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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
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 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
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 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 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
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
George, Barnhart and Angstadt talk about IRL's future

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Friday, March 28, 2008

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(L to R) Brian Barnhart, Tony George and Terry Angstadt
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Indy Racing League's top brass - Tony George, Brian Barnhart and Terry Angstadt met the press Friday afternoon in Homestead Florida to answer key questions with regard to the unified open wheel racing series and their answers give us some good insight into the future of the league. 

Tony George opened the meeting by saying it's been a hectic 30 days since the announcement of the unification.  The logistics it has taken to get equipment to the transitioning Champ Car teams have been a big mountain to climb but he feels things will settle down by May and the Indy 500.  He thanked everyone on both sides for the efforts they made in making it all come together.

We asked Tony if he thought more cars might come over from Champ Car when the announcement was made.  His response, " I kind of assumed 14 or so was a very real possibility. I don't know where we would be today if that many had actually come. Where it settled out at – 8, 10 – that seems to be a manageable number to get the season going.

"But we would have really been hard-pressed I think to come up and even do a reasonable job. So I guess to that extent, I wish everybody that wanted to be here could be here. Derrick Walker comes to mind. Certainly wish the economy around this sport was booming from the very announcement so that guys like Gerry Forsythe would find a sponsor and be here.

"I guess it would have been an interesting challenge to have, to try and come up with more equipment. And we possibly could have. I think, you know, I've still got a car available. We could tighten our belt and try to get by running two. I do know that, you know, beyond May, if anybody wants to acquire more equipment, Dallara can still build four (chassis) a month beginning in May.

"I mean, we'll slowly catch up.  But it's getting there.

"You know, this 8 or 10 has been a good number to get transitioned, though."

Tony George told us that he wished it had come together earlier.  He said there were talks as early as last fall, then it appeared Champ Car would go forward in 2008 and they went into the holidays assuming that would be the case.  Then in February the Champ Car side made some decisions that enabled the unification to happen.  Although George didn't say it, we hear in February Kevin Kalkhoven decided he was no longer going to continue the series without a business plan that met his satisfaction so he shut it down.  Too bad that didn't happen last fall because that would have made the unification much better for everyone.

Barnhart said that the Champ Car teams have the following number of cars:
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing - 2 cars, will be getting a third this coming week
Conquest Racing - 2 cars
Dale Coyne Racing - 3 cars
KV Racing Technology - 3 cars
HVM Racing - 1 car

He said that all these teams will have 4 cars by the end of April and in time for the Indy 500

Brian Barnhart said that the NHLR team will get more test time at Sebring this coming Tuesday because they were not able to make the Sebring test.  That will help them be ready for St. Pete next weekend.

All the drivers coming over from Champ Car, except for Oriol Servia and Bruno Junqueira, will be considered rookies because "we are largely an oval series and the other drivers had 5 or less oval races under their belt and will, therefore, be eligible for the Rookie of The Year (ROY) title."  There will be 9 drivers competing for ROY honors.

"There has been a misconception that these cars are 100% throttle high downforce cars and therefore, easy to drive, and that's not the case," said Barnhart.  The transitioning teams have a daunting task ahead of them.  The teams that are good in this league know they need good mechanical grip in traffic where the aerodynamics don't work as well."  The transition teams are going to have to figure that out.

Barnhart expects 26 cars for the remainder of the season, except for Indy which will have 33.  Because there was not enough time to repair Graham Rahal's car damaged in a crash in testing at Homestead a few days ago, there will be 25 this weekend.  Rahal will get no points for this weekend since he did not qualify for the race.

"It was a proud moment this morning when I looked down from race control and saw a pit lane full of race cars," Barnhart said.

If more cars come in, as is expected later in the year, we could see NASCAR-style bumping at three race tracks that can only accommodate 26 cars in the pits - Milwaukee, Iowa and Richmond.

New weight rule

Barnhart explained the new weight rules in effect for this season.  Essentially the drivers will be divided into 5 groups, A thru E.  Groups A, B and C will add weight to their cars.  Group A (lightest drivers) will add the most weight, B the next most, and so forth.  Group D will add or subtract no weight and Group E will remove weight from their cars.  This will make all the cars with drivers almost the same weight and therefore make the weight differences almost negligible.

The drivers will be weighed just once before the season starts.

Schedule

As for the schedule, the 2008 IndyCar Series Fan Guide lists Edmonton on Saturday July 26th at 5:00 PM on ESPN as we previously rumored so that looks like 'fact' and it should also be a points paying race.  They are not yet sure about points for the Surfers race, which will run on Sunday October 26th, because Chicagoland has a contract to be the final points paying championship race for 2008.  Terry Angstadt said it will either count as the first points paying race of 2009 or be included in a special 2008 international points championship that would include, Indy, Japan, Edmonton, Surfers and perhaps Long Beach and would include a cash bonus prize to the champion.

They expect the sanctioning agreements for Edmonton and Surfers to be signed in about 10 days time.

As for 2009 and beyond Tony mentioned some desire to have an equal mix of 6-6-6; six ovals, six road courses and six street races, but it will probably end up being 20 to 22 races.  They talked about Mexico City and Toronto being in the mix to make the series a bit more international.  And it might not be on the streets of Toronto as I hear through the grapevine that a group looking to build oval tracks around the world has approached Tony about an oval race in eastern Canada.  Europe is not in their plans at this time.

As for when the 2009 schedule will be announced, Tony George said, "We always shoot for May but historically we don't get it out until September."

Series Name

Tony George said there are no plans to change the name of the series.  "We feel Indy Car" is the best description of what we are."  "We may add a title sponsor to the series, however."  "Some people liked the name 'PPG Indy Car World Series' name," said George, hinting that 'World Series' could be in the series name when they add a title sponsor to the front, such as 'XYZ Indy Car World Series' as an example.

It sounded like the rumored DIRECTV presenting sponsorship could have been made this weekend but the lawyers are still going over wording of the contracts so it probably will not happen this weekend I hear through the grapevine.

Long Beach

Look for Tony Cotman to be the race director for the Long Beach race, the final race to be run with Champ Car.  Tony George, Brian Barnhart, Terry Angstadt and some of their staff will make the overnight trip from Motegi to Long Beach mostly to observe and plan for 2009.  Champ Car staff will run the show.

New Car

Barnhart told us that they have not set an exact date for the new car, but that it would be most likely 2010 or 2011.  In no way will it be 2009 because the transitioning teams have had to invest so much in new cars it would be unfair to use them just this year.  As far as what the new chassis will be, that depends a lot on what the engine formula is.  They will also take aesthetics into consideration and what the ART school program comes up with.

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