for your iPhone
for your iPad
IndyCar

IndyCar Links

2014 Schedule

2014 IndyCar Rules

2014 Indy Lights Rules

2014 Pro Mazda Rules

2014 USF2000 Rules

2014 Drug Policy

2014 Teams

2013 Scanner Freq

Race Car Comparison

Lap Time Comparison

History CART/IRL Split


2014 Standings
After Long Beach
Pos. Driver Points

1 Will Power 93
2 Mike Conway 66
3 Simon Pagenaud 60
4 Helio Castroneves 55
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 54
6 Scott Dixon 51
7 Carlos Munoz 48
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 47
9 Mikhail Aleshin 46
10 Sebastian Saavedra 42
11 Tony Kanaan 40
12 Justin Wilson 38
13 Takuma Sato 36
14 Josef Newgarden 34
15 Ryan Briscoe 33
16 Sebastien Bourdais 33
17 Graham Rahal 33
18 Marco Andretti 32
19 Carlos Huertas 32
20 Oriol Servia 26
21 Jack Hawksworth 24
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 17

Wins
T1 Will Power 1
T1 Mike Conway 1

Podium Finishes
1 Will Power 2
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T2 Helio Castroneves 1
T2 Mike Conway 1
T2 Carlos Munoz 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 74
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
3 Takuma Sato 33
4 Scott Dixon 22
5 Mike Conway 4
6 Sebastian Saavedra 3
7 Helio Castroneves 2
8 Josef Newgarden 1


Prize Money
1 Will Power $50,000
T2 Mike Conway $30,000
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay $30,000
4 Simon Pagenaud $18,000
5 Takuma Sato $17,000
T6 Helio Castroneves $15,000
T6 Carlos Munoz $15,000
T8 Juan Pablo Montoya $10,000
T8 Scott Dixon $10,000
T10 Mikhail Aleshin $8,000
T10 Tony Kanaan $8,000
12 Oriol Servia $7,000
T13 Justin Wilson $5,000
T13 Marco Andretti $5,000
T15 Sebastian Saavedra $4,000
T15 Josef Newgarden $4,000
T17 Ryan Briscoe $2,000
T17 Carlos Huertas $2,000

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 93
2 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 60
4 3 Team Penske 55
5 28 Andretti Autosport 54
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 51
7 34 Andretti Autosport – HVM Racing 48
8 2 Team Penske 47
9 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 46
10 17 KV AFS Racing 42
11 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40
12 19 Dale Coyne Racing 38
13 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 36
14 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 34
15 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 33
16 11 KVSH Racing 33
17 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 33
18 25 Andretti Autosport 32
19 18 Dale Coyne Racing 32
20 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 26
21 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 24
22 27 Andretti Autosport 20
23 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 17

Finishing Average
1 Will Power 1.5
2 Simon Pagenaud 5
T3 Helio Castroneves 7
T3 Oriol Servia 7
5 Scott Dixon 8
6 Mike Conway 8.5
7 Mikhail Aleshin 9
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 9.5
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 10
T9 Carlos Munoz 10
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
T12 Tony Kanaan 12
T12 Justin Wilson 12
T14 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
T14 Sebastien Bourdais 13.5
T14 Graham Rahal 13.5
T17 Josef Newgarden 14
T17 Carlos Huertas 14
19 Takuma Sato 14.5
20 Marco Andretti 15
21 Jack Hawksworth 18
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 21.5

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 1
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T2 Scott Dixon 1
T2 Tony Kanaan 1
T2 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T2 Will Power 1
T2 Takuma Sato 1
T2 Marco Andretti 1
T2 James Hinchcliffe 1
T2 Josef Newgarden 1
T2 Simon Pagenaud 1
T2 Jack Hawksworth 1

Qualifying Average
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
2 Scott Dixon 6
3 Jack Hawksworth 6.5
4 Marco Andretti 7
5 Tony Kanaan 7.5
T6 Takuma Sato 8
T6 Sebastien Bourdais 8
T8 Will Power 9
T8 Carlos Munoz 9
10 Helio Castroneves 9.5
11 Simon Pagenaud 10
12 James Hinchcliffe 10.5
13 Oriol Servia 12
T14 Josef Newgarden 13
T14 Justin Wilson 13
16 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
17 Mike Conway 14.5
18 Sebastian Saavedra 16.5
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 17
20 Mikhail Aleshin 17.5
21 Carlos Huertas 19
22 Charlie Kimball 19.5
23 Graham Rahal 22
IndyCar Long Beach Postscript

by Stephen Cox
Sunday, April 15, 2012

Advertisement

Will Power
Okay, let's cut through the official press releases and other bovine excrement and talk about the real stories from IndyCar’s Long Beach Grand Prix.

