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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

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
IndyCar 2-Seater is a wild ride

by Scott Morris
Thursday, April 22, 2010


Scott Morris after his IndyCar 2-seater ride.
The driving suits are very slimming.
Having been to most of the IndyCar events so far this year covering for AR1, I was offered the opportunity to experience the IndyCar 2-Seater ride here at Long Beach. If I could have picked one track to go for a ride, this one would be it. I have been watching Long Beach since I was just a "wee lad" (as Dario Franchitti or Jackie Stewart might say), almost as long as I have been watching the Indy 500, and loved watching Little Al claim this turf as his own. It is a marquee race on the open wheel calendar every year, no matter who races here.

Now that we have one series, we can see that this event is growing once again, and I was really excited to be able to experience the mystique of one of the original street course events in the world, and certainly the signature street course race in America.

One of the IndyCar two-seat cars
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They have several drivers for the 2-seater program. Among them is Davey Hamilton, who only shows the slightest hint of his serious leg injuries from a few years back. In fact, I was told that this was part of his rehab process, turning laps in these cars, with VIP passengers that should also be fitted with diapers. Arie Luyendyk Jr. also drives, and so does Stephan Gregoire.

Let's face it, 99 out of 100 people that ride in these cars will never come anywhere close to experiencing anything like this in their lives. Especially on a course where the concrete walls are flying by so close you could reach out and touch them. I was just making sure they get the driving suits cleaned after each run.

When I got word that my ride had been approved, I waited a few hours until the allotted time, and headed over to the trailer where they operate and maintain the cars.

After signing about 10 pages of waivers, and making sure I had my Last Will and Testament finalized and skipping lunch just to be safe, I was fitted for a driving suit. They asked me what my size was, and since they didn't have "fat guy" I found something that fit well enough. The suits are smartly branded with National Guard, HP and IZOD color and logos, to match the cars. Apparently they group the sizes of the suits with the sizes of the car seats too, which I thought was pretty clever way of organizing it all.

After donning the entire ensemble of driving gear, suit, boots, gloves, balaclava and helmet, they help you into the car. It is a tight fit, and I had to raise my arms above my head to squeeze in. Once down inside, since you are sitting behind the driver tandem-style, your knees stay bent and raised in front of you, rather than down inside a foot box. The crew helps you put on your belts because there is no way you can reach them, just like we see them do for the IndyCar drivers. They snug them down so tight you can hardly exhale, which is reassuring to know you aren't going anywhere.

There is a handle attached to the seat in front for you to hang-on, and there are two red buttons. One is for the fire extinguisher, and the other has a label on it that I thought had an "O.S." label. You can imagine what O.S. stands for. As Bill Cosby said "First you say it, then you do it..." But on closer inspection, the button said "E.S." which they told me stands for emergency shut-down. It's basically a panic button. Yeah...we're not pushing that one.

Once the track was clear, they fire up the cars and head out onto the track. There is a special break in the pit wall so that they can give you the most complete lap experience into turn one, so they don't use the normal pit exit or entrance. Also, the cars are too long and cannot turn tight enough to navigate the hairpin, so they duck into the pit shortcut and then back out onto the main straight.

I was in the first set of cars, so we got an extra lap so they could warm up the tires and brakes. Lucky me.

Arie was my driver, and he tossed the car back and forth just like we see on TV. I could feel the bumpy street surface on my hind side, almost as if I were riding on just a piece of plywood in a steel wagon. I can't imagine running a whole race like that. It certainly is a physical experience. Even more so when they really turn it on and run the car. You can feel it kick you in the head when he steps on it coming onto the main straight, and then the other way when he brakes for turn one, which is really bumpy in the braking zone. Then he weaves through the fountain turn and turns 4 and 5. The next short straight still yields a lot of speed before jumping on the brakes again for the right hander. The downshifts were silky smooth, and you couldn’t really feel them, but could hear the engine note.

One more right hander and we blasted down the back straight, over 150 mph on a city street. You can see the speed limit and other street signs whiz by in a blur. It seemed to me like Arie was a bit conservative braking for turn 9, which is understandable of course. He got on the binders at marker 5, and I would guess the top IndyCar guys are braking at the 3 marker, but carrying considerably more speed. There are some bumps on this entry too. You can tell this is not supposed to be a race track.

That concluded my experience of a lifetime. If you ever get a chance, it's something every fan should do.

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