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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
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 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
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 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 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
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
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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