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After Texas
Rank Driver Points

1 Scott Dixon 357
2 Alexander Rossi 334
3 Will Power 321
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 308
5 Josef Newgarden 289
6 Graham Rahal 250
7 Robert Wickens 244
8 Simon Pagenaud 229
9 Sebastien Bourdais 218
10 Marco Andretti 213
11 James Hinchcliffe 209
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13 Takuma Sato 169
14 Tony Kanaan 157
15 Zach Veach 147
16 Spencer Pigot 147
17 Charlie Kimball 139
18 Gabby Chaves 138
19 Matheus Leist 133
20 Ed Carpenter 128
21 Max Chilton 121
22 Zachary De Melo 85
23 Jordan King 70
24 Carlos Munoz 53
25 Jack Harvey 53
26 Kyle Kaiser 45
27 Helio Castroneves 40
28 Rene Binder 39
29 JR Hildebrand 38
30 Stefan Wilson 31
31 Oriol Servia 27
32 Santino Ferrucci 18
33 Conor Daly 18
34 Danica Patrick 13
35 Jay Howard 12
36 Sage Karam 10
37 James Davison 10
38 Pietro Fittipaldi 7

Rookie of Year Standings
1. Robert Wickens 244
2. Zach Veach 147
3. Matheus Leist 133
4. Zachary De Melo 85
5. Jordan King 70
6. Jack Harvey 53
7. Kyle Kaiser 45
8. Rene Binder 39
9. Ferrucci, Santino 18
10. Pietro Fittipaldi 7

Manufacturer Standings
1. Honda 667
2. Chevy 564

New IndyCar drivers complete testing at Homestead

Indy Car
Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Ernesto Viso
Ernesto Viso thought a phone call from his manager March 19 was to extend 23rd birthday greetings. That was an afterthought actually as the call to Barcelona, Spain, was to invite the driver to the IndyCar Series.
“It was a good present,” Viso said after completing two days of testing on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval in preparation for the March 29 season opener.
Eleven drivers, including nine who are transitioning to the IndyCar Series from the Champ Car World Series, recorded 1,071 laps during five available hours on the 1.5-mile oval with a persistent and brisk westerly breeze (the two-day total reaching 1,669 laps). KV Racing Technology (Oriol Servia, Will Power), Conquest Racing (Enrique Bernoldi, Franck Perera), Dale Coyne Racing (Bruno Junqueira, Mario Moraes) and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson) made use of every minute. Marty Roth and Jay Howard of Roth Racing also were granted track time because they did not participate in the full IndyCar Series oval Open Test in February.
Servia topped the speed chart of the migrating drivers at 25.4360 seconds (210.175 mph). Roth led the field at 25.1200 (212.818 mph). Dan Wheldon’s 25.0619 (213.312 mph) was the quickest lap of 17 cars at the Feb. 27-28 Open Test.
The lone on-track incident over the sessions involved Rahal, whose No. 06 car made contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier with two hours left. He was checked in the infield care center and cleared to drive.
Graham Rahal
Ron McQueeney/IRL
“The car felt really good,” said Rahal, who had a quick lap of 25.4920 seconds (209.713 mph) among his 35. “I caught Oriol and overtook him in Turn 1 and was almost past him. I was on a higher line than I had been taking and that was a lot bumpier with a little less grip up there. The rear stepped out on me and I caught it and then it did it a second time and I couldn’t catch it and crashed it.”
The next time out (March 28 practice and qualifying) for all drivers, it will be with considerably more traffic on the high-banked oval, at higher speeds and will determine their starting position for the GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300.
Viso, who totaled 134 laps in the No. 33 HVM Racing car over the two days, acknowledged being “a little dizzy” initially on the track, which is analogous to the whirlwind since learning where he would be racing this year.
“Everything was quick,” said Viso, who last year competed in the GP2 Series. “The 20th I was in Indy with a lot of jet lag. The 21st we were doing the seat fitting. The 22nd we flew here and rested (March 23). We started testing (March 24).
“At the start I was very tired because I was not breathing in the corners. Everything was like a video game. Once I did more and more laps, I got used to it. I’m still learning and will be learning in the coming races.”
Even for a veteran with 27 oval starts, there’s a learning curve.
“It would be tough even if we would have made the move in October,” KV Racing Technology’s Oriol Servia said. “There’s nothing really to compare with the old Homestead (6 degrees of banking). In my head, (the 18- to 20-degree variably-banked track) feels more like Fontana and Michigan – high banking, lot of speed, full throttle when you have new tires. We’re learning so much with the car, but the race weekend is here soon. We don’t have much time.”
Time is a luxury since teams committed to the unified series competing under the IndyCar Series banner.
“Time is important; it is more than gold in racing,” Viso said. “Time is also what we need outside the car. The guys did a perfect job to prepare the car in four days. They started from scratch.”
Some crew members were scratching their heads during the testing days, waiting for delivery of parts and spares. And a 6-foot-3 driver just sought some comfort.
“We just have a few more bits to do inside the cockpit to make me feel more comfortable,” Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing’s Justin Wilson said. “Fitting in these cars is not a straight-forward thing.”

Combined practice speeds


Car Driver Name Session Time Speed Total Laps
1 25 Roth, Marty Practice 2 25.1200 212.818 117
2 24 Howard, Jay Practice 2 25.2560 211.672 170
3 5 Servia, Oriol Practice 2 25.4360 210.175 180
4 36 Bernoldi, Enrique Practice 2 25.4470 210.084 186
5 8 Power, Will Practice 2 25.4840 209.779 265
6 06 Rahal, Graham Practice 2 25.4920 209.713 72
7 02 Wilson, Justin Practice 2 25.4930 209.705 129
8 34 Perera, Franck Practice 2 25.5560 209.188 172
9 33 Viso, Ernesto Practice 2 25.5680 209.089 134
10 18 Junqueira, Bruno Practice 2 25.6230 208.641 82
11 19 Moraes, Mario Practice 2 25.8420 206.873 162

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