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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
IndyCar Mid-Ohio postscript

by Brian Carroccio
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

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Kimball continued Honda's recent dominance
I'll admit, I never got a straight answer.

I asked crew members of the #83 NovoLog FlexPen team, and even asked the driver Charlie Kimball himself after Sunday's race. And while the length of their answers differed (the loquacious Kimball was as you might expect more chatty than some of the crew members), the general consensus was "it was close."

Yes, after Kimball wrecked his Dallara-Honda during that morning's warm-up session the rush was on to get him ready for that afternoon's 2 p.m. qualifying session. At about 12:30 p.m. Saturday I walked by the Chip Ganassi Racing garage and counted fourteen crew members frantically working on the #83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda. About half the crew-members were part of the #83 team, the others part of one of Ganassi's two Target squads.

Ultimately, Ganassi's organization succeeded in preparing the car for Kimball, and the rest is as they say history.

Charlie Kimball
The 28-year old Camarillo, California native qualified fifth, and would go on from there to score his first career IndyCar victory in an impressive drive at the notoriously physical Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Below, we will take a look at Kimball's breakthrough win and other subjects from this weekend's event.

A Team Victory:

Kimball, as he is always inclined to do, was quick to note that his maiden win would not have happened as part of a single-car team, or possibly even an organization without the resources and experience of Ganassi's. And while that may in fact be the case, no one can dispute this: Kimball took matters from there.

When the green flag flew, Kimball got around Marco Andretti in the early going and started pumping out fast lap after fast lap. When his lap times began to be hindered by the Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Scott Dixon, who were saving fuel ahead of him, Kimball's team called him onto pit on lap 19.

Although, Kimball would have to make three stops compared to two for the afore mentioned front-runners, he was able to churn out fast lap after fast lap after fast lap, as the 90-lap race ran entirely caution free for the second straight year.

Ultimately, Kimball scored an incredibly convincing victory beating Simon Pagenaud by 5.53 seconds, which brings us to my next point.

Fuel-Mileage:

This year's race was extended five laps for the purposes of discouraging teams from trying to make fuel, as they did last year. However, as third-place finisher Dario Franchitti pointed out the manufacturers both made gains in the last 12 months that essentially mitigated the change. In other words, the increased performance of both Chevrolet and Honda, rendered the 5 lap increase not moot, less consequential than likely intended.

Now, a common refrain amongst many fans is that fuel-mileage races are well, boring. And I can't say I totally disagree.

Ideally, we want racers to go as fast as they can, as long as they can. In the case of Sunday, Hunter-Reay, Franchitti and Power, who opted for the two-stop strategy, were unable to beat Kimball. And the predictable refrain was that Kimball assumed the lead based on strategy.

In fairness, there is an element of truth in that. However, Kimball's "fuel-strategy," was one of those who opted to run flat out, as fast as he could.

While I don't want to sound as though I am doing public relations for the series, shouldn't people be happy that one of the competitors who chose to run flat out won? In others words Kimball's strategy was to essentially do what everyone wants - run flat out - yet many still pointed out that he won based on fuel-strategy. Seems odd to me.

Championship Implications:

As it turned out, the fact Dixon ran the first stint with the intention of a two-stop strategy, then changed to a three-stopper, turned out to be unfortunate for his championship hopes. After qualifying third on a circuit in which he has won four times, Dixon ultimately finished eighth. And while the always cool Kiwi did not lose his composure, he made a rather quick exit after a clearly disappointing day. 

Worse, for Dixon, who sits second in the championship, was his performance relative to that of his two closest championship contenders.

Championship leader Helio Castroneves (6th) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (5th) each finished ahead of Dixon. And on a track, where everyone expected Dixon to gain ground, the result has to be disappointing. While Hunter-Reay started on pole, the fact Castroneves, who started 12 spots behind Dixon on a track notoriously difficult to pass, yet finished two spots ahead of him, has to be a huge disappointment. 

Should Castroneves ultimately capture that first championship in a close fight with Dixon, I think we will look back on Mid-Ohio as a crucial  weekend for the Brazilian.

Something I Noticed:

I want to be careful here.

Having recently joined the beat in covering the series I have been very impressed with the series' drivers. Many of them are well-spoken (in multiple languages). They are all in incredible physical condition, incredibly savvy with the media and public, and excellent ambassadors for the corporations they represent. Sadly, in this era where people of zero accomplishment become famous for boorish, ridiculous behavior, IndyCar is something of the opposite as its stars seemingly are the type you would want your son or daughter to marry. 

In short, if you go through the IndyCar paddock you're going to find yourself a fair amount of impressive men and women.

However, it seemed this weekend, the paddock was a little less friendly than usual. No one was outright rude or obnoxious. And I want to be clear, that I am not speaking of anyone specific, rather the paddock collectively. Also, this is not something I can quantify empirically, so I speak here saying this is an observation, not a hard, firm fact.

Still, from my vantage point, and I was in the paddock A LOT, there were fewer drivers signing autographs, and out mingling with the public as they normally do.  It seemed there was more of the I'm going to put my sunglasses on, hop on my scooter and go about my business. While I realize there is a time when the drivers must do that, and they have enormous responsibilities during the weekend, there just seemed to be a little more of that than usual.

A Few Quick Things:

--I'm not the only one who has pointed this out. Also, to those who have said Tony Stewart should give up sprint car racing, due to his other obligations, I don't necessarily disagree. However, I am of the firm belief that Stewart is a wealthy man, not in spite, but because of his "I will race anything, anywhere, anytime," throwback persona.

--Also, while I welcome people to correct the record on this, I don't recall a lot of people urging Stewart to give up sprint car racing prior to his recent accident. If anything, I recall them celebrating it. 

--Don't let Luca Filippiā€™s 16th place finish fool you. A qualifying accident forced him to surrender his two best qualifying lap times, and he would have advanced to second round qualifying without them. The 27-year-old Italian had one bad session dating back to last Wednesday, and don't discount the fact he finished 16th after starting 24th in a caution free race on a track incredibly difficult to pass. 

--I'll also say that Fillipi was impressive when he met with the media Friday.

--I was watching the lap times Sunday (when IndyCar Timing and Scoring was working) and noticed Ed Carpenter turning very competitive times. While many have suggested Carpenter hire a road racing driver for non-ovals (I'm one of them), and no one is going to be too giddy over a 19th place finish, it seems the likable Carpenter has taken a significant step forward with his road racing.

--One thing not helping Carpenter is the fact Ed Carpenter Racing is a one-car outfit. Get this: In Sao Paulo three one-car teams finished in the top-5 (Sato 2nd, Servia 4th, Newgarden 5th). In the five road/street course races since, no one-car team has placed a driver in the top-five, and only twice have one car teams placed in the top-10 (Newgarden 7th, Detroit Race 1 and Tagliani 10th, Toronto Race 2)

Brian Carroccio is an IndyCar Columnist for AutoRacing1.com. He can be contacted at BrianC@AutoRacing1.com.

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