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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

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
The Lowdown on Qingdao

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, June 17, 2012

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The facilities around the Qingdao circuit were spectacular
It's common knowledge now that IndyCar was forced to cancel its upcoming Qingdao, China race.  What's not known is why it was really cancelled and how very important it is for IndyCar to not give up on China.

In this article we give you the 'Paul Harvey Now that's the rest of the story' inside facts into what went into cancelling what was to be IndyCar's most important new race since its inception.

Everyone thinks that this was just like the previous failed attempts by Champ Car and CART to race in China, but it wasn't.

Based on our intelligence investigation of what really went on in Qingdao, we can tell you that this event had all the makings of being huge, and a real shot in the arm for IndyCar, which is need for any feel-good success they can get right now.

Three and a half years of hard work went into making the Qingdao (pronounced Ching-Dow) race happen only to see the event cancelled in the 11th hour by a mayor who was afraid to fail on such a large undertaking.

Outside of the Indy 500, the Qingdao race was supposedly going to pay the largest sanctioning fee to the IndyCar Series and was expected to attract attendance second only to the 500.

As we had reported in earlier writings, everything was in place for a successful event.  The venue was perfect and IndyCar had a great promoter in Yinxin Investment.  It was very clear from our earlier intelligence that Yinxin is the right race promoter to get the job done. They are a sizable real estate development and construction company in China, but more importantly, they have connections at the highest levels of the China Central government, hence they are a very powerful player in China, and IndyCar to their credit did well to select them.

All the race sponsors were lined up, including the title sponsor, and the budget for the entire event (between $20 and $30 million) was appropriated to the City Development entity budget in Qingdao.  A future Chinese IndyCar team was planned to promote Chinese drivers (to be done in conjunction with an existing IndyCar team) and a whole slew of racing related endeavors were planned in China to grow the IndyCar brand. 

In other words the money was in the bank and the deal only required the new mayor's signature on the event plan to proceed, and specifically for release of the funding. 

But after several promises privately to proceed once in office, he didn't.

The culture in China is that a previous mayor won't kick off a new project and dump it in the lap of an incoming mayor.  So everything was on hold for the new Mayor to take office. Everything. Planning and preparation continued nonetheless.

Once officially appointed, the Mayor began to understand the size and magnitude of the event, began expressing doubts and finally turned and bailed.

The race promoter was shocked.  They never had anything like this happen to them in China as it is totally outside their cultural ways.  They now refuse to do business with a politician who blindsided them and cost them millions which unfortunately will prove to be a huge loss for the beautiful City of Qingdao.

And while some may speculate that Bernie Ecclestone somehow got to him and lined his pockets with cash to have the event cancelled (Bernie has been very outspoken about IndyCar racing outside the USA), the facts are that the mayor took office in late March and was without  his own executive cabinet, which he would appoint later this year.  With over 1 million people coming in for the Qingdao Beer festival the same time the race was to be held, and with no cabinet in place that he could trust to support him, the enormity of the two events made him step back for fear of the unknown about IndyCar and racing in general.

Of course the Shandong province government, as well as the race promoter, IndyCar, the sponsors and everyone else involved simply cannot believe what happened.  It is a bitter pill for all to swallow and no one is happy, especially Randy Bernard who was already under pressure to be removed as CEO of IndyCar.  The last thing he needed was for the China event to be cancelled.

So what's next for IndyCar and China?

The fact remains that China is a true global economy (#2 behind the U.S)  that is not going to go away, but instead continues to grow at a robust pace.  The experts predict that China will surpass the USA and become the largest economy in the world by 2020, possibly sooner.

More important to the racing world is the growth of the auto industry in China, but what you probably did not know is its connection with the State of Indiana.

Word has it that there are now more automotive related entities in the State of Indiana than in Michigan, the home of the USA automotive industry.  Independent of the race, the State of Indiana has established strong automotive business ties with the Chinese government and Chinese automotive companies.

The State of Indiana is way ahead of IndyCar in China, but more important is the natural tie to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and racing.

Chinese car manufacturers are growing quickly and ready to start selling cars globally, so it won't be long before Chinese companies want to compete in racing on a world stage.  Bringing them into IndyCar Racing is a next logical step.

The good news we learned after a number of calls to China, was that there are now three or more other cities (Beijing rumored to be in the mix) competing to get the IndyCar race.  The group also includes a city that is now run by the former Vice Mayor of Qingdao who was the one who started the IndyCar project from the beginning.

And so while what you see on the surface is that yet another race was cancelled in China, the fact remains there is a very good possibility IndyCar will still someday race in China.

Having been burnt by China, Randy Bernard's taste for going there must be soured at this point.  But he would be wise to put the recent hurt aside, do his best to recover what he can for the cancellation and refocus on the potential China could someday bring to IndyCar if he has the determination to gut it out.  It's not easy doing business in China for anyone, but the potential rewards are enormous.

If I was Randy I would demand next time that IndyCar has the full payment before putting a China race on the schedule, and with the 2013 schedule planned for a September release, the clock is ticking to get it done by 2013.

And contrary to Roger Penske's comments that IndyCar should not be going to China and race domestically, he is dead wrong.  It's clear that Roger has not done his homework on China, which surprises me. Readers should note that Roger initially opposed going to Brazil as well, but now does some healthy business for his companies with Brazil created through the new Brazil event platform.  He should consider China in the same context.

Now is not the time to throw the baby out with the bath water.  And while Randy is probably thinking, "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me," if IndyCar is every going to stop being a bottom feeder to F1 and NASCAR, they are going to have to make some bold moves, moves that carry risk, but ones where the potential rewards outweigh those risks and will provide IndyCar some badly needed "quantum leap" growth effects.

Now is not the time to take the easy way out.  Now is the time to dig your heels in and fight for what you want and need.

When in doubt, just do what's right.

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