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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
Simona de Silvestro is gaining her confidence back

by Tim Wohlford
Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Simona de Silvestro
After the 2011 St. Petersburg IndyCar race, I thought I recognized the driving style of a new driver -- bold, brash, and talented, fearlessly going against the big name veterans.  This is Paul Tracy's driving style, I thought, only perhaps with bigger balls.  Ironic, since I was watching Simona de Silvestro. 

As the year went by, Simona impressed the IndyCar world in quite another way with her bravery, when her year went from good to bad, and at times, to disastrous.  Bravery, after all, isn't the absence of fear, but rather the ability to function when one is scared witless.

Her new car -- named "Janet" -- that performed so well early in the season was destroyed in a nasty, fiery crash at Indy.  Worse yet, Simona was badly hurt, receiving third degree burns to the backs of both hands.  The week after Indy she was hurt again in a bad crash at Milwaukee, then missed the race at Iowa due her Milwaukee injuries.  Her backup car weighed more than the newer cars -- she named the car "Pork Chop" -- and it wasn't competitive much of the time. 

Since she didn't have the luxury of a backup car, she was forced into a very different driving style.  While she put on a great fan-friendly show -- for instance, referring to her bandages as "Mickey Mouse gloves" -- the truth was that she was struggling.  Simona sat down with AutoRacing1.com in an exclusive interview just before this year's St. Pete race, and talked openly about where she's been, and where she's going.

"We started off with a great race here in St. Pete, but Indy was difficult.  It was really the first time where I said, 'I don't wanna do this.'  It really hurt me, and I wasn't sure (about) getting back in the car.  That was really the first time this happened to me.  I think it took me a while to get back my confidence.  It took for sure like 2 months." 

She continued, "We had so many races back to back, I never could really go away from it, and really think about what happened at Indy.  And what happened at Milwaukee was just kinda like, the top of everything.  We missed a race in Iowa, which was bad, but I think for me it was important to just kinda get away from it and really think about what just happened to me, and to start re-focusing."  Without pausing -- Simona rarely pauses when speaking -- she added, "Qualifying the car at Indy showed me that I'm meant to be a race car driver." 

One thing for sure is that her confidence is back.  The burns are healed, the scars barely visible.  She enjoys the complete confidence of her team, who seriously teases her.  These people are having fun, and she's as devoted to her team as they are to her.  She's also working with OMP on safety equipment --  "Way more of me was on fire than just my hands" -- including female-specific safety stuff. 

The conversation continued:  "The ovals still have my attention, especially with my experience on them.  It's been a bit difficult.  The road courses are just what my background is -- I'm used to it.  I know where the limit is on a road course, I know how to move the car on a road course, but on an oval I haven't really found it yet. 

Kentucky was the first time I had a car that felt really good on ovals, and it was like life changing.  It was like, 'Oh my God, this is awesome.'  I was actually having a lot of fun driving it." 

She keeps track of her old car, Pork Chop, with which she ran every race after the new car was destroyed at Indy.  "We love Pork Chop," she said, commenting that the car was now painted in Tampa Bay Buccaneer colors and on display locally in St. Pete.  She isn't in the mood to sell it back to the Andretti family, even if Marco got his first win in that car:  "It's mine, it's mine for now, I'm sure he wants it but I don't think I'm gonna give it back!"

The new car doesn't have a name, since she's wondering if naming the car might jinx it, but she likes the new Dallara car a lot.  "I think the new car is good.  I really enjoy it, racing.  The first couple of tests I did I really enjoyed it.  Pretty much all the things are on like carbon brakes, hand clutch handling -- it is what an open wheel car should feel like.  I think now we have all these assets in it to make it a great car.  I think there's so much potential in it.  We have to find that window where the car wants to be fast…. There's so many changes we can do to it, it's interesting… 

It's cool as a driver 'cause you can have a lot of input in it, even on the engine side.  It's been so interesting to see what we can do with the engine and work with the Lotus people.  It makes it really special for us."  It didn't escape Simona's notice that, on that day, she was the fastest of the Lotus cars, faster than Oriol and Sebastian. 

"Well, yah, you notice it a litttttleee bit (laughter)."  "I think everyone in the series is really talented right now, and it's cool to have engine manufacturers, because you have competition with everybody, but you still wanna be the fastest of your clan.  It's like a second competition added to it."

So would this racer, who while burned and bruised at Texas, Indy and Milwaukee got back into her car, consider running a USAC sprint or midget?  The answer would be, uh…. No.  "I've seen the cars, but they're too scary almost.  They're really impressive to watch, but I think I'm gonna stick to open wheel a little longer.  Its pretty gnarly out there!" 

Which is okay -- Jackie Stewart turned down a drive in a sprint car, and no one accuses him of cowardice.  And come to think of it, Fangio left for home after only a few laps at Indy.

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