for your iPhone
for your iPad
IndyCar

IndyCar Links

2014 Schedule

2014 IndyCar Rules

2014 Indy Lights Rules

2014 Pro Mazda Rules

2014 USF2000 Rules

2014 Drug Policy

2014 Teams

2014 Scanner Freq

Race Car Comparison

Lap Time Comparison

History CART/IRL Split


2014 Standings
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

Wins
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
IndyCar's new Race Director outlines his changes

No push to pass for now
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Advertisement

Beaux Barfield
Tuesday morning in Indianapolis, IndyCar's new Race Director, Beaux Barfield, reviewed the changes he has planned for the 2012 season.  Besides introducing his new Race Stewards, Barfield reviewed some of the changes that include qualifying heat races for some ovals (instead of boring single car qualifying), better communications between race control and the teams, the elimination of double file restarts on some of the ovals, and the plan for trying standing starts later in the year.

New Stewards
Gary Barnard from Champ Car
Johnny Unser former driver
Arie Luyendyk former driver and Indy 500 winner

It will be Barfield's role to explain in the drivers meeting as to what behavior is expected from the drivers on the track for that event.  Every track has its nuances.  The agreements/expectations made in the drivers meeting for a given event will be taken into race control and decisions will be made based on that. 

(L to R) Race Stewards Arie Luyendyk, Beaux Barfield, Johnny Unser and Gary Barnard
Stewards will have a more disconnected role.  Barfield, as race director, will be primary decision maker in race control.  If a Steward does not agree, they will be able to voice it, or Barfield can ask their opinion, if he wants to.  If a Steward sees that the race director is making a wrong call because, say, he was not allowed to make that call based on the rule book, they can speak up before the call is actually made and the correction made.  But Barfield made it clear that he will be in control in the booth.

A new text messaging system will be used to communicate with teams over the computer network IndyCar sets up at each race.  It will be private and allow race control to communicate with teams directly.  Instead of an eight step process to get feedback from drivers in the old system, the new system is a four step process.  So in the case of the rain in Loudon the Race Director would have had, very quickly, numerous instant messages on his screen that the track was too wet to go green.  There no plans at this time to make any of this communication available to the fans.

Race Control will be on channel one this year.  Channel two will become a grounds operation channel so teams will no longer have to monitor channel two.  So teams will have just one radio channel to monitor.  This and the text messaging will streamline communications between race control and the teams.

Double File restarts will be retained, but on some ovals they will use single file restarts.  Oval qualifying heat races will be implemented at some races.  This  will improve boring single car qualifying.  He is thinking of 25 to 30 lap heat races with their starting lineup based on practice times. 

For example qualifying for the June 22nd race at Iowa will consist of three 30-lap heats, and the field in each heat will be set by practice times. One heat will determine the top 10 starting spots, the other two heats will determine odd-numbered starting positions 11 to 31 and even-numbered starting positions for 12 to 32.

Some teams expressed concern about the number of tires they will have for the qualifying heat races.  The answer was that they will get the same number of tires as before, the same as for single car qualifying.  No decision has been made yet on whether tire changes will be allowed for the heat races.

The series will revert to single-car qualifying for the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in California.

Standing starts will be evaluated with the hope of doing some by the end of the year.

Teams are looking for more consistent decision making.  Barfield said he has a highly developed menu of penalties that will be used.  So the same penalty will be given for the same infraction, race in and race out.

As far as blocking, Barfield will allow a driver to move once to deter a following driver from getting under him, but once a driver gets any part of their car alongside, then the leading driver can no longer keep moving over. 

They can move back to allow that trailing driver to try a pass, but if the driver trailing moves across and then tries an outside pass, the leading driver cannot then move back to the outside.  That would be considered a block and a penalty will be called.

The season will start with no Push-To-Pass option for the driver to use, but it may be considered later in the year.  No KERS is planned as well.

The long yellows that take the rhythm out of the race are being addressed.  It was suggested not closing the pits, but was dismissed, at least for now.  The race leader should have the first opportunity to pit, and if you do not close the pits when a caution flies, that may not happen. Much effort has been made to shortening the yellows.  They will try to reduce full course yellows and use more local yellows.  Barfield is mindful that he cannot put the safety team in danger.

Race Control will have visual of the entire track but you are still at the mercy of the camera person and what they are focused on.  The camera may be filming something away from where a fraction has occurred.

Barfield is considering moving the lapped cars out of the way, say, if a yellow occurs in the last 15 laps of the event.

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article