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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
Michael and Marco Andretti talk about deal with Chevy

IndyCar
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Michael Andretti
IZOD IndyCar Series team owner Michael Andretti and IZOD IndyCar Series driver Marco Andretti participated in an INDYCAR teleconference earlier today. The primary topic of discussion was the Andretti family reuniting with Chevy, which you had a very successful partnership at Newman/Haas in the 1990s.

MODERATOR: Welcome, everybody, to today's IndyCar conference call. We've been joined today by Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti and his son Marco Andretti, the driver of the No. 26 Team Venom car for Andretti Autosport. Michael, Marco, welcome to today's call.

Michael, first news broke last week about your team's decision to run with Chevrolet power in 2012. How much are you looking forward to reuniting with Chevy, which you had a very successful partnership with at Newman/Haas in the 1990s?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Actually very excited about it. We looked at all manufacturers and really did our due diligence, and we feel that Chevrolet gives us the best chance at winning, and the way they're going about it and what they're doing, I mean, they're very serious about it, and that's what we like. They're coming in for one reason, and that is to win, and that's what we want to do. Excited about it.

On the other side, it was mixed feelings because we've been with Honda for so long. They've been so great. They've been such a great supporter of open‑wheel racing in the U.S., and I'm so happy that they're continuing their support, obviously. But it's going to be weird not having Honda engines behind us for sure.

But again, we're excited about it. As you said, with Chevrolet we've had great success ‑‑ I've had great success in my career as a driver with them. It's where I won my championship, and I won a lot of races in just three years with them, and so we do have a winning combination between the two of us, and hopefully we can continue that as an owner now.

MODERATOR: You mentioned the success that you had as a driver. I know there's two races left in the 2011 season here, and it's been a successful season for Andretti Autosport, Marco being one of the three drivers on your team that has won a race this season. I know as a team owner you have to be looking forward to maybe trying to send off your partnership with Honda with some success at Kentucky and Vegas.

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: No question about it. We're actually very excited for the next two races. Our goal is to win the next two and leave Honda on a winning note. And I think we have a really good legitimate shot at doing it with one of our four cars.

MODERATOR: Marco, as we mentioned, the race is at Kentucky this week, the season finale at Vegas. You've run really well on one‑and‑a‑half‑mile ovals. You haven't had one yet this year so you have to be looking forward to getting back to one of the one and a half miles.

MARCO ANDRETTI: Yeah, well I've yet to win on a mile and a half. But we've run strong, I think that's what really keeps us in it. We just came off a pretty good test at Kentucky. Yeah, basically we're in the mindset that Dad just said, and that's win right now.

I think the oval championship is still open for me if we can get in with a win, so that's definitely the plan. I think it's definitely possible.

MODERATOR: You mentioned you had a pretty good test at Kentucky. Has the track changed a lot since the last time we were there last August?

MARCO ANDRETTI: Not really, not as much as the tires did. But I think it's the same for everybody. The tires are lacking a little bit of grip, so we just have to adjust. Other than that, it's the same mile and a half. But obviously the competition has changed, as well. It's as competitive as it's ever been. Basically we just have to do better than them.

MODERATOR: Looking ahead to the event following Kentucky, which is Las Vegas, it'll be your 100th IndyCar start. Do you feel like ‑‑ you're only 24, 25 years old. Do you feel like a guy who's about to hit a milestone start in IndyCar racing?

MARCO ANDRETTI: No, especially with only two wins. I'm obviously definitely a little disappointed. I was wishing I would have more to show for it. But it's making me work harder than ever ‑‑

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: You can still have four before you get to 100, right?

MARCO ANDRETTI: There you go, yeah. But even so, that's obviously the plan. Yeah, it doesn't feel like 100. I've been having fun, so obviously time has been flying.

Q. Michael, looking towards the Vegas race, you spent nearly all your life in the IndyCar Series. Can you put into perspective how fans and media have reacted to Danica and how she has progressed while being part of your team?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Well, I mean, I think Danica, with what she's achieved for being a woman and first one to win a race and lead laps at Indy, she's brought different, new interest to our sport for sure. I think that's been a positive for us, no question about it.

But you know, I wish her luck in what she's going to be doing. I think she has a new challenge for herself, and she's going to try and go do it in a different type of car, and it'll be interesting to see how she does it. Is our series going to die without Danica? Absolutely not. I think Danica did bring, I think, new fans to our sport, and hopefully those fans aren't here only because of Danica. I'm sure she brought fans that normally wouldn't have watched it but now have become fans of IndyCar racing. So I think as she leaves, I think there are still going to be people that are going to watch our sport because it is the best ‑‑ I think the best auto racing series in the world.

I mean, it's so exciting. Every race is exciting. So I feel that we're not going to ‑‑ it's not going to be as big of a deal as everybody thinks.

Q. My question is for Michael. Andretti Autosport is the only team to have entries in each of the Mazda Road to Indy series, and your cars have also won races in USA 2000, Star Mazda and the Firestone Indy Lights. What is it about that system that attracts you to fielding so many cars and drivers?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Well, I think we have to look at the future of our series, and it's all about building a foundation, and I think this is a great way to build a foundation for open‑wheel racing in the United States. And I'm very much behind it, and that's why I'm doing it. Are we getting rich from it? Absolutely not. But why are we doing it? Because we feel like it's what's best for the series.

