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After Long Beach
Pos. Driver Points

1 Will Power 93
2 Mike Conway 66
3 Simon Pagenaud 60
4 Helio Castroneves 55
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 54
6 Scott Dixon 51
7 Carlos Munoz 48
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 47
9 Mikhail Aleshin 46
10 Sebastian Saavedra 42
11 Tony Kanaan 40
12 Justin Wilson 38
13 Takuma Sato 36
14 Josef Newgarden 34
15 Ryan Briscoe 33
16 Sebastien Bourdais 33
17 Graham Rahal 33
18 Marco Andretti 32
19 Carlos Huertas 32
20 Oriol Servia 26
21 Jack Hawksworth 24
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 17

Wins
T1 Will Power 1
T1 Mike Conway 1

Podium Finishes
1 Will Power 2
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T2 Helio Castroneves 1
T2 Mike Conway 1
T2 Carlos Munoz 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 74
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
3 Takuma Sato 33
4 Scott Dixon 22
5 Mike Conway 4
6 Sebastian Saavedra 3
7 Helio Castroneves 2
8 Josef Newgarden 1


Prize Money
1 Will Power $50,000
T2 Mike Conway $30,000
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay $30,000
4 Simon Pagenaud $18,000
5 Takuma Sato $17,000
T6 Helio Castroneves $15,000
T6 Carlos Munoz $15,000
T8 Juan Pablo Montoya $10,000
T8 Scott Dixon $10,000
T10 Mikhail Aleshin $8,000
T10 Tony Kanaan $8,000
12 Oriol Servia $7,000
T13 Justin Wilson $5,000
T13 Marco Andretti $5,000
T15 Sebastian Saavedra $4,000
T15 Josef Newgarden $4,000
T17 Ryan Briscoe $2,000
T17 Carlos Huertas $2,000

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 93
2 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 60
4 3 Team Penske 55
5 28 Andretti Autosport 54
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 51
7 34 Andretti Autosport – HVM Racing 48
8 2 Team Penske 47
9 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 46
10 17 KV AFS Racing 42
11 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40
12 19 Dale Coyne Racing 38
13 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 36
14 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 34
15 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 33
16 11 KVSH Racing 33
17 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 33
18 25 Andretti Autosport 32
19 18 Dale Coyne Racing 32
20 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 26
21 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 24
22 27 Andretti Autosport 20
23 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 17

Finishing Average
1 Will Power 1.5
2 Simon Pagenaud 5
T3 Helio Castroneves 7
T3 Oriol Servia 7
5 Scott Dixon 8
6 Mike Conway 8.5
7 Mikhail Aleshin 9
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 9.5
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 10
T9 Carlos Munoz 10
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
T12 Tony Kanaan 12
T12 Justin Wilson 12
T14 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
T14 Sebastien Bourdais 13.5
T14 Graham Rahal 13.5
T17 Josef Newgarden 14
T17 Carlos Huertas 14
19 Takuma Sato 14.5
20 Marco Andretti 15
21 Jack Hawksworth 18
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 21.5

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 1
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T2 Scott Dixon 1
T2 Tony Kanaan 1
T2 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T2 Will Power 1
T2 Takuma Sato 1
T2 Marco Andretti 1
T2 James Hinchcliffe 1
T2 Josef Newgarden 1
T2 Simon Pagenaud 1
T2 Jack Hawksworth 1

Qualifying Average
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
2 Scott Dixon 6
3 Jack Hawksworth 6.5
4 Marco Andretti 7
5 Tony Kanaan 7.5
T6 Takuma Sato 8
T6 Sebastien Bourdais 8
T8 Will Power 9
T8 Carlos Munoz 9
10 Helio Castroneves 9.5
11 Simon Pagenaud 10
12 James Hinchcliffe 10.5
13 Oriol Servia 12
T14 Josef Newgarden 13
T14 Justin Wilson 13
16 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
17 Mike Conway 14.5
18 Sebastian Saavedra 16.5
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 17
20 Mikhail Aleshin 17.5
21 Carlos Huertas 19
22 Charlie Kimball 19.5
23 Graham Rahal 22
Servia and Franchitti preview Iowa IndyCar race

IndyCar
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Dario Franchitti and Oriol Servia participated in a teleconference today to preview this weekend's Iowa Corn Indy 250. Selected quotes are below.

Q. What do you remember about that race at Iowa Speedway and the facility, and how much are you looking forward to getting back to that oval?

Oriol Servia
ORIOL SERVIA: I was very surprised how that oval is, because I didn't know what to expect. I knew it was a short oval, but the high banking makes it still like a Super Speedway, but with no straightaway. I thought it was very difficult with the high banks and it's very intense. It's like you're on it all the time.

Q. Talk about the 2011 season so far, you and the No. 2 Newman Haas Racing team have been right there with the No. 10 and 12 car this season. How did you and Newman/Haas get to where you are after last season with one car; they were not as strong as they are this year with you.

