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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
Indy 500 postscript

by Brian Carroccio
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Tony Kanaan was a very popular Indy 500 champion
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With three laps remaining Sunday I was absolutely, 100% sure how the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 would end. 

Second-place Tony Kanaan would make easy work of leader Ryan Hunter-Reay on the impending restart.  Kanaan, of course, is famous for his proficiency on restarts, plus Hunter-Reay was in the unenviable position of leading, and restart leaders had been sitting ducks all day. 

After battling with Kanaan, Hunter-Reay would be an easy overtake for Munoz, who would then have the advantage of the draft, and about two and a half laps or so to catch Kanaan. 

This, to me, was the perfect amount of time, as Munoz would be able to hunt down and pass Kanaan, without Kanaan having the chance to pass back. 

Yes, as the field was about to take the green flag, I was convinced the stars had aligned for the 21 year-old rookie from Colombia.

And although we had no idea whether the racing gods shine on Munoz, there was good reason to presume they would not be with Kanaan, who had seen his fair share of misfortune at the Speedway.  Ditto of for Marco Andretti, who came to the restart fourth behind Munoz.

Of course, the racing gods can be quite fickle. 

As expected, Kanaan shot past Hunter-Reay into turn one, with Munoz doing the same, slotting into second.  However, unexpectedly, another caution would come out as defending champion Dario Franchitti hit the wall between turns 1 and 2.  The race would anticlimactically end under the yellow, with Kanaan, scoring an incredibly captivating first victory at Indy.   

Munoz finished second, and would be denied a chance to run down Kanaan.  Certainly the talented young Colombian was disappointed with the outcome.  However, if the month of May was any indication Munoz's day will come, maybe sooner than later. 

However, yesterday was all about Kanaan.  Always competitive at Indy, close on numerous occasions, Kanaan finally closed the deal at Indy car racing's most hallowed ground.  Below, we will cover Kanaan's popular victory, the entertaining race's anticlimactic conclusion and a host of other topics.

TK:

Tony Kanaan and team co-owner Jimmy Vasser
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There isn't a lot I can add to what has been and will be said about Kanaan.  Clearly, part of Kanaan's appeal is many see him as one who has "paid his dues," in rising to the top of the sport.  Already, many have outlined Kanaan sleeping on the floors of race shops as he climbed the racing ladder, and more recently, his battles to secure sponsorship, to stay in the sport.

What I will say is Kanaan's victory yesterday, although not a direct parallel, reminds me a lot of the late Dan Wheldon's victory two years ago. 

Remember, both Wheldon and Kanaan had been extremely successful, championship winning drivers with the sport's top teams.  Both had lost their rides with those teams, left on less than favorable terms, and fallen on somewhat difficult times.  Both managed to catch on with lesser renowned teams, and raise those teams level of performance. 

Also, before the victory at Indy neither driver had managed to win in nearly three years.  In fact, both drivers had won previously at Iowa prior with nearly a three year drought before winning Indy.  And while neither Kanaan nor Wheldon had been exactly forgotten, both had become somewhat  overlooked.  Lastly, both were incredibly popular champions within the IndyCar community. 

Unfortunately, we never got to see whether Wheldon's victory would have resurrected his career, as we imagined it might after his victory.  However, it will be interesting to see what sort of second act the Indy victory launches for the lovable Brazilian. 

Marco:

Marco Andretti got to parade across the finish line under yellow, robbed of another shot at victory
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Kanaan's victory denied his former protege, Marco Andretti an opportunity to score his first win at the Brickyard.  Andretti, of course, had a strong car in 2012 , leading a race high 59 laps, yet was unable to win the race. With a strong car again yesterday, Andretti finished fourth. 

Now, the convenient narrative, will be that the Andretti Curse at Indianapolis continues. Of course, the Andretti Curse is well known at Indianapolis, something we outlined last week.  However, chalking Marco's failure to break through yesterday to the curse, greatly misses the point: this is a completely different driver than the one we saw one year ago.

Remember, Andretti dominated that race early before losing the handling of the car.  Under pressure, he ultimately crashed late in the race, when he had fallen from contention. 

