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2014 Standings
After Long Beach
Pos. Driver Points

1 Will Power 93
2 Mike Conway 66
3 Simon Pagenaud 60
4 Helio Castroneves 55
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 54
6 Scott Dixon 51
7 Carlos Munoz 48
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 47
9 Mikhail Aleshin 46
10 Sebastian Saavedra 42
11 Tony Kanaan 40
12 Justin Wilson 38
13 Takuma Sato 36
14 Josef Newgarden 34
15 Ryan Briscoe 33
16 Sebastien Bourdais 33
17 Graham Rahal 33
18 Marco Andretti 32
19 Carlos Huertas 32
20 Oriol Servia 26
21 Jack Hawksworth 24
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 17

Wins
T1 Will Power 1
T1 Mike Conway 1

Podium Finishes
1 Will Power 2
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T2 Helio Castroneves 1
T2 Mike Conway 1
T2 Carlos Munoz 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 74
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
3 Takuma Sato 33
4 Scott Dixon 22
5 Mike Conway 4
6 Sebastian Saavedra 3
7 Helio Castroneves 2
8 Josef Newgarden 1


Prize Money
1 Will Power $50,000
T2 Mike Conway $30,000
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay $30,000
4 Simon Pagenaud $18,000
5 Takuma Sato $17,000
T6 Helio Castroneves $15,000
T6 Carlos Munoz $15,000
T8 Juan Pablo Montoya $10,000
T8 Scott Dixon $10,000
T10 Mikhail Aleshin $8,000
T10 Tony Kanaan $8,000
12 Oriol Servia $7,000
T13 Justin Wilson $5,000
T13 Marco Andretti $5,000
T15 Sebastian Saavedra $4,000
T15 Josef Newgarden $4,000
T17 Ryan Briscoe $2,000
T17 Carlos Huertas $2,000

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 93
2 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 60
4 3 Team Penske 55
5 28 Andretti Autosport 54
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 51
7 34 Andretti Autosport HVM Racing 48
8 2 Team Penske 47
9 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 46
10 17 KV AFS Racing 42
11 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40
12 19 Dale Coyne Racing 38
13 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 36
14 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 34
15 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 33
16 11 KVSH Racing 33
17 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 33
18 25 Andretti Autosport 32
19 18 Dale Coyne Racing 32
20 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 26
21 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 24
22 27 Andretti Autosport 20
23 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 17

Finishing Average
1 Will Power 1.5
2 Simon Pagenaud 5
T3 Helio Castroneves 7
T3 Oriol Servia 7
5 Scott Dixon 8
6 Mike Conway 8.5
7 Mikhail Aleshin 9
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 9.5
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 10
T9 Carlos Munoz 10
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
T12 Tony Kanaan 12
T12 Justin Wilson 12
T14 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
T14 Sebastien Bourdais 13.5
T14 Graham Rahal 13.5
T17 Josef Newgarden 14
T17 Carlos Huertas 14
19 Takuma Sato 14.5
20 Marco Andretti 15
21 Jack Hawksworth 18
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 21.5

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 1
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T2 Scott Dixon 1
T2 Tony Kanaan 1
T2 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T2 Will Power 1
T2 Takuma Sato 1
T2 Marco Andretti 1
T2 James Hinchcliffe 1
T2 Josef Newgarden 1
T2 Simon Pagenaud 1
T2 Jack Hawksworth 1

Qualifying Average
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
2 Scott Dixon 6
3 Jack Hawksworth 6.5
4 Marco Andretti 7
5 Tony Kanaan 7.5
T6 Takuma Sato 8
T6 Sebastien Bourdais 8
T8 Will Power 9
T8 Carlos Munoz 9
10 Helio Castroneves 9.5
11 Simon Pagenaud 10
12 James Hinchcliffe 10.5
13 Oriol Servia 12
T14 Josef Newgarden 13
T14 Justin Wilson 13
16 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
17 Mike Conway 14.5
18 Sebastian Saavedra 16.5
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 17
20 Mikhail Aleshin 17.5
21 Carlos Huertas 19
22 Charlie Kimball 19.5
23 Graham Rahal 22
Briscoe dominates, Castroneves wins in Texas

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, June 07, 2009

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Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves wins again
Honda
Ryan Briscoe dominated the race but his Penske teammate Helio Castroneves had the advantage of the pit out pit box and he got the lead on the final pitstop.  Because the IndyCars run 100% throttle at Texas Motor Speedway, Helio was able to hold off Briscoe all the way to the finish to win Saturday night's IndyCar race by 0.3924 sec. 

Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti also ran 100% throttle the entire race and came in 3rd and 4th, further proof these races are 100% car and 0% driver talent. 

Andretti Green Racing teammates Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick were 5th and 6th further proof these races are 100% car and 0% driver talent as the finish is determined by how fast your wide open identical spec car can get through the air.  It is apparent the Penske cars do that best followed by the Ganassi cars followed by the AGR cars.

Such has been the pecking order for three years running.  How fast do you want to go, how much money do you have to spend in the wind tunnel reducing drag and on reducing rolling resistance.

This pitstop gave Castroneves the win
Honda
"First time when I jumped in a car at Long Beach, I asked if this was a dream and (race strategist) Tim Cindric said it was reality," Castroneves said. "It certainly feels like it's a dream, but I understand that it's not. And that's good news. Team Penske did an incredible job today.

"All the credit also goes to Ryan Briscoe and his team. They push us, and we push them, and together, we're pushing towards the top. Having first and second at Texas is not easy, so that's a compliment for everyone."

"We did the best we could, I just didn't have enough for Helio in the final stages," said Briscoe, who took over the IndyCar Series championship race with 199 points (three ahead of Dixon). "The last 20 laps were some of the most frustrating I've ever driven. To lead the whole race and have the quickest car out there, I just couldn't pass Helio. The high line was slower.

"At least we came in second. We got points for leading the most laps. The important thing is we're racing for the wins. We'll get our wins. It's just frustrating for tonight."

The win marked Team Penske's fifth at Texas Motor Speedway, tying Panther Racing for most wins at the 1.5-mile oval.

Quotes

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, winner Bombardier Learjet 550K): "First time when I jumped in a car at Long Beach, I asked if this was a dream and (Tim Cindric) said it was reality. It certainly feels like it's a dream, but I understand that it's not. And that's good news. Team Penske did an incredible job today. It was an incredible day for Team Penske. All the credit also goes to Ryan Briscoe and his team. They push us, and we push them, and together, we're pushing towards the top. Having first and second at Texas is not easy, so that's a compliment for everyone." (About passing for lead in the pits): "In the beginning of the race, we were saving fuel, but you're also trying to figure out what your car is doing and that what I was trying to do. The car was loose, and there were some moments out there. But we figured out what to do and great pit stops the guys put me up front. In the end it was 50 laps and full throttle. It was the toughest 50 laps that I had to go through, but we held it together."

RYAN BRISCOE: (No. 6 Team Penske, finished second): "We did the best we could, I just didn't have enough for Helio in the final stages. The last 20 laps were some of the most frustrating I've ever driven. To lead the whole race and have the quickest car out there, I just couldn't pass Helio. The high line was slower. At least we came in second. We got points for leading the most laps. The important thing is we're racing for the wins. We'll get our wins. It's just frustrating for tonight."

SCOTT DIXON: (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, finished third): "There was lots of green running, which is different for Texas. The Penske cars are definitely hooked up. The Target cars weren't too bad. We just need to work on it a bit."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy, finished fourth): (About battle with Danica Patrick): "The toughest people out there passing me are my teammates, and I don't get that. I think three out of four of us get what the camaraderie of Andretti Green Racing is."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Energizer, finished fifth): "It was slow. It was just slow all night. The biggest problem I had was the fuel mileage. If they would have told me that from the start, I would have done a lot better and saved fuel. I gave away a place tonight, and I hope it doesn't cost us at the end of the year."

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Boost Mobile/Motorola, finished sixth): "All weekend we had a strong car and then during the race, the steering became really heavy, it just wasn't the car we started with. I wish we could have had a top-five finish, but Marco passed me at the end far and square. Overall, I'm content with the sixth place finish for the Boost Mobile/Motorola car."

DAN WHELDON (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing, finished seventh): "For whatever reason, we just lacked a little bit of speed compared to what we had in practice and we geared the National Guard Panther Racing car to be quicker. Again, the Panther guys worked really hard and got us to the end, but we seem to make it difficult for ourselves sometimes. As time goes on, we're going to continue to improve."

TONY KANAAN (No 11 Team 7-Eleven, finished eighth): "It has been the most difficult past three weeks for Team 7-Eleven, but we hung in there and kept our heads up. I wish we had a better finish tonight, but we finished the race with no issues, the guys did a great job in the pits, and I did my job on the track. I happy to have an off week and I think we could use the rest, but look forward to getting back in the car in Iowa."

