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After Pocono
Driver Standings

1 Will Power 446
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Simon Pagenaud 402
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 391
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388
6 Carlos Munoz (R) 340
7 Marco Andretti 325
8 Scott Dixon 297
9 Ryan Briscoe 285
10 Sebastien Bourdais 271
11 Tony Kanaan 267
12 James Hinchcliffe 266
13 Mikhail Aleshin 263
14 Justin Wilson 253
15 Charlie Kimball 239
16 Jack Hawksworth 227
17 Carlos Huertas (R) 224
18 Josef Newgarden 220
19 Graham Rahal 202
20 Sebastian Saavedra 196
21 Takuma Sato 189
22 Mike Conway 152
23 Ed Carpenter 138
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 James Davison (R) 34
29 Jacques Villeneuve 29
30 Alex Tagliani 28
31 Luca Filippi 24
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 340
2 Mikhail Aleshin 263
3 Jack Hawksworth 217
4 Carlos Huertas 204
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Simon Pagenaud 2
T4 Mike Conway 1
T4 Helio Castroneves 1
T4 Carlos Huertas 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 5
T1 Helio Castroneves 5
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T3 Carlos Munoz 3
T3 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T6 Marco Andretti 2
T6 Simon Pagenaud 2
T8 Mike Conway 1
T8 Carlos Huertas 1
T8 Scott Dixon 1
T8 Tony Kanaan 1
T8 Graham Rahal 1
T8 Charlie Kimball 1
T8 Ed Carpenter 1
T8 Jack Hawksworth 1
T8 Mikhail Aleshin 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 348
2 Helio Castroneves 174
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 165
4 Ed Carpenter 116
5 Tony Kanaan 79
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 James Hinchcliffe 56
9 Simon Pagenaud 53
10 Jack Hawksworth 32
11 Scott Dixon 27
12 Marco Andretti 22
13 Justin Wilson 20
14 Sebastian Saavedra 14
15 Graham Rahal 10
16 Mike Conway 8
17 Josef Newgarden 8
T18 Oriol Servia 7
T18 Carlos Huertas 7
19 Ryan Briscoe 5
20 Mikhail Aleshin 4
21 Alex Tagliani 3
22 Sebastien Bourdais 2

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 446
2 3 Team Penske 446
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 402
4 2 Team Penske 391
5 28 Andretti Autosport 388
6 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 340
7 25 Andretti Autosport 325
8 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 297
9 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 290
10 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 285
11 11 KVSH Racing 271
12 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 267
13 27 Andretti Autosport 266
14 7 SMP Racing 263
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 253
16 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 239
17 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 227
18 18 Dale Coyne Racing 224
19 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 220
20 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 202
21 17 KV/AFS Racing 196
22 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 189
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 112
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.81
2 Kurt Busch 6.00
3 Will Power 6.09
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.72
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
T7 Scott Dixon 10.18
T7 Carlos Munoz 10.18
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.45
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.72
11 Ryan Briscoe 11.75
12 Marco Andretti 12.125
13 Carlos Munoz 12.375
T14 Oriol Servia 12.5
T14 Justin Wilson 12.5
16 Alex Tagliani 13.0
17 Sebastien Bourdais 13.25
18 Charlie Kimball 13.625
19 Mike Conway 13.66
T20 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
T20 Ed Carpenter 14.0
22 Carlos Huertas 14.25
23 Mikhail Aleshin 14.875
24 James Hinchcliffe 15.125
T25 Takuma Sato 15.5
T25 Jack Hawksworth 15.5
27 Sebastian Saavedra 15.75
28 James Davison 16.00
29 Josef Newgarden 16.375
30 Graham Rahal 16.625
31 Martin Plowman 20.5
32 Franck Montagny 22.0
33 Pippa Mann 24.0
34 Townsend Bell 25.0
35 Buddy Lazier 32.0

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T2 Scott Dixon 3
T2 Will Power 3
T2 James Hinchcliffe 3
T2 Helio Castroneves 3
T2 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T9 Takuma Sato 1
T9 Marco Andretti 1
T9 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T9 Tony Kanaan 1
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T9 Mike Conway 1
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T9 Ryan Briscoe 1
Doornbos aims to repeat podium finish in debut

NHL Racing's newest addition
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Robert Doornbos should be a real threat once he gets used to the IRL's unwieldy IndyCars
The moment Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) driver Robert Doornbos has been waiting for has finally arrived.  This weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg IndyCar Series 2009 season opener marks the Dutchman’s much anticipated return to open wheel racing in the United States since he finished third in the 2007 Champ Car World Series standings and won Rookie of the Year. 

“The time to go racing is finally here!” said Doornbos, 27, who planned to compete in the Champ Car World Series in 2008 but the late reunification of open wheel racing put his plans on hold.  “I have been looking forward to driving for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing for a while now and it’s exciting that it is finally time to start the season.  My desire to get back to open wheel racing in the US was mega, it was really big.  Even though I had a couple of opportunities to go back to Formula One as a test driver, I really wanted to race because I had such a good time in 2007.  Obviously the success was nice as well and it really motivated me to be here and be able to fight for wins and championships with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in 2009.”

