The checkered flag on the IndyCar season was waved at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California last Saturday, wrapping up a whirlwind and often heart-stopping season. Will Power, driver of Team Penske’s No. 12, claimed his first IndyCar champions trophy over Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon.
Starting with the title sponsorship announcement in March, IndyCar and Verizon took motorsports to a whole new level—bringing innovative technology and a superior network experience to this exciting tech-driven sport.
From the first race to the last, the Verizon IndyCar Series racked up some serious statistics. Here’s a breakdown of IndyCar by the numbers:
- 1.5 terabytes—the amount of data used by Verizon customers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indy500, the series premier race, and more than double the data connections over the busiest hour at last year’s race
- 671, 3 and 4—the number of points, wins and poles, respectively, collected throughout the season by the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Champ and Team Penske driver, Will Power (courtesy of INDYCAR)
- 1.72—the average number of live in-car camera views available to Verizon customers through the INDYCAR 14 app on their smartphones or tablets (courtesy of INDYCAR)
- 15,700—number of Firestone race tires used (not including tires used for practice or qualifying) (courtesy of Firestone)
- 116.993 mph—the average speed of an Indy car in all races combined (courtesy of INDYCAR)
- 7.8 seconds—the average length of time for pit stops (courtesy of INDYCAR)
- 50,095—combined race laps logged in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series (courtesy of INDYCAR)
- 1.2 million—Number of bricks underneath the racing surface at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (courtesy of INDYCAR)
- 5—the number of confirmed selfies by a Verizon IndyCar Series race winner (courtesy of Just Marketing International)
Some very cool stats to be sure. But, ultimately, what really mattered to the fans, the teams and the drivers was the innovative technology that made so much of it possible. From LTE Multicast and the Team App used by IndyCar teams, to the Race Weekend Concierge and the INDYCAR 14 App designed for the fans, innovative technology worked throughout the season to improve the drivers’ performances and, ultimately, enhance the fan experience.
From start to finish, the 2014 Verizon IndyCar season has been a thrilling ride. And, it’s sure to be even more exciting in 2015 as Verizon and IndyCar bring even more innovative technology to the Series.