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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
Am American revival in IndyCar

by Brian Carroccio
Friday, July 13, 2012

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Two Americas on the podium in Toronto with Hunter-Reay winning his third straight
Adriano Manocchia/AR1
Are those Americans we've been seeing on the victory rostrums at IndyCar races?  Of course, Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the series last 3 races, vaulting into the series points lead.  Clearly, the Florida native has found a home at Andretti Autosport and emerged as the man to beat for the series title. 

However, Hunter-Reay isn't the only one flying the Stars and Stripes during the victory celebrations.  Two weeks ago, third generation American Marco Andretti finished second to Hunter-Reay in Iowa.  Yesterday in Toronto, 27 year-old California native Charlie Kimball finished runner-up, after surviving an early shunt with Ganassi teammate Graham Rahal.  Kimball arguably pulled off the performance of the race with a spirited charge through the field, at one point passing two cars in the same corner.

And, if you go back before Iowa to the race at Milwaukee, Hunter-Reay was atop the podium, with American Rahal finishing second at Texas the week before. Thus, you have 4 consecutive American podium finishes, an American winning 3 straight races and Americans finishing one-two in back t back races. 
 
When was the last time any of those things happened?  Funny you ask.  As far as 4 consecutive races with at least one American on the podium, one would have to go back to the end of the 2006 IRL season, wrapping around to the beginning of 2007.  In late 2006, a Hornish win at Kentucky was followed by an Andretti win at Sonoma, before Hornish finished third at Chicago.  Hornish then finished third at the 2007 opener at Homestead. 

What about an American winning three straight races?  A.J. Allmendinger, who of course was, in conjunction with Hornish, in the news this the weekend, won Portland, Cleveland and Toronto, consecutively in 2006. 

Now, where do we find consecutive races in which Americans finished 1-2?  This one took some digging.  You have to go back to the 2001 IRL season, when Americans finished one-two in the last nine races.  Of course, the 2001 IRL season was not exactly the golden age of Indy Car racing, and the drivers making up these one-twos were men like Jacques Lazier, Mark Dismore, Greg Ray, and Eddie Cheever, none of whom exactly captured the imagination of the American public.  If you go back to the CART/Champ Car days, the last time American finished one-two in consecutive races?  1996.  Michael Andretti and Bobby Rahal finished one-two at Elkhart Lake and Vancouver, consecutively. 

What about the last time we had an all-American 1-2-3?  Indianapolis, 2006.  Hornish, Marco Andretti, and Michael Andretti. 

While we could go on, suffice it to say, recent history has not been kind to American Indy Car drivers.  Of course, the absence of successful, charismatic American stars, has often been cited in explaining a lack of appeal to mainstream America for a sport that contests 75-80% of its races in America.  Arguably, the abyss of American performance in Indy Car racing came in 2009, a year, in which no Americans won a race, and drivers from the USA combined for a mere 5 podium finishes. 

However, the recent performance of Hunter-Reay and others has provided hope this is about to change.  While Hunter-Reay-Kimball doesn't exactly evoke the nostalgia of Foyt-Andretti, IndyCar does boast a core of talented, American drivers under the age of 32, most of whom have won or shown the potential to be race winners. 

Of the following group, J.R. Hildebrand, Kimball, Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Ed Carpenter, all are under the age of 32.  Further, all with the exception of Newgarden have finished an IndyCar race on the podium. 

Also noteworthy, is that all of the drivers mentioned above are products of the IndyCar ladder system, which has improved as a byproduct of unification in 2008.  Whereas, a decade ago, owners looking to fill top rides bypassed junior formula standouts such as Anthony Lazzaro, Buddy Rice, Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty, Joey Hand and others.  In recent years, IndyCar owners have filled quality vacant seats with promising home-grown talent. 

Further, in contrast to Indy Car racing a decade ago, there is little evidence that any of the young American drivers mentioned above have aspirations outside IndyCar.  Formula One (F1) seems to have little interest in IndyCar drivers, and the trend of open wheelers defecting to NASCAR seems to have ended with Danica Patrick.  Having seen the struggles of Hornish, Dario Franchitti, Allmendinger, Juan Pablo Montoya and others, NASCAR teams have likely grown lukewarm to open-wheelers and vice versa.  In other words, all indications are that Hunter-Reay, Hildebrand, Rahal, et al., will be IndyCar drivers for years to come, providing the series an opportunity to build around them.

Of course, it isn't enough to simply fill the grid with young American drivers.  The drivers will eventually need to take after Hunter-Reay, and begin to find victory lane to generate a greater following for the sport.  Further, we've also seen that simply any American winning in IndyCar, think the charisma-deficient Hornish, will not move the sport into the consciousness of the mainstream.  Hunter-Reay, clearly has the looks, talent and polish to be that guy, but it remains to be seen if he can take IndyCar from outlets like The Chrome Horn to outlets like USA Today.

For now, IndyCar fans should take solace in the fact, there seems to be hope.  Like Kimball charging through the field yesterday, there is evidence to suggest that an American IndyCar resurgence is indeed, on the way. The Chrome Horn

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