Ready... set...

Chevy scored four of the top five quickest times in qualifying at Long Beach. If you think Chevy is dominant now, wait till the Indy 500. You ain't seen nothing yet. Chevy's long-time affiliation with Ilmor Engineering (the real brains behind the Chevy IndyCar engine) and their early signing with Penske Racing virtually guaranteed success. See? I told you so.

Townsend Bell is an outstanding pit reporter. He's made the transition from the cockpit to the microphone far better than most. BTW, put him in a Chevy and he'd be my dark horse pick at the Indy 500. He's better at Indy than anywhere else and he gets little credit for it. I'd like to see him try again.

Newgarden had Franchitti beat until Dario nudged him into the wall
Josef Newgarden did nothing wrong when he crashed while trying to pass an alarmingly impotent Dario Franchitti on the first turn of the first lap. Dario punted him. It wasn't intentional and yes, Josef's move was risky... but this is racing, isn't it? Put that one on Dario. I like Josef's move. That's what fans pay to see.

Sebastien Bourdais' crash should have surprised no one. Putting a world class driver in sub-par equipment is a volatile mixture indeed. The driver isn't accustomed to losing and he tries to drive his car faster than it's capable of going. The experience is frustrating for everyone and the result is entirely predictable.

The other Lotus drivers fared no better. Alex Tagliani crashed. Katherine Legge ended up in the tire wall. Oriol Servia ended up three laps down. When you don't have enough horsepower and reliability to drive your way out of the pack, bad things happen. It's like being a defensive tackle in the NFL. You can watch it on TV all day, but things happen down in the trenches that you just can't imagine unless you're there. Driving in the pack is a recipe for disaster, and that's where Lotus' drivers are stuck until they find more horsepower.

Was Graham Rahal trying to block Marco Andretti when they crashed on lap 23? If so, that was the worst block I've ever seen. Andretti went airborne and smashed into the tire barrier. Go figure. Even when it's not his fault, Marco still manages to get involved in an accident.

Rubens Barrichello had a nice run going until the last lap at Long Beach, when he was rear-ended out of a possible top six finish. Otherwise he's been a non-factor this season. Since no sane person would question his driving ability, his also-ran status appears to be more of an indictment of Formula 1 than anything else.

Don't listen to the nonsense about Barrichello never having raced at Long Beach. A good driver can learn a track in a one or two days, so his lack of experience at Long Beach hardly washes as a reason for his lack of success.

Barrichello is a product of Formula 1. The disparity in F1 equipment is so wide that the “have-nots” are utterly irrelevant while the established teams (and the established drivers they hire) have real competition from only a handful of cars.

Not so in IndyCar, where the gap between the major and minor teams is considerably less. And there lies the real answer. Barrichello is no longer blowing past underfunded and hopelessly outclassed opponents. The IndyCar field is a bit more level and the learning curve will reflect it.

Driver of the Day? Several candidates come to mind. J. R. Hildebrand finished 5th in a brilliant drive. He'll never wipe the 2011 Indy 500 off his record, but this was a step in the right direction. He was solid all day and it was fun to watch.

Tony Kanaan is another great story. He drove from 19th to 4th, partially because he's freaking awesome and partially because he's got Chevy power.

But the Driver of the Day honor belongs to Ed Carpenter, who started 24th and finished 14th. Ed has never been known as a street course driver and gets no credit as anything but an oval specialist. He vowed to improve on the road/street courses this year and shows early signs of doing so. Carpenter is also moving out of his family's shadow as a first-year team owner and now faces all the problems that accompany such a move.

Remember, racing is not always about the final result. It's about what you can accomplish with the hand you've been dealt. Ed and his crew have done a lot in a short period of time.

Ed Carpenter Racing will be a factor at Indy. You can quote me on that.

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article