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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
Champ Car and IRL can learn from the SIRIUS/XM Merger

Mark J. Cipolloni
Friday, October 19, 2007

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Recent News: Satellite Radio: Cowen Says 70%-Plus Chance Deal Closes

In a brief note previewing the upcoming earnings announcements for XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, Cowen analyst Tom Watts asserts that there is a “70%-plus chance” that the proposed merger of the two companies wins government approval.

Watts says a Department of Justice decision on the deal should come “relatively soon,” with the two companies in full compliance with the DoJ’s information requests. He says a ruling from the FCC should follow soon after.

Watts has Outperform ratings on both stocks, “even without M&A potential.” He thinks both companies can beat the market on free cash flow potential alone. He thinks both companies low-balled subscriber growth estimates for 2007, “setting the stage for outperformance in the second half.” If you have to pick just one, Watts prefers XM, based on stronger OEM relationships with automakers, and a better relative valuation.

XM reports earnings on October 25; Sirius on October 30.

So why do I bring this up?

Maybe the Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League should again take a look at what the two satellite radio companies are doing; There are a lot of things that are common in both cases;

1. SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Radio both provide radio, entertainment, sports, news/talk content.

Champ Car and IRL both provide great open wheel racing at various venues.

2. Both Satellite Radio companies spend millions on advertising, marketing and satellite hardware.

Champ Car and IRL do advertise, however very little.

3. Again, both Satellite Radio companies spend money on personnel, talent and Corporate offices.

Both Open Wheel series have the same type of personnel, driver talent and separate Corporate offices.

4. SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM both have personalities and or content that have helped sell their services. (SIRIUS has Howard Stern, NFL, NBA, NASCAR and 100% commercial free music). (XM has MLB, Oprah, Opie and Anthony, the Golf Channel, IRL and NHL).

Champ Car and IRL have premier events. (CCWS; Australia, Long Beach, Cleveland, All Canadian/European Races, Mexico, Vegas. Tracy, Rahal, Wilson, Servia, Junqueira, Power, Tag and Legge). (IRL; Indy 500, Detroit, St. Pete, Mid Ohio. Kanaan, Castroneves, Dixon, Andretti and Patrick). Just to name a few.

5. SIRIUS and XM compete with other things, not just with each other. (Terrestrial radio, MP3/iPod players, CD, HD radio).

Champ Car and IRL compete against NASCAR, ALMS and F1.

So if you take a look at the whole picture.

Open wheel racing can capture their fans back if both sides can put their “egos” away and make racing Champ Cars/Indy Cars what it once used to be. Both series if combined would save millions of dollars on personnel (sales, marketing, communication etc), marketing and advertising coverage in print and/or television.


You would have the absolute best drivers in both series competing against each other and a larger car count. Sure, you’ll lose some teams and drivers, but haven’t both sides already experienced this already?

Look at what IRL started with in the beginning…..and look at the teams that bailed on Champ Car and went with the IRL. Then you have the top teams at CCWS that have stayed and teams that have come and gone.

Open wheel racing is being dominated by the NASCAR folks.

We’re already going overseas for races right? You want Corporate Sponsorships to come back to support 1 series.

Australians get it here (in Surfers)….they’ve done this event right since day 1. The Canadians still love their racing. Long Beach is always a Southern California party. You can’t tell me guys like Kanaan, Castroneves and Dixon miss coming to these Champ Car events. And I know that Champ Car drivers would love to have another shot at winning the 500.

For those fans who have never experienced the Lexmark Indy 300 here in Surfers Paradise….you don’t know what you’re missing. Four days of racing, fan events, etc.; This country gets what this event is all about……Paul Tracy said it best at Thursday’s press conference when asked about the state of Champ Car “maybe this series is taking on a little bit of water, but I’ll be here and the last one with the pail emptying the ship”. Tracy is Champ Car’s best spokesperson…..maybe they should try utilizing him to their full potential.

Maybe everyone should take a huge step back and look at the state of open wheel racing and see where both sides can “compromise” to save open wheel racing. It won’t happen overnight…..but this has to be looked at again. Sure cars will have to change, engines will have to be changed, people will lose jobs, new people will come in and the right people will stay and make open wheel racing successful again.

The split has been all about control of the sport.

follow the money." A similar one is "When in doubt, just do what's right."

The author can be contacted at markc@autoracing1.com

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