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2014 Standings
After Long Beach
Pos. Driver Points

1 Will Power 93
2 Mike Conway 66
3 Simon Pagenaud 60
4 Helio Castroneves 55
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 54
6 Scott Dixon 51
7 Carlos Munoz 48
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 47
9 Mikhail Aleshin 46
10 Sebastian Saavedra 42
11 Tony Kanaan 40
12 Justin Wilson 38
13 Takuma Sato 36
14 Josef Newgarden 34
15 Ryan Briscoe 33
16 Sebastien Bourdais 33
17 Graham Rahal 33
18 Marco Andretti 32
19 Carlos Huertas 32
20 Oriol Servia 26
21 Jack Hawksworth 24
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 17

Wins
T1 Will Power 1
T1 Mike Conway 1

Podium Finishes
1 Will Power 2
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T2 Helio Castroneves 1
T2 Mike Conway 1
T2 Carlos Munoz 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 74
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
3 Takuma Sato 33
4 Scott Dixon 22
5 Mike Conway 4
6 Sebastian Saavedra 3
7 Helio Castroneves 2
8 Josef Newgarden 1


Prize Money
1 Will Power $50,000
T2 Mike Conway $30,000
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay $30,000
4 Simon Pagenaud $18,000
5 Takuma Sato $17,000
T6 Helio Castroneves $15,000
T6 Carlos Munoz $15,000
T8 Juan Pablo Montoya $10,000
T8 Scott Dixon $10,000
T10 Mikhail Aleshin $8,000
T10 Tony Kanaan $8,000
12 Oriol Servia $7,000
T13 Justin Wilson $5,000
T13 Marco Andretti $5,000
T15 Sebastian Saavedra $4,000
T15 Josef Newgarden $4,000
T17 Ryan Briscoe $2,000
T17 Carlos Huertas $2,000

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 93
2 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 60
4 3 Team Penske 55
5 28 Andretti Autosport 54
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 51
7 34 Andretti Autosport – HVM Racing 48
8 2 Team Penske 47
9 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 46
10 17 KV AFS Racing 42
11 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40
12 19 Dale Coyne Racing 38
13 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 36
14 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 34
15 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 33
16 11 KVSH Racing 33
17 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 33
18 25 Andretti Autosport 32
19 18 Dale Coyne Racing 32
20 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 26
21 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 24
22 27 Andretti Autosport 20
23 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 17

Finishing Average
1 Will Power 1.5
2 Simon Pagenaud 5
T3 Helio Castroneves 7
T3 Oriol Servia 7
5 Scott Dixon 8
6 Mike Conway 8.5
7 Mikhail Aleshin 9
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 9.5
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 10
T9 Carlos Munoz 10
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
T12 Tony Kanaan 12
T12 Justin Wilson 12
T14 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
T14 Sebastien Bourdais 13.5
T14 Graham Rahal 13.5
T17 Josef Newgarden 14
T17 Carlos Huertas 14
19 Takuma Sato 14.5
20 Marco Andretti 15
21 Jack Hawksworth 18
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 21.5

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 1
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T2 Scott Dixon 1
T2 Tony Kanaan 1
T2 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T2 Will Power 1
T2 Takuma Sato 1
T2 Marco Andretti 1
T2 James Hinchcliffe 1
T2 Josef Newgarden 1
T2 Simon Pagenaud 1
T2 Jack Hawksworth 1

Qualifying Average
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
2 Scott Dixon 6
3 Jack Hawksworth 6.5
4 Marco Andretti 7
5 Tony Kanaan 7.5
T6 Takuma Sato 8
T6 Sebastien Bourdais 8
T8 Will Power 9
T8 Carlos Munoz 9
10 Helio Castroneves 9.5
11 Simon Pagenaud 10
12 James Hinchcliffe 10.5
13 Oriol Servia 12
T14 Josef Newgarden 13
T14 Justin Wilson 13
16 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
17 Mike Conway 14.5
18 Sebastian Saavedra 16.5
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 17
20 Mikhail Aleshin 17.5
21 Carlos Huertas 19
22 Charlie Kimball 19.5
23 Graham Rahal 22
Q and A with Simon Pagenaud

INDYCAR Conference Cal
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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THE MODERATOR: Welcome, everybody, to today's INDYCAR conference call. We're pleased to be joined today by Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports driver Simon Pagenaud.

