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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 season opener preview

On the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Series Prepares for Another Competitive Season

Marco Andretti testing new car  at Sebring
If the times from the preseason Open Test at Sebring International Raceway are any indication of what's to come, then 2012 is shaping up to be another competitive IZOD IndyCar Series season. The top 16 cars of the 26 that participated in the test were separated by a second. Last season produced another competitive championship, with Dario Franchitti winning his third straight title. Will 2012 produce another close title chase?

New Era, New Car

While level of experience varies among drivers, everyone is on the same footing when it comes to the new 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series car. The new car adds an element of competition that has not been seen since the last time a new car was introduced in 2003. The new car plan began in 2010, overseen by a hand-picked committee of mechanical experts and technical gurus who have guided the process to its fulfillment. Drivers have spent almost the entire offseason in team tests shaking down the car as they prepare for the season, and INDYCAR held its first official test on March 5-6 and 8-9.

Engine Manufacturer Competition Returns

For the first time since 2005, the IZOD IndyCar Series will have different manufacturers producing the engines that power the car. Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus engines will be utilized in 2012. Where competition used to mainly rely among the teams, the opposing engines will add a new level of competition to the series. Teams powered by Honda engines include Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Service Central Chip Ganassi, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, Sam Schmidt Motorsports, A.J. Foyt Enterprises and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Chevrolet will power Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, Panther Racing, KV Racing Technology and Ed Carpenter Racing. Lotus Dragon Racing, Lotus-HVM Racing, Lotus-DRR and Team Barracuda-BHA will have Lotus engines.

Dario Franchitti looks to make history

Dario Franchitti enters 2012 looking to become the second Indy car driver to win four consecutive championships joining Sebastien Bourdais who won four titles from (2004-2007). Franchitti returns for his fourth year with Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2012. Will this winning combination remain among IndyCar’s best?

Hinch's Sophomore Season

2011 Sunoco Rookie of the Year James Hinchcliffe has joined Andretti Autosport for the 2012 season in the Go Daddy seat. His self-deprecating humor and outgoing personality, in addition to success during his rookie season, ingratiated him with principals at Go Daddy, which continued as a team sponsor after the departure of Danica Patrick following the 2011 season. Hinchcliffe, a 25-year-old native of Toronto, was left without a ride for 2012 after his former team, Newman/Haas Racing, ceased participation in the IZOD IndyCar Series. With them, he recorded seven top-10 finishes in 16 races after missing the first event of the season. His season-high finish was in fourth at Long Beach, New Hampshire and Kentucky.

Power Looking To Move Up

After finishing runner-up to the champion for two consecutive years, Team Penske's Will Power is looking to move up a spot for the first time in his career. Last season, he tied series season highs with six victories and eight starts from pole, falling just 18 points shy of a championship. He also grabbed his first oval victory at Texas Motor Speedway in June. In 2010, he led Franchitti into the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but crashed on lap 144 while his rival finished eighth.

Barrichello Joins IZOD IndyCar Series

Rubens Barrichello, the longest-tenured driver in Formula One history, will begin a new journey with KV Racing Technology for the 2012 season. The 39-year-old Brazilian was persuaded by his long-time friend, Tony Kanaan, and several positive tests in the new car to make the move. Barrichello made 322 starts in an F1 career that spanned from 1993-2011 with six teams. He was runner-up in the Formula One championship in 2002 and 2004, and earned 11 victories, 68 podiums, 106 top-five finishes and 172 top-10 showings.

Mazda Road to Indy on display

The full Mazda Road to Indy ladder system, designed to groom the up-and-coming stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, will be on display at St. Pete. Mazda will again provide scholarships for the 2012 champions of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and Firestone Indy Lights to advance to the next level. The scholarship program strengthens INDYCAR's driver development program by providing drivers the opportunities to advance based on talent, not financials.

Race Notes:

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be the eighth IZOD IndyCar Series event and ninth Indy car race conducted on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Previous race winners entered are Dario Franchitti (2011), Will Power (2010), Ryan Briscoe (2009), Graham Rahal (2008) and Helio Castroneves (2006-07).

Previous pole winners entered are Will Power (2010-11), Graham Rahal (2009), Tony Kanaan (2008), Helio Castroneves (2007), Dario Franchitti (2006) and Sebastien Bourdais (2003).

At least 21 drivers entered in the event have competed in previous Indy car races at St. Pete. Eleven (11) of those drivers have led laps in the IZOD IndyCar Series events: (Helio Castroneves 135, Dario Franchitti 112, Ryan Briscoe 109, Justin Wilson 70, Scott Dixon 57, Will Power 56, Graham Rahal 19, Tony Kanaan 15, E.J. Viso 13, Marco Andretti 6 and Ryan Hunter-Reay 4.)

At least five drivers will compete in their first IZOD IndyCar Series race on the streets of St. Petersburg: Rubens Barrichello, James Hinchcliffe, Katherine Legge, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud. Hinchcliffe and Newgarden competed on the track in Firestone Indy Light. Newgarden won at St. Petersburg in Firestone Indy Lights in 2011. Pagenaud raced at the circuit in 2009 in American Le Mans Series.

Milestones & Records:

·        Should Dario Franchitti win the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship, he will join Sebastien Bourdais as the only drivers to win four consecutive Indy car titles. Bourdais won four-straight Champ Car titles from 2004-2007.

·        Should Dario Franchitti win the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship, he will join A.J. Foyt as the only drivers to win five Indy car titles in his career. Franchitti, who won the title in 2007 and again from 2009-2011. Foyt won seven championships in his career.

·        With a victory in 2012, Scott Dixon will extend his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to eight.

·        With his next win, Scott Dixon will take sole possession of 11th place on the all-time wins list. Dixon is currently tied with Johnny Rutherford with 27 wins.

·        With his next victory, Dario Franchitti will tie Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais for seventh (7th) on the all-time wins list with 31 wins if neither Bourdais nor Tracy wins before he does.

·        Helio Castroneves needs four earned poles to reach 40 career poles in his Indy car career.

·        Dario Franchitti needs four earned poles to reach 30 in his career.

·        Will Power needs one earned pole to reach 25 in his Indy car career.

·        Scott Dixon needs three earn poles to reach 20 in their Indy car career.

·        With one pole in 2012, Scott Dixon will extend his IZOD IndyCar Series streak to six consecutive seasons.

·        Tony Kanaan will attempt to make his 182nd consecutive start. Jimmy Vasser holds the all-time record of 211. Scott Dixon with 123 straight starts is the only other active driver with a streak of more than 100 consecutive starts.

·        Marco Andretti will attempt to make his 100th IZOD IndyCar Series start at St. Petersburg.

At-Track Schedule (all times local):

Friday, March 23

11:50-12:50 a.m.  IZOD IndyCar Series Practice (all cars)

2:50-3:50 p.m.      IZOD IndyCar Series Practice                 

Saturday, March 24

9:55 to 10:55 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Practice

1:55 -3:15 p.m.    Peak Performance Pole Qualifying (Knockout qualifying & Firestone Fast 6 format)

Sunday, March 25

8:35-9:05 a.m.        IZOD IndyCar Series Warm Up

Noon                      IZOD IndyCar Series Pre-Race

12:30 p.m.  Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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