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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

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
Briscoe and Power top IndyCar Friday at Long Beach

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Friday, April 15, 2011


Ryan Briscoe
Bob Heathcote/
Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Will Power topped the second practice session for the IndyCars at Long Beach on Friday. 

Briscoe, Power and third place Ryan Hunter-Reay were the only drivers to dip into the 1m10s bracket with the three separated by just 0.2581s. Both Power and Briscoe turned their fastest lap on their final lap of the session whereas Hunter-Reay was on top of most of the session.

Scott Dixon and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top-5.  The top-14  drivers were separated by just 1 second.

Briscoe recorded the top time of the day – 1:10.740 – around the 1.9-mile, 11-turn street course in the No. 6 Penske Truck Rental Dallara/Honda. Team Penske’s Will Power owned the second-fastest lap, while Helio Castroneves checked in with the sixth-fastest time on Friday during IZOD IndyCar Series practice.

“It’s great to end the day on top,” said Briscoe, who was fifth in the morning practice session after an early spin on course. “We made some good changes over lunch time. We got that spin out of the way this morning. We changed the wing and were able to get the fast one on there now.”

After suffering disappointing finishes in the first two races of the season due to contact, Briscoe has stayed positive with a fast car and productive practice and qualifying sessions. The native of Sydney, Australia said it could be another incident-filled race with the new double-file restarts on the tight street circuit, putting even more emphasis on qualifying up front.

“It’s going to be really hairy in Turn 1 on every start and restart on Sunday,” said Briscoe. “Certainly, the big goal is to start at the front and it’s going to help a lot. From the third, fourth row back it’s going to be such a big bottleneck, and there’s going to be some impatient guys out there. We’re certainly working hard at getting some speed out of the Penske Truck Rental car today.”

Power, coming off his first win of the season last weekend in Alabama, had the fastest lap in the morning session before clocking the second-quickest time overall with a late run in the second practice. His effort of 1:10.898 in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda just missed knocking Briscoe from the top spot on the timing charts.

“It is very competitive around this track,” said Power, the current series points leader who will be looking for his third consecutive pole position at Long Beach on Saturday. “You can see how close the times are together. We were running on new tires and it turned into a really good session for us. We will make a few changes for tomorrow and see if we can get another pole.”

Briscoe, being the fastest driver on Friday said he will choose the second group of qualifying meaning the odd number drivers today will be in group 2 and the even number of drivers in group one.  Regardless the fastest six will advance and you only have to beat those in your group.

Hunter-Reay won the 2010 race on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street course from the front row – his second IZOD IndyCar Series victory – which set the table for him to complete the season with primary sponsorship from IZOD.

“It was pivotal for us to get the rest of the season locked up,” said Hunter-Reay, a former Dana Point, Calif., resident who this week was named a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy. “It’s never in black and white that if you win you’re going to get more races and more support. We knew we had to get something done. Coming off of Brazil with a second and winning here certainly got everything set in the right motion and set certain events into place where we could lock up the rest of the season.

“On the other side of it, it was great getting a win for IZOD and Andretti Autosport with Michael as sole owner was important to me personally.”

"Ryan was so impressive with everything he did for us in 2010 that it became a high priority for us to secure him for two more years," said Andretti, who won his first and final Indy car races on the Long Beach circuit. "He was everything we hoped he'd be in the car and he is a great representative for our team. Long Beach was great, but it was more a function of what he did throughout the entire season."

“Long Beach is coming at the right time,” he said. “It is definitely one of our strong suits and hopefully we can put that to use here, qualify up front and stay out of trouble. The double-file restarts are going to be pretty interesting, so it will be key to qualify up front. We just need the points and get our season started this weekend.

“The DHL/Sun Drop team certainly deserves it. We've had great race cars; we were running the in the top five in both races this year, so it's not like we've been out of the hunt. We've been in it; we just haven't been able to bring it home."

The IZOD IndyCar Series field will practice again Saturday at 1:25 p.m. ET before qualifying begins at 5:25 p.m. ET  Live coverage of Sunday’s race begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Versus.



Car Driver BLT Diff. Gap
1 6 Ryan Briscoe 1:10.740 --.---- --.----
2 12 Will Power 1:10.888 0.1482 0.1482
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:10.998 0.2581 0.1099
4 9 Scott Dixon 1:11.021 0.2807 0.0226
5 77 Alex Tagliani 1:11.284 0.5439 0.2632
6 3 Helio Castroneves 1:11.362 0.6212 0.0773
7 26 Marco Andretti 1:11.403 0.6630 0.0418
8 14 Vitor Meira 1:11.475 0.7346 0.0716
9 22 Justin Wilson 1:11.586 0.8459 0.1113
10 2 Oriol Servia 1:11.595 0.8545 0.0086
11 82 Tony Kanaan 1:11.595 0.8551 0.0006
12 10 Dario Franchitti 1:11.671 0.9306 0.0755
13 06 James Hinchcliffe 1:11.708 0.9677 0.0371
14 27 Mike Conway 1:11.791 1.0506 0.0829
15 5 Takuma Sato 1:11.808 1.0674 0.0168
16 19 Sebastien Bourdais 1:11.927 1.1864 0.1190
17 7 Danica Patrick 1:11.953 1.2130 0.0266
18 17 Raphael Matos 1:11.954 1.2135 0.0005
19 38 Graham Rahal 1:11.965 1.2249 0.0114
20 59 EJ Viso 1:11.998 1.2576 0.0327
21 78 Simona de Silvestro 1:12.206 1.4657 0.2081
22 83 Charlie Kimball 1:12.311 1.5711 0.1054
23 34 Sebastian Saavedra 1:12.423 1.6826 0.1115
24 4 JR Hildebrand 1:12.435 1.6945 0.0119
25 18 James Jakes 1:13.410 2.6697 0.9752
26 24 Ana Beatriz 1:13.417 2.6767 0.0070
27 8 Paul Tracy 1:14.570 3.8298 1.1531


RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Penske Truck Rental, fastest of the day): "It's going to be really hairy in Turn 1 on every start and restart on Sunday. Certainly, the big goal is to start at the front and it's going to help a lot. From the third, fourth row back it's going to be such a big bottleneck, and there's going to be some impatient guys out there. We're certainly working hard at getting some speed out of the Penske Truck rental car today. (Street courses seem to suit your style): "Yeah, California certainly feels like Australia and you have that beautiful Pacific air. I love this track. It's a great event and I'm glad we come here. It's part of Indy car tradition and Team Penske has a great history here. I haven't won here and this is certainly one I want to win at." (About incident this morning): "It's great to end the day on top. We made some good changes over lunch time. We got that spin out of the way this morning. We changed the wing and were able to get fast one on there now."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske, second-fastest): "It is very competitive around this track. You can see how close the times are together. We were running on new tires and it turned into a really good session for us. We will make a few changes for tomorrow and see if we can get another pole."

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 34 Conquest Racing): "I think the day went well. We had a good improvement from the first session to the second, so I'm very happy how that went. We found speed that we were needing. We're showing what we're capable of, now we have to try to maintain consistency with no mistakes and we'll be good for the weekend."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy): "We're getting the Venom car to where it needs to be. I have to thank Ryan (Hunter-Reay) for his set-up, it got us closer and now we're in it. We're hoping to have a strong run for qualifying tomorrow and start near the front."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 38 Service Central): "We just can't seem to get it right since we unloaded in Long Beach. The Service Central team is going to go back and reset a little bit tonight. This morning we weren't that bad, but we didn't gain any time between the first and second practice and everyone else really did. We just have to work on making the No. 38 Service Central Honda consistent and driveable. We have some work do before qualifying tomorrow."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen): "Today was really good for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. We learned a lot and ran good laps - ran a lot of laps. The Novo Nordisk team make big improvements this afternoon and have a really good direction for tomorrow. We're saving tires and will be in good shape for qualifying. The team has done a fantastic job."

TONY KANAAN (No. 82 GEICO - KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "We had a good and productive day. We had the opportunity to test a lot of different things on the car and we found a good baseline for tomorrow's practice and hopefully we'll have a strong qualifying session."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "We tried many things today and we made reasonably good progress, however the field is again very competitive. We really need to work hard on improving the speed of the car. I think all three drivers collected valuable data today that we will go through tonight."

E.J. VISO (No. 59 PDVSA - KV Racing Technology - Lotus): "Today was day where we did a lot of work as a team. We divided the work load between the three cars. Now we have to sit down and put the best scenarios together. During the last part of the session we made some changes to my car that I think were good, but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to do back-to-back runs on my second set of new tires because of the yellow flags. We are heading in the right direction, but we still have a lot of work to do to improve the car.

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Team Penske): "We improved our Automobile Club of Southern California car between the first and second practice sessions today. We will be sure to take advantage of what my teammates are learning about the track and then apply it to my car for tomorrow. We have some work to  do, but we will continue to improve and look forward to a better result tomorrow."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing): "Practice was good, we started a little bit behind but we have to try things and to do that there is a certain amount of risk. Tried something this morning that didn't work and we came back to what we knew worked in St. Pete and got back to where we thought we had to be. It was a good day. I don't know how good yet because some people did new tires and some didn't. I think any time you are within striking distance of P-1 and P-2, it's very reasonable. I like it. We made right decisions all day long and that's what counts."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motorsports): "The Bowers & Wilkins team did a fantastic job. I think the car is good and we are very competitive. We did our good lap on old tires. We are definitely pleased with that. There is definitely more in this car tomorrow with new tires. Ending the session the way we did is good."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 2 Telemundo Newman/Haas Racing): "I'm actually surprised we were 10th fast. It was one of those days that I was not feeling like myself on track. We knew we had something with the setup we wanted to change but we not able to before the second session so we know we will be better tomorrow from that aspect. Through the session I had to work on myself; I was getting frustrated with everything and there was no reason. I am in beautiful California, the Telemundo car wasn't bad and I am driving for a great team but it was one of those days that things didn't seem to run as fluid as usual for the whole team. Hopefully we have all of that out of the way now and things will be good tomorrow for the Telemundo team."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 06 Sprott Newman/Haas Racing): "Today was like a baptism by fire; pun intended! In the first session we went out and did a couple of runs bedding brakes then when we started running I noticed a weird smell coming out of the car and very quickly realized we were on fire. It was not a great thing to happen. By the time I got the Sprott car slowed down and got it to a fire station there had been significant damage to the car. I only got about four hot laps in this morning. The guys did an incredible job getting the backup car out so I would like to give a huge thanks to them for getting us back out there. We got back out to try to get some work done and ran into a couple of little problems which isn't totally unexpected when you are pulling a car out of the trailer that hasn't run in a while. We had to fight a couple of little issues and we were up against it on time. We lost a lot of track time today which isn't great but luckily it's a track I know. I'm confident we can take some things from what Oriol learned in the session. Tomorrow is a new day."

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