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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
2012 Hoosier Hundred Review

by Stephen Cox
Saturday, May 26, 2012

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Bryan Clauson
On Friday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, several thousand die-hard race fans got a glimpse of what real auto racing is supposed to look like. The 59th running of the Hoosier Hundred was held on the appropriately named “Track of Champions,” the historic one-mile dirt oval where Barney Oldfield drove a mile in less than a minute for the first time in history on June 19, 1903.

I remember watching races at this track as a child in the summer of 1976. During the state fair, race events were sandwiched between rock and roll performances by Bachman Turner Overdrive and Chicago.

The entry list was a who’s who of auto racing, including Jan Opperman, Gary Bettenhausen, Jim McElreath, Steve Chassey, Tom Bigelow, Sheldon Kinser, Jack Hewitt and Larry Rice.

I bought a program for one dollar. Things were cheap back then.

There were no computers to distract us. Our TV sets received only four channels. Nobody owned a satellite receiver. Digital watches were a big deal. And on race day you could barely find an available seat in the grandstands an hour before the green flag dropped.

I’m not real bright, but I can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection. We’ve traded authenticity for colored electrons.

So what has happened to the Hoosier Hundred in the intervening 35 years?

Attendance is down. Friday night’s race drew a reasonable crowd, but good seating was still available everywhere. It was not a packed house. The fans who attended were generally age 45 and above. That alone should make race fans shudder.

The event functions smoothly and professionally under the management of Track Enterprises. Special guests included former Miss America Katie Stam, open wheel legend Jack Hewitt, and local television personalities. The PA announcer was informative and easy to listen to. My only gripe was that for the second year in a row I couldn’t find an official race program for sale anywhere.

Car count is down, but quality is up. Just making the field for the Hoosier Hundred was once a major accomplishment. But only 20 Silver Crown cars started this year’s classic, with only ten of them finishing the race. In fairness, much of this is due to a recent mandate forcing Silver Crown teams to convert to ethanol-based fuels, which forces teams to reconfigure their engines accordingly. The result is a lot of engine overheating and fewer entries in a division where car count is already a concern. 

I wonder how many cars would enter the Hoosier Hundred if it became an unsanctioned sprint car event? Hey, don’t laugh. The Long Beach Grand Prix was once a Formula 5000 race, then became a Formula 1 race, then a CART race and today it thrives as an IndyCar event. The event did what it had to do to survive. I bet the Hoosier Hundred could attract 50 or more sprint car teams from across the Midwest with or without a massive purse.

A wonderful open wheel modified race was held just prior to the Hoosier Hundred. For the second straight year it featured an appearance by NASCAR great Ken Schrader, who won the 2011 race and finished second to Joey Kramer on Friday night. The modified race is really entertaining and adds a lot to the evening, despite the fact that only 12 cars were in the field. In fact, given the shortage of cars in the main event, some type of additional race event is almost mandatory to satisfy fans.

Exhibition laps were performed by 15 or 20 vintage dirt cars. They dated from the 1930’s through the 1980’s and represented a great cross-section of open wheel history.

The atmosphere at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is fantastic, despite the state’s insistence on charging duplicitous parking fees to the very residents who are already forced to fund government functions through a tidal wave of ever-increasing taxes. The seating is comfortable and offers perhaps the best overall view of a one-mile track anywhere in the world. Concessions are pricey but delicious. Grounds maintenance is excellent and you’d be hard pressed to find a more friendly, relaxing environment in which to watch an automobile race.

Best of all is the racing itself. The Silver Crown cars are front-engine machines that still have the V-8 roar that long ago disappeared from most other forms of championship racing. Unlike NASCAR super speedways and some IndyCar tracks, the drivers must lift in the corners and balance the car in a long, controlled slide through the corners that demands the utmost skill.

Bryan Clauson
The driver’s list was distinguished. Former IndyCar driver Jimmy Kite, current Indy 500 starter Bryan Clauson, and Tony Stewart Racing’s Levi Jones headlined a cast of drivers who genuinely classify for the term. Jerry Coons, Jr. dominated the event, leading 87 of the 100 laps to record his second consecutive Hoosier Hundred victory.

If you want to see something authentic, historic, and just plain fun, make plans now to attend the 2013 Hoosier Hundred. It’s more than a race. It’s the entire experience and the history of the event that you’ll appreciate.

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