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2014 Standings
After Pocono
Driver Standings

1 Will Power 446
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Simon Pagenaud 402
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 391
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388
6 Carlos Munoz (R) 340
7 Marco Andretti 325
8 Scott Dixon 297
9 Ryan Briscoe 285
10 Sebastien Bourdais 271
11 Tony Kanaan 267
12 James Hinchcliffe 266
13 Mikhail Aleshin 263
14 Justin Wilson 253
15 Charlie Kimball 239
16 Jack Hawksworth 227
17 Carlos Huertas (R) 224
18 Josef Newgarden 220
19 Graham Rahal 202
20 Sebastian Saavedra 196
21 Takuma Sato 189
22 Mike Conway 152
23 Ed Carpenter 138
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 James Davison (R) 34
29 Jacques Villeneuve 29
30 Alex Tagliani 28
31 Luca Filippi 24
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 340
2 Mikhail Aleshin 263
3 Jack Hawksworth 217
4 Carlos Huertas 204
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Simon Pagenaud 2
T4 Mike Conway 1
T4 Helio Castroneves 1
T4 Carlos Huertas 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 5
T1 Helio Castroneves 5
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T3 Carlos Munoz 3
T3 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T6 Marco Andretti 2
T6 Simon Pagenaud 2
T8 Mike Conway 1
T8 Carlos Huertas 1
T8 Scott Dixon 1
T8 Tony Kanaan 1
T8 Graham Rahal 1
T8 Charlie Kimball 1
T8 Ed Carpenter 1
T8 Jack Hawksworth 1
T8 Mikhail Aleshin 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 348
2 Helio Castroneves 174
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 165
4 Ed Carpenter 116
5 Tony Kanaan 79
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 James Hinchcliffe 56
9 Simon Pagenaud 53
10 Jack Hawksworth 32
11 Scott Dixon 27
12 Marco Andretti 22
13 Justin Wilson 20
14 Sebastian Saavedra 14
15 Graham Rahal 10
16 Mike Conway 8
17 Josef Newgarden 8
T18 Oriol Servia 7
T18 Carlos Huertas 7
19 Ryan Briscoe 5
20 Mikhail Aleshin 4
21 Alex Tagliani 3
22 Sebastien Bourdais 2

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 446
2 3 Team Penske 446
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 402
4 2 Team Penske 391
5 28 Andretti Autosport 388
6 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 340
7 25 Andretti Autosport 325
8 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 297
9 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 290
10 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 285
11 11 KVSH Racing 271
12 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 267
13 27 Andretti Autosport 266
14 7 SMP Racing 263
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 253
16 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 239
17 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 227
18 18 Dale Coyne Racing 224
19 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 220
20 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 202
21 17 KV/AFS Racing 196
22 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 189
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 112
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 5.81
2 Kurt Busch 6.00
3 Will Power 6.09
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.72
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
T7 Scott Dixon 10.18
T7 Carlos Munoz 10.18
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.45
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.72
11 Ryan Briscoe 11.75
12 Marco Andretti 12.125
13 Carlos Munoz 12.375
T14 Oriol Servia 12.5
T14 Justin Wilson 12.5
16 Alex Tagliani 13.0
17 Sebastien Bourdais 13.25
18 Charlie Kimball 13.625
19 Mike Conway 13.66
T20 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
T20 Ed Carpenter 14.0
22 Carlos Huertas 14.25
23 Mikhail Aleshin 14.875
24 James Hinchcliffe 15.125
T25 Takuma Sato 15.5
T25 Jack Hawksworth 15.5
27 Sebastian Saavedra 15.75
28 James Davison 16.00
29 Josef Newgarden 16.375
30 Graham Rahal 16.625
31 Martin Plowman 20.5
32 Franck Montagny 22.0
33 Pippa Mann 24.0
34 Townsend Bell 25.0
35 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

