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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
Iowa IndyCar postscript

by Brian Carroccio
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Scott Dixon leads Ana Beatriz
I was unaware that sour cream was its own food group.

Likewise, at this time last week, I could not have told you why corn peaks in July. Nor would I have been able to recall the last time I saw a sign cautioning drivers to watch out for "horse drawn vehicles."

Also, being something of a "city," kid, I admittedly was the first to roll my eyes about 7-8 years ago, when the "Corn Indy," was first announced. Further, I'm not one to romanticize the smell of fresh manure in the morning, something I had the privilege, if you will, of taking in just outside my hotel room.

But after a weekend of fabulous scrambler dishes, juicy steaks, sour cream with every meal, beautiful country, hospitable people, and my first "solo" assignment covering a race for AutoRacing1.com, go ahead and consider me one of the converted.

And while I'm not sure my waistline can handle too many assignments in Iowa, IndyCar's annual pilgrimage to Iowa may become something of a regular one for me. Simply put, the racy layout in the middle of nowhere, was made for Indy cars. And while this year's crowd was down a little, this is a place that IndyCar needs to be going forward.

Let's take a look at a few of the stories from this weekend's Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DeKalb.

The Crowd:

As mentioned, attendance was down. From reading the newspapers and talking to the locals, I gathered a few things were at work.

One, the 2013 U.S. Track and Field Championships were in Des Moines. While those races aren't enormous draws, they drew over 9,000 on Friday and 10,000 yesterday. Keep in mind, Iowa is not densely populated to begin with.

Plus, the Track and Field Championships were the cover story in the Des Moines sports section both Saturday and Sunday. While the IndyCar race was number 2, it took a back seat, or at the very least shared twin billing with the Track and Field championships.

Anyway, I know the difficulties of making a schedule, and I'm not blaming anyone. Also, from reading the paper (I confess I'm not an expert on this) it seemed Des Moines was part of a "rota," for the event a la The (British) Open in golf. They had last hosted the event in 2009, and may again in the future, although that is to be determined.
However, when I say IndyCar should be in Iowa, I say that under the pretense that they are the headline act. The market is simply too small for IndyCar to be fighting for attention with other events.
The second factor was simply the weather. It was very hot Saturday (and I didn't have to sit in a grandstand all day), and then the rain Sunday probably scared off any potential walk-up. Also, the area has been getting a lot of rain, which may have further discouraged people. 
Ryan Hunter-Reay also mentioned he thought the gate would be better if the race were moved back to Saturday evening. Certainly, Saturday night avoids, the brutal heat that we had Saturday. Of course, the race was moved to Sunday for television, so I suppose you choose your battles.....

The Mayor:

No one put up much of a battle for James Hinchcliffe Sunday. 

When he won the season opener at St. Petersburg, I wrote that while The Mayor of Hinchtown had shown promise, St. Pete was the first time we had the seen Hinch in a "put some hair on your chest," moment. We saw another such moment in Sao Paulo.

However, Iowa showed a continued element of Hinchcliffe's evolution, as the Canadian was thoroughly dominant. Yes, Hinch got his 'Mike Conway' on, if you will, leading 226 of the 250 laps, and was the unquestioned star of the show. Yes, he was challenged a few times on restarts but kept the car under him, and his stalkers at bay.   

Of course, when it comes to Hinchcliffe, his potential impact on IndyCar must be discussed. While Hinch is not yet the "face," of the sport, a la Ryan Hunter-Reay or Tony Kanaan, the charismatic Toronto native has all the elements to become that.

Hinch displays confidence without the pretense of arrogance, humor without being snide, the willingness to be marketable without it seeming contrived, and is accomplished without being aloof and distant. 

In short, Hinchcliffe, at least thus far, has been able to win, while maintaining that "Everyman," persona. While other drivers such as Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves can be engaging and personal on a certain level, one doesn't get the sense you could sit down and have a beer with Franchitti or Castroneves. To be clear, this isn't a criticism of either man.