ORIOL SERVIA: Well, I think it's just a lot of hard work. I think, you know, we all know Newman/Haas has always been a great team with a lot of success, and last year when things didn't work out and then they decided to hire me, you know, that was the goal, bring it back to the front. We didn't know how soon we were going to be able to do that, and to be honest, we've been a little surprised to be third in points at this point in the championship.

We are very happy. There's still a big step to go to catch Ganassi and Penske and we know that, but we are very encouraged of the work done so far and ready to keep doing it.

Q. You mentioned after the race at Milwaukee, you got your first podium in Milwaukee with Newman/Haas Racing in 2005, and last week, almost a carbon copy, you came from the fifth row and finished third. Has much changed from 2005?

ORIOL SERVIA: They have had a different turnaround of people. It’s not exactly the same people, but I would say that the core of the team is the same. They have some of the same engineers, some of the same mechanics that have been there for 20 years. So the way they do things is exactly the same. You know, the way they approach the weekend, how hard they work, how well prepared the cars are, how behind the driver they are.

So all of those things are exactly the same and it just makes it easier, like for me, jumping in this year, we continue racing, so it's been one of the reasons FOR the success we have been having for sure.

Q. When you interact with fans, do you find that maybe there's a whole generation that doesn't know the history of Newman/Haas and Mario Andretti and Nigel man sell and that I be that that was IndyCar's first glamour team?

ORIOL SERVIA: I don't know. I haven't found that. Just because I think it was only like the last couple of years that they were not as successful.

It's been a stretch of 25 years that they were always up front and they were always up front, as you said, with big names, and the owners themselves, Haas had enough of an impact that I think they touched many, many generations.

If we are talking about kids now, you know, of course, if you talk to a ten‑year‑old, they don't know what Newman/Haas means and what it is. I would say when you start talking from 18 and above, they all still know and remember where we come from.

Q. I know you get asked this a lot and especially with your name being mentioned with a lot of the greats of the sport: Does that ever sink in that you're mentioned alongside Mears and Rutherford and some of those names in the pantheon of Indy car racing?

Dario Franchitti
DARIO FRANCHITTI: No, it doesn't really sink in. It's almost, sometimes I hear somebody say it, and I think, they are just kidding; in a couple of minutes, they will tell the real story.

But I'm obviously very proud of all the wins, and I never thought I would get to this stage of having won 29 races now. Something I'm very proud of, and it still comes as a shock when they talk about guys like Johnny Rutherford and Rick Mears. When I first came over here I was driving for Carl Hogan. He took me aside on my first day on the oval, and took me aside and said, "You don't do it like that. You do it like this." He really was helpful. It's kind of a strange feeling to be in the company of those two great drivers.

Q. I mentioned the two wins at Iowa Speedway in 2007 and 2009, you were in contention for a third win last year when you had a mechanical issue. What is it about Iowa that suits your style so well?

DARIO FRANCHITTI: I think I've been lucky to great cars at Iowa. I know what I need out of the car, from the first year, I have a feeling ‑‑ I know what I need to have. And with my engineer and all of the guys on the Target team, we have managed to find that the last couple of years.

Last year was kind of weird. It's very unusual to have mechanical failures, especially in the gear box with the paddle shift now. So that was a tough one to take. But up until that point, it had been a great race with Tony and he was a very deserved winner at the end of that race and we were having a mighty old fight in the middle of the race.

But I think Iowa really puts on good races, and it's been a night race, it will add an extra dimension to it this year.

Q. And finally, you're level with Will on points, and there's nine races to go. Is your mentality just race, do the best you can, and just let the points fall what they may, or at some point, when do you say, 'I'm racing Will'?

DARIO FRANCHITTI:  I think you're racing everybody out there. I just look at it as one race at a time. Just Iowa this weekend, go out there and win that, and if we can't, try and finish second. Just try and do the best you can every single weekend.

Will is a terrific competitor, there's no doubt about it. And his team are backing him up 100 percent. So I think he's ultimately been very consistent, as well, but on a performance basis, there's so many people now that can go out there and win any race. We have seen obviously the Target, the Penske guys, too. You've got the satellite team with Chip now. Certainly Newman/Haas have come on very strong this year and the KB guys, as well, and there's multiple other teams out there that week‑in and week‑out challenge for victory.

The competition is not getting any easier and it's definitely making our job harder, which that's what we like.

Q. How important is this weekend's race at Iowa, given where you are in the points standings, and especially given that coming up after Iowa, five of the next six races are on road courses where certainly Will has proven that he's so strong?

DARIO FRANCHITTI: Well, the whole point of the championship, the points at the end are the same at the end and all races in between. Like I said, you focus on each race weekend and try to get the most out of that. No race is more important than another, except for the Indianapolis 500. That's the one that really stands out to me as the one race of the season that's any different than all of the others.

And Will, yeah, Will's done a great job on the road and street courses but we beat him at St. Pete this year, and we are working very hard to put ourselves in a position to beat him in this next road course stretch coming up. And also the oval this weekend, I think he's going to be very strong at Iowa.

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