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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
AR1.com team wins St. Petersburg GP Kart race

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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The winning AutoRacing1.com team of Wayde Alfarone, Larry Schumacher, Glenn Howell, Spencer Pigot and Scott Morris
AutoRacing1.com (AR1.com) sent four staff members to participate in Tuesday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete media kart race with IndyCar and other pro drivers and members of the media, in a lead-up to the March 24-26 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The event was held at the impressive Andersen Racing Park in Palmetto, FL just minutes away from the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (GPSP) location, on their state-of-the-art kart racing course, in equally prepared Honda powered go-karts. The Anderson team also promotes and runs the USF2000, which is a rung on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system that feeds into IndyCar

After a quick greeting by St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster and executives from the race and promotion staff of the GPSP and the Andersen facility, the pro drivers were introduced.:

Marco Andretti – IndyCar – Racing for WTSP Channel 10 News and Team Univision
Simon Pagenaud – IndyCar – Racing for the Tampa Bay Times and Team Univision
Peter Dempsey – Indy Lights – Racing for Rocket Sports & Entertainment
Jacob Wilson – Indy Lights – Racing for Bay News 9
Spencer Pigot – USF2000 – Racing for Team AR1.com
Matthew Brabham – USF2000 – Racing for Team Spirit 90.5 FM
Shannon McIntosh – USF2000 – Racing for ABC Action News
Shea Holbrook – Acura World Challenge – Racing for ILovetheburg.com
Anders Krohn – Former Indy Lights driver– Racing for WWPR radio

The AR1.com team consisted of our contributing photographer and columnist(s) Scott Morris, Wayde Alfarone, Larry Schumacher, and Glenn Howell.

After a quick 20 minute practice session where everyone got only two laps to familiarize themselves with the cars and learn the track, the race began LeMans style for a 1 hour enduro.

For some reason, the organizers decided to put Team AR1.com at the very back of the field, but we were not worried.

By the end of the second lap, Spencer Pigot had brought the AR1.com kart up to fifth place, battling hard with Marco Andretti. Each would pass and repass each other for position. Even though this was a fun event, the testosterone was running very high and the competitive spirit turned it into a real contest much like any other.

When Spencer Pigot brought the kart in for a driver change, he had team AR1.com in fourth, behind WWPR (Anders Krohn team), RocketSports (Peter Dempsey Team) and WTSP (Marco Andretti team). Marco Andretti had the AR1.com team in his gun sights after the recent Parking Gate episode and had fire in his eyes. He drove for both the WTSP team and also did a stint for the Tampa Bay Times team. He wanted to beat us bad.

But the AR1.com team was up for the challenge.  Scott Morris jumped into the kart for the 2nd stint and by the third turn had taken the kart to the lead and quickly pulled away. By the end of the 2nd segment, team AR1.com had almost lapped the entire field.

Wayde Alfarone continued the pace for AR1.com, as did Larry Schumacher, and Glenn Howell, all driving a flawless race.

All of the pro drivers were required to run the final stint of the race, and when Spencer Pigot took over the kart for the AR1.com team he was nearly two laps up on the field. Spencer brought the kart home in champion style to take the checkered flag and bring home the honors for AR1.com.

Rocket Sports Entertainment with Peter Dempsey finished second and the Tampa Bay Times team with Marco Andretti finished third, with Marco edging out Spencer Pigot for fast time of the day, turning double duty for two different teams.

All of the teams got to experience the thrill of racing wheel to wheel.  The losers promised to take it to us next year! Of course we here at AR1.com welcome any challenge, and thank the GPSP organizers and the Andersen Race Park staff for hosting the event.

Fun was had by all.

Results

Pos No. Team Laps Behind Fast Lap
1 09 AutoRacing1.com 45 - 58.017
2 06 Rocket Sports and Entertainment 43 2 Laps 58.403
3 03 WTSP 10 News 42 3 Laps 50.396
4 08 WWPR 1490 radio 42 +44 secs 57.878
5 00 Bay News 9 41 4 Laps 58.194
6 04 ABC Action News 41 +39 secs 59.092
7 888 Tampa Bay Times 40 5 Laps 59.190
8 07 Team Spirit 40 +18.5 sec 58.819
9 777 Team Univision 39 6 Laps 59.705
10 05 ILoveTheBerg.com 39 +7.3 sec 59.534

Photos

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She kept asking for some wickerbill...
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Kim Green
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Simon Pagenaud
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Marco Andretti
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Dan Andersen
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Tim Ramsberger
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St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster
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Shea Holbrook
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Spencer Pigot
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Marco Andretti
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The roster of pro drivers
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A LeMans style start, and they put Team AR1 at the back!
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Spencer Pigot makes a good start a charges to the front
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passing karts already...
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Spencer Pigot puts the pressure on Marco Andretti
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Spencer Pigot pushes Marco a little wide...
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Still fighting for the spot
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Spencer Pigot makes the pass on Marco Andretti, but they swapped back and forth all day
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Nice to be able to race with the pro drivers...
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Larry Schumacher with Marco Andretti
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Peter Dempsey says "who are these guys on this Team AR1 and why are they so bloody quick?"
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Larry Schumacher gets ready fro his stint in the kart
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Simon Pagenaud gets ready to run
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Wayde Alfarone stretching out the Team AR1.com lead
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Wayde Alfarone chasing down another one!
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Wayde Alfarone takes two at a time!
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Larry Schumacher makes another pass
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Larry Schumacher keeps it cool
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Someone gets it turned around...
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Larry Schumacher showing the perfect line
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Team AR1.com making a quick driver change
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Team AR1.com takes a commanding lead!
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Glenn Howell battling with Simon Pagenaud
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Spencer Pigot bringing it home in the closing laps
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Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud having a good dice
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Spencer Pigot with one lap to go...
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Look Ma! No hands! Spencer Pigot takes the checker with Team AR1.com!
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The 1st place trophies
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Team AR1.com on top of the podium
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Team AR1.com takes the win
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Larry Schumacher, Wayde Alfarone, Glenn Howell, Spencer Pigot, Scott Morris
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The winning AR1.com team of Larry Schumacher, Scott Morris, Glenn Howell, Wayde Alfarone, Spencer Pigot
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Scott Morris, Spencer Pigot

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