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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
A New Beginning for Open Wheel Racing

by Dan Maldonado
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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One of my most cherished souvenirs is my CART coffee mug.  I received it from a former accounting employee at CART when the series was based in Troy, MI.  Why is this my most cherished souvenir?  This is curious even to me as I have a lot of souvenirs from the CART days not to mention some fantastic memories.  Furthermore, I wrote for these very pages back during the launch of AutoRacing1.com.  It was a way for me to immerse myself in the action.  Those were the days…

Today I feel myself wanting to get closer to that action again because I believe that the recent announcement of a reunification of American open wheel racing will in the coming years yield the kind of competitive racing we have longed for since 1996.  It is not the purpose of this author to try to establish blame for the split nor to write another “if only it hadn’t” article.  No, I wish to share with you the hopes and anticipation of the part of me that is still a fan of the sport of open wheel racing.   

I am under no illusion that AGR, Target/Ganassi and Penske will not hammer the transition Champ Car teams in the opening rounds.  This hammering will undoubtedly continue well into, if not through, the month of May.  However, I know that the level of professionalism and competitiveness of the likes of N/H/L, Walker, PKV, Forsythe and Conquest will bring a spirited fight to all the opening events and throughout the year.  There is no way that Paul Tracy will settle for a top 10 in any round regardless of his team joining late.  I fully expect Paul to stand on it as he has since day one.  To that point, I fully expect all the transition Champ Car teams to stand on it.  Understand my excitement yet?

With respect to the calendar, this year we will have to endure some patchwork scheduling.  This is a result of the late coming of this agreement. 

For 2009, I hope to see what has been described as a clean sheet of paper approach to the calendar.  Not only a clean sheet that will give a genuine chance to Road America, Toronto and Cleveland making it back to the series calendar but a calendar that must give consideration to conflicts with NASCAR and in the closing month avoiding conflicts with the NFL. 

This will probably mean that the league will have to look at more Saturday night events and a more compact schedule.  Might this mean a race scheduled in early May?  Perhaps that will be necessary but hey; we are rebuilding a brand. 

This brand in the past and in the future should include a representation of the greatest racing disciplines.  That is, an even distribution of ovals and road and street courses.  Why not sub-championships?  This year’s Oval champ: Dan Weldon, This year’s Road Course champ: Scott Dixon, This year’s Street Course champ: Tony Kanaan.  You get the point…excited now?

The League must rebuild the brand and when they’re done with that, continue to build the brand.  I don’t believe it is a secret that the model this unified series is following is the CART model of the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Why not?  It was a time of fantastic racing, fully funded teams, recognizable names and relevant sponsors.  And, they have to build the brand through the personalities.  Helio Castroneves won Dancing with the Stars.  He is a crossover brand now that transcends that of a mere race car driver that entered a dance contest.  He’s a personality that non-racing fans tuned in to see and voted for en masse. 

The League needs to ensure that this non-racing community that voted for Helio tune in to watch him do what he really does well and give them a great show.  Danicamania.  Enough said.  Should she win a race this year; God help us all!  Danica and Peyton will dominate TV commercials. 

Paul Tracy is the “Smoke” of Open Wheel.  That’s a good thing!  There was real news covering the skirmish last season between SmOWk and Tagliani.  Not to mention the new chapter of Andretti versus Rahal versus Foyt.  These are names the disenchanted fans will recognize and hopefully compel them to tune in again.

I’ll be at the Indy 500 this year as I have for the past several years.  And I’m looking forward to attending the races in Detroit, Kentucky and elsewhere.  I can’t express to you just how excited I am looking forward to these events knowing the increased level of competition and increased car counts.  I’m ready for the New Beginning of American Open Wheel racing…American Open Wheel racing fans are ready for this new beginning.

Ladies and Gentlemen…Start your engines! 

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