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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
One-on-one with Scott Dixon

by Brian Carroccio
Thursday, August 08, 2013

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Scott Dixon winning at Pocono
I had the pleasure this morning of speaking with two-time IndyCar Series Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon via phone. The driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda is currently in England visiting wife Emma’s family. Nevertheless, Dixon who sits second in the Izod IndyCar Series standings, trailing Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves by 33 points took a few minutes to share his views on a variety of topics.

I asked Dixon about was his weekend at Mid-Ohio where he started third and finished 8th. This question was somewhat conversational. However, noting that he was on the two-stop strategy and saving fuel early, I asked him about the race. He pointed out….

"The pace of [Ryan] Hunter-Reay and [Will] Power was terribly slow; just horrible. I burned about a lap of fuel trying to get around Power or at the very least to try to speed him up, said Dixon."

It seems the Ganassi team may have overestimated what the pace of Power and Hunter-Reay would be in fuel-save mode. 

I then asked if the result was made worse by his two closest championship contenders (Helio Castroneves and Hunter-Reay) finishing ahead of him.

"Not really, the points they gained were minimal."

My next question for Dixon was about Formula One. Remember, he tested twice for Williams-BMW in 2004. I asked if there was any disappointment that he never raced in F1.

"It was more a chain of events than anything. Williams was able to sign Mark Webber, who had recently been released by Minardi. I could have been a test driver, but didn’t want to go that route."

Dixon said he loved IndyCar and while he didn’t outright say it, I sense this was not something that he really thinks all that much about.

I then pointed out that him doing F1, would not have allowed the incredibly impressive IndyCar career he has put together at the relatively young age of 33. Noting that only two drivers A.J. Foyt (37)and Michael Andretti (33), recorded more wins than Dixon’s 32 before the age of 33, I asked him if he ever thinks about his place in history. After all, he has one more win before the age of 33 than Mario Andretti.

"I didn’t know that."

Dixon then went on….

"I love the history part of IndyCar, but those are the type of things you usually look back on. Right now, I’m thinking about Sonoma."

Trying to get the very humble Dixon to brag about himself, I pointed out that he could arguably be entering his prime as many IndyCar drivers have enjoyed their best years in their mid-late thirty 30s, with his teammate Dario Franchitti being a prefect example. Not surprisingly, Dixon didn’t bite……

"I think Dario has done favors for a lot of us." 

I should have asked Dixon a follow-up question here, as to what exactly he meant by that. But I presume he was pointing out how competitive Franchitti remains at 40.

My next question was pretty direct and so was Dixon’s answer: What do you think of a second IndyCar race at Indy?

"Definitely, a no. Indy is there for the 500. Any other race, particularly another IndyCar race dilutes that. I hope that doesn’t happen."

I both agree and disagree with Dixon here. AR1 of course has long been of a different opinion in that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway should be the Mecca of IndyCar racing, and used to help grow the IndyCar brand. However, I see Dixon’s point in that the Indy 500 needs to be kept special, and too many races do run the risk of diluting it, but Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Grand-Am and MotoGP already do a pretty good job of diluting it.  Kick those series out and run a 2nd IndyCar race instead.

Shifting gears, I then alluded to Dan Andersen recently noting that he’d like to see some of the IndyCar drivers running Lights races a la NASCAR drivers in Nationwide. Would you consider running some Indy Lights races?

"I would. Being able to is a totally different question. Nationwide and ARCA are different situations in that many of the drivers are tied to the teams. If other [IndyCar] drivers did it, it would be fun; racing is racing. But I’m not sure Chip Ganassi would let me, and it’s not as if they pay anything."

To be totally honest, I was a little surprised by his answer. Had I expected it, I might have prepared a follow-up question about the recent discussion over NASCAR drivers running sprint cars.

This one was pretty direct. Do Indy Cars have enough horsepower I asked?

"No. Part of it is the engines are so small and there aren’t the development budgets like F1. I hope there are some increases as the technology improves, but I would say they need at least another 100-150 horsepower on road and street courses."

Dixon would like to see more horsepower, but he is clearly aware of the financial realities facing the sport. Again, I agree with him on both points.

My last question was with respect to racing in general, and somewhat conversational between Dixon and I. I told him I believed a problem facing the sport going forward is that the strain and skill of drivers is not necessarily discernible to the average person. By comparison, the skill of say, Lebron James, is very apparent to the viewer, the skill of Dixon is less.  I asked if he had any sort of response. After giving some of the typical responses about G-loads, and making comparisons to triathletes he then said:

"The average Joe Blow should try about 5 minutes at an indoor go-kart track, then times it by 10." 

Dixon’s answer is entirely correct. Unfortunately, not many of the “average Joe Blows,” as he calls them, make the connection.

Overall, it was a pleasure to have a nice chat with a champion racer.  I hope AR1’s readers enjoyed it as much as I did.

Brian Carroccio

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