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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

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
Q&A with IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard

At Long Beach
Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Randy Bernard
What is some of the momentum you see?

I think one measure of our momentum is to see all the different chassis and ideas vying to be the next IndyCar. I think that is very important to see so many people interested. I am meeting with a lot of the OEM and auto manufacturers this week and determining the interest level and how we can help and see where we are at with the open sourcing concept. I think fans want to see open sourcing, and I think a lot of people in the sport do as well.

Every series has pluses and minuses. Have you had a chance to take a look at other series like ALMS, F1 and others?

I am too new in the job right now to look at other racing leagues. Right now our first and foremost thing is creating driver affinity. Anyone who was at our function on Hollywood Boulevard last night witnessed a first class event. I think those are the thing that build driver affinity. The most important thing we can do right now is create stars in the sport. I have seen tremendous amount of research from other leagues including F1 and NASCAR, and the one thing that you see on top of the list of what fans are looking for is those star drivers. There are certain countries in the world where the teams and ownership were just as important. But mostly, driver affinity is the more important connection to the fans.

How do you deal with that with the driver turnover in the current economic conditions?

I think that you definitely want to build a brand and the drivers are important to that brand. I think Ryan Hunter-Reay with his name on his car is building his own brand and identity there. You don't want someone like that to be around one or two years. But if we really have the best drivers in the world, and if you look at the legends in this sport, they all pretty much retired within about a 16 month period. That was a huge blow to the sport. I think we have to maintain these drivers that are part of our brand. Like the Danicas. Danica is a huge star for us, and its important that we do everything we can to make sure we keep her here on our tour. I think it helps us when she goes over to race in NASCAR. It creates awareness of who we are and raises the interest level in our sport. After she ran in NASCAR, then ran in our event in São Paulo Brazil, our ratings were up 76% on Versus, despite losing 15 million households on DirectTV, which we had last year. I think Danica accounts for a piece of that.

The powers that be that hired you. Did they say "take a year to learn everything"

I said to the board when I took the job that I didn't want to me making any major decisions until I had some time to get a good grasp on the sport. I wanted to talk to our management team, I wanted to talk to our sponsors, our team owners and our drivers and have clear understand of what I think is going to be important. Even 7 weeks into the job now, I think I have made one major decision at this point. I knew it wasn't right for me to make the decision, so I create ICONIC to select our car of the future. I think you will see my next decision that I make will come in the next two weeks. I cant really say much, but what I will give you a hint on is that You have the Indianapolis 500, then you have a bunch of vanilla events. Not to take away from this great event here, but it's not a national event, which we need to have two or three majors that stand apart and make them big, big events. I think what we're working on might help with that."

We need events that really separate themselves out from the others. I mean NFL has phenomenal events across the country, but then when you get to the playoffs, those are the ones that take your ratings to a new level.

What is your impression of Long Beach compared to events you have been to so far?

Every event I have been to so far has been so different. I think that Sao Paulo was so different from Barber. You had a phenomenal crowd that is very loud and passionate fan base, where Barber was a NASCAR crowd, no question about it. There were more NASCAR numbers on t-shirts and hats than IndyCar numbers and drivers, which is great because it shows us that we can go into a market like that and do really really well. This event, has blown me away. I have been walking around quite a bit so far and it's packed. I am not sure a lot of these fans here are big racing fans, as they are here taking part in activities. So that will be fun for me to spend more time out there walking around seeing what they are doing and what they are buying.

What was your feeling about possibly being the marquee racing event for the weekend, with the other racing rained out, and the Masters being your media competition?

I think we did really well considering we were up against the Masters. I was more disappointed with the rainout in St. Pete. We had a chance to have a great Sunday event there, and got caught out by the rain. Which was unfortunate.

Is there any chance that IndyCars might run on the road course in Indy for a second event on the calendar?

You know that is twice in 20 minutes that question has come up. I think the speedway itself would have to have a lot of say in that, but I think that we all know there is a great interest there, and there is a great road course there. So does it makes sense to run on the road course to showcase the diversity of the sport? So I would not rule it out.

How many discussions are you having with sponsors in other forms of racing, emphasizing the value of IndyCar racing over the competition?

I think I would get myself in trouble by answering that. But I do think that the one thing we have to do is bring value to the sponsors, and if we can do that and offer them something they can't get somewhere else, then we will be very successful. I think we have to deliver better ratings and more fans at our races, and that will be two big indicators that sponsors will come on. If we can do those two things right, we will have an opportunity to bring in a lot more sponsorship revenue. I think there is sponsor money out there, and they are willing to spend it if the value is there for them. Even in a downtime for the economy, that is the key factor.

How do you think you can make your drivers more stars?

Last week was the first driver intro I got to see because they didn't do one at St. Pete. I felt that we don't do a good job at showing the stars we have. I had several meetings after that race, and we talked about showing the legends in our sport and attaching that to the up and coming stars we have in the series. And with the intros what we need to do is showcase them in a huge fashion, coming onto that stage. Like with Will Power, if he is the top guy right now, we need to showcase him higher and bigger  than everyone else, so if I am a kid or 25 years old, I will remember Will Power. And that to me is very important. On the outside , we can do more too. Events like we had last night, there are very places that would do something like close down Hollywood Boulevard and try to take it to a showcase level. I mean think about it, this is Hollywood. How many producers and Hollywood people are going to come down to Long Beach. So why not take advantage of that. Here we are in the number two market in the United States. If we are going to spend a significant amount of money on a promotion, let's do it in one of the biggest cities in the United States.

In two weeks, you keep alluding to that...can you tell us more?

Nope. You are going to have to figure that out now, and wait to hear from us. But I will say we need to get to second base before home plate, and I think we need to set ourselves up for the future on how we can build up our stars as well as major events. That is what this is going to be about.

Any chance of a reality TV show?

Great question. I met with four different producers yesterday, all major producers with Endeavor Agency out of Beverly Hills representing us on that, and I think it is very important that we have some kind of shoulder programming. I think that this sport, with the passion and personalities we have, would do very well on TV. How many sports are there where men and women compete on the same level. I think that storyline would be incredible to showcase on an hour show that really hits home with our fans. If we are going to do a reality show, let's make it stand apart and make sure that it's helping our sport go to the next level.

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