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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
Q and A with Helio Castroneves

IndyCar
Friday, March 15, 2013

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Helio Castroneves
THE MODERATOR
: Thank you and welcome everyone to today's IndyCar conference call. We are pleased to be joined by IZOD IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves of Team Penske. Welcome to today's call.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Thank you. I appreciate the opportunity, it's the beginning of the season and it's great to be here.

THE MODERATOR: Helio is driver of the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet for Team Penske. It's the 14th season he has driven an Indy car for Roger Penske and his team. Helio finished fourth last year in the IZOD IndyCar Series with two wins, one of them coming at St. Petersburg, which starts the season next week.

I know you and the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers just wrapped up a test at Barber Motorsports Park, did those two days in the car make you want next week to come even faster?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Oh man, first it was good to be back in the race car after such a long offseason for us. I think everybody has the same feeling of finally being in the car, which is a shame, because now we are ready to go for the race. You see people getting ready, preparing themselves and it's just becoming very rushed, especially when you have all of six months off.

So you look at it like that, it's like I don't have enough time, but that's the way it is. But I am very excited to go to St. Pete next week and defend my win from last year.

Q. You have three wins at St. Petersburg. You've won in 2006 and 2007, and again as we mentioned last year in 2012. What is it about the streets of St. Petersburg that suits your driving style so well, and why do you like that course so much?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: The atmosphere is great. The fans are awesome. The weather is beautiful. It's the first race of the season. When you put everything together, you just are super excited to be back in the race car and ready to go.

So it's a place where everything starts, a special place to start the season that you can see it's going to be very exciting.

Q. Can you talk a little about last year's race, obviously the first race with the new, as it was last year, the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series chassis, and winning that race and then going to climb the fence at the Dan Wheldon Way sign in honor of Dan.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Certainly the end was awesome, but the beginning of the race was actually pretty good. We started in sixth place and we just managed to stay out of trouble. As soon as some of the leaders made a pit stop, we decided to stay out, and from there on, it was just a matter of keep going and over the pits.

We were able to come back in second place behind the Ganassi guys, Scott Dixon, and we were able to make a great move on the outside, turn one, and passed for the win. So we were extremely excited and happy to start the season like that.

The celebration was even better, having the Dan Wheldon sign in respect over there, and to celebrate, it was a memorable coincidence and it was just really great, great to remember him the way he lived, and not what happened the year before. So it was a very emotional, crazy win.

Q. What do you think is different at the start of this season hand last year?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: You know, what is different in the car? What is different in?

Q. Basically the car.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: The car, I believe it's small details, very similar overall but all details.

Remember we are not allowed to make any progress in terms of suspension or aerodynamics or anything. The Firestone tires made a huge improvement on the tires. We saw that from the test in Alabama, which we are two seconds faster or three seconds faster than the pole position. We believe that's going to carry to the rest of the street courses.

Engine‑wise, I feel that Honda and Chevy are making it very competitive, and I believe they improved, as well. We definitely felt that when we jumped in car and also did a lap time.

So those little bits, unfortunately the fans cannot see it, but they are going to see it and it's going to be much faster.

Q. Do you think the car will be faster this year?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I think the car will be faster this year, maybe on the ovals ‑‑ or even the ovals, because the power and the tires are a little bit better, I guarantee that it's going to go faster. So right now, I think the street course, it feels that it's going to be fast.

Q. You're going for your fourth Indianapolis 500 win this year and I know winning Indy is very special, but can you compare that to trying to win your first IZOD IndyCar Series for Roger?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: We want to win races and we want to win championships. It's cliché as it sounds, obviously you want to win for the team, especially for Roger. I know we are capable and we have great equipment and a great group of guys. It's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. The important thing, for sure, it's something that I believe and a lot of fans, would like to see that. And I do want to see that and now we have a competitor with Dario, which is great, for who is going to get the wine, hopefully with the help of my spotter, we are going to win that race.

Q. How hard is it to win an Indy 500?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Well, it's a lot of factors. Last year was a big battle. I remember qualifying, Chevy dominated and the race, Honda dominated. It was a matter of unfortunately a different changing of the rules in the middle of the season, which was a little bit ‑‑ something we did not expect. But it was great, even with that, you saw an amazing competitive crazy race, and fortunately we were able to finish in the Top‑10. You have to have the package right, and the information for the team is perfect. We just have to make it happen. Hopefully if we don't have any more surprises in terms of rules change and things like that, I do believe we are going to be very competitive this year.

Q. Now, you will have an additional team member at Indianapolis this year. Does that make a difference in how your team will operate?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Yes, A.J. (Allmendinger) for just the second day in the Indy car after seven years, is doing superb. A great guy, great atmosphere inside the team. We had three good guys with Ryan Briscoe (last year), but A.J. has been in the (Penske) organization before, so he kind of understood the kind of environment that we are.

So A.J., I feel is going to help us, because we have one more car, it's one more (set of) data that you can actually improve, especially on the ovals. So I think that it's going to be great, and we just have to keep going.

THE MODERATOR: We will thank Helio for his time and conclude today's IndyCar conference call.

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