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2014 Standings
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
It's time for fans to embrace merged series

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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The creation of the IRL in 1996 created a lot of hard feelings and animosity in the hugely successful CART camp and for the past 12 years the sport of open wheel racing in the USA has been in a downward spiral. 

However, with the announcement last Friday that an agreement had been reached whereby Champ Car would cease to operate and some of its races and teams would merge with the IRL created a new opportunity for the sport to start the process of heeling.  And that includes the fans who were divided and took sides with one of the two warring leagues.

In particular there are a lot of hard feelings in the Champ Car camp because they felt the deal to bring the two series together was not a merger at all, but instead a capitulation by the owners of Champ Car (OWRS) - a complete surrender. 

In some respects they are correct because Champ Car represented a better formula in their minds.  However, no matter how good your product, years of mismanagement of Champ Car resulted in a series that was failing commercially.  This was not sustainable long-term without huge outlays of cash by Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe.

Finally on Friday, February  22, 2008, after losing many millions of dollars trying to keep Champ Car afloat, both agreed to sign an agreement with the IRL to essentially cease operations and allow the IRL to run open wheel racing in North America. 

Not only did it represent an opportunity to cut their losses, but also an opportunity to end this silly war that has gone on for 12 long years, a war that essentially dealt a severe blow to the sport and allowed NASCAR to grow in leaps and bounds.

So like it or not, it is what it is, as they say.  But if you are a fan of open wheel racing, and I mean really a fan, then you will embrace the opportunity to see open wheel racing once again prosper in North America.  Sure it may not yet be the panacea that it could some day be, but instead of working to destroy each other, now the two sides can work toward building the sport together.

Yes, many people blame Tony George for the severe blow he dealt to the sport by creating the IRL in the first place, but you must admire his tenacity and devotion to the sport.  It is his 100% focus and the same could not be said for the owners of Champ Car who had many other interests.

I for one am more excited about the season ahead than I have been for a long time, and I think I speak for many when I say that.  Sure the Champ Car teams will be at a disadvantage in 2008 and possibly even in 2009. However, with the introduction of the new car in 2010, everyone will be back on a level playing field and things will get very interesting.  Don't be surprised if the new IRL in two years time looks a lot like Champ Car in many aspects.  I foresee the best of both series being brought together to ultimately raise the IRL up to new heights.  Might it someday worry Bernie Ecclestone again, or the France family?  Not for awhile, but if they play their cards right.....

The IRL also had the better TV deal with ESPN and ABC than Champ Car did, and the races will all be broadcast in high definition this year, something Champ Car could not afford to do.  The better TV deal, and the fact that they will also be racing in the Indy 500 now, will make it much easier for them to find sponsorship going forward.

We should see grid sizes upwards of 25 cars all year and this will certainly be good for the series and for attendance.

I also expect to see rivalries develop between the Indy Car and Champ Car teams, and how that all plays itself out will be intriguing.  And the fans of each will pick sides and there will be a real passion again in who they pull for to win.  This rivalry I feel will not only increase attendance, but also TV ratings.

I can go on and on about all the positives this merger brings to the sport, but the message is simple - none of us can change the past, so why fret over it.  It's time to embrace the future and learn to enjoy what this is really all about - a sport.  So put away the politics, stifle those hard feelings, and enjoy the sport for what it is, and for it was meant to be.

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