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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
IndyCar Open Test Day 2: Penske cars 1-2-3

Chevy cars dominate
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

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Helio Castroneves
Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Ryan Briscoe topped the timesheets as 10 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams concluded a two-day Open Test at Sebring International Raceway.

Castroneves set a lap of 52.1413 seconds in the No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Chevrolet, just a shade quicker than Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Ryan Briscoe was third quick (52.2072) -- just 0.0659 of a second behind Castroneves.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, the best of the rest
Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay, who topped the time chart on the first day, was fourth quick (52.3466) and Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt/Hamilton Motorsports was fifth/first among Honda teams (52.4698). Top to 10th were separated by 1 second. A total of 1,716 laps were completed over the two days.

A second group of drivers will test at Sebring on March 8-9. The Open Test is open to the public each day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). There is a $10 admission charge. Firestone Indy Lights will conduct an Open Test at the facility Feb. 7.

Combined Test Times

Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Session Time Speed Total Laps
1 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/F Practice 4 00:52.1413 115.302 201
2 12 Power, Will D/C/F Practice 4 00:52.2059 115.159 161
3 2 Briscoe, Ryan D/C/F Practice 4 00:52.2072 115.157 179
4 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/C/F Practice 4 00:52.3466 114.850 153
5 77 Pagenaud, Simon (R) D/H/F Practice 4 00:52.4698 114.580 200
6 18 Wilson, Justin D/H/F Practice 4 00:52.6537 114.180 174
7 19 Jakes, James D/H/F Practice 4 00:52.8288 113.802 191
8 27 Hinchcliffe, James D/C/F Practice 2 00:52.9125 113.622 162
9 26 Andretti, Marco D/C/F Practice 3 00:52.9577 113.525 166
10 78 de Silvestro, Simona D/L/F Practice 4 00:53.2312 112.941 129

Note: Sebring Short Course lap record: 49.9sec Sebastian Bourdais Panoz Champ Car

Open Test lineup

Group 2 (9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. March 8-9):

No. 4 JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing) - Chevrolet

No. 5 E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology) - Chevrolet

No. 6 Katherine Legge (Lotus Dragon Racing) - Lotus

No. 7 Sebastien Bourdais (Lotus Dragon Racing) - Lotus

No. 8 Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology) - Chevrolet

No. 9 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) - Honda

No. 10 Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) - Honda

No. 11 Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology) - Chevrolet

No. 14 Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing) - Honda

No. 15 Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) - Honda

No. 20 Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing) - Chevrolet

No. 22 Oriol Servia (Lotus Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) - Lotus

No. 38 Graham Rahal (Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing) - Honda

No. 67 Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) - Honda

No. 77 Alex Tagliani (Team Barracuda - BHA) - Lotus

No. 83 Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing) - Honda

DAY 2 QUOTEBOOK:

Justin Wilson
JUSTIN WILSON (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "Not a bad day. It was a reasonable test overall. I am happy with the progress we have made as a team and with the car and hope that we can keep it going. The Honda engine has been really strong and very consistent and the crew has worked extremely hard to get everything we can out of our car. There are a lot of components to this car that are new to us and we are still working hard to see how everything responds to changes, but I think we are getting better every time out.

JAMES JAKES (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "It was a pretty good day. We got a lot of good work done and a lot of chassis development done. I really think we found a number of things that will translate well to St. Petersburg. For me, mileage is everything and to get out and run more than 120 laps was very important. Days like this are going to pay off for us as we get closer to the start of the season.

Simon Pagenaud
SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports Honda
): "It's an exciting moment for INDYCAR with three different engines. You can tell the Chevys and Hondas are really close; we ran together with Will and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) at some point and I can see it's going to be close. As Will said, it will come down to qualifying (at St. Pete) to see who's strongest."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet): "It is clear that it is pretty even so far. The moment of truth is going to be St. Pete. Everyone is going to have what they've got. There is no sandbagging or anything. We shall see there." (What are you looking on the sheets from the test with the group split during the week?): "Oh, that is right. I forgot about that. Ganassi will be here Thursday. It is so hard to tell this track, to be honest. It is a very strange circuit for testing, because I don't think there is any place we go that is like it. Turn 4 is probably the most representative corner of a street course. Everywhere else has way too much grip, so the car always feels pretty good. I'm not sure what we get out of these tests, but we certainly push the car to the limit I would say."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet): "Overall it was a good day for the Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet. Chevy did an incredible job. We are still developing the car. Still making little bits here and there. But, for Spring Training, I thought all of the Chevys are in good shape. Overall Team Penske is in good shape. We have to just keep pushing each other. Hopefully we can get what we want for the first race of the season." (About the continued improvement of the Chevy engine): "It was certainly a long way ahead of everybody in the beginning, all the manufacturers; but Chevy is on-board. Took the bull by the horns as they say. It is a very good commitment from everyone. Right now we are still working; still developing. Certainly it is great to be on top of the charts. But, it doesn't pay anything. The first race of the season is what we are looking for. But, it feels great to have a good practice."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was a very productive couple of days again. The more miles we get on these Chevys, the better. I feel like we're ready to go racing in St. Pete. The car is feeling strong. Working with the engine guys on the driveability side as well. I think we made a lot of gains there. I'm excited."

