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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

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
Dixon tops Friday IndyCar practice

At Sonoma Raceway
Friday, August 23, 2013


Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon and Honda power continue to dominate the IndyCar series of late and Friday was no different.  There weren't points on the line during the first day of practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, but championship contenders don't see it that way. The undulating road course could be a game-changer.

There are 20 drivers mathematically eligible for the title entering the 85-lap race Aug. 25, and the top two in points -- Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon -- were fast out of the gate on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn course. Dixon, who has won three of the past four races in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car and is 31 points behind the front-running Castroneves, topped the time chart with a best lap of 1 minute, 18.3145 seconds in the 45-minute afternoon session.

Helio Castroneves
Castroneves was 0.3549 of a second behind in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, who is third in the standings, was third overall with a lap of 1:18.6814 in the 45-minute morning session.

"Year after year the championship comes down to the last race and we'll just carry on and try to get the most points out of each race," said Dixon, a two-time series champion who won at Sonoma in 2007.

Added Castroneves: "It's wide open; anything can happen."

On Aug. 24, the third practice session begins at 2 p.m. (ET), followed by the three rounds of qualifying for the Verizon P1 Award at 5:30 p.m. (ET). A 30-minute warm-up is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) Aug. 25, with the 85-lap race at 4 p.m.

Will Power, who set the track record of 1 minute, 17.2709 seconds in qualifying in 2012, was fourth overall in practice (1:18.7454) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car. The top 14 on the combined practice time sheet were separated by one second.

NBC Sports Network will broadcast qualifications at 9 p.m. (ET) Aug. 24 and has the race broadcast at 4 p.m. Aug. 25.


SCOTT DIXON (No.  9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "I think personally, the track has been very tough this year. A lot of that may be the tires, I think Firestone always has a great product, but maybe the tires just don't match here that well. It's definitely making it interesting. In the first session you kind of get two or three laps to get it together, and I didn't get it together whatsoever. I think both [Target] cars have been pretty quick. Dario didn't even run on a second set of tires in this session and still got up in the top seven, so he's going to be one to watch, for sure. We seemed to piece our car a little bit together in our second set of tires in that session, our first set of new tires in that session. I don't know, it's really about getting your laps together and making sure you get the most out of the first sort of three laps, and I think as the race goes on it's going to make a really interesting race on these roads."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "The car seems in pretty good shape. Certainly we just continued developing the setup of the Hitachi car during the day, and it sounds like we were going in the right direction. But again, the track changed so much that you never know, but we just focus on our thing. Chevy and the tire partner seem to be working together, especially on this track because it degrades quite a lot. It's interesting. We're going to see some interesting things in the race. But right now, this morning I was very positive with the way things are going."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda): "Overall, it was a pretty good practice day at Sonoma Raceway.  It's going to be tough here because you get a lot of tire degradation.  New tires were pretty impressive.  You take a big step on new tires, but then afterwards it's a lot of work.  So, we're trying to find some good grip with the car but it's hard when you don't get that good lap on new tires and the timesheets can be a little deceiving.  We've got some time to find it, but fortunately our teammates are quick so we'll be able to learn from the No. 9 and No. 10 car overnight.  We'll look at their set-up and hopefully be able to apply the gains they found to the No. 83.  Overall, we're feeling good about tomorrow."

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): ""I was a little frustrated this morning as the track just didn't have much grip.  This afternoon was much better and the car felt pretty good.  It's so tricky here with the wind and sand on the track surface.  We were able to go with our plan with the setups and that plan went better this afternoon.  It's been hard to get some good times in with the changing conditions here.  The track changes minute by minute, to be honest.  It's a struggle at times.  We have had a good race pace recently, especially at Mid-Ohio.  I think I need to qualify better and work hard on get a good lap.  If we could advance in qualifying, I think we could race with a lot of guys.  I have been focusing on get out quickly on new tire runs, just like in qualifying.  We made good progress today.  We were in the mix for most of the practice which is good for qualifying."

TRISTAN VAUTIER (No. 55 Angie's List Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): "It was a good day because we made some improvements in the Angie's List car from the open test where we struggled. We're progressing a little bit each session so now we have to maximize our final practice before qualifying tomorrow morning to make sure we're ready to attack in qualifying."

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): "We had one less set of sticker tires to use today after what we used in the Open Test on Wednesday, which really affected our showing today. I knew the car was good this morning but it was just a matter of showing it on the time charts, which we did in the afternoon session. I feel confident right now though and I think we have a chance to be up near the front tomorrow. We have a few details to work on tonight and we'll be ready for tomorrow."

LUCAS LUHR (No. 97 RW Motorsports/SFHR Honda): (Are you getting used to racing with the team and on the track): "Well if you look at the position it doesn't seem so, right? For sure it's not so easy. It's quite something different and a new experience for me than driving the LMP1 car normally. These cars have a whole different way of driving style, I guess. But I'm getting to it a little bit, a little bit more and more every lap. It's a shame now in the practice, I was just going out on new tires and then we had the red, so we don't really know what is possible. But I am enjoying it. It's a lot of fun and I hope I can continue improving over the weekend, and looking forward to tomorrow and Sunday."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Midas/Big O Tires Honda): ""I'm proud of these guys because we're clearly making improvements and are more competitive than we have been. To put the Big O Tires car sixth is kind of like a victory for us. Do I think we are there, 100 percent? No, but I think I left about four tenths on the table there with a couple of bad moves in Turns 6 and 7 so realistically I think we could have been in the top-three which feels pretty nice. I'm positive about our progress. I think there is still a ways to go but I feel good about it."

