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2014 Standings
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
INDYCAR: Who's Qualified and Who's Not

by Stephen Cox
Monday, January 28, 2013

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Milka Duno
Here's what you're supposed to believe:

Franchitti, Kanaan and Castroneves enjoy a special Divine Blessing. They are qualified to drive Indycars.

Milka Duno, Hiro Matsushita and Dennis Vitolo were not.

Neither was Danica, but she gets a free pass because she's hot and brought lots of money.

That's what you're told to believe by the motorsports press. Legions of impressionable armchair fans have jumped on the same bandwagon and now anyone who doesn't buy into the propaganda is considered a looney.

Well, I don't buy it.

The confusion over who is and is not qualified to drive an IndyCar stems from a uniquely American inability to speak our own language.

For over one hundred years, the standard that determined who was qualified to drive in an event was determined by... (drum roll)... qualifications. If the field was to consist of 33 entries, then the 33 fastest drivers were qualified to drive in the race. Everyone else was unqualified to drive in the race. Got it?

Let's go over this again. There were two groups of drivers: those who were qualified and those who were not qualified. Qualification was determined by speed.

The notion that someone who had qualified for the race was somehow “unqualified” to race is a relatively new phenomenon that was considered too utterly ridiculous to comprehend just a few decades ago. Yet it is all the rage today.

Marty Roth
I shall offer an example forthwith. Marty Roth qualified for the 2008 Indy 500. We know this because he went faster than several other drivers, including Max Papis and Mario Dominguez, and was 33rd on the speed charts. This demonstrates that he was qualified to race.

But then folks began to say that even though Roth was clearly qualified to drive the race, he still wasn't “qualified” to drive in the race.

If this seems stupid, that's because it is.

Nevertheless, the naysayers eventually won the day and Roth was pressured out of the series. Apparently qualifying for a race doesn't qualify you to race anymore. Which, if you think about it, calls into question the entire concept of time trials.

So I have an idea. Let's totally dispense with qualifications. After all, if the motorsports press and their mob-minded followers can arbitrarily determine who is qualified to drive an IndyCar based on nothing more than their own worthless opinions, then why bother with all the hubbub of qualifying? It's really just a big waste of Firestone tires.

Besides, we know better. Who don't need no stinking clock. We have our opinions.

So let's replace qualifications with voting. Hey, it works for the Heisman. Let the media cast votes for everybody, and whoever gets the most votes sits on the pole. Whoever ranks 33rd in the voting is on the outside of Row 11 at Indy. Everybody else is unqualified.

Why? Because we said so. We are judge, jury and executioner. We are arrogate to ourselves that which could once only be earned. We replace speed with opinion. We trade reality for our own delusions.

The Racing Dentist, Dr. Jack Miller, once told me, “I'm tired of hearing about drivers who 'deserve' to make the race. No one 'deserves' to make a race. You either earn it or you don't.”

The self-appointed puppet masters who want to stage-manage every race and only include those who, in their exalted opinion, “deserve” to participate are a relic of the past. Their arrogance is obsolete and an embarrassment to the sport.

Regardless of what anyone says or thinks, Milka Duno was qualified to run every single race in which she competed. How do we know she was qualified? Because she qualified. That's what the word means. Learn to speak English.

True, if Penske had expanded his team by ten cars, she might not have qualified. And if I had wings I could fly. So this isn't about what didn't happen; it's about what did happen. Milka showed up and qualified for races fairly and squarely. Period. To claim otherwise is to spit on the entire time trial process and a century of racing history.

Obviously, that doesn't automatically make her a good driver. But it does make her good enough. Whether we like it or not is irrelevant. Either respect qualifying results or ditch the entire process and stop pretending.

Remember this: when racing journalists and fans railed against Duno, Roth and others, ultimately they were not attacking those drivers. They were attacking auto racing's 100-year-old tradition of fair and equal qualifications. They were attacking the history of the sport.

It's time for auto racing to embrace objectivity again. It's time to return some purity to the sport. It makes no difference whether 50 cars attempt to qualify or just ten. A stopwatch always tells the truth.

I am losing patience with the growing league of journalists who trash the traditions of auto racing and take cheap shots at drivers who rightly earned a legitimate spot in the field through qualifying. If the press doesn't like Milka or Marty or this week's Target du Jour, there's a very simple way to make sure they're not in the race... get off your lazy backside, go qualify a car and bump them out of the field. 

Journalists who can't do that are not only unqualified to be in the race, but perhaps they're not qualified to comment on it, either.

Stephen Cox

Editor's Note: The ideas presented here are of the author's, and do not necessarily that of AutoRacing1.com.  Being able to bring a big check does not qualify you, but running within the 107% rule does....so says most sanctioning bodies.

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