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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

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
Ohio native Rahal fastest on opening day at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar
Friday, August 06, 2010

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Graham Rahal
Ohio native Graham Rahal topped the time chart in the initial IZOD IndyCar Series practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance.

The New Albany, Ohio native, competing in his second race of the season with Newman/Haas Racing, had a best lap of 1 minute, 8.3061 seconds on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit in the No. 02 National Tire & Battery entry.

The hour-long session also featured the top 22 cars separated by less than a second, J.R. Hildebrand, the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights champion who is making his IZOD IndyCar Series debut in the No. 24 RollCoater/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car, placed seventh (1:08.6340), and series championship points leader Will Power second (1:08.3301) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car.

"The thing that is obvious to me is that it is really close and very competitive," said Rahal, who has recorded three top-10 finishes with three different teams in six races this season. "At one point, I was 10th, but only a tenth off. But I really wanted to be fastest on the first day at home. It feels good. I am a little bit surprised, especially where we came from. The good thing is the car is nowhere close for me. There's a lot we need to improve on. If we can be this competitive and have a lot to improve on is a good sign for me."

Another 60-minute session precedes the three rounds of qualifying Aug. 7.

QUOTES:

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 2 National Tire & Battery, fastest of the day): "We definitely struggled at the start of practice. We had a hard time getting it right. We felt really low on grip during the first run. We were really off. The thing that is obvious to me is that it is really close and very competitive. At one point, I was 10th, but only a tenth off. But I really wanted to be fastest on the first day at home. It feels good. I am a little bit surprised, especially where we came from. I was a little bit worried. We tried a whole bunch of things and I think I had a better lap in me, but I locked up a little bit and messed up a lap. The good thing is the car is nowhere close for me. There's a lot we need to improve on. If we can be this competitive and have a lot to improve on is a good sign for myself and the National Tire & Battery team."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD, fourth-fastest): "I think the Team IZOD car was pretty good overall. Towards the end of the session, we really tried some things to see if it was what we needed and it wasn't. Our fast time stuck from probably halfway through the session, so I think the car is pretty good. We just have to make some tweaks to it and then we'll see."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, ninth fastest): "It was a good session. We had the Team 7-Eleven car up in the top five for a while during the session, which was good to see. We just have some more work to do for tomorrow and then we'll see what we can do."

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic 16th-fastest)"The car had a lot of oversteer at the beginning of the session.  I think the track was messy.  As the session went on the car felt quite good.  We made quite a few changes and found two good ones so we need to carry that over to tomorrow.  My teammate was P1 with a new set of tires so that was good news too." 

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Meijer, 18th fastest): "We have some work to do with the Meijer car before we're where we want and need to be for the weekend.  I think we have some positive feedback from the session today and from the test here a week ago.  We'll make some changes tonight and keep chipping away at it."

E.J. VISO  (No. 8 PDVSA - KV Racing Technology): "We only had a one-hour practice, but the No. 8 PDVSA car felt good.  Very well balanced.  The track was a little bit slippery from the other tire compounds of the support series.  That is affecting our car's setup a little.  But you have the deal with that.  I am feeling good about this weekend and Mid-Ohio is always fun to drive.  We had some very useful and productive testing last week and I am sure it is going to payoff this weekend.  There was a lot of traffic on the track today.  So some of our best laps didn't make it for fast times.  We have a large field here, so the track will be crowd in qualifying and the race." 

MARIO MORAES  (No. 22 KV Racing Technology): "I think it is great to be back at Mid-Ohio.  Last year, I didn't get the chance to race here (due to Moraes' father death).  I'm dealing with my wrist right now.  It isn't real good.  I have a cracked bone in my right wrist.  I hurt it in Edmonton.  But I we have a good car for the race. Now we just have to improve it a little bit."

TAKUMA SATO  (No. 5 Lotus - KV Racing Technology): "I think we had a good session today despite what the standings say, but we know what we're doing.  I was continuing our program from the test here last week and double checking the things we have been working on.  I feel positive on how things went today."

Results

Rank

No Name Laps Best Lap Time Gap Diff
1 02 Graham Rahal 23 1:08.3061 --.---- --.----
2 12 Will Power 20 1:08.3301 0.0240 0.0240
3 3 Helio Castroneves 16 1:08.3778 0.0478 0.0718
4 37 Ryan Hunter-Reay 19 1:08.4692 0.0913 0.1631
5 6 Ryan Briscoe 21 1:08.5437 0.0745 0.2376
6 8 EJ Viso 22 1:08.6243 0.0807 0.3183
7 24 JR Hildebrand 28 1:08.6340 0.0096 0.3279
8 32 Mario Moraes 26 1:08.6385 0.0046 0.3325
9 11 Tony Kanaan 19 1:08.6495 0.0109 0.3434
10 4 Dan Wheldon 27 1:08.6526 0.0032 0.3466
11 36 Bertrand Baguette 27 1:08.7154 0.0627 0.4093
12 9 Scott Dixon 19 1:08.7280 0.0127 0.4220
13 78 Simona de Silvestro 21 1:08.7751 0.0471 0.4691
14 22 Justin Wilson 19 1:08.7971 0.0219 0.4910
15 10 Dario Franchitti 17 1:08.8375 0.0405 0.5315
16 06 Hideki Mutoh 26 1:09.0532 0.2157 0.7472
17 27 Adam Carroll 28 1:09.1088 0.0555 0.8027
18 26 Marco Andretti 20 1:09.1324 0.0237 0.8264
19 7 Danica Patrick 23 1:09.1578 0.0254 0.8518
20 5 Takuma Sato 25 1:09.1824 0.0245 0.8763
21 2 Raphael Matos 17 1:09.2168 0.0344 0.9107
22 77 Alex Tagliani 23 1:09.2814 0.0646 0.9753
23 14 Vitor Meira 25 1:09.3350 0.0537 1.0290
24 19 Alex Lloyd 19 1:09.3593 0.0243 1.0533
25 34 Francesco Dracone 29 1:11.0931 1.7337 2.7870
26 18 Milka Duno 31 1:12.8371 1.7441 4.5311
27 66 Jay Howard 9 1:14.9038 2.0666 6.5977

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