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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
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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