And I just wish some of the other IndyCar teams would support it the way we are because I think it's very important for the future. We're building our future stars. We have quite a ‑‑ we have a few in our system right now that I think are the future of IndyCar racing, and so I very much believe in it. My hat's off to IndyCar for what they're doing supporting it and also Mazda supporting it. I've never seen it in the history of our sport where if you win, then you get ‑‑ if you get first prize in the lower level, you win a chance to race in the next level, and that's never been there before, and I think that's such a great thing, because if you are a talent, if you are a real talent, you have a shot to get to the big cars.

And so it's a great system, and I'm really behind it. It's still very much in the early stages, but I think it's growing support, and like I said, I just wish we'd get more support from the other team owners on it because I think it's really important for our future.

Q. We just talked about Marco making his 100th start in Vegas, and we shared a lighthearted moment about it, but in all honesty how proud a moment is that for you as a father?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: It's crazy. I can't believe it. It's 100 races already. It's amazing.

Yeah, I'm very proud of what he's done. He's been very strong and it's been fun to watch him grow and learn. He's getting there. He's getting to the point where he's going to become a major factor in every race he's in, and you know, it's really cool to see it happening.

You know, very happy and proud with what he's been able to do.

Q. Michael, I understand that Will Power will test the engine next week for Team Penske, the Chevy. Any indication of when you're going to get your first crack at it, your team will, and when and where you guys will be able to test?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Yeah, actually I think they're running today for the first time. We're very much involved with it, as well. It's actually Team Chevrolet I think is a better way to put it than Team Penske, and yeah, we're going to have a crack at it right after Vegas with our drivers, so we're very excited about the progress that's been going, and it's been really good working with the other Chevrolet teams, as well.

Q. And along those lines, did Chevrolet set forth a marketing plan, I mean, to tie this return to IndyCar with their street car program?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: I assume they have, but I can't answer that. I don't know for sure what they've set aside and what they've mentioned that they're doing or made public yet. I don't know.

Q. Michael, is Danica the only one on your team that's actually raced on the mile and a half at Vegas?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: I'm not sure if Ryan has or not. Maybe Ryan when Champ Car was there, I don't know. But that's a good question. I don't know. But I think they've changed the track, I think, since, if Ryan did race there.

Q. Yeah, they've added a little more banking to it.

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Yeah, I bet Danica is the only one who has done it with the current configuration.

Q. With the two Nationwide races that she competed in, this year she finished fourth, ran every lap, can she share any information with your drivers or is that even transferable?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: It's apples and oranges. I don't think there's anything that transfers over, and I think that's something that's very important to know. It's so different that ‑‑ her running there isn't going to help her in any way in our cars. You know, but it just shows you how much different they are, and that's why it's such a different challenge for her or anyone else that goes and tries to do the jump from either side.

Q. Did you ever run any of the stock cars?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: The only thing I've ever driven was an IROC car. I've never driven a stock car.

Q. This is for Michael and Marco, too, if I could get both of you to chime in on this. Teams' results seem to rise and fall in all types of sports. Do you believe there's a cycle theory to winning IndyCar teams, and what can teams and drivers do to control the up and down trends?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: That's a difficult thing, you know. I think if you knew the answer to that, you wouldn't have an up‑and‑down trend, would you? I think you can just keep fighting. But I think the thing is when you're up on top, everybody is gunning for you. So eventually they're going to figure it out and then they're going to do a little bit better than you and then you're going to fall and then you're going to have to go back and try to get to that.

We all try even when we're at the top to keep trying to find the next thing obviously, but it doesn't always work that way. It's just ‑‑ that's the nature of our business. I mean, if we had that answer, we wouldn't be in a position of being up and down.

MARCO ANDRETTI: I think he said it right. The hardest thing to do after a win is to win again. But just when you think everything is going well, then you come out next weekend and you're nowhere, but that's just because of how competitive it is. Everybody has to do their part on a given weekend.

But you know, at the same time there's no magic, either. I think as far as the teams go, development‑wise, you just have to keep up with the Joneses and then the driver just has to show up ready and be on his game, as well.

Q. Marco, additionally, sometimes does that give you an incentive at times when things aren't going so well, like we'll be back?

MARCO ANDRETTI: Exactly. I went through five years of that, four years of that, so ‑‑ but leading laps and stuff like that, that's what keeps you in it, knowing that you can win it. But yeah, I mean, obviously it is tough to get a win after a win, but at the same time it definitely gives everybody confidence to keep moving forward, and actually as a driver it's making me even hungrier.

Q. Marco, I'm wondering what you're anticipating as far as driving a car that's going to be a V6 powered turbo as opposed to what's out there now with the Honda V8?

MARCO ANDRETTI: Well, to me right now, it sounds like we're going to have the more power. I've never driven with a turbo. I'm not sure how much we have to adjust as far as our driving. Just being a selfish driver we want more power, so I think hopefully that'll separate the men from the boys a little bit. The car is going to be lighter, too, in weight. Makes a big difference. So hopefully we can get these things going a bit quicker, so it'll be fun.

Q. Michael, do you like the idea that you'll be back to turbo power?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: I mean, honestly, I don't know. It really doesn't matter, really, I don't think. I think the sound of it is going to be nice to have the turbos back, and I think they always sound good. But I don't know. You know, people ‑‑ there's the enthusiasts that think turbo is the only way, but when you're a driver, you can't really tell a big difference. So I don't know. It's no big deal.

MODERATOR: As we have no more questions, we will thank Marco and Michael Andretti for their time and wrap up today's IndyCar conference call.

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