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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

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
IndyCar Sao Paolo GP Saturday Press Conference

Saturday, May 04, 2013



Ryan Hunter-Reay
Dario Franchitti
E.J. Viso

THE MODERATOR:  We are pleased to be joined by Dario Franchitti and E.J. Viso.

E.J., if you can, talk about today's qualifying run. 

E.J. VISO:  Well, hello, everyone.  Very happy to be back here in Brazil.  This is pretty much my home race, even if it's still a five-hour flight from my home. 

I'm very happy to achieve this second place in qualifying.  I need to thank my team, Andretti.  They be just a great team to be driving for.  They gave me a very competitive car today in the qualifying.  Very proud on the way little by little we've been working as a team. 

Having the feedback from Ryan, Michael, James, interaction between the four of us has only been positive so far.  I believe this is only the beginning of plenty of good results we're going to be able to achieve this year only because things are just very positive in that team.  Things are flawless in every single department, technical, media, marketing.  It's really refreshing to be racing for them. 

I'm extremely thrilled to be there. 

THE MODERATOR:  We've also been joined by Ryan Hunter-Reay. 

Dario, talk about today's qualifying session. 

DARIO FRANCHITTI:  Sure.  I can't really say anything in Portuguese because the only Portuguese I know Tony Kanaan taught me and I would get in a lot of trouble, so it's better I stay quiet in that one (laughter). 

It wasn't a bad day for us really.  We made consistent progress with the car, just getting used to the track.  The track here changes a lot because it's so dusty to start with.  The balance of the car changes a lot.  We worked very hard to do that. 

Even with a perfect lap, I think we would have struggled to beat Ryan on the new red tires.  Left a little bit on the table a couple places. 

But it's good to be in the Firestone Fast Six again, to start close to the front again.  We'll see what we can do tomorrow. 

As we've seen in this race, a lot can happen.  That big long back straight, it makes it pretty interesting.  Then obviously with the new turn one and two combination for tomorrow, it's going to be interesting how the starts and restarts look, too. 

THE MODERATOR:  Ryan, could you talk about your day. 

RYAN HUNTER-REAY:  It was a good day.  We started out not so happy with the car.  For the second session, put stuff together.  We put our heads together with all the engineers.  I'm proud of how the team came together and moved the right direction as one.  We made a difference in the second session. 

We knew what direction we wanted to go.  I think that was the difference-maker.  It was fun out there today.  This track is pretty interesting in qualifying.  It's anybody's guess who is going to end up up front.  Today was no different. 

Just happy to be starting on the front row.  More than anything to be out of the accordion effect for the turn one, and hopefully on the restarts as well, hopefully we'll still be up there. 

Three races out of four on the front row, really proud of the guys and the cars they've been giving me.  Now we just need to bring home some good points tomorrow, that's most important, heading into Indy. 

THE MODERATOR:  Questions. 

Q. E.J., is this front-row start surprising to you? 

E.J. VISO:  To be honest, no.  Since I joined this team, I knew the potential the team had.  More than a potential, it was obvious jumping into the champion team, having extremely competitive teammates.  My crew, everybody, we are all new on the team. 

The beginning was very tough.  But we knew we could do it.  In every single race, we've shown we had the pace.  We did the fastest lap last week.  St. Pete we passed 16 cars in the race.  I knew and I know that very good results are ahead. 

I just feel that now everything is starting to click in my career.  I'm very happy to be just with a team that is as dedicated as this one. 

Q. I'm curious to know about the red and black tires on this track.  It's a fairly long road course.  How many laps does it take to get heat in those tires? 

RYAN HUNTER-REAY:  It seems to be taking longer than expected.  I was surprised it took the reds so long to come in.  Same thing with the blacks. 

We'll see tomorrow.  It's going to be anybody's guess which is the hot ticket to be on.  It seems we're starting (indiscernible) a little bit more than this years past. 

Q. Did you feel any difference with the new car in the new corner that has changed in terms of security or safety, handling? 

RYAN HUNTER-REAY:  The new corner now, it is wider.  It opens up an opportunity for passing.  It's very inviting.  But the problem is the entry speed is so much higher now, so we're not stopping as much. 

