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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

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
Q and A with IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


Michael Andretti
THE MODERATOR: Welcome to today's IndyCar conference call. Our guest today will play a role in next week's IZOD IndyCar Series MAV TV 500 INDYCAR World Championships at Auto Club Speedway.  It's Michael Andretti, the owner of Andretti Autosport. Thanks for joining us today, Michael.

Michael is the owner of Andretti Autosport which fields Ryan Hunter‑Reay, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe. In the IZOD IndyCar Series, Andretti Autosport has won three IZOD IndyCar Series Championships: In 2004 with Tony Kanaan, 2005 with the late Dan Wheldon and in 2007 with Dario Franchitti. Andretti Autosport has four wins in 2012 all by Ryan Hunter‑Reay, and Michael is, in fact, the race strategist for Ryan Hunter‑Reay who enters the final race of the 2012 season 17 points behind Will Power.

Q. Michael, for the first time since 2007, your team is back among the midst of teams battling for the series title. What's been the biggest difference in the team this year from the past few years?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Well, there have been quite a few changes and some personnel changes in certain positions from engineering to management, and also the driver situation is much different, as well. I think that has a lot to do with it. The three drivers are getting along really well, working really well together, and I think that has a lot to do with our result.

Q.  Let's talk about Ryan, a couple years ago he joined your team on a part‑time schedule with some backing from IZOD and looking like he would not run past Indianapolis, and he was able to win a couple races. You worked hard to get him in the ride full‑time, and now he's vying for his first series title.

What did you see in Ryan that told you he was capable of running up front and contending for a title?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: The thing about Ryan is he's an all‑around racer and he can race on all different types of tracks, so that was really important, especially the way the series is today.

Also, another important part is, you know, he's a real team player. He's all about the team, whatever the team needs to do, and work together with the teams; and he knows that if that happens, everybody works as a team, you then get the result.

You know, those are the things that we looked at and that we liked about Ryan.

Q.  In addition to the overall series title, Ryan is also in the running for the AJ Foyt Trophy as the top oval driver in the series. Knowing that you guys are chasing two titles next weekend at Fontana, does that change the way you're going to approach the race or maybe call the race?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: No, I think our main goal is to win the overall title. I think if we win the overall title, then that will give us the oval title, as well. So that's our major goal.

Q. Hope Baltimore worked well for you?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Yeah, great, it came off really well. We were all proud of the way it came off. It was quite an undertaking, I can tell you; to do it in less than a hundred days, it was quite a ‑‑ you know, it was almost a miracle. And it all comes down to the team that we put together. We have really, really good people working that thing.

Q. Where is Ryan at in terms of your engine cycle this year? Will you contemplate an engine change for Fontana as a safety measure?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Yeah, we are looking at that. We have a couple tests and we are going to see how many miles we get on the engines at the tests. There's a chance that we might have to take a penalty but we don't know yet for sure.

Q. It was looking pretty bleak for Ryan after Sonoma, going into the race with knowing Will could clinch and Ryan would have to have a pretty strong race; were you at any point ‑‑ I don't want to say resigned, obviously not given up, but did you think it was too big of an undertaking to accomplish?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Not really. You know, the problem that happened in Sonoma was we lost control of our own destiny, really; at that point we needed help.

We got a little bit of help this weekend, whereas we got lucky, we pulled a good strategy and we put will in the middle of the pack and we were able to gain a ton of points. And so that was the most frustrating part, you know, is when you lose that control.

Q. How do you picture yourselves now? What kind of race do you need and do you think you guys are in control of your own destiny?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Well, we are a little bit but you know, the thing is now, all Will has to do is finish right behind us and he wins, so he's going to be racing behind us in that way. If we are running third, all he has to do is finish fourth, and he's fine; whereas, we have to go for the win and hope that we have some help with a couple guys between us. I think he has to finish fourth or worse ‑‑ I didn't really look at it yet. We are still going to need to have a really good race and we are going to need him to have just an average race.

