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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

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
Q and A with Tony George

Indy Car
Monday, May 12, 2008


Tony George
Indy Racing League founder and CEO Tony George fielded questions about a variety of topics - from the 92nd Indianapolis 500 and the recent unification of open-wheel racing under the IndyCar Series banner - on Pole Day.

Q. There seems to be a lot of buzz surrounding the Month of May this year. Is it what you expected?

A. It's been a good month. I think there's been a lot going on the last couple of months. I certainly envisioned things possibly not going this well, and remarkably they've been going quite well. I was talking to one of the team owners (May 10), and I noticed that he only drew two pills last night, but that's because we've all been working hard to ensure that everybody's got equipment to do what we need to do. So far, it's been a great month and great couple of months trying to put things together. There's a great spirit of co-operation in the paddock. I think, for sure, that it will carry on into the race, but for the rest of the season and for next year. It's going well and I expect it to continue to go well.

Q. You talked about difficulties. What kind of difficulties did you expect?

A. We could have had a lot more accidents than we had. We have teams that haven't done oval racing in a while or drivers who have never raced on ovals coming in an acclimating themselves to ovals and that style of racing. They've done a really good job. I'm proud that the help and support of the teams that were in the IndyCar Series and that whole esprit de corps. I'm proud to be part of that. It's not just select teams doing that. It's all of them showing that kind of cooperation.

Q. I know you don't want to talk about this, but why did the split happen?

A. We've tried, and try as we might sometimes it's not possible to always look forward. That's what we'd prefer to do. The beauty of unification is we should be looking forward instead of looking back. I don't know what that serves. That's been pretty well hashed out over the last 10 years. Am I somehow remorseful over starting the Indy Racing League? No. I think a lot things have come out of it that are very good. We set a new standard for competition. We've done a lot to improve safety. Those are things to be proud of. It became a challenge for us and Champ Car or us and CART to start every conversation with trying to explain the split. Well, we don't have to do that anymore. That's one of the bi-products and one of the things to get excited about going forward is to talk about the positive things and not always looking back. The fans are excited. I don't there's a lot you can do to dampen that excitement. Writing negative stories about things that happen 10 years ago is not going to dampen their excitement.

Q. Unification has brought some excitement and you have some young American stars as well. What do you think of the talent in the series, especially drivers such as Graham Rahal, A.J. Foyt and Marco Andretti?

A. I think they're great drivers. Most of them are all very young and haven't had a chance to establish their name. They are either referred to as the "son of" or "grandson of" somebody. It should be obvious how talented they are and what the potential of building their own name is. I think Marco (Andretti), A.J. (Foyt IV), Graham (Rahal), it's obvious to me, and I think I'm a good judge of talent, those guys have talent. I think Danica (Patrick) has talent. To go along with that, some of the veterans like Helio (Castroneves), Tony (Kanaan), Dan (Wheldon), and some of those I'm not so familiar with but I understand that they're really good race drivers like (Justin) Wilson. There's a lot of quality guys. We're not living in the '80s or '90s. We're living in today and those are the guys and gals that are going to be part of the future. They are going to build their names. This is about looking forward and about the future. All of those guys are part of the future, and being able to build with them is exciting.

Q. How have Graham Rahal's and Danica Patrick's victories affected the series?

A. I think that's fairly obvious. It was big and newsworthy not only for those who follow our sport. It was newsworthy on a global basis and in mainstream media, not just on sports pages. Sometimes you can't plan for those things. You can't plan for Helio to become so well known for his dancing prowess, but you know what? It happened and brought a good, positive light on our series as we're trying to build it. Those are fun things to be involved with. It all started out here on Race Day. The reigning champion (Apolo Anton Ohno) said, 'Hey, why don't you do this?' It wasn't anything that our cracker jack PR staff or marketing staff did. It just took on a life of its own. You can't buy that positive publicity. You can't buy the chance to make the average consumer aware of your product when they may not know about it. We'll see what the benefits of all that's going on right now in about 12 or 18 months. Then we'll see what progress we've made.

Q. Does that make it more important to market Danica Patrick?

A. We'll continue to market her as well as other drivers. How much? How much we allocate to one driver? I don't know. I don't do that stuff. The teams market their own drivers themselves and they are businesses that market themselves. We work with them to market themselves and the sport we all are involved in. I don't expect to see anyone let up on Danica. At the same time, that can't be our sole focus.

Q. Do you think we can get to the point where we see teams renewing old rivalries?

A. It will take a year. It will take this season. But next year, it will heat up again. It's going to be very competitive, not only here, but week in and week out. To an extent, it's still there. It's maybe just under the surface. One of the great teams and strategists in motorsports were just here in the room and associated with the Hole in the Wall Camps. They're pretty tough. They are a contender. They have to be considered a threat to win this race. We're all of two months into it. Their experience, their strategy. It's a long race and they have good drivers.

Q. What do you think IndyCar racing should do to re-gain its rightful place?

A. Just keep doing what we're doing. We have great young stars we can develop. We've got a very diverse group of stars. We can race in a very diverse fashion on ovals or street and road circuits. We can race domestically. We can race internationally. We have to look for and try to capitalize on the best opportunities that are presented for the future. As a platform, we're very nimble. We have very bight people involved in this sport. There's a tremendous opportunity to engage and set a leadership example as far a future technology and fuel conservation and alternative fuels and all those things we can do as a stake we can put in the ground. I think we can react better and quicker than Formula 1 can. We can react better and quicker than NASCAR can. I think those are things that can set us apart.

Q. How important is it to keep those stars?

A. We want to keep this as a destination, not as a stop off to somewhere else. I think as long as we can attract and grow our sponsor base and our fan base, there will be opportunities for drivers who want compete in this diverse championship. I suspect that if we could have put this together two or three years ago, you wouldn't see (Juan Pablo) Montoya, or (Dario) Franchitti or (Sam) Hornish going to NASCAR. It is what it is. We have to look forward and not look back and try to do our best to create a series with a great cornerstone event like the Indianapolis 500 that where drivers want to be.

Q. Are there guys you missed having in the 500?

A. No. There have been a lot of race drivers. It would have been interesting or neat to see a Jeff Gordon, but the split had nothing to do with that. It didn't happen and we're no worse for wear because Jeff didn't run here. He's certainly been here in a stock car and that's the direction he chose. Drivers have always had the opportunity to come here. It's not like they were banned from coming and competing here. I think those who really want to be here find their way, one way or another.

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