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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

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 Indy 500 called one of greatest races ever

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, May 27, 2012


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
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.

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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