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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
Ryan Hunter-Reay title proves never give up attitude

IndyCar
Monday, September 17, 2012

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Ryan Hunter-Reay
IndyCar/LAT USA
The searing, edge-of-your-seat, teeth-rattling 500-mile season finale was a microcosm of Ryan Hunter-Reay's 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

Nothing risked; nothing gained.

"Really, it's a lot like my career," Hunter-Reay adds two hours after snuggling up to the Astor Cup by earning his first series title in most astonishing fashion.

Hunter-Reay - albeit in the throes of surprise championship celebration syndrome - is reflective as the final TV lights of his long day are turned off. More interviews, more blinding lights are forthcoming in New York during the Champion's Tour, including a guest spot on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Sept. 20.

Hunter-Reay, 31, extols that "never give up" message through his active support of Racing For Cancer and LIVESTRONG, which he adopted as his credo when finding an avenue back into Indy car racing after the 2005 Champ Car season.

"Never give up is a big part of what I believe in in so many ways, and definitely fits the cancer side of it," said Hunter-Reay, whose mother, Lydia, died of colon cancer in November 2009. "This year, we had to come back numerous times. We had some unlucky breaks early in the season. To bounce back from being seventh in the points to leading the championship, losing that lead and then gaining it back is massive."

Hunter-Reay, who signed a two-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport on Sept. 14, wrapped up the series title by three points with a fourth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships at Auto Club Speedway after Team Penske's Will Power crashed on Lap 55 of the 250-lap test of stamina and will.

It was the seventh consecutive year that the championship was decided in the season finale, and the margin was the closest since 2006 (when Sam Hornish Jr. won on a tiebreaker).

"I always believed that if I got the right opportunity and worked hard enough that I could be in this position or I could be in the position to win races," Hunter-Reay said. "But then you go from winning races to competing for a championship, and that comes with another level of consistency.

"That comes from the continuity and a team that believes in you, and a group like we have in the (No.) 28 car where things are working. You build on that year after year. That's why we're in this position now. So just never give up. It's really nice to have this now to make that all come to fruition."

In 2006, it didn't appear likely that the Floridian would be wearing a red champion's cap. Contemplating his future following losing his third ride in three years, "I definitely grazed the bottom, I think."

He raced sports cars and was a test driver for the Hendrick's stock car program - anything to keep his name at the forefront of prospective employers. That call came from Bobby Rahal in July 2007, and Hunter-Reay's return to Indy car racing came at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course a few weeks later.

Despite running a limited schedule for then-Rahal Letterman Racing, Hunter-Reay received the Rookie of the Year award (four top-10 finishes in six races). In '08, he finished sixth in his first Indianapolis 500 and won at Watkins Glen International.

"I kept at it, made sure I was at the racetrack putting a good face on and telling everybody that would listen that I'm ready to go if you want to drop me in the seat," he said. "I talked to Bobby Rahal early in '06 and early in '07 and told him if you ever need somebody last minute to jump in and go, go, go, I'm there for you.

"And I got the call middle of the way through the '07 season, and I really credit Bobby for that. He brought me back into Indy car racing."

Added Rahal: "Ninety percent of being successful in racing is having the fortitude, commitment and drive to keep going, no matter what."

But just when momentum appeared to be on his side, sponsorship evaporated with the Rahal team.  Tony George's Vision Racing team offered Hunter-Reay a six-race lifeline to start the 2009 season, and he then moved to A.J. Foyt Racing to fill out the season after Vitor Meira suffered fractured vertebrae in the Indy 500. After the October finale, Hunter-Reay again was looking for a long-term commitment.

Andretti Autosport offered Hunter-Reay one of its cars alongside Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick. A victory on the streets of Long Beach spurred full-season sponsorship from IZOD, and he's been a versatile performer in the intervening events.

Now he's also the champion - the first American Indy car title-holder since Hornish.

"This is just amazing," he said as the TV crew packs up. "This is what racing is about, what sports are about. I've always looked up to the American drivers when I first started this whole deal as a fan of the IndyCar Series. Before I raced go‑karts I followed the American greats. That really appealed to me.

"Now here I am on the other side, and I see these kids that are looking up to us drivers. It's so cool being on the other side of it all. I feel like I'm up against the best in the world. It's just amazing to get it done."

Hunter-Reay will make his 50th Indy car start with Andretti Autosport in the 2013 season opener and an immediate goal is an Indianapolis 500 triumph.

"Indy is the big one for sure," he says. "A championship is big, but Indianapolis is massive. That's what we're gunning for and hopefully we'll be fighting right up there on the front row like this year and win it."

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