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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
Hunter-Reay nabs pole for Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

by Brian Carroccio
Saturday, August 03, 2013

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Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the #1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, won the pole position
Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing
With a lap of 1:05.35 Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the pole for tomorrow's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio by saving a set of soft red tires for the Fast Six session. It was the fifth career pole for the driver of the #1 DHL Chevrolet, and third of the season.

Team Penske's Will Power will start tomorrow's race second, posting at time 0.18 second slower than Hunter-Reay. Scott Dixon winner of the last three IndyCar races, and four of the last 6 races at Mid-Ohio, will start third.

Marco Andretti, Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti rounded out the top-6.

Other notables include James Hinchliffe, who will start 13th. Championship leader Helio Castroneves will start 15th. Hometown favorite Graham Rahal had a forgettable qualifying session and will start tomorrow's race 22nd.

Advancing to the Fast Six were Power, Andretti, Hunter-Reay, Dixon, Franchitti and Kimball.

There are six races left in the season and Hunter-Reay is third in the standings (68 points behind front-runner Helio Castroneves).

"Last year we clawed back from bigger deficits," he said. "Being late in the season, we need to go like we did last year at the end of the season, which is go for broke. We're not interested in banking results right now and going for second or third in the championship because nobody really remembers who finishes second a couple of years from now.

"We're going for it. Hopefully this is the first step in it. But we have a long way to go, including tomorrow's fight for the win. It's going to be a long, hard race going up against the Ganassi, Penske boys and my teammates as well."

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):

7 a.m. Garages open
11-11:30 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series warm-up
11:45 a.m. Firestone Indy Lights Mid-Ohio 100 pre-race
Noon Mid-Ohio 100 (40 laps/90.32 miles), NBC Sports Network (Taped, 2 p.m.)
2:35 p.m. Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio pre-race
3:33 p.m. Command to start engines by Jack Hanna
3:40 p.m. Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (90 laps/203.22 miles), NBC Sports Network (Live)

QUOTES

(Hunter-Reay On his strategy in qualifying) It took a lot of guts to do that strategy there. We put ourselves at risk there in that middle session to go on used reds against a field this competitive, but the risk paid off. That was definitely the most nerve-wracking part of that session, going out on used reds.

(Hunter-Reay On if the car has been good all week or if they made a lot of changes from testing) We’ve been working on it steadily, but the track conditions, you know it’s been raining and then the track comes back, and then it rains overnight, so it’s been a big engineering exercise trying to stay on top of the grip of the track, but as always these guys have done a great job. Hopefully we can put the weekend together and have a good one here. I love Mid-Ohio, and it’s great to have the No. 1 DHL Chevy on top.

(Hunter-Reay On wanting to finally get a win here) Absolutely, that’s the one thing I’m missing. I’ve finished on podium here a bunch, started on the front row before but never had the chance to win this race, I’ve never won this race. We need to bring it home, for the championship too. It’s going to be a long, hard race tomorrow going up against the Ganassi, Penske boys and my teammates as well.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet) Verizon P1 Award: (On his strategy in qualifying) “It took a lot of guts to do that strategy there. We put ourselves at risk there in that middle session to go on used reds against a field this competitive, but the risk paid off. That was definitely the most nerve-wracking part of that session, going out on used reds.”  (On if the car has been good all week or if they made a lot of changes from testing) “We’ve been working on it steadily, but the track conditions, you know it’s been raining and then the track comes back, and then it rains overnight, so it’s been a big engineering exercise trying to stay on top of the grip of the track, but as always these guys have done a great job. Hopefully we can put the weekend together and have a good one here. I love Mid-Ohio, and it’s great to have the No. 1 DHL Chevy on top.”  (On wanting to finally get a win here) “Absolutely, that’s the one thing I’m missing. I’ve finished on podium here a bunch, started on the front row before but never had the chance to win this race, I’ve never won this race. We need to bring it home, for the championship too. It’s going to be a long, hard race tomorrow going up against the Ganassi, Penske boys and my teammates as well.”

Marco Andretti, driver of the #25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, races to a fourth-place qualifying time
Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet): “Even though it’s my first top six, I think we had a lot more potential in the No. 25 car. I’m a little disappointed, because obviously we have to beat Ryan in the championship as well and he goes and gets another point, but we need to learn off it and figure out where he beat me and come back tomorrow. That’s the one that pays the big points.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda): “It was a great effort by all the Chip Ganassi Racing guys. There were as many red shirts from the Target side in the garage as there were orange shirts. They gave me the easy job of driving the racecar. They kept kicking me out of the garage, telling me to get out of the way. All I had to do while they changed the backup was get the car ready for me and all I had to do was go out and drive it. The boys deserved it. We had a really good car all week, both starting at the test and yesterday's practice. This morning we just got caught out by the track conditions, a little dampness under the bridge. That was unfortunate, but it was great to bounce back and get a top-five starting spot.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “Quite uneventful, you could say, getting the most out of the tires. Really happy to be second. Tough to try to get pole when (Ryan) Hunter-Reay had new reds.  Yeah, still very good. I would love to get a win sometime this year if it's possible. But, you know, I can be quite aggressive because I'm not in the championship and the guys around me are. I just need to go for it and see what I can get.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I don’t know whether it’s the heat or whatever, but the balance has been tough for me to find. We had to make a few on the spot changes to get through Q1 and Q2 and then onto the Firestone Fast 6. In the Firestone Fast 6 the car had a pretty decent balance. Good starting spot for us in P3.”