I'm torn which way it will go tomorrow.  I'm not sure how much passing there's going to be with that entry.  We'll still have a lot of passing. 

The good thing is the margin for error is bigger now.  I think you won't have as many yellows there because it's wider, you can get two cars around side-by-side maybe when they're going slow. 

Q. Dario, you didn't have a strong start for the year.  Is this a result that's an adjustment of you and your team? 

DARIO FRANCHITTI:  At St. Pete we struggled definitely.  Over the winter we went wrong with the development stuff.  We took that off after St. Pete.  Actually, after qualifying in Barber.  We tried to persevere with it and it was terrible there, too.  Barber race we were fast, but we had a mechanical issue.  We broke an exhaust header, as they say in America. 

Last week at Long Beach, we were pretty good.  We qualified well, had a bad pit stop.  We're definitely moving in the right direction.  Long may it continue. 

The time to peak is towards the end of this month, I would say, maybe the 26th of May.  That's the time we all want to hit maximum form. 

Q. (Question regarding Penske qualifying.)

DARIO FRANCHITTI:  That's always the risk you take.  If you don't want to take that risk, you start at the beginning of the session, you go out on your red tires, do you your time early.  Therefore, if there's a risk, you don't run that risk.  That's a risk we all take when we wait until the last possible moment to go on track. 

For a number of reasons we do that.  The track is more rubbered normally.  Also, if you go out too early, people come out of pits in front of you and hold you up. 

But in order to gain that advantage of running at the end of the session, there's the risk of what happened to the Penske guys today. 

It's happened I think to all of us before.  Today it happened to them. 

Q. Ryan, although you had a great race in the first two spring sessions, Will Power seems to be almost unbeatable.  Do you feel a little bit lucky he wasn't there in the first six positions or not, or did you feel like you could beat him? 

RYAN HUNTER-REAY:  We're used to hearing that:  He would have won, if. 

It's everybody's risk to go out, like Dario said.  We went out early on blacks, on black tires. 

DARIO FRANCHITTI:  Didn't you do your time on blacks? 


I mean, yeah, he's very quick here.  I had the same thing happen to me at Baltimore with the championship on the line.  I didn't get to put a lap in, went out the next day and won the race. 

He's not out of it here.  Hopefully we'll do a better job tomorrow working with my teammates.  I think Andretti Autosport will do very well tomorrow.  I'm also proud of having E.J. up here, too.  It's great to have him up here. 

Q. The Fast Six, we had three Andretti cars, two Ganassi cars.  What can you expect tomorrow about Tony? 

DARIO FRANCHITTI:  I think he should drive with one arm more often (laughter).  Very impressive.  I mean, this track, it's so physical, bouncing over the curbs, some of the bumps.  Yeah, the whole track is a very tricky track. 

In the hairpin using maximum lock, it's difficult on your hands and your wrists.  Tony is there with essentially one hand working properly and then a lot of pain.  I was really impressed. 

When I saw he was quickest in the round of qualifying, okay.  Obviously he's fighting through the pain.  Very impressive. 

I'm happy to have him up there.  It's always good to see T.K. up there.  But he'll be tough tomorrow.  Give him a sniff at a win, he looks, he can see a win, he'll be pushing very, very hard.  That was an impressive performance today, definitely. 

Q. Dario, your season seems to be going now in the right direction.  How much have you forgot about the first couple races?  You're really not that far back if you look at actual points. 

DARIO FRANCHITTI:  I haven't forgotten about them at all.  You can even learn from the bad days.  Ultimately, as bad as the car was in St. Pete, I made the mistake.  I crashed the car.  What could have been ultimately maybe a top-10 finish was a 25th place because I got frustrated and crashed the car. 

It's good to remember the good days, but it's also good to remember the bad days because you can always learn.  You know, it's always good to keep those in mind. 

But, yeah, you're right, we're not out of it.  We'll just keep plugging away day to day, trying to get back up there.  There's no grand plan to do it.  Just get out there and capitalize every week and do your best to get back in the points fight.

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