Upon his arrival to the U.S. racing scene in 2007, Doornbos commanded attention right away when he finished second to Will Power in his Champ Car debut in Las Vegas for Minardi Team USA.  He went on to finish on the podium in five of his first six races including his first of two wins in Mont Tremblant in Round 6.  He also finished second in his A1GP debut in China in Nov. ‘08.  Although this season will pose a new challenge for him as he makes his racing debut on an oval in Round 3 at Kansas Speedway, he is approaching the season the same way.

“To have five podium finishes in my first six Champ Car races is something I am proud of and a feat not accomplished by many drivers,” said Doornbos who resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  “That was a good confidence boost and I am going for the same attitude for St. Pete.  Having my debut take place at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete street course is great.  I have been watching the DVD of last year’s race and the course looks amazing on TV.  Of course it’s good that the team won the race last year and I think our setup is quite competitive.  I’m looking to make the most of it.  My second win in Champ Car was on the streets of San Jose so I’m feeling quite confident between my past results and the team’s performance not only in St. Pete but on streets courses overall.”

The 2009 season-opener on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course will mark the third time for the team to compete here.  In the 2003 Champ Car race here Bruno Junqueira finished third for the team and then-rookie Sebastien Bourdais became the first driver to win the pole in his series debut since Nigel Mansell won the pole for the ’93 Australian event – also while driving for then-named Newman/Haas Racing.  Bourdais led 30 laps and also set the fastest race lap but put too much pressure on himself to get back to the front after the team pit him out of sequence and contact ended his race.  Justin Wilson started third for NHLR here last year and led 18 laps but Graham Rahal broke through to become the youngest winner in series history in his Indy car debut after holding off veterans Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan through two restarts.

NHLR ran limited test miles prior to the start of the 2008 IndyCar Series season due to timing of the reunification of open wheel racing and the arrival of their race cars three weeks before the start of the season.  This year the team has not only tested on the Homestead, Fla. oval, they completed their first ever full day of Indy car testing on a road/street course and built that total to four days for rookie Doornbos.

“I am quite happy with the testing and preparation we have done to get ready for the season because we have been quite competitive,’ said Doornbos who set the second fastest lap time on Day 1 of the Barber test.  “I had a mix of both type of tracks with my oval debut at Homestead and was obviously quite happy to go to (road courses in) Sebring and Barber to work on our setups for the first two race weekends on street courses where I’m looking to maximize our performance at the start of the championship.” 

Doornbos, the 2007 Champ Car Rookie of the Year, will take part in a four-man battle for 2009 Rookie of the Year honors and the subsequent $50,000 award.  His competition on track is 2008 Firestone Indy Lights champion Rafael Matos, former NASCAR driver Stanton Barrett and Englishman Mike Conway.  The series will continue its exciting Firestone Fast Six qualifying process and will also introduce the Firestone “alternate” tire program most recently used in the 2007 Champ Car season.  Doornbos is excited about both challenges.


“I’m really looking forward to the qualifying process,” said Doornbos.  “The single-lap flyers are something I am used to from racing in Europe.  I have done them in Formula One, A1GP and in the Superleague series.  It’s a great thing for a driver to try to get the most out of the car and yourself on one lap.  It’s a huge adrenaline rush.  And having the Firestone alternate tire will be good for the championship.  I think it will mix it up as it did in Champ Car.  In Formula One last weekend the tire difference was quite big so it shows that it can definitely add some spice to the championship.”

Not only does Doornbos log many miles through testing and racing, he also logs many air miles.  Since leaving his home in Monte Carlo on March 19 for the test in Alabama, he has seen many sights.  After two days of testing and four total in Alabama, he traveled to Mexico to concentrate on his physical fitness training before arriving to St. Petersburg on Tuesday, March 31 (today).  On Monday after the Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete he will fly to Portugal for the A1GP event for Team Netherlands (April 12) and will arrive to Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday before the April 19 Indy car race there.  From Long Beach he will make a brief appearance for the IndyCar Series in Phoenix before heading to Kansas Speedway for his oval racing debut on April 26.  He will then return home to Monte Carlo for a week of rest before coming to Indy for the month of May and the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500. 

The 2009 IndyCar Series season opens with Round 1 of 17 -- the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. The 2009 schedule, one of the most diverse in all of motorsports, features races on ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits, all broadcast worldwide through a comprehensive, long-term agreement with Versus and ESPN. All races in 2009 will be telecast in High Definition.  Coverage of the Honda Grand Prix will begin with a pre-race show on Saturday from 4-5 p.m. EDT while coverage of the 100-lap race will air from 2-5 p.m. EDT on Sunday.  Both broadcasts will air on the VERSUS network.

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