Simon, welcome to the call.

SIMON PAGENAUD: Thanks, Arni. Thanks for having me.

THE MODERATOR: Simon drives the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda and is currently 10th in the IZOD IndyCar Series points standings after posting four top-10 finishes to start the season.

Simon finished eighth in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday and will make his second and third IndyCar starts at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park this weekend in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.

Simon, you started the season off with a DNF, but rebounded nicely with four straight top-10 finishes. How important is the doubleheader at Detroit to your season?

SIMON PAGENAUD: Well, certainly it has been an interesting season for everybody, I think. For the (IZOD) IndyCar (Series) championship also. There's a lot of new faces on the board.

All the teams have raised their games. Everybody is doing a great job. It's interesting to see how it's going at the moment. We're very happy with four top-10 finishes. Hopefully we can continue to go forward on the ladder.

This weekend is going to be very, very important. Two races in one weekend, that's a lot of points, and a good opportunity for us to march our way through.

Q. You finished on the podium last year in Detroit. The course has been changed a little bit from what it was last year. Do you have all the tools capable of getting back to the podium or even winning your first race?

SIMON PAGENAUD: Well, as I said, all the teams have improved a lot. We did improve also. But it's certainly a lot tighter than it was last year. There's a lot more drivers and cars capable of winning, which makes it difficult for everybody to expect finishing on top of the podium.

That's certainly the goal. When you go racing, you go and expect to win. So the goal for Detroit is to show up there and be as competitive as we were last year, hopefully qualify in the (Firestone) Fast Six, try to contend for the win in both races.

Q. The doubleheader, the format poses a new challenge for you. Obviously there's two races. Qualifying is on Friday, For Saturday, it’s not knock-out qualifying, but straight qualifying session on Saturday and then the race, then you race again on Sunday. You come from a background of endurance racing. Have you been taking an endurance racing approach to two races in 24 hours?

SIMON PAGENAUD: It's going to be physically and mentally very demanding, not only for the drivers but for the crew and for the car. The biggest thing is if you crash in qualifying, then you can't really go racing.

It's going to be very important to take as much risk as possible without crashing the car because that would be quite dramatic on the event itself.

I'm looking forward to it. There's a lot of points available, obviously. Detroit is a race track I really enjoy being at, driving on. So, yeah, it should be an interesting weekend.

But the approach, it's still to attack as much as possible, because that's what everybody is going to do.

Q. Working with Tristan (Vautier), working with a teammate, how much has that helped you?  How much does he help you and how much do you help him?

SIMON PAGENAUD: It's certainly a big help on the road courses. We have twice as much data, so that’s twice as much information for the engineers. It certainly helps the car get better quicker. That's a good thing for me.

Tristan is also a very fast driver. His driving style is sometimes very interesting depending on the corners. It helps me improve myself, iron out all the details, as it's so competitive right now. Every little thing is so important.

In that sense he's definitely helping me a lot. It's great to see the team expanding. It's great to have new engineers on board like Allen McDonald. It helps our engineering group to expand and to find new ideas.

It's a good addition. But as with every team that's growing, it takes a little bit of adjustment. That's what we've been doing so far. The team has been working really well at Indy together.

Pagenaud with his dog HP (Huffle Puff)
Q.  Simon, I have to ask you one question about your foster dog, HP (Huffle Puff). With all the attention that HP got at Indy, was she able to find a home?

SIMON PAGENAUD: She's still at home at the moment. We're enjoying her company. She might be on our way to Detroit with us tomorrow morning. We have her for a little bit longer. It's great to have a pup here. I can tell you when you're having a rough day at the racetrack, it's pretty awesome to have a dog waiting for you because the dog doesn't really know what happened during the day. Always happy to see you. That's a joy, for sure.

The travel makes it difficult (to have a dog). But HP, she's had a lot of solicitation, a lot of people wanted to adopt her. She won't have any issues finding a home. Hopefully we can find the best home for her, and that would make me really, really happy.

It would be great for the Indy Humane Society. I really hope to keep my involvement with them and continue in that way.

THE MODERATOR: Simon, thank you for your time today and best of luck in Detroit.

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