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “The second segment went pretty well. Got a little ambitious in the Firestone Fast Six. We left a little bit late from the box there. That put us behind. I went off on the one lap I got in the exit on turn one. Lost some time there. My time was set on the black tires.  When we came around, got the checkered flag, we missed the next lap by less than a second. That was disappointing. Definitely there was more speed in the car than we got to show there in the Firestone Fast Six, so we'll see what we can do tomorrow.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): "James (Davison) was in a hurry when the session started and went by and then decided he was going to back up. He was warming up the tires all the way down the backstretch. I started to go around him going into Turn 4. He about hit me into the grass so I was going to go around him in five. He was going to the left to set up for six and turned right back in the front of me when I was making a run on him into six. I've been there. There's a lot going on. But he's not paying attention to what's going on. If that's how he's going to drive tomorrow, he's going to end up getting run in to.  I'm really just disappointed. We'd struggled yesterday and had really made good improvements this morning and the way that worked out, we broke a front wing, had to come in, and by the time we got everything fixed, we ran the least amount of laps that session than anybody. All you have to do is watch the way these sessions have gone. The track gets quicker every single lap. It wasn't a good session for us."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Sunoco-Turbo KVRT-SH Racing Chevrolet): “Obviously I am disappointed and frustrated. We worked hard to improve the car during the practice sessions and we thought we had a top-10 car, but things just didn’t work out that way. We have to sit down, take a look at the data and make some changes. It is going to be a long race tomorrow. Hopefully we can improve the car and come up with a strategy that will get us back to the front.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): "I'm very happy with the car. I think we found what we need to because the car is very fast. We just missed the Firestone Fast 6 because we made a minor adjustment right before going out. I have to say the competition is just fierce here. One little change on the car can upset you as a driver and I didn't adapt quick enough so we didn't put the car where it needed to be. We're definitely fast enough to be up there so we'll take eighth today and have a strong race tomorrow."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet): "It’s very rare when you finish qualifying feeling the way I feel – where you don’t transfer - but the car is so good. I’m really happy with the National Guard Chevy and had what I needed; it’s just so tight that we missed transferring by half of a tenth. It’s just one of those things where you need to hit everything right, and on my second (hot) lap I was already two-tenths down a few corners in, but on the third corner I just tried a little too hard and l lost the rear. It’s amazing what IndyCar is today and what it takes to be up front, and this year is very special. But I’m really happy with the work we’ve done, I had the engineers here working until late, and the car is really good. You know with this place it’s hard to overtake and the way they’ve done the length of the race I’m not sure there’s room for multiple strategies. You never know what could happen, I’ve got a good car and hopefully we can get up front and make the National Guard proud."

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet): “P9 is definitely one of the better qualifying efforts we’ve had lately and I think we can be okay with that. We made a few changes and learned from it, so that was a good thing. We’ve been far away from this for a long time and now it’s really good to be back. We’ve worked really well through the weekend and just missed it by a little bit; I think it was a tenth to get into the fast six. We have a little more work, but we feel pretty confident. We have a really good pace and with where we’re starting hopefully we can finish up front.  A top-ten would be huge for us. We started off the season so well and then hit a little bit of a slump, so now it’s really time to get it back on track and I feel that’s what we’re doing. My team is really good and we’re working really hard and that’s what counts right now.”

TRISTAN VAUTIER (No. 55 Angie’s List Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “It’s been a tough stretch of races for us lately so we were happy to advance out of the first group. Unfortunately the second round didn’t go as we were hoping. I knew I had to push it a step further to make Firestone Fast 6 but I made a few little mistakes. The tires are designed not to last that long so if you make a mistake on your flying lap you’re in trouble. The car was good though and I’m very happy to have Angie’s List on board starting this weekend. Overall it was a good qualifying effort and we’ll be ready to race to the front tomorrow.”

