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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
Texas Offers a Glimpse of What IndyCar Was, Should Be

by Stephen Cox
Sunday, June 10, 2012

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Tagliani leads Dixon
“That's the best racing I've ever had on an oval.” - Will Power

The Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway should go down in history as the most important IndyCar race in the last 30 years.

For the first time since Parnelli Jones retired, we saw racecars sliding in the turns on an oval track.

We have a long way to go, but thankfully, someone at IndyCar is finally doing what I've been harping about for many years... taking the downforce out of the racecars and letting them slide all over the track. At long, long last, the idea of losing traction is gaining traction. It is being publicly accepted and recognized as the salvation of Indycar's oval tradition.

Those of you who just saw the light on this topic are a couple of decades late to the party; nevertheless, we're glad you're finally on board.

NBC's announcers – who have generally done a fine job this year – expressed continual surprise Saturday night when drivers had to correct a sliding car in the corners. That alone should demonstrate to us the real state of this sport.

C'mon, guys. We shouldn't be surprised when cars slide in the corners. That's what cars are supposed to do. We should be alarmed when they don't. I don't know why someone didn't figure this out many years ago. When IndyCar drivers can run a track flat out (insert emphatic yawn here), something is very wrong with the series.

When is the last time you saw an IndyCar team on an oval making desperate changes to a racecar in a search for speed? Dario Franchitti's car was handling so badly early in the Texas event that they unhooked the rear sway bar. That's a massive change. That's the kind of change commonly seen on stock cars at local short tracks between the heat race and the feature.

It is glorious to see teams actually working on the basic setup of the car, rather than fine tuning near-perfect spec cars that can be driven flat out all the way around the track.

For the first time in recent memory, you could hear the drivers lifting off the throttle in the corners. This was dangerously close to real, authentic oval racing the way it ought to be. And the way it used to be.

After being a relative non-issue for years, tire wear was a huge factor at Texas. Why? The reduction in downforce causes the cars to slide in the corners, which stresses and heats the tires with much greater friction. Smoother drivers make their tires last longer and grip better during long green flag segments.

Drivers with less skill or those who are overly aggressive use up their tires quicker. This is a good thing. This allows better, smarter drivers to get to the front instead of being stuck in a pack of mediocre drivers who can all drive flat out for the entire race.

Scott Dixon's car seemed to “go away” around lap 180, and shortly afterward he smacked the wall. I'm certainly not happy to see anyone crash, but the very fact that the cars are changing during the race is cause for celebration.

This means that drivers must find a line that suits their car instead of driving anywhere they please with a car that sticks like glue in any groove. It means that the cars will become temperamental and sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, which means that the crew and driver must communicate to constantly maintain the car's balance and handling.

Listen, people... when the cars slide in the corners, the whole game changes.

When cars slide in the corners, even heavyweights like Scott Dixon make mistakes. When cars slide in the corners, they must be driven on the edge of control at every moment and drivers like Graham Rahal can crack under the pressure.

When cars slide in the corners, Ganassi and Penske can actually be beaten by Dale Coyne's miniscule operation by good driving, good strategy and a dash of luck.

For the first time in decades, the cars were sliding in a full drift through the turns at Texas Motor Speedway. Stop and consider what this means.

We're talking about a fundamental shift in everything that is IndyCar. We're talking about oval races that become more entertaining than the road and street events. We're talking about increased fan demand for more ovals on the schedule.

What happens then? There is a real future for open wheel oval drivers across the country – drivers who have no hope and no future anywhere except NASCAR right now.

A whole host of new racetracks open up to IndyCar – tracks that are currently considered too “dangerous” for Indycar's old, pack-racing spec cars. These tracks can turn a profit because fans will show up secure in the knowledge that they'll be watching real racing.

By the way... the Firestone 550 at Texas was about 15 mph slower than last year's race. Did anyone care? Or even notice?

We still have spec cars, limited engine options and too much regulation from the series. There’s still a long way to go before IndyCar is a finished product.

But last weekend you could feel the ghosts of Billy Vukovich, Mauri Rose and Wilbur Shaw finally stirring from their long slumber.

The Firestone 550 was everything that oval racing should be, once was, and can be again.

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