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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

Wins
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
What Luca Filippi Means for IndyCar Racing

by Stephen Cox
Sunday, August 11, 2013

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Luca Filippi
IndyCar/LAT USA
Perhaps I'm the lone voice in the wilderness on this, but I was very impressed with Luca Filippi's IndyCar debut at Mid-Ohio last week.

He was fantastic in qualifying. Had he not been penalized, Filippi could have earned a starting spot in the first three rows and been a genuine threat on race day.

He ran a conservative, nearly mistake-free race and moved from dead last to as high as 11th during the event. Nearly all of his passes were in anger since only one car retired from the race and there were no caution periods.

But what really makes Filippi special is his experience. He's 27 years old. He's been racing full-sized automobiles for a decade (karting not included). He has more than 200 starts in major full-sized open wheel machines all over the world.

Filippi gave Herta's car a good run
IndyCar/LAT USA
This is in stark contrast to the American open wheel landscape. One current driver in a major feeder series had run a grand total of only 16 auto races in his life prior to his first series start. Another driver in the same series had only 31 lifetime starts in full-sized cars before landing his current ride. Another had only 39.

These are the kids being offered as candidates to fill IndyCar and road racing seats. Many of them are very talented, so it's not that they're bad drivers or average drivers or great drivers. The point is that they're barely drivers at all.

Not so with Luca Filippi. He has paid his dues, including some difficult and unsuccessful early days in GP2.

“In Europe on most race weekends we have a double or triple race,” Filippi told me by phone from Italy on Thursday. “So this is what is bringing the number higher. I think that's actually a good idea because you have more than one chance to prove your abilities and maybe set up the car and learn the circuit and bring some good results home as well. I believe it's something that helps. In all the series I raced, we always had at least two races per weekend.”

Filippi doesn't have enough sponsorship to land a ride, and he openly admitted it. So if he gets a full time IndyCar seat, he'll have to land one of the few paid seats in the series – a virtual impossibility for a newcomer – or drum up the money somewhere. In other words, he'll have to work for it. “You have to prove yourself every single day,” he continued. “What you've done sometimes doesn't count anymore because once you jump into a new car you're just writing on a (blank) piece of paper. Every time is like a new day.”

“My goal is to have a full time ride in IndyCar. That would be a dream for me. What I really hope for the future is to have more chances to score some good results in order to get a full time seat.”

I asked Filippi for specifics on exactly how he intended to accomplish that.

“The very first tactic was to get a chance to race in IndyCar or a test. In this case it was a great chance that I had that a team like Barracuda Racing gave me a chance. It was for sure a big surprise for me. Looking back at the weekend I can be very happy from a certain point of view. At least I proved that I was competitive. I'm still a bit upset with myself over a mistake I made in qualifying because if we'd had a much better starting position it would have been a completely different weekend. But maybe I prefer a weekend like that to a weekend staying in an average position and not maybe performing as well.”

Okay, that seemed like a pretty honest answer, but he still sounded like a man without a plan. So I figured I would just be blunt. “Look, if you don't have sponsorship, exactly what is your plan? Are you just going to ring the phone off the hook with owners every time a seat comes open or do you expect something to happen again with Barracuda?”

“I hope so. I really hope so,” Filippi said of a future possibility with Barracuda Racing. “With them I had a great feeling. I really felt at home with all the guys, with the engineers, with Bryan (Herta). To give me a chance, it was a little bit of a risk because it was my first American experience. They believed in me and I'm very thankful.”

Luca Filippi's relatively vast experience level raises the bar for his counterpart hopefuls in the American open wheel feeder system. Bryan Herta brought the Italian to Mid-Ohio despite the fact that there was no guaranteed pile of cash waiting., which speaks highly for the team. Clearly, Barracuda Racing was looking deeper into the pool of experienced drivers.

If this precipitates a move toward experienced professionals who are well spoken, seasoned, and fast, then drivers like Luca Filippi might have a bright future in IndyCar. 

Stephen Cox

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