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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
All I want for Christmas IndyCar, is for.......

by Brian Carroccio
Monday, December 24, 2012

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Ok, I've had enough.

If you read AutoRacing1.com you know a recurring theme of late, has been our call to Hulman and Company, the parent corporation of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR to run the Izod IndyCar Series as a professional business, in a professional business manner or sell the series to someone who will.

Presuming Hulman intends to keep the series, one specific plea, of course, has been to remove NASCAR from the Indianapolis market, and the Holy Grail of IndyCar racing, by eliminating the Brickyard 400 weekend. The argument being that IMS and the city of Indianapolis should be IndyCar country, and all the promotion, media coverage, and prestige that comes with the hallowed Speedway should be channeled into INDYCAR, a Hulman property.

Simply put, if Hulman and Company, under the leadership of new CEO Mark Miles are serious about growing IndyCar, then allowing IndyCar's archenemy, NASCAR, to race at the sport's most sacred cathedral is well, completely ludicrous.

Now, a lot of you have been quick to dismiss this notion by pointing out the incredibly obvious. For example, you might say something illuminating such as I'm very opinionated when it comes to someone else's money. You also may have noted that the Brickyard 400 makes IMS money, as the Speedway receives part of NASCAR's TV deal, the gate, and the title sponsorship from Crown Royal. You may also point out that an IndyCar race on the Speedway road course, as I have suggested would not be nearly the financial windfall that even the poorly attended, dull as watching paint dry, Brickyard.

At face value, all of these things are true.

Further, many of you will be quick to dispute my assertion that NASCAR is, to quote myself, "IndyCar's archenemy." While I suppose that claim may seem an exaggeration, I'd offer this.

If you believe that NASCAR's Nationwide race at Mid-Ohio, two weeks after the IndyCar Series race just happens to be a coincidence, I've got some MPH stock I'd be happy to sell you. Remember, NASCAR needed a date to replace the Montreal Nationwide race, which so happened to come about after the NASCAR aligned promoter sabotaged the Champ Car event on Ile de Notre Dame. And I can offer countless other instances, both historical and contemporary, indicating NASCAR wants nothing more than to bury IndyCar. The twits that work at the corner of 16th and Georgetown just haven't realized it yet.

In general, your tactic is to disarm my claims with the simplistic assertions that it is not my money, or that I am somehow exaggerating. Therefore, I should just pipe down and focus on more upbeat matters like IndyCar drivers making goofy You Tube videos.

Sorry, that's not going to happen!

Here's the thing. From most anyone else, I could accept the "it's not your money, and we're focused on the bottom line," approach. But everyone seems to be forgetting something very important: IMS has spent the better part of two decades insisting they were the ones who knew how to best run IndyCar.

See, I sort of remember this decade and a half civil war thing, which ruined the sport and entire industry around it, all because IMS wanted to control Indy car racing.

Yes, to refresh your memory IMS wanted to be king of Indy car racing. IMS believed that CART, by any metric the most successful Indy car series in history, was steering the sport in a wayward direction. IMS insisted that CART's owner based governing structure created a conflict of interests. IMS insisted on putting all of us through that senseless decade and a half civil war, because IMS thought there was a better way. IMS, in the face of very compelling evidence to the contrary moved forward with arrogance, impunity and complete disregard for the sport and so many who made their living from it. IMS ultimately succeeded and now has what they wanted, control of Indy car racing. IMS, in the face of numerous rumors to the contrary, has repeatedly insisted the series will remain under their stewardship. IMS, after years of fiscal insanity destroying the sport of Indy car racing, now wants us to get on board with this tightening of the belt straps.

Yes, promotion of IndyCar is minuscule, near nonexistent. Television ratings remain on the decline. Ditto for corporate interest and media coverage. And I would argue the sport of Indy car racing was better off a half decade ago, when there were two series. Heck, there were more races, better cars, more markets, and greater overall interest.

Worse, it seems IMS well, doesn't really care. And while people point to Miles' success with the ATP and Indianapolis Super Bowl, early indications are he is just as out to lunch as the rest.

For example, last week Miles talked about putting lights in at the Speedway for the Brickyard 400. Yes, IMS wants to spend $20 million, or thereabouts, to upgrade their facility to help NASCAR. And hey, if they're looking to free up some cash, well then, they'll just cut some of that Leaders' Circle money for the Izod IndyCar Series, another rumor coming out of the 16th and Georgetown offices.

And IMS accused CART of having too many conflicts of interest?

Now, you probably think I'm being harsh, unreasonable. Ok, tell me how is Indy car racing any better now than before the merger in 2008? Point to something tangible, illustrating that IMS and Hulman are committed to growing the sport of IndyCar racing and the IndyCar brand. Point to something that indicates the company is committed to expanding its scope as a legitimate racing business. Are there rumors of IMS securing racetracks, or starting race promotions companies that I am unaware of? Did IMS try to work behind the scenes to help Conor Daly, an Indiana native with all the makings of a star, try to get an IndyCar ride? Or while they were busy waiting for the results of some internal review, did Daly secure plans to return to Europe in 2013?

Please, I urge you, point to something that illustrates IMS' chief concern with IndyCar is something more than just "not loosing too much money."

Of course, money is often cited as the reason this won't happen, or that won't happen. Fair enough, particularly in these economic times. But to tell me, my point is moot, simply because its not my money. Not fair, and borderline idiotic.

See, I took IMS at their word. After that stupid civil war, I was willing to look forward and take solace in the fact that well, the sport was for better or worse, united under as one, and would move forward as one. All hands on deck, if you will. That's at least, the drivel we were all fed. And in fairness, all I've been calling on IMS and the Hulman/George family to do is to run the Izod IndyCar Series as a professional business, in a professional business manner. While this measure or that measure can be debated, that general premise cannot.

After all, they insisted they were the ones who should be running the sport. They were the ones who pawned out the world's greatest motor race to gain leverage in their struggle for control. They remain the ones who have after these many years refused to acknowledge culpability, or even utter a simple, "we regret a few things, in hindsight, and we ask for your forgiveness."

No.

Rather, they seemingly move forward without a plan; without an understanding of who their competition is; without an understanding of what made Indy car racing so popular that Bernie Ecclestone once began to fear its growth; without a care for anything outside the hallowed Speedway walls; without any desire to operate a professional racing business in a professional business manner.

Yet they continue to insist they are the ones best suited to operating the series.

So, call me crazy; call me bitter. I'll certainly concede some degree of the latter. But until you show me compelling evidence to the contrary, do not call me wrong.

All I want for Christmas IndyCar, is for you to be run like a professional business starting in 2013.

Brian Carroccio is an IndyCar columnist for AutoRacing1.com. His first memory of Indy car racing is Danny Sullivan’s 1985 “Spin and Win,” at Indianapolis.

Brian lives in Rockville, MD. He is a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins and passionate supporter of Manchester United. You can follow Brian on Twitter @BrianC_AR1

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