
60Jack HarveyBassingham, EnglandAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
(R) — Denotes NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year candidate
— Entry List: PDF


Track TypeOval
Length1.25 miles
Race Distance260 laps (325 miles)
Number of Turns4
Track Map
2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 track map
Event Twitter Account & Hashtag@WWTRaceway, #Bommarito500

Past Driver Performance IndexView PDF
Last Six Wins— 2020 Race 2: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2020 Race 1: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
— 2019: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
— 2018: Will Power, Team Penske
— 2017: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2003: Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
Last Six Poles— 2020 Race 2: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (182.499 mph)
— 2020 Race 1: Will Power, Team Penske (182.394 mph)
— 2019: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske (186.508 mph)
— 2018: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing (entrant points)
— 2017: Will Power, Team Penske (189.642 mph)
— 2003: Helio Castroneves, Team Penske (175.965 mph)
Qualifying Lap Record (single lap)189.709 mph (Will Power of Team Penske on Aug. 25, 2017)
Qualifying Lap Record (two-lap average)189.642 mph (Will Power of Team Penske on Aug. 25, 2017)

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