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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
Delta Wing: The IRL should just make custard

by Scott Morris
Thursday, April 08, 2010

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Our suggestion for the IRL and their chassis conundrum: if you don't want to cook a whole meal, just make custard.

You see, for those of you who cook, you know that custard is kind of tricky to make. It has several ingredients that, if you don't combine them just right, you get basically get French Toast without the toast. You whisk the eggs and boil the cream just enough so as not to scorch it with a bitter taste. Then you cannot simply add the hot cream to the eggs, or it cooks them. You add just a little bit at a time, and whisk it so it all combines into something everyone loves in the end.

The DW is the same way as far as we see it. It is a revolutionary concept; perhaps too revolutionary and too big of a jump for many people, including the fans that have to accept it, or nobody is going to show up to watch. You need to combine all the ingredients just right so that it tastes great for everyone. zzzz

So what to do?

We say that if the IRL is not entirely confident or sure that the DW jump is one they want to make, place the DW program in Indy Lights. Lights is a series that badly needs a new chassis, and engine.

Indy Lights is supposed to be a development series, so let's use that. Put a 200hp engine in the back (a rotary would be absolutely ideal, and we could probably find someone to supply that engine in a matter of weeks...but aren't mentioning any names)

So the Delta Wing runs in Lights, and everyone gets to see how great it is, and you can gauge the public reaction without compromising the IndyCar brand, or taking too big of a gamble. The branding impact of the DW might be lessened a bit, but the risks of acceptance would be mitigated dramatically.

The Delta Wing concept could easily be scaled to an Indy Lights look that would be different from the end-product IndyCar DW.

On top of that, this will give the Indy Lights drivers an extra boost in making the step up the next year, because they will have experience with this style of car and racing.

Most importantly though, this would give the fans a chance to see it in action, and know something about it. Fans are fickle. You get about 10 seconds to convince them to watch. Right now, the first impressions from the casual fan (which will always be most of the viewing public) is mixed. Once people know more about it, they look at the car with much more interest. This gives them all a chance to get acquainted.

The IRL can select a backup plan with a chassis manufacturer that would be ready to go mid-year 2011 and start producing a car for testing in mid-fall and delivering in November.

This chassis manufacturer could even pay them a small fee for this backup position, and it would still payoff in the long run. We can say confidently that it just doesn’t take two years to put together a race car and be able to supply all the teams. It has been done time and time again with very little lead time. Especially with a type of car that is really an iteration of the current conventional design.

There is also nothing to say that the chassis manufacturer couldn't be the one to produce the Delta Wing. After all, the DW group keep insisting that they are not a chassis manufacturer and this is not intended to be a spec car with a single manufacturer anyway.

So this idea seems to be a logical compromise.

Please excuse the mixed metaphor, but if the IRL doesn't want to jump head-first into the Delta Wing, they can just make custard.

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