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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

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
10 Great Race Tracks: Part 2 The Milwaukee Mile

by Stephen Cox
Monday, July 29, 2013


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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