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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
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 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
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 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 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
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
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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