MARCO ANDRETTI: (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet): "We're definitely going to be gambling a little bit on setup because we've tried a bunch of different concepts, so now, it is all about picking the right one to roll off there (St. Petersburg). We have to picture the types of corners on this track that replicate over there and hopefully go with the right one. On the Chevy side, it is all good."

DAY 2 NOTEBOOK:

Less than a day after his car caught fire on course, Will Power was back on track at Sebring International Raceway on Tuesday morning for second day of his group's IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test.

Power, whose No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was not expected to participate in the morning session, was able to record seven laps shortly before the test session was stopped for lunch.  His fastest lap 52.6777 seconds was nearly a half-second faster than his best lap prior to his car's issue, which was caused by a fuel leak.

"It wasn't a big issue," Power said. "Fortunately ,we got it out soon enough that we didn't do too much damage that would have lost us the test day today. The guys did such an awesome job getting the (new) engine in so quickly and up and running. We were able to go out and shake it down. The car felt fine. All credit to the guys to do that."

Despite his handiness with a fire extinguisher,  Power said he's not ready to join the Holmatro Safety Team or a volunteer fire department any time soon.

"No, I won't be joining the fire brigade," he said. "At least I know how to get out of the car quickly and how get (a fire) out if it happens again."

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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will expand its IZOD IndyCar Series driver lineup starting with the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

The team, which returns to full-time IZOD IndyCar Series competition in 2012 for the first time since 2008, announced it has signed 2011 GP2 runner-up Luca Filippi to drive the No. 30 Honda-powered car. He'll team with Takuma Sato, whom he met while they were testing Honda-powered Formula One cars.

"It's a great feeling to be part of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing," Filippi said. "Being a racing driver and a big motorsport fan too, it's amazing to have such a legend as Bobby Rahal as team owner. I'm sure he will help me a lot with my Indy car experience and help me learn all the different dynamics that I will find in my very first American open-wheel racing season quickly.

"The IndyCar Series is really popular in Italy and my becoming an Indy car racing driver is a dream come true. After finishing second in the GP2 series last year in a Dallara car, I am looking forward to see how this car is to drive. I know it will be different but when I sat in the cockpit to make the seat I felt really comfortable; everything felt really familiar to me. This year everything is going to change for everybody in the series because of the new car and I think it is the best moment for a rookie to enter the championship."

Filippi, 26, from Savigliano, Italy, competed in GP2 the past six seasons and was runner-up to Romain Grosjean in 2011. Filippi was also a test driver for Honda in Formula One from 2007 until December 2008, when the manufacturer withdrew from the sport.

"Having followed GP2 the last several years, I have watched Luca's progress with interest," Rahal said. "Despite not always having the best equipment, it was clear he had the ability to not only run competitively but to also win races. Having gotten to know him over the last eight months, he has also shown that in addition to being able to win, he would represent Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in a first class manner. We are very excited to begin a long and successful relationship with him."

Filippi began racing karts in Italy at age 8 and progressed through the ranks until he won a driver-search contest in 2002 that landed him a season in the Mazda MX-5 Cup series. He also has competed in the Formula Renault Championship in 2003 and 2004 (with a third-place finish in 2004). He won the Italian Formula 3000 series title in 2005, which resulted in being invited to test a Formula One car for the first time with Minardi that winter. He competed in the GT2 series from 2006-2011.

"Racing for a Honda-powered team is fantastic because I feel like I am restarting from where we ended a few years ago when I was the Honda F1 test driver until the end of the Honda F1 project," Filippi said. "I'm happy we will work together again and now we both have a new challenge, new motivation and I just can't wait to be at the wheel. I know Takuma from those days. We respect each other and we both think that working together can help us and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing achieve our goals."

Filippi will participate in the Rookie Orientation Program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Sebastian Saavedra is returning the team that gave him his first big break as a driver in INDYCAR.

The 21-year-old Colombian will race in Firestone Indy Lights for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport - the same team in which he won two races and the series rookie of the year in 2009.

"I'm proud to be to be part of the AFS and Andretti Autosport family again," said Saavedra, who will be one of eight drivers testing Firestone Indy Lights cars at Sebring International Raceway on March 7.

