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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
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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