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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
A tragedy at Las Vegas

by Dave Grayson
Monday, October 17, 2011

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The racing world would prefer to remember Wheldon in happier times, here winning the 2011 Indy 500
The international world of motorsports came to a standstill on Sunday afternoon, October 16th, following the devastating news that driver Dan Wheldon died from massive injuries sustained from a multi car accident while participating in the IZOD INDYCAR Series' season finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The IZOD INDYCAR championships, presented by Honda, was supposed to be a major source of celebration. It was the series' time to shine in Las Vegas to celebrate what has been a very good season with even more positive aspects expected in 2012.

This event was about a close season championship run featuring drivers Dario Franchitti, seeking his third consecutive title, and Will Power. The race was also billed as a fond farewell to driver Danica Patrick, who was competing in her final event as a full time INDYCAR driver. Wheldon himself was involved in a special $5 million bonus, to be shared with a lucky fan, if he could win the race after starting last in the field. The race was also filled with high anticipation over the potential action from a series high 34 car starting field.

All of those major positive aspects unraveled on lap 11 of the race. In the midst of three wide racing, the front tires from two cars touched and launched a massive 15 car pileup. Some of the cars, including the one driven by Wheldon, went airborne and hit the safety catch fence above the track's retaining wall.

The red flag, to stop the race, was quickly presented and the process of cleaning up the massive debris from the cars, as well as repairing the catch fence, began.

In the seemingly endless moments that followed there were strong indications of a serious situation involving Dan Weldon: 

A helicopter was seen getting ready to take off and we later learned that Wheldon was being transported to a nearby Las Vegas hospital.

ABC Sports dispatched their pit reporter, Jamie Little, to the hospital. That's something rarely seen during the course of a race broadcast.

The red flag condition remained intact despite the fact that the clean up and repairs were now completed and the track was again ready for racing.

IZOD INDYCAR Series officials called a driver's meeting to reportedly "discuss the situation."

When the drivers exited this meeting the expressions on their faces had us all braced for the worst possible news.

The tragic news was delivered by INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard who, from a prepared statement, said:

"INDYCAR is sad to announce that Dan Wheldon passed away for unsurvivable injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan and his family. INDYCAR, its drivers and teams have decided to end the race. We will run a five lap salute in honor of Dan."

Moments later, 19 emotionally charged drivers climbed into their race cars to run what was described as "the longest five laps in racing history." Every member of every team solemnly lined up at the edge of pit road to pay their respects. The speedway placed Wheldon's #77 at the top of the electronic scoreboard.

As the cars made their way around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the sound of their engines were intertwined with an audio track of bagpipes playing the gospel song "Amazing Grace." It was, quite possibly, at this point when the full weight of this tragedy landed on us all.

In the aftermath of this tragedy news media, at all levels, went into overtime to tell this sad story. There were very appropriate platitudes regarding Wheldon's racing career such as his two Indy 500 wins and series championship. There were equally appropriate platitudes regarding Wheldon's personal life pointing out that he was a good man, husband, father and humanitarian who frequently shared the blessings of his life to help others less fortunate.

But the reality of this tragedy also created negative questions regarding the racing series from both drivers and the media including:

does the series have any business racing on 1.5 mile ovals, such as the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, that were actually designed for NASCAR stock cars?

The pre race practice speeds reportedly hit in excess of 220 MPH and prompted the question: are the cars just too fast, especially for oval tracks of any size?

Was starting 34 cars a good idea in light of the fact there was certainly going to be traffic bottlenecks, three, even four, wide racing and driver impatience with the difficulty of passing?

These are all issues that will need to be addressed in the future by series officials. But that process is better left for a later date in the future. This is absolutely not the time for business administration. This is the time for everyone associated with the IZOD INDYCAR Series to grieve over the loss of a competitor and a good friend.

It's also a time for racing fans, worldwide, to send a God bless, along with good thoughts and prayers, for Dan Wheldon as well as his wife and young sons,

In a very simple statement, team owner Chip Ganassi, whom Wheldon used to drive for, probably put it best when he said "everybody in INDYCAR died a little today." 

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