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T2 Scott Dixon 3
T2 Will Power 3
T2 James Hinchcliffe 3
T2 Helio Castroneves 3
T2 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T9 Takuma Sato 1
T9 Marco Andretti 1
T9 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T9 Tony Kanaan 1
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T9 Mike Conway 1
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T9 Ryan Briscoe 1
10 Great Race Tracks: Part 2 The Milwaukee Mile

by Stephen Cox
Monday, July 29, 2013

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Okay, I'm bending the rules on this one. Most of you have seen the Milwaukee Mile on TV, even if you haven't been there in person. But The Mile deserves a spot on this list because there's just something special about driving on a racetrack that has hosted every great American driver in history. The Milwaukee Mile is virtually alone in staking that claim.

Indy can't make that claim. Built in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the undisputed world capital of auto racing. But it hosted only one race per year for most of its existence, and qualifying for that race was extremely difficult. Many great drivers never made it.

The Indiana State Fairgrounds Track of Champions could make that claim until the 1980's, when the great American drivers abandoned dirt ovals entirely. And the legendary North American road courses were all built too late to host the likes of Ralph DePalma and Barney Oldfield so they don't qualify, either.

But the Milwaukee Mile has seen it all. It opened as a privately owned horse racing track just a few years after the War for Southern Independence. The first auto race was held at The Mile on September 11, 1903 when the cleverly named William Jones won a 5-lap event and set the track's first speed record with a hot lap of 50 miles per hour. After setting a closed course world speed record at the Indiana fairgrounds earlier in the summer of 1903, the legendary Barney Oldfield came to Milwaukee in 1905 to break Jones' mark. 

Although the track's early years were filled with short events that would today be called “sprint races,” twenty-four hour endurance races were held in both 1907 and 1908. Call me crazy but the world would be a far better place if 24-hour races were reinstated as landmark events on American ovals. But I digress.

The great Ralph DePalma won here in 1911 and staged match races with Barney Oldfield's legendary “Golden Submarine” at The Mile in 1917. Thousands of people showed up to watch only two cars. Seeing a car at all was a big deal back then.

There's no point in trying to list every great driver who has driven at Milwaukee. It is safe to say that virtually without, every great American driver in history has raced there. And the Green Bay Packers played their homes games in the infield throughout the 1940's. How cool is that?

Driving The Mile is something special, and I finally got my shot there a few weeks ago at the Howie Lettow Memorial ARCAfest. So for what it's worth, here's a summary of the experience.

Entering Turn 1 is a bit blind, believe it or not. The pit wall extends farther than most other tracks and blocks your vision until you've already committed to a line. It really freaks you out during your first few laps.

Turn 2 is a pinch. There's simply no room to float the car high off the turn. The wall rushes up at you and kills your speed on the back stretch. The tail end of the car wants to get away from you here. You're constantly saving the car with opposite lock.

Turn 3 is easy to overdrive. When you do, the car washes up into the second groove. I did that several times accidentally and then learned how to make it work, essentially “diamonding” the corner. Turn 4 is wide and spacious and no matter how hard you accelerate out, you always know you could have gone faster.

My Mid-American stock car weighs 3,000 lbs and produces about 450 horsepower, and I was at full throttle just past the midway point in 3 and 4 despite the fact that my car handled poorly throughout the event. Unlike the wicked pinch in Turn 2, the rear end never really stepped out in Turn 4. When the car reached its limit, it would gently slide out toward the wall in a predictable and controllable fashion.

Milwaukee is not a difficult track to drive once you get accustomed to the bizarre entry and exit of Turns 1 and 2. It's rewarding and the speed is exhilarating. It's very comparable to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis or Iowa Speedway. If you are a good driver on quarter and half miles, you'll be a good driver at Milwaukee, too.

I love the track and hope to go back and score a win. There aren't many places left where an average guy has a chance to put his name on the same winner's list as Oldfield, Foyt, Unser and Andretti.

Stephen Cox

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