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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
Dissecting IndyCar's findings on Wheldon's accident

by Tim Wohlford
Thursday, December 15, 2011

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The fence post that Wheldon hit
It is a natural thing to wonder “why” when someone is taken from us.  It is equally common that all of the information in the world doesn’t provide any comfort, and only leads to more questions.  Such is the case of today’s IndyCar press conference, announcing the findings of the investigation into Dan Wheldon’s death at Las Vegas.  Some facts from today’s press conference at IMS:
- Dan Wheldon did hit a fence post, and that was the cause of the fatal injuries.  The post penetrated the tub by the pedals, but only struck Dan in the head.  Dan’s only injuries were head injuries – first a non-fatal minor wound in the initial impact (there were 12-13 recorded impacts on that car) and then the fatal one in the fence. 
- Dan hit the brakes 2.4 sec before contact, but was still travelling 165 at first impact.  He went 325 feet in the air before hitting the fence. 
- It’s the job of the posts and the cables to keep the car inside of the track, NOT the fence.  The fence itself is only designed to keep the debris away from the fans, not keep the car inside of the track.  (Hitting a post when tossed into the fence isn’t uncommon – for instance, Mike Conway hit a post at Indy, only his car went in bottom-first instead of top-first.)
- IndyCar’s investigation showed no link between the position of the posts at Vega (on the track-side, instead of the grandstands-side) and the outcome.  In their view, the forces of impact were so great that it wouldn’t have mattered. 
- IndyCar says that the number of cars was not a leading factor in the race.  They point out that every driver and every team had run at least 1 IndyCar race that season, and there were 5 Indy 500 winners in that field. 
- IndyCar faults themselves with not having done sufficient testing.  Making comparisons to CART’s misadventures at Texas Motor Speedway, where tests were some 20 mph slower than the practice speeds, IndyCar officials say that the speeds in a 2 car practice didn’t compare with those in practice, since there were no dozen-car drafts in testing. 
- However, multi-car drafting is nothing new – anyone remember MIS?  The real culprit, say IndyCar officials, is that there was / were no racing “groove” or “grooves”.  On most tracks, drivers can safely assume that cars won’t do certain things or drive on certain parts of the track.  However, at Vegas, every car was able to drive pretty much everywhere, which lead to a lot of moves in a lot of places, which lead to the kind of chaos we saw.  Again they fault themselves as not having done sufficient testing to catch this problem. 
- Yes, if they get things figured out, IndyCar will return to the Vegas oval.  There is a committee looking at racing on 1.5 mile ovals, including Vegas.  However, every “cookie cutter” track is different – which explains why IndyCar did okay at Chicagoland and Texas but not Vegas.  Therefore, their findings will probably encourage racing on 1.5 mile ovals, but probably have some ideas on how to make the show safer. 
Finally --
IndyCar officials point out that the old Dallara chassis was drive over 2 million miles with only 1 fatality, that coming on the last lap before they were retired.  (Paul Dana was driving a Panoz – I looked it up, thinking IndyCar people had made a big mistake).  As Derrick Daley opined in the Q&A session, this car was the safest open-wheeled car to be in if you’re gonna hit something hard.

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