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing, finished ninth): "A top-10 finish is the only positive we can take out of the Texas race. We did gain some ground in the points moving from 16th to 14th but this is the third time I've finished ninth here. I was hoping for a better result. I'm disappointed for the fans in particular because Texas is supposed to be exciting racing, and unfortunately, the cars are too similar now and it weakened the product. I've never seen this race turn into a one groove track before. We want to put on a good show, and I'm afraid this was not it. You couldn't pass and you couldn't pass guys that were a lap down. It doesn't take much of a block and suddenly you find yourself running behind lapped cars all night long. It turned into a fuel strategy, track position, no passing race and no one wants that. Texas is usually the place you should have to be playing fuel strategy gambles. This is a place you should be able to drive from the back to the front and unfortunately it is just not that way right now."

MARIO MORAES (No. 5 KV Racing Technology/Votorantim, finished 10th): "I think we got the most out of the car we could tonight. The car was loose in the middle of the race and I fell back, but during the last stint it was fast. I want to thank the entire KV Racing Technology team. They did a great job tonight. We finished in the top-10 again and earned some valuable points and pick up some spots in the championship standings."

Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It’s great to get a Texas race under my belt.  It’s hard for me because we’re going to get a good season going here.  It’s a while different discipline.  I’m learning as much as I can.  I’m not used to finishing 11th, 10th or ninth but that’s the way it is at the moment.  We just have to work hard and close the gap to the strong guys.  I’m very happy I finished the race for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and the 06 guys because they know as well as I know that I need the experience as fast as I can.  I enjoyed myself in the night race in Texas.  Seeing the crowds is very exciting.  It’s unfortunate that the last sting destroyed my race a bit with backmarkers not going me any room.  Other than that, I am happy I can focus on Iowa.”

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald’s Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It’s frustrating. We struggled a little bit all weekend but the McDonald’s car felt very comfortable and very good. It was unfortunate because right away something did not feel right as I went into Turn 1 and I lost a couple of spots in the initial start. I was hanging on going into Turns 3 and 4 the car was so loose and I lost tons of spots maybe 6 or 7 spots. Something did not feel right going back into Turn 1 and I let up for the second lap and I was trying to be careful but as I went into Turn 1 something snapped. I couldn’t hang on. I feel bad for the others involved. It was horrible.”

Results

Pos

Driver Start Pos Diff Gap Status
1 Helio Castroneves (3) 4 --.---- --.---- Running
2 Ryan Briscoe (6) 2 0.3924 0.3924 Running
3 Scott Dixon (9) 3 2.1795 1.7871 Running
4 Dario Franchitti (10) 1 3.8322 1.6527 Running
5 Marco Andretti (26) 8 4.3422 0.5100 Running
6 Danica Patrick (7) 5 5.1485 0.8063 Running
7 Dan Wheldon (4) 7 7.1486 2.0001 Running
8 Tony Kanaan (11) 16 8.2750 1.1264 Running
9 Ed Carpenter (20) 10 17.7798 9.5048 Running
10 Mario Moraes (5) 6 1 lap 1 lap Running
11 Robert Doornbos (06) 9 3.7548 3.7548 Running
12 Raphael Matos (2) 15 2 laps 1 lap Running
13 Tomas Scheckter (43) 18 13.4551 13.4551 Running
14 Alex Tagliani (34) 13 3 laps 1 lap Running
15 Justin Wilson (18) 17 3.4569 3.4569 Running
16 Ryan Hunter-Reay (21) 23 9.5790 6.1221 Running
17 Sarah Fisher (67) 14 6 laps 3 laps Running
18 Jaques Lazier (98) 24 18 laps 12 laps Running
19 Mike Conway (24) 19 43 laps 25 laps Running
20 AJ Foyt IV (14) 22 57 laps 14 laps Contact
21 Hideki Mutoh (27) 11 74 laps 17 laps Electrical
22 Graham Rahal (02) 12 226 laps 152 laps Contact
23 Milka Duno (23) 20 0.4109 0.4109 Contact
24 EJ Viso (13) 21 0.4162 0.0053 Contact

Race Statistics

      Winner's average speed: 172.677 mph

      Time of race: 1:55:16.1670

      Margin of victory: 0.3904 of a second

      Cautions: 3 caution flags for 26 laps

      Lead changes: 7 lead changes among 4 drivers

      Lap leaders: Franchitti 1-10, Briscoe 11-56, Castroneves 57-

      58, Carpenter 59, Briscoe 60-111, Castroneves 112-113,

      Briscoe 114-175, Castroneves 176-228.

      Point standings: Briscoe 199, Dixon 196, Franchitti 188,

      Castroneves 186, Patrick 167, Wheldon 152, Kanaan 146,

      Andretti 141, Rahal 126, Hunter-Reay 116.

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