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2014 Standings
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: Barber Motorsports Park Review

by Stephen Cox
Monday, April 02, 2012

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Will Power pushes his red tires hard
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INDYCAR’s visit to Barber Motorsports Park was chock full of revealing incidents. Here are a few of them:

Half the field complained of severe understeer, with many teams switching to used “red” tires to compensate. That tells us a lot of things.

First, these tires aren't wearing out. I can tell you from experience that racing tires generally last much longer than fans think. Tire changes are as much about advertising and selling tires to race teams as they are gaining speed on the track.

Secondly, scrubbed reds are better than fresh blacks. Otherwise teams wouldn't be switching back to them halfway through the race.

And thirdly, using stickier tires to compensate for a car that won't dial in means that the DW12 must push like a freaking snow plow. That's the oldest and most desperate trick in the book. It basically means that the crew has given up on actually making the chassis work and is instead simply trying any band-aid they can find to fake their way through the rest of the race.

Many of the teams that didn't switch back to reds were using more front wing to pin the nose down in the corners. That's just as bad. They're using aerodynamic downforce to compensate for a chassis that won't work. And when the polesitter and winner of the first race (Helio Castroneves) is doing it, you know it's an issue.

On the bright side, this may be the best thing that could happen. It makes the cars more difficult to drive and the race more unpredictable. The DW12 snaps into an oversteer on corner exit. That makes them fun to watch and puts more of the outcome in the hands of the driver. You can visibly watch the cars slide all over the track. That's good for the series. Really good.

The quick times being set by the DW12 on road courses are not simply because the new chassis is superior; it's also because nearly everyone in the field is now braking with their left foot. This is because the new car has a hand-clutch attached to the steering wheel rather than a traditional foot-operated clutch, freeing up the driver's feet and eliminating the age-old issue of having two feet to operate three pedals simultaneously.

I experimented with left-foot braking years ago in Atlantics and Formula Fords... partly because I was looking for better lap times and partly because I've never been the best heel-and-toe driver (I actually heel-and-toe backwards, believe it or not).

Left foot braking allowed me to stay on the throttle for nearly a tenth of second longer in every corner. On a 15-turn course, that can knock nearly 1.5 second off your lap times. That's a mighty big difference in speed. Since learning that, I've braked with both feet in various corners on every track. If the corner requires a gear change, I'll heel-and-toe. If not, I brake left-footed. Yeah, I'm weird.

So keep that in mind when IndyCar is advertising the DW12's record lap times. The hand clutch goes a long way toward making those hot laps possible.

Here are some other random thoughts while wondering just how awesome this year's Indy 500 will really be...

  • I'm a fan of this broadcast crew, and Bob Jenkins in particular. Jenkins is one of the best in the business. He is easy to listen to, informative, and keeps the broadcast on course.
  • Mike Conway may be good enough to make A. J. Foyt Racing relevant again.
  • J. R. Hildebrand needed an injection for pain in his upper vertebrae just before the race. Show me someone who says that racing drivers aren't athletes and I'll show you a couch potato who's never driven a car in anger.
  • INDYCAR’s top man, Randy Bernard, says he wants to create more “passing zones” at Barber. News flash: the whole track is a passing zone. Get the cars right and the track will take care of itself.
  • Motorsports journalist Robin Miller is a cool guy and a great writer, but he should avoid criticizing ESPN's on-air talent as he did on SPEED tonight. Robin had a tough moment of his own and dropped the ball badly during today's Barber race, but I don't see anyone calling him out on it. Hey, we all do it from time to time. And a lot of folks still haven't forgiven him for his vicious attacks on Jack Miller in the IRL days. Let it go, Robin.
  • After retiring with engine problems, Alex Tagliani was desperately looking for ways to avoid saying “My Lotus went off like a hand grenade.” Lotus stablemate Katherine Legge was so slow that she spun after picking up debris on her tires from driving off-line while being passed. I feel bad for Katherine. Anyone who watched her in Champ Car knows she can drive and the mess she's in now is not of her own making. She had no testing because the team had no engines available in the preseason. Lotus now has 4 remaining engines to service their 5 teams. But I still believe they're up to the task. Don't give u on them. Hang in there, guys.
  • Super Studs of the Day: Marco Andretti, Oriol Servia and Sebastian Bourdais. Servia went from dead last to 13th while Bourdais started 17th and finished 9th. That was real, measurable progress for Lotus. Marco drove like a guy whose last name is “Andretti.”
  • Rumor has it IndyCar may no longer automatically close pit road when a caution comes out. Thank goodness someone is finally doing away with the dumbest rule in auto racing. Note to IndyCar: The pits belong to the teams. They aren't yours to close.
  • Here's hoping the federal prosecutors and IRS agents who tried to destroy Helio's career a couple years ago will get what is coming to them in this life or the next. Robbing people and then calling it “the law” doesn't make it right.
  • Barber Motorsports Park is really beautiful. A few more trees and another hill and you've got a North American version of Spa-Francorchamps. Kudos to the builders and grounds keepers.
  • Watching Rubens Barrichello, Marco Andretti and Sebastian Bourdais duke it out in the final ten laps was worth the price of admission. Top that, NASCAR.

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