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2017 Point Standings
After Sonoma
Rank Driver Points

1 Josef Newgarden 642
2 Simon Pagenaud 629
3 Scott Dixon 621
4 Helio Castroneves 598
5 Will Power 562
6 Graham Rahal 522
7 Alexander Rossi 494
8 Takuma Sato 441
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 421
10 Tony Kanaan 403
11 Max Chilton 396
12 Marco Andretti 388
13 James Hinchcliffe 376
14 Ed Jones 354
15 JR Hildebrand 347
16 Carlos Munoz 328
17 Charlie Kimball 327
18 Conor Daly 305
19 Mikhail Aleshin 237
20 Spencer Pigot 218
21 Sebastien Bourdais 214
22 Ed Carpenter 169
23 Gabby Chaves 98
24 Juan Pablo Montoya 93
25 Esteban Gutierrez 91
26 Sebastian Saavedra 80
27 Oriol Servia 61
28 Jack Harvey 57
29 Fernando Alonso 47
30 Pippa Mann 32
31 Zachary Claman DeMelo 26
32 Jay Howard 24
33 Zach Veach 23
34 Sage Karam 23
35 James Davison 21
36 Tristan Vautier 15
37 Buddy Lazier 14

Rookie of Year Standings
1. Ed Jones 354
2. Esteban Gutierrez 91
3. Jack Harvey 57
4. Fernando Alonso 47
5. Zach Veach 23

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1. Chevy 1489
2. Honda 1326

Ohio native Rahal fastest on opening day at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar
Friday, August 6, 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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