"Together we've have had good times and I'm sure we can have them again. I want to thank Gary (Peterson) for believing in my talent and building this program; he is always thinking of my future and the future of AFS Racing. This opportunity was built in a very intelligent manner and I'm looking forward to where it may take us. The experience I've built in the IndyCar Series and in Firestone Indy Lights over the past three years have given me a confidence and big hunger for success."

Saavedra will drive the No. 27 AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport car in Firestone Indy Lights and also drive the Andretti Autosport/AFS Racing No. 25 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Chevrolet in the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

In addition to his racing duties with the team, Saavedra, who spent last season as a rookie in the IZOD IndyCar Series with Conquest Racing, will be a test/reserve driver for the Andretti team and could drive in additional IZOD IndyCar Series events.

"Aligning with Andretti Autosport for Firestone Indy Lights and the Indianapolis 500 is advantageous for all parties, AFS, Andretti and especially Sebastian," said AFS owner Gary Petersen. "After AFS/Andretti's previous success in the Firestone Indy Lights, having won two season championships, I'm convinced that we can place Sebastian exactly where he needs to be to contend for the FIL championship this season.

"Since meeting Sebastian and the Saavedra family in 2009, we've developed a close relationship. I feel personally invested in Sebastian's future. I feel that the best career move Sebastian can make at this time, given the new IndyCars, is acting as a test driver for Andretti and racing the Indy 500 this season. This puts him in the best possible position to advance toward his goal of becoming one of IndyCar's elite drivers."

The joint entry of a car for Saavedra marks the re-establishment of the successful partnership of AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, which claimed two Firestone Indy Lights titles and 11 race wins from 2008-2010.

"AFS Racing and Andretti Autosport have enjoyed a lot of success together and this effort will hopefully be more of the same," said Michael Andretti, owner of Andretti Autosport. "Sebastian will be a strong contender in the Firestone Indy Lights program. Also, with the new car, having a test driver will help us take our IZOD IndyCar Series program closer to where we want it to be. We are optimistic about this relationship and will continue to explore opportunities with the goal of racing together beyond 2012."

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After a strong showing last season, Gustavo Yacaman is returning to Team Moore Racing for another shot at the title. The 21-year-old from Santiago de Cali, Colombia, finished fourth in the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights season after nine top-five finishes and his first career win.

He competed in the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona on the third-place Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian entry, his first time at the event. A resident of Miami, Florida, Yacaman had considered making a switch to the IZOD IndyCar Series over the offseason.

"This year there are too many changes in the Indy car—new engine, new chassis and it's hard work to develop them," Yacaman said. "It is better to wait and find a great option to have a great year."

Yacaman's first career win in Firestone Indy Lights came at the first-ever Baltimore Grand Prix in the Baltimore 100. After losing his best qualifying lap--which would have won him his first pole position--due to a local yellow, he won the 35-lap twister by .4500 of a second over points leader and eventual champion, Josef Newgarden.

Yacaman will have fellow 2011 Firestone Indy Lights competitor David Ostella as his teammate on Team Moore. The series now has 10 announced drivers for the 2012 season with more expected in the coming weeks before the season opener at the streets of St. Petersburg on March 24. All races will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

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The Firestone Indy Lights grid continues to grow stronger with the addition of Juan Pablo Garcia, who will drive for newcomer Jeffrey Mark Motorsport for the 2012 season. Garcia will pilot the No. 76 entry for the team, sponsored by Freightliner Trucks.

Garcia made his Firestone Indy Lights debut in 2009 and ran three consecutive partial seasons, starting in four events last season. The Mexico City-native began his professional racing career in 2006 and has competed in several other series, including Formula Renault 2000, A1 Grand Prix and British Formula 3.

"I'm very happy to be joining Jeffrey Mark Motorsport for the full 2012 season," Garcia said. "I want to thank Freightliner Trucks and I can't wait to start the testing this week at Sebring so I can be prepared for my first race. It's great to know that I have a great support team, especially with my engineers, so I'm confident that we can have very good results. I think that will benefit all of us and I'm proud that I can be part of this very successful team."

Jeffrey Mark Motorsport, although new to Firestone Indy Lights, will receive a big boost in the form of operational support from multiple-race winning Firestone Indy Lights squad Bryan Herta Autosport. Garcia's car will be based in the Indianapolis headquarters of Bryan Herta Autosport and the operation of the entry will be overseen by BHA personnel.

"I'm thrilled to have Juan Pablo racing with Jeffrey Mark Motorsport for our inaugural season," said team owner Jeff Mark. "It's always been a dream of mine to own a race team and I am ecstatic that the time has finally come. JMM and JPG are going to have a great year together."

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