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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

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
Sao Paulo Indy 300 postscript

by Stephen Cox
Sunday, April 29, 2012


The huge throng of people at the Sao Paulo IndyCar race were much more interested in Rubens Barrichello and did not miss Danica Patrick one bit.
Robert Laberge/Getty Images South America
The Super Cup Performance Fiberglass 100 at Columbus Motor Speedway was rained out last weekend, so I have no story to share with you about my own race.

Once the event was officially called, I stopped at a nearby gas station to grab a bag of Munchos and six Lindor truffles (kryptonite for Stephen), slipped REO Speedwagon’s Greatest Hits into the CD player, cranked up the oddly appropriate “Roll With the Changes” and bolted home in the rain to watch the IndyCar race on Sunday.

Yea, verily. I now submit to thee... random thoughts while wondering whatever happened to the claim that IndyCar would vanish from Earth the moment Danica Patrick left.  The crowd was huge.

• Less passing, longer yellows and more crashing at Sao Paulo. I had to double-check my DVD player to make sure I wasn't watching a race from 2011.

• Simon Pagenaud crashed. E.J. Viso didn't. For a moment I thought I'd been warped into an inverted parallel universe until Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal collided (along with several others). Then I knew everything was alright.

• On a re-start about 27 laps into the race, Dario Franchitti was hit from behind by Mike Conway. It certainly wasn't Dario's fault, but he was smart (and gracious) not to criticize Conway in the post-race interview. Doing so would have invited justifiable comparisons to his punting Josef Newgarden the first lap at Long Beach. 

• Every race I keep hoping that I'll get used to the rear wheel pods, and every race they look just as bad. And they don't work for their alleged purpose of preventing cars from going airborne during crashes. When Graham Rahal tried his infamous blocking attempt at Long Beach, Marco Andretti hit him from behind and launched into the stratosphere faster than Apollo 14. They're ugly. They don't work. Get rid of 'em.

• Don't cry for Lotus after the departure of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Brian Herta Autosport, both of whom dumped the engine manufacturer over a shortage of engines, lack of power, and reliability issues. Lotus is quietly rejoicing. They did not have enough engines to supply their existing teams at the Indy 500 and their resources were stretched to the breaking point. Lotus' remaining three teams (Dragon Racing, HVM Racing, Newman-Haas Racing) will receive considerably more practice time at Indy, so they're happy. Brian Herta is glad to skip what would have been an unproductive and monumentally expensive trip to Sao Paulo, so he's happy. Lotus has less pressure and fewer teams to supply, so they’re happy. This works out for everyone in the end.

• Could anything else go wrong for poor Katherine Legge? She gets a Lotus in the engine lottery. Not a single lap of pre-season testing. And she smacks the wall today after getting loose over the bumps leading into a turn. I watched her in Champ Car a few years ago and she is not a last-place driver. She deserves a better shot than what she's getting.

• Shockingly, Josef Newgarden actually looked like a rookie today. But don't worry. The kid is gonna be stupid good.

• Honda has pulled off the political coup of the season by designing a turbocharger for the Indy 500, then getting retroactive changes approved by the series to make them more competitive with the Chevy Ilmor engines on the road and street courses. Honda now gets the best of both worlds. Can they catch Chevy? Dunno. But Honda should give their lawyers and PR people a raise. 

• Panther Racing owner John Barnes was fined and placed on “probation” last week for publicly declaring the embarrassing Honda turbocharger affair to be embarrassing. I say that’s backwards. I'd like to see Barnes and Penske's Chevy teams place IndyCar officials on 90 days probation for allowing Honda to alter its turbo package. One more dumb move and Chevy teams start their own open wheel organization. You know... one that's not a spec series. IndyCar has forgotten that they exist only as a servant, not a master. 

• If you really think about it, IndyCar is a one-race series. Always has been. The rest is window dressing. IndyCar forgets that at their own peril.

• The camera work on the Sao Paulo broadcast was awful. I suspected during the program that NBC Sports was relying on the domestic Brazilian television feed and according to host Bob Jenkins, they were. I know some of the guys on that broadcast and the directing and camera work was lousy compared to their usual standard.

• Pass of the day: Ana Beatriz taking Charlie Kimball on the outside of the chicane at the end of the main straightaway. Gutsy move, Ana. Fun to watch. Not so much a fan of her move a few laps later when she took out a hard-charging Ed Carpenter.

• BTW, remember Ed's name in May. Ed is good on ovals. Really good. Chevy is the engine to beat and he's got one. You're gonna be hearing from Ed Carpenter again. You can quote me on that. 

• Delighted to see Michel Jourdain returning to open wheel racing after an 8-year absence. I was the international television host of Champ Car in 2003 when Jourdain was in his prime. It was sad to see him race in the vacuum created by The Split and the unsightly demise of CART, which could barely field 17 cars in its last two seasons. As a result, Jourdain never got his due as a racing driver. I'm glad to see him picking up a ride for the Indy 500. Anybody got a cell number for Adrian Fernandez?

• I'm worried about the Indy 500 becoming a NASCAR parade this year. The new DW12 is only turning about 215 mph in testing. With this tire and wing package, they'll probably be flat all the way around. That makes for lousy racing and minimal driver input. They either need more engine or less tire. Expect 2012 to be an engineer's race. But hey… it’s still Indy.

It is May yet?

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