So far this year, Andretti is a changed man.  The only driver to finish in the top-10 in all five races, Andretti now leads the series standings.  And in a year in which consistency is going to win the title, no one has driven as level-headed so far as Marco. 

The Finish:

A yellow flag finish in this year's Indy 500 robbed fans of seeing what would have been an incredible finish between Kanaan, Munoz, Hunter-Reay and Andretti.  Instead we all got to watch a 'parade' across the finish line instead of knowing who was the best man on that day. When tied, all sports go into overtime so as not to rob the fans of knowing who the true winner was. A green-white-checkered finish is auto racing's version of overtime. As popular as Tony Kanaan is, on Sunday May 26th the paying customers were robbed of seeing a fight to the finish.  Instead what we saw was what we see at any parade we watch - a procession across the line.  Maybe the Indy 500 parade held each Saturday before the race should be switched to Sunday in place of the 500.  As long as it pays a big purse the drivers could wave to the crowd in single file formation sitting in 33 pace car replicas.
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Franchitti's accident denied young Andretti the chance to make a run at Kanaan in the closing laps.  It also marked the fourth straight year IndyCar's showcase event ended under a caution (people forget the caution came out in 2011 mere seconds before Wheldon crossed the finish line at the end of that wild race). 

Predictably, yesterday's less than ideal finish resulted in cries for a NASCAR style green-white-checker finish.  Perhaps, just as predictably, the anti-green-white-checker chorus was equally, if not more vociferous in claiming the practice to be laughable hoax. 

The reality of the situation is that IndyCar is probably damned if they do, damned if they don't.  If things are kept the same, races will continue to finish under caution.  If they adopt a green-white-checker type finish, they would for the sake of the show, be altering something fundamental to the race: the predetermined distance, which becomes a circumstantial, moving target.

For that reason, I am very much opposed to the green-white-checker format.  However, if there is a need to implement an "end under green," policy, the red flag a la Fontana 2012 would be preferable.  This allows for the cleanup of the track before giving another green flag finish a go, without altering the race distance.

Of course, this policy would have imperfections as well.  For example, you could not red flag a race with less than two laps to go.  There would have to be a clear point, where the race is official, something that would be need to be decided in advance by IndyCar.  While the red flag at Fontana was an unpopular decision, I thought the failure there was not the policy itself, rather not clearly articulating the policy, in advance. 

ABC:

Speaking of an inability to articulate, ABC turned in a typical uninspiring broadcast yesterday.  Of course, ABC has long been lampooned for its indifferent and at times, downright unprofessional coverage of IndyCar. 

While I could publish a lengthy expose outlining ABC's mistakes and follies, I will spare everyone the futility.  For one, it would take too long, and second, ABC's mistakes and uninspired coverage are merely a symptom of the network's arrogance and blithe indifference to the sport that saw a record 68 lead changes and the fans cheering all race long. Compare that to the snoozefest we saw in Charlotte and the Coca Cola 600.

Also, while it pains me to say, the simple fact remains: ABC/ESPN is not going anywhere.  Yes, with the exclusive network broadcast rights to IndyCar through 2018, ABC is the only network presence IndyCar has.  Further, yesterday's race marks the beginning of what is IndyCar's most important television stretch in years. 

Yes, with Indy yesterday, network races this coming Saturday and Sunday in Detroit, followed by a prime-time Texas race on ABC, now is the time IndyCar must make hay.  And can yesterday's race bring viewers to the set next Saturday afternoon in Detroit?  Will the benefit of the same time slot bring those Saturday viewers to the set the following day?  And will three races on the same network in 13 days help IndyCar draw a sizable television audience for the Texas prime time race?  And will that help IndyCar draw viewers to the set for Iowa two weeks after that?

Hard to say.  But no matter how painful ABC can be, this unique Indy-Detroit doubleheader-Texas prime time race is the sport's best television opportunity in years to build some traction with their television audience.

Did yesterday's broadcast do anything to help that?  Hard to say.  But what can be said with some certainty is for all that is wrong with ABC, the reality is IndyCar is lucky to have them, and not the other way around.

Brian Carroccio

Brian lives in Rockville, MD, and is an IndyCar Columnist for AutoRacing1.com.  You can email him at  BrianC@AutoRacing1.com and follow him on Twitter @BrianC_AR1

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