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “I’m reasonably happy with starting seventh. I was hoping to break into the Firestone Fast Six. I love this track at Mid-Ohio and I was hoping we could do it here. But we just missed out. We’ll go away and work at it and see if we can get a little bit more speed and try to get a balance and work out where I can improve and hopefully come back tomorrow and challenge for the win. I’m really looking forward to the race I think it’s going to be a tough hard fought-out race. It’s going to be about speed, fuel economy, strategy and a little bit of luck and hopefully we can put it all together.”

JAMES JAKES (No.16 Acorn Stairlifts Honda): "I knew in the morning session that our lap time was not really where we were competition-wise. I had a bit of confidence in the car, I wasn’t sure how quick we could go but I knew it wasn’t where we ended up in that session.  We had to be patient and put the lap together in qualifying. The car is still not perfect but the guys have been doing a great job to get us from where we were to where we are now. Hopefully we can make that jump again and get a real good car for tomorrow. I am happy about our progress. Its days like this -- especially those times when you’re in a battle for a championship -- that you aren’t competitive and you’ve really got to pull some things out of a hat and pull it off. It was nice to get in the top-10. Now let’s get even higher."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Midas/Big O Tires Honda): “Practice was cut short (in the morning practice) and I don’t think we got a ton of work done there.  I’m just trying to learn some things and we’re out of time. We tried to use practice this morning as a bit of a test session since we didn’t get to run in the test session on Wednesday. Unfortunately that really put us back. All the things we are trying to do right now would have been nice to do last Wednesday but we’re doing them now unfortunately. To win from the back here is near impossible. I started in the back last year and fought hard all day to get in the top-11. There is nothing else that we can do but continue to fight hard.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda): “We lost a lot of track time since yesterday so we had a fairly limited time to prepare for qualifying. We tried really hard to put everything together and I think we performed well under the circumstances but since it’s a very tight field, we missed by 1 and a half tenths to advance to the next round of qualifying. It was a shame but at least now we know how the ABC Supply car is performing so we can continue to improve the car for tomorrow’s warm-up.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet): “Of course we would have loved to be on the pole. Starting 15th is not ideal when you’re going into the race as the points leader. We will need to work out a new strategy since we still start towards the rear of the field but the PPG guys are working hard to make the right changes to the car. Fortunately, for us today is only Saturday and the race will be tomorrow. We’re going to try something different because what we were planning on doing tomorrow strategy wise won’t work with as far back as we will have to start. We have not given up hope yet, tomorrow will be a long race and I know we’ll be able to make it back up.”

JAMES HINCHCILFFE (No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet): “It was only about a tenth we missed it by and we had that on two different laps; the car had that and I made little mistakes. It’s the nature of the business with this qualifying format, you only get a couple laps to have a crack at it. We went out early and did an extra lap, but like I said, twice we had a car good enough to advance and just didn’t get it done. I feel bad for the guys, the GoDaddy Chevy is quicker than that. It’s a shame.”

Results

Pos Car Driver Name Engine Time Speed Session
1 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan CHEVY 01:05.3519 124.385 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
2 12 Power, Will CHEVY 01:05.5359 124.036 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
3 9 Dixon, Scott HONDA 01:05.7051 123.716 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
4 25 Andretti, Marco CHEVY 01:05.8566 123.432 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
5 83 Kimball, Charlie HONDA 01:06.4415 122.345 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
6 10 Franchitti, Dario HONDA 01:06.5854 122.081 Round 3 / Firestone Fast Six
7 19 Wilson, Justin HONDA 01:05.9405 123.275 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
8 77 Pagenaud, Simon HONDA 01:05.9412 123.273 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
9 78 De Silvestro, Simona CHEVY 01:05.9621 123.234 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
10 16 Jakes, James HONDA 01:06.1778 122.833 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
11 55 Vautier, Tristan (R) HONDA 01:06.3379 122.536 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
12 5 Viso, EJ CHEVY 01:06.4071 122.409 Elimination Round 2 / Top 12
13 27 Hinchcliffe, James CHEVY 01:06.2198 122.755 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
14 7 Bourdais, Sebastien CHEVY 01:06.1856 122.818 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
15 3 Castroneves, Helio CHEVY 01:06.2280 122.740 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
16 14 Sato, Takuma HONDA 01:06.1989 122.794 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
17 18 Davison, James (R) HONDA 01:06.2839 122.636 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
18 4 Servia, Oriol CHEVY 01:06.2109 122.771 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
19 67 Newgarden, Josef HONDA 01:06.5334 122.176 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
20 11 Kanaan, Tony CHEVY 01:06.2537 122.692 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
21 6 Saavedra, Sebastian CHEVY 01:07.0895 121.164 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
22 15 Rahal, Graham HONDA 01:06.4002 122.421 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2
23 20 Carpenter, Ed CHEVY 01:07.4107 120.586 Elimination Round 1 / Group 1
24 98 Filippi, Luca (R) HONDA 01:06.8757 121.551 Elimination Round 1 / Group 2

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