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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
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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