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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
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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