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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
We drive the Delta Wing SIM

by Scott Morris
Saturday, May 29, 2010

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Delta Wing on display at the Speedway Friday
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As our readers would have noticed, we have featured a lot of articles and information on the Delta Wing car. This is not that we think the other cars are inferior or from less than stellar manufacturers. But none of them represent the jump that the Delta Wing presents to the sport. Now, this might be too big a jump for some fans, or it might not. We leave that up to you. However, from what we know of the car, it presents a whole new face and style of racing for IndyCar, on many levels.

The biggest factor in question is the raceability of the design. Many very knowledgeable people still would bet one of their limbs that the car simply is not going to turn.

In reply to this, we can agree that might be a problem. After all, a racing car that cannot turn, is not much of a racing car.

Much has evolved in the world of computer simulation; to such an extent that many cars and other vehicles are being designed entirely in a virtual world, from design to performance testing.

Racing cars are making particularly extensive use of this simulation technology, with very consistent and reliable results. So much so, that F1 teams have elaborate simulators for their teams and drivers to prepare in advance of arriving at the track.

So when I saw the videos of the Delta Wing on their website, I was a bit skeptical, as one could simply model it as a body with the underlying data being the same or similar to a current traditional car. However, it struck me that this would not be of benefit to anyone. After all, why would Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske invest their money, and more importantly, their reputation on something unless they had very convincing evidence that it would work? After all these are not two guys that just come to the races to look sharp in a headset and crew shirt.

So I have been harping at the Delta Wing people to release their rFactor mod that they created for testing the car in virtual space. They stuttered a bit when responding, telling me they might like to do that, but had reservations.

So instead, I pestered them until they let me into their shop to drive it there. They took my fingerprints and made me sign a contract that would allow them to harvest my organs after they killed me if I took pictures of anything or said too much about what I would see there.

Well not really, but it makes it all sound much more covert and exciting.

What I can say was exciting was experiencing how this car handles. I drove the car on a Mid-Ohio sim track, and have driven that same track with numerous other cars. I find that sim racing can drastically reduce my own racing expenditures, and does seem to increase my performance and improvement curve on the real worlds tracks. In fact I find sim racing to be harder than real world racing in many respects, as you are lacking the real-world sensory inputs that many drivers rely upon.

Driving the car at the Mid-Ohio track was enlightening. The car has no hesitation to turn-in at all. In fact, I can say that it turns in so quickly and cleanly that it took a little adjustment at first. If you are used to driving sports cars or a lot of other cars in simulators, this car would be a dream to drive. I quickly found that I could steer the tail of the car with the throttle very predicatably as well. Braking the car was very stable, and reminded me a lot of a go-kart really, in that with most of the braking coming from the rear, you could get really deep into a corner with it if you had to (though not the fastest way through a corner) without locking a front wheel and washing out the front.

I intentionally (and admittedly unintentionally) got the car very deep and out of shape into the keyhole and was able to gather it up very easily.

I was trying to spin the car at some points, just seeing what it would do. It was not entirely simple to spin the car around, but it was really easy to be slow in the car. So essentially, the car has a lot of handling latitude for the driver, but rewards their skills of precision, braking, and power application.

I did not get a chance to experience any drafting or play with the nose-tail racing aspects of the car, but I look forward to doing so when they release the mod for the general public.

Short of some sort of computer anomaly, I can tell you that the car works...at least in the virtual world.

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