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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
Michael Andretti - the real hero of IndyCar Racing

by Brian Carroccio
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Michael Andretti - the real hero of IndyCar Racing
Readers of this space are probably somewhat familiar with the on-track accomplishments of Michael Andretti's He's the third winningest driver in the history of Indy Car style racing behind only A.J. Foyt and his father Mario.  He's the winningest driver under CART sanction, in which he won 42 races, the 1991 series championship, and finished second in the series standing 5 times. 

Some will point to his failure to win the Indianapolis 500 as a blight on his resume, but let's be honest here: Michael was a bad ass at the Brickyard, undoubtedly better than numerous men who won the race, nearly winning countless times, and leading more laps than any other non-winner.

Still, when it's all said and done, Michael's impressive accomplishments on-track will likely be a footnote on his resume.  Yes, Michael was a fabulous driver, one of the best of his time.  However, his accomplishments as a car owner, and more recently his work as a race promoter, pale in comparison to anything Michael ever did behind the wheel.

Andretti, of course, purchased the old Team Kool Green with Kim Green and Kevin Savoree in late-2002.  Savoree and Green would ultimately depart the team with Andretti becoming sole owner and rebranding the team Andretti Autosport in late 2009.  While the Penske and Ganassi teams have remained the gold standard of Indy Car racing over the past decade, Andretti Autosport, in its various incarnations has remained right there with them.  In fact, the team has posted 42 race wins since 2003, with Penske winning 49 and Ganassi winning 47.  The team captured IndyCar series titles in 2004, 2005, and 2007.  Also, the team notched Indianapolis 500 victories in 2005 and 2007 with Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti, respectively.  However, the on-track success of Andretti's team is only part of the story.

See, unlike Penske and Ganassi, Andretti has made significant investments in the long-term health of the sport.  For example, many IndyCar team owners have long neglected the sport's ladder system.  While I am not one to tell others how to spend their money, the fact remains, many team owners have often neglected the junior formula as a fertile ground for developing young talent.

Andretti, on the other hand, fields teams in Indy Lights, Star Mazda and Formula 2000, the 3 tiers on the Road to Indy.  Current Indy Car drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Charlie Kimball both drove for Andretti in the junior series.  Also, promising young American talents Sage Karam and Zach Veach both drive for Andretti in Star Mazda.

Also, over the past decade, Andretti has attracted numerous new sponsors to the sport, such as DHL, Dr. Pepper/Snapple, Go Daddy, and Sun Drop.  While some sponsors such as 7-Eleven and Jim Beam have come and gone, Andretti has consistently shown the ability to cultivate and maintain sponsor interest.  We saw this in the case of Go Daddy, one year ago.

Of course, the online domain company was initially attracted to the sport when Danica Patrick drove for Andretti.  It was widely assumed last year that Go Daddy's relationship with IndyCar would end with Patrick's defection to NASCAR.  While Go Daddy did in fact, follow the marketing savvy Patrick south, Andretti was able to keep Go Daddy in the fold, originally resigning the charismatic Wheldon to drive for the team late in 2011.  Wheldon, of course, passed away following a gruesome accident in last year's season finale.  Ultimately, Andretti enlisted the media savvy James Hinchcliffe to fill the seat, and Go Daddy has continued using IndyCar racing as a vehicle to market its product.

Andretti, has also recently entered into the race promotion business with Andretti Sports Marketing.  While it is difficult to gauge his success in this latest venture, Andretti has taken over two IndyCar events in Milwaukee and Baltimore.

The Milwaukee Mile, has of course, been a favorite stop on the IndyCar calendar for decades, but fallen on hard times in recent years.  However, applying the success street race model to the venerable oval, Andretti's company created Milwaukee Indy Fest.  With carnival rides, concerts, and affordable ticket prices, Andretti re-energized what had become a dormant event on the calendar.

As for Baltimore, the street race around Camden Yards and the downtown Harbor had a smashing debut last September.  However, disagreements between the city and race promoter left the potentially successful event in doubt before Andretti's company stepped in to save it.  The race will run once again on Labor Day weekend, with a big crowd expected.

Now, it must be noted that in saving races, activating sponsor deals, or nurturing young American talent, Andretti is not acting out of charity.  He is a business man, and by all indications an extremely successful one, who did not become wealthy by giving away money.  Further, it remains to be seen if events such as Milwaukee and Baltimore will return to the calendar.

Still, no one, in my opinion, is currently doing more for the sport right now than Michael Andretti.  Whether its attracting sponsors like DHL and Sun Drop through a charismatic good looking American like Ryan Hunter-Reay, nurturing promising young talent, or rescuing downtrodden events, Andretti is attempting to make the business of IndyCar work.  And perhaps best of all, he is showing everyone it can, in fact, be done. Brian Carroccio

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