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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
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 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
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 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 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
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Why Randy Bernard may be just what the IRL needed

by Ray Masters
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

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Randy Bernard
My first reaction was...what are they thinking?

A man who has a self proclaimed zero knowledge of auto racing!

But following a moment of reflection and listening to his first interview I am feeling very positive about Mr. Bernard's appointment as CEO of the Indy Racing League.  There can be no denying his ability to get the job done. You have to have some serious marketing chops to make a bull famous!

However like many onlookers my first reaction was based on his complete lack of any experience with, or knowledge of single seater racing.  But as AR1 reported recently, the Ford Motor Company has seen an amazing turnaround in it's fortunes guided by a man from the aeronautics industry.

Sometimes it really does take a new broom to sweep away all the dust and cobwebs.

Indy Car racing has been in the hands of "experienced" men for ever and despite their best intentions and qualifications it is now in the doldrums. It's now make or break time and this is a bold move which deserves a chance to succeed.

Up front my only reservations lay with his minor ties to NASCAR.  In my opinion Mr. Bernard needs to stay well clear of the France Dynasty in all ways. Especially in using their ideas of dumbed down racing.

He needs to realize that Indy Car is a technological sport and it's fans and sponsors seek this out and demand it's inclusion.  One of the many mistakes Tony George made was to bring out those ugly V8 powered crap wagons with no real advanced technology featured anywhere.

The recent comments made by Chip Ganassi should be front and center in the mind of the new CEO. These are words to hang your hat on and I sincerely hope that Mr. Barnard has Chip in for a long and frank chat. Indy Car needs the delta car or something similar. It needs to demonstrate it's individuality and forward thinking.

It should also be the first major series that plays more than just lip service to the environment. Back in the heydays of the sport no one cared that every car was Cosworth powered. So I say keep the manufacturers out of the equation. They were undoubtedly part of the reason CART collapsed. I believe using several chassis manufacturers is enough to give the series it's needed equipment variety.

It wasn't that long ago that we walked the paddocks of some of the greatest race tracks in the world to bump into stars like Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Danny Sullivan, Rick Mears and Bobby Rahal.

These were names that the man in the street knew and respected. It is vital that the sport rekindle this excitement in it's fans.

I'm sorry to say that I don't get the same buzz out of meeting many of the current crop of racers as I did when I encountered Mario, Al, Emmo or Nige.

That has nothing to do with their skills, but more to do with the way the IRL has promoted them. I might add that we desperately need more North American drivers if this is to be supported by a North American fan base.

I like Bernard's comments about making more of the team owners too. F1 has always put it's owner/managers front and center and the IRL should do likewise. These are bold and charismatic men so why not exploit those attributes.

As for the racing. While there are some amazingly close oval races as measured by milliseconds, too much of a good thing can become tedious. Street courses need to be cut back as there is absolutely no doubt that they do not allow for great wheel to wheel battles.

They might be good for getting a casual crowd out on the weekend but the racing suffers and isn't that what it's really meant to be all about. Not parties or rock concerts. It's the racing, the cars, the drivers, stupid!

There are so many fine road courses both old and new in this country that it boarders on criminal that the IRL does not race at more of them. Included in this revamp should be an attempt to stay away from every ISC owned track. ISC wants the IRL to die so why play in their sandbox?

Also, do we really need to race in Europe? I say that just from a financial standpoint. If it's affordable fine, but if it financially and logistically burdens the teams and the sanctioning body then dump them.

Speaking of the sanctioning body. One area that really needs an overhaul is race control and the Emergency Team.  These guys are fantastic and they put life and limb on the line for all concerned but why oh why does it take so long to take the track green after even the most innocuous spin?

F1 can have a course green in less than a lap after a multi car pile up.  This is a race control issue as much as anything and needs urgent attention.  We have been subjected to lap after lap of yellow flag processions for no apparent reason following some minor shunt. The public, especially new viewers, just don't understand that.

NASCAR can teach the IRL a lesson or two about PR however.  This has been the single biggest weakness of the series for years now.  We all know about, and I'm sure are constantly annoyed by, the lack of decent publicity surrounding the series.  While Danica has done amazing things for the sport's visibility you cannot base a whole series on one competitor.

Sponsors, teams and the sanctioning body must  do a far better job of getting the word out to Joe and Jane Public. Just looking at how Mr. Bernard has pulled the PBR up from ground level gives me especial hope that he can change this around.

Right now NASCAR is facing some serious issues including falling attendance at all it's races, a serious decline in TV viewer ratings and a manufacturer base that seems to be tiring of the anti-technology stance beloved by the France family.

The Car of Tomorrow (sic) has been a huge failure.

This is the time for the IRL to go on the offensive and with a completely new leadership in place I believe they are poised to do so in a bold and exciting way.

I am more upbeat about the IRL's chances of success than I have been since the split. I wish all of the teams, sponsors and members of the IRL the very best of luck. The next few years will be tough, but no one gets to be great without having to fight and be creative.

Ray Masters
With a completely new regime installed at Indy and the IRL, selected from industries outside of the sport, we can expect a whole new way of doing business and that in itself is a huge plus.

Of course one of the biggest assets Mr. Bernard brings to the table is his long and fruitful association with Versus.  It's easy to criticize the decision to align themselves with this channel but the IRL have done the deal and that's that.

You know what they say about lemons and lemonade.

Not that I'm suggesting Versus is a lemon. Far from it.  Their coverage of the Tour de France is, in my opinion, the finest sports television has to offer.  It's slick, entertaining and very informative.  In fact the producers of the IRL shows need to look at the extremely talented and humorous announcing team of Hummer, Roll, Liggett and Sherwen for a lesson in keeping it fast, fresh and  fun.

Being a big fish in a slightly smaller pool can be a very positive thing and providing Versus gets behind Bernard and his new charge, the IRL will be well positioned for the future growth that this channel must inevitably receive.

But Versus have got to get fully on board and promote like hell. I'm confident the new CEO has the experience and influence to make sure this happens.

To paraphrase The Who...."here comes the new boss, NOT the same as the old boss!"  Ray Masters

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