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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
Super Cup Ansel's Tire Super 50 Review

by Stephen Cox
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Stephen Cox
If you were hoping for a wild victory celebration in this column, well… so was I. But the Pack Motorsports/Boschett Timepieces/McGunegill Engines Special had a lousy night at Motordrome Speedway in Pennsylvania this past weekend despite the best efforts of my fantastic crew. We’ll get to that in a minute.

I have a quick story for you first.

Did you ever wonder why so many racecars were called “Specials?” Louis Meyer, for instance, drove the Bowes Seal Fast Special. Mauri Rose won the Indy 500 in the Blue Crown Spark Plug Special. The term “special” is an earmark for many classic American racecars.

Here’s how the term originated:

In the early 20th century, racecars were simply passenger cars. Manufacturers frequently raced their products with no alterations whatsoever. 

As time went on, manufacturers and race teams would outfit these passenger cars with bigger engines and high performance gear to make them go faster. In doing so, the products that race fans saw on the track became less and less like the passenger cars they could actually buy off the showroom floor.

Eventually, it became apparent that some sort of notation was necessary to distinguish the common passenger cars from the racing hot rods that bore the same company name. So manufacturers adopted the “special” moniker.

The public accepted that the Marmon “Special” or the Delage “Special” was not expected to be generally available for purchase. It was, after all, a “special” edition of the company’s car.

Over time, the name “special” was applied to virtually any racecar and company names were replaced by sponsor names. Hence, the “Noc-Out Hose Clamp Special” that won Indianapolis in 1941.

I love cars that are named “Specials.” It’s classy. It’s old fashioned.

Since the paint scheme on my car this season is specifically designed as a tribute to the great racecars of the late 60’s and early 70’s, I thought it only proper to name it the “Pack Motorsports/Boschett Timepieces/McGunegill Engines Special.”

I think Roger Ward would be proud.

That's me in the Super Cup Stock race at Motordrome Speedway
But I don’t think he would have liked my performance last weekend at Motordrome Speedway. I’ve got the best team in the Super Cup Stock Car Series and we expect to be at or near the front every night.

The car was quick off the trailer. We thought we were in the top five throughout practice but we knew we weren’t quite fast enough to win. So my crew chief, J. J. Pack, engineered several changes.

The shocks were swapped, the right rear spring was changed, and the crew hustled to put a new gear in just before qualifications all to no avail. The crew put in a magnificent effort but we just couldn’t find any more speed.

I went out for my two-lap qualifying run with my usual mindset – log an average lap on my first try, and then hang everything out on the second lap and go for broke. I usually qualify reasonably well, but on the second lap I tried a little too hard.

The car got loose between Turns 1 and 2. Instead of gathering it up and accepting a slight improvement over my first lap’s time, I decided to ride the car sideways out of the corner and try for a super hot lap.

It backfired. The car nearly slid out and I barely saved it.

Oops. Now we had to race from 12th position, my worst qualifying effort of the season.

I moved up a few positions in the race but never had anything for the leaders at all. Kevin Kromer, Jimmie Crabtree and Jody Harrison showed why they’re short track stars. They just smoked me.

My car was tight in the center of the turns and we simply didn’t have the speed to catch anyone. We ended up in 9th place at the end of the night and our championship hopes took a real blow.

However, I guess I should look on the bright side… even on our worst nights we’re still a top ten team.

We have a few weeks off before racing at Virginia’s Old Dominion Speedway on July 14th. In the meantime I’m looking forward to meeting up with some good friends at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next week for the SVRA’s Vintage Grand Prix. Maybe that will help me stop thinking about my dismal performance on the oval last weekend.

Hope to see you there.

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