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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

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
2012 Indy 500 called one of greatest races ever

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, May 27, 2012

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On my way out of the track after today's Indy 500 to catch my flight back home to enjoy the remainder of the Memorial Day holiday with family, I heard fans saying that this was the greatest Indy 500 of all time, and there have been many great ones through the years. Not one fan, I am talking about hundreds of fans all gushing the same - they could not believe what a fantastic race they just saw.

And what a great race it was. We are talking lead changes back and forth, lap after lap. Not just passes for the lead, passes everywhere. Passes on perhaps the hardest oval track to drive in the world, in sweltering heat, between the best drivers in the world. This wasn't easy NASCAR high bank track racing, this was racing at over 220 mph on a flat oval inches apart with the cars on the limit of control with no fenders.

The race was nearing the finish and there was Tony Kanaan leading, his 11th time trying to win Indy, driving the #11 car. Trying to win one for nice guys Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser. But it wasn't to be.

And then, with less than 20 laps to go there was Marco Andretti back in 15th place fighting his way back to the front. Despite having what appeared to be the fastest car on the track, he got shuffled back during pit stops. He was fast and he was gaining on the leaders. Picking off car after car in heavy turbulence, he was going for broke, leaving nothing on the table. This was Indy, you know what I mean.

And then he got too low in Turn 1 on lap 187 of 200 after moving up to 8th, and like other drivers who made the same mistake on Sunday, he got his left side wheels on the white line separating the track from the apron and lost control at 220 mph. He tried to save it, but it was too late. He smashed the outside wall and his day was done. The Andretti jinx at Indy, a jinx that the family has had since Mario's win in 1969, continued. This was Indy, you know what I mean.

Sato chases Dixon and Franchitti with two laps to go
That setup a six lap barnburner of a finish that featured Takuma Sato, driving the race of his life for underdogs Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. He had the entire country of earthquake and tsunami ravished Japan cheering him on. Sato was picking off the leaders. The two Ganassi drivers, Dixon and Franchitti were swapping the lead between them for the win as if they owned the place. And here comes underdog Sato.

He slips under Dixon for second with less than two laps to go with one of the gutsiest passes we've seen, and closes on leader Franchitti going into Turn 3. They power through Turn 4, Franchitti leading, but Sato is gaining.

The white flag flies and Sato has a run on Franchitti down the front straight. With less than two miles to go he sees an opening and goes for it, and the crowd lets out a scream.

Last lap Turn 1, Sato dives under Franchitti going for the lead
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But the wily veteran Franchitti Is having nothing of it and closes the door down low. But Sato isn't lifting. Franchitti isn't lifting. This was Indy, you know what I mean.

Sato dives even lower and goes down into the first corner below the white line side-by-side with Franchitti. He was going for broke and the cheer from the fans was louder than the screaming engines. One of the two are not coming out of that turn in one piece. This was man against man. Gladiator against gladiator. Death was staring them in the face. This was Indy, you know what I mean.

Sato plasters the wall.  His day done, his race run.
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Sato's car wiggles, he tries to save it. The rear end steps sideways. He taps Franchitti who is outside him. Franchitti wiggles but regains control while Sato spins hard into the outside wall. The caution flies. The race is over. Franchitti the hero, Sato the zero.

I felt for the Japanese people who needed one of their biggest heroes to give them something to be happy about again. But it wasn't to be.

It was real racing with real race drivers trying to win the biggest race of the year. The biggest race of their life. It was a finish we will not soon forget. This was the Indy 500. The greatest race in the world.

And next year they will do it all again. 33 brave men and woman, trying to add their likeness to the Borg Warner Trophy. They've been doing it since 1911, and they will be doing it for maybe ever. This is Indy, you know what I mean.  Mark Cipolloni reporting from Indy

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