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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
Controversy continues over IndyCar ride control

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, April 18, 2010

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The infamous Anti-roll bar (ARB) setup that makes the ARB act like a spring, providing additional bump control.
The really trick setup: this one has an additional modification with a flange extending rearward that also provides droop control.
The teams that have yet to catch up have no ARB setup at all, as evidenced by the empty bolt holes at the top of the rocker arm.
The controversy over the "3rd spring" ride control issue that surfaced a few weeks ago when it was revealed that Team Penske was running some form of ride control on the cars, which was thought to be prohibited by IndyCar officials until a memo came out this week from the Indy Racing League saying it is now allowed.

The trick that Team Penske is using, and now the other teams are scrambling to adopt, is to use the anti-roll bar (also known as a sway bar) as a third spring rather than as an anti-roll bar as it was intended.  In order to implement it requires a modification to the configuration of the bar so that it does not transfer load from one side of the car to the other during cornering to reduce leaning of the car, but instead act as a single spring holding up both sides of the car.

In theory when you remove the two regular springs from the car it should drop to the ground. Not so when the anti-roll bar has been modified to act as a third spring.  Since the teams do not run an anti-roll bar on street and road circuits anyway, this allows them to put the device into use another way.

The intent of the change is to allow the four regular springs (two front and two back) to be softer so the car rides over the curbs and bumps better without bottoming out.  Meanwhile, the anti-roll bar does not engage until the regular spring compress beyond a certain point, such as under heavy braking where the nose dives down.  Once engaged the stiffer third spring helps to slow further diving of the nose of the car, or in any other scenario where the cars suspension flexes beyond a certain point.  In other words, a form of ride control that allows you run the car closer to the ground on softer springs without bottoming out.

What has the other teams mad as hell is that they were misled by IRL officials in the past and were specifically told ride control was not permitted.

Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull told AutoRacing1.com, "Someone spotted a ride control device on the Newman Haas car in Brazil and that is when this all surfaced.  Up until then most of the teams thought ride-control was prohibited. 

"We do not have any problem with Team Penske.  Our beef is with the IRL, and in particular Les Mactaggart (Senior Technical Director of the IRL).  We asked if we could implement a similar ride control system a couple of years ago and we were denied by Mactaggart who told us in no uncertain terms that ride control was prohibited and that if it was found it would be taken off.

"The IRL needed to control the situation.  Then they put a memo out this week that does not fully define what the function of a spring and anti-roll bar are.  As it is right now all the teams are free to now implement ride control.  That means spending money on something the fans cannot see and that does not improve the show for the fans and created an unfair playing field."

Instead of banning ride control so all the teams did not have to spend the money to develop it, the IRL was forced to allow it for everyone because if they did not, that would say they allowed Team Penske to run an illegal device all this time.

And that is what has some team owners steaming mad.  One told us, who did not want his name used, that "there are far too many unwritten rules in IndyCar and no process in like they had in Champ Car where a team could ask for an interpretation of a rule and the answer from officials was distributed to all competitors automatically.  There are things going on in this paddock that are appalling.  Jokingly they are called "Rocket" rules, referring to the fact that when there is no written rule banning something they make one up (pull it out of the air) and deny you."

Justin Wilson told us the Dreyer & Reinbold is now looking at implementing it too.  "In the past we were denied using it.  Maybe we did not ask the question the right way," said Wilson.  "However, I am not sure it really makes that much of a difference.  Personally I think it is just a distraction that takes your focus off what Team Penske may really be doing."

Now that the cat's out of the bag and the IRL has approved ride control for IndyCars, and given how tenths of the second separate the top teams, look for all the teams to implement some form of ride control, a needless cost that does absolutely nothing to improve the show for the fans.

So sad, but oh so true.  We doubt new IRL CEO Randy Bernard is going to put up with such nonsense in the future.

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