It is however, an illustration of and testament to, an oh-so-rare quality the young Canadian seems to have in spades. And should more success follow, it will be intriguing to see what impact Hinchcliffe can potentially have on the sport.

Championship: Not so Wide Open

One quality I will say Hinch has yet to display is consistency. His three wins are his only podium finishes this season, and his next best finish is a fifth (Milwaukee). He also has three finishes outside the top-20. Currently, he sits fourth in the championship 55 points behind Castroneves. 

Now, personally I'd argue this is something of a flaw in the IndyCar points system, which places too much a premium on consistency, but that's another subject for another day.

Nevertheless, the 'ebullient' Brazilian Castroneves has been incredibly consistent so far with only one finish outside the top-10 (13th Sao Paulo). Castroneves has been on the podium four times, and recorded nine finishes of eighth or better.  Hinchcliffe only has four finishes of eighth or better.

Also, sitting third is Marco Andretti, who has been consistent, but yet to put together an entire weekend, and find victory lane. Fifth is Tony Kanaan, who you have to imagine will see a drop in form when the series returns to the road and street courses. Remember, Kanaan has only two podium finishes on road and street courses in the last five seasons. 

So, unless something changes the title race is going to come down to Castroneves and 2nd place Hunter-Reay. Since, the race in Sao Paulo the defending champion has quietly been on a tear, recording 5 podium finishes in the last six races. Also, the fact Hunter-Reay struggled in qualifying this weekend, and still finished second has to have the rest of the concerned. 

Still, if anyone is going to track down the top-2, the best bet is Hinchcliffe.

Rahal and Bia:

Graham Rahal and Ana Beatriz are not championship contenders. However, both made their presence very much known over the weekend in Iowa.

Rahal, of course, set off a mini-firestorm after telling the media on pit row, IndyCar might not be back in Iowa next year shortly after his qualifying run. Young Rahal was incredibly frustrated at the time, but came back later in the evening to put on a clinic in the second heat race, which he won after starting eighth.

On race day, Rahal ran in the top-five most of the day, before finishing fifth. 

Beatriz was unable to qualify prior to the heat races due to an engine change. The Brazilian would start the first heat race last, but provide quite a bit of entertainment as she passed Dario Franchitti, Sebastien Bourdais, and Sebastian Saavedra all in a span of about 8 laps. 

Also, Bia had made up some positions on race day, before a strange problem with her wheel bearings.

And while she had little to show result-wise, Bia caught the attention of many. In particular, her normally difficult to impress car owner Dale Coyne noted Bia "truly belongs in Indy Car and it is our sincere hope that the pieces will come together to insure her place in this sport for a long time to come."

And Left in Bia's Wake....

I never thought I'd say this: Sebastien Bourdais and Dario Franchitti brought up the rear in a heat race.

Yes, after Bia blew by them, the combined 8 Indy car championships of Bourdais and Franchitti were relegated to 8th and 9th (last) in the Heat Race 1. Both endured miserable weekends, finishing 14th and 20th respectively.

A Few Quick Things:

--Mike Conway still has more podium finishes in 2013 than Chip Ganassi's team.
--Carlos Munoz still has the exact same number of podium finishes in 2013 as Chip Ganassi's team.

--Of the twenty-two drivers who have started all 10 races, only Bourdais has yet to score a top-10 finish. 

--I'm not entirely sure of the sponsor/team/driver arrangement. However, I'm keeping my eye on Barracuda Racing where Alex Tagliani hasn't finished better than 21st in the past six races. With someone like Oriol Servia available (finished 7th this weekend), I wonder if team owner Bryan Herta will be compelled to make a change in the not too distant future.   

Brian Carroccio is an IndyCar Columnist for AutoRacing1.com. He lives in Rockville, MD and can be reached by email at BrianC@autoracing1.com.

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