Q. I was talking to Sebastian Saavedra, pretty well spoken, and he was unaware that it was a night event. How are you going to prepare for 500 miles ‑‑

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: He'll be fine. He's driven night races before. He's driven two‑mile racetracks. He just has not done it, I don't think, with ‑‑ well, maybe he hasn't driven a two‑miler now that I think about it. I was trying to think if he drove one in Indy Lights; I'm not sure.

He'll be fine. I don't think he will have in problems. The good thing is he'll have three teammates to help him, as well, that's a big deal so he'll be okay.

Q. You're not worried about being stretched too thin at that event?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: No. We have been able to do that with no problems. In fact, there's been times where it's helped us. Even at Sonoma there were a few things that Sebastian found in practice that actually helped the other guys. Having more cars out there helps and we have great people and his team ‑‑ it's not taking away from the other three teams.

Q. I know Ryan has been a free agent this year. Are you hoping to have something locked up or is it pure focus on just getting into the championship and seeing what happens from there?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: We are hoping. We have been real close. Obviously it comes down to time between sponsors and all that, and we are getting real close to having it all locked down. I feel very confident that Ryan is going to be with us.

Q. What are your memories of coming back to Fontana? What are your thoughts about the track and about the history of the track?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Well for us as a team, the last time we were there we won, if I remember correctly, I think it was Tony and Dario were up front, if I remember. Obviously that's a fond memory. You know, I ran well there as a driver, as well. Should have won there in 2000, but unfortunately you know, the red flag came out with three laps to go and everybody got beat on the restart by Vasser.

But it's a good track. It's a great track. It's basically a sister to Michigan, and Michigan always has great races, as well. It's going to be good, especially with the rules package that we are coming there with. I think it's going to be similar to a race that we had in Texas, which I think was a great race. I think everybody is looking forward to it.

Q. Secondly there's been talk about the revival of the Triple Crown in 2013. What are your thoughts about that, and do you think that that's a good idea?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: I think it's a great idea. I think it would be fantastic. Especially if they were to put out a huge prize if you were to win all three; and then if you win two of the three, that you get a big prize, as well. If they were able to come up with some sort of thing like that, I think would be great for the series to promote. So, you know, yeah, I'm behind it for sure.

Q. What's it been like calling race strategy for Ryan this year compared to some of the other drivers you've dealt with in the past, including Marco and some of your other drivers?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Actually it's been really good. I think we really have connected really well. I think that whole pit stand with the guys that are on it, I think we all work together really well.

You know, you always talk about chemistry, and I think we have the chemistry going on that stand, and Ryan's part of it and it's been really good. Whereas in the past, some of the other places, it just wasn't working with me being there, and so, you know, we made changes. And it also has to do with other people there that just didn't ‑‑ the chemistry wasn't working.

So constantly you're working on those things to try to make those pit stands work. Right now, ours is working really well.

Q. Would you say that you've mellowed in your approach?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: I don't think so. I think I'm still pretty intense.

Q. As we get close to the end of the season, I would like your thoughts on the state of Indy car racing, if you can sum up where the series is at and the job Randy is doing?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: I think we have a lot going for us. First off is the product on the racetrack. I think it's the best racing product out there in the world. I mean, it's hard to argue it.

Our races are just so competitive, and also the quality of our drivers and our teams is as good as it's ever been in the history of IndyCar. So we have a lot of good stuff happening there I think and we have a lot of great events. We just came off a great one and there's rumors of a lot of great ones next year. I think there's a lot of good things hang.

Q. What kind of job do you think Randy (Bernard) has been doing?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI: Randy's got a tough job. I wouldn't want it, I'll tell you that. I think he's doing okay. You know, is he doing great? I'm not sure he's going great. Is he doing bad? I don't think he's doing bad. I think he's doing a good job with what he's been having to work with, and, so you know, it's a tough job.

THE MODERATOR: We thank you for your time and wish you and Ryan Hunter‑Reay the best of luck next week in Fontana.

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