JAMES JAKES (No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Honda): "Today was pretty good actually. Unfortunately we had a good lap going at the end but we lost nearly half-of-a-second on a shift issue. It would have been nice to end the day in the top-10 but we've got that in hand and we will just carry on working. We tried a lot of stuff, we needed to test out a few things and I think we made a lot of progress."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): "After two days of testing, we still had to work really hard, but today was a very positive day for us. We found a good direction. We still need more speed but we're feeling better after practice this afternoon, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "It was a pretty good day.  The Target car was very good on Wednesday which allowed us to experiment today.  We found some things that worked and we found some things that didn't.  We're pretty clear on what we're going to put on the car for tomorrow, and we saved a set of tires today which was important. We're pretty happy overall with the pace of the Target car."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet): "Bit of a tough day for the #7 McAfee team. We tried a couple of things with very limited tires so its difficult to work as well. Overall we didn't make much gain today so tomorrow we will reset our plan. We definitely have a Top-10 car for sure, but I got caught up in traffic on my lap with new tires. This track is super slick and the tire is worse than last year so you get little to work with. It's tough because you feel like you have nothing under you. We will continue to try to do the best we can even though."

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 6 Dragon Racing Chevrolet): "It's a very difficult track in the way that there are a lot of changes in temperature, wind direction and wind speed. Depending on what kind of combination is out there you can have a very good or very bad car. That is something we are trying to figure out. I feel comfortable with the car because we have a consistent car. We struggle a bit at the end with too much grip on the track and too much grease with a hotter tarmac. We need to keep working to find the right balance for the #6 TRUECar  and go back to the board and search for more answers. Tomorrow is a very important day for us and we will continue to bring a positive attitude."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "We definitely were improved in the afternoon session and it was good to put up a fast time in the Verizon car. We still have a bit of work to do to get ready for qualifying but I think we're getting closer. It was a good job by the Verizon guys today and hopefully we continue to improve on Saturday."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet): ""I'm really excited to be back here and have to thank everybody at National Guard Panther Racing for bringing me back for one more run this year. Certainly this has been a track I've done well at the last couple years and I'd like to go out this season on a high. We've been able to get plenty of miles around the track and we've been able to try a lot of different things on the car. But it's tricky here; the wind seems to be a bigger factor here than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. My wrist is probably 90 percent, so I don't think it's slowing me down at all. We know it's going to be a tough weekend, but I really want to do well for the team and the National Guard."

E.J. VISO (No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA Citgo Chevrolet): "The practices today went pretty good. I'm happy because we were able to have enough time to do the changes in the car and fix most of the issues we had. We still need to find a little bit more grip, and that's what we are going to be working on this evening for tomorrow's qualifying."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet): "Considering the test we had last week, we didn't finish where we wanted in today's practices. Hopefully tomorrow we can put the RC Cola car towards the top in qualifying."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): "It was a pretty good day - we led the first session and ended up third overall. It's a good start, but we definitely have to improve the car. We found some things that didn't work today and found some things that we'll have to apply tomorrow before qualifying. I think qualifying is going to be very important here this weekend, so hopefully we'll get the No. 1 DHL Chevy starting up front on the front row and go from there. It'll be difficult getting the lap time out of the cars; it's a small margin to get it right."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet): "Not the day we wanted, but again, as we've been saying all year, the benefit of having four cars is that usually one of us is near the front, and in this case, it's Ryan (Hunter-Reay). We'll take a good look at what's happening on the No. 1 car and try and keep going. We felt a little bit better than this at the test, a little more competitive. Right now we're just struggling a little bit with a couple corners on the track, so at least we know where we're short. It's not the whole track, only a couple corners; if we can get better in those couple corners, then I think we'll be right there and be able to compete with the top guys in the fast six. We still have to get there, and everybody else is going to improve overnight as well, so we'll just keep our head down and try to get the GoDaddy car up there."


Pos Driver No. Time Speed Difference Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon 9 01:18.3145 109.635 --.---- --.---- 13
2 Helio Castroneves 3 01:18.6694 109.14 0.3549 0.3549 10
3 Will Power 12 01:18.7454 109.035 0.4309 0.0760 15
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1 01:18.7766 108.992 0.4621 0.0312 7
5 Justin Wilson 19 01:18.8704 108.862 0.5559 0.0938 16
6 Graham Rahal 15 01:18.9844 108.705 0.6699 0.1140 19
7 Dario Franchitti 10 01:19.0542 108.609 0.7397 0.0698 10
8 Simon Pagenaud 77 01:19.0719 108.585 0.7574 0.0177 11
9 E.J. Viso 5 01:19.1347 108.499 0.8202 0.0628 11
10 Ryan Briscoe 4 01:19.1502 108.477 0.8357 0.0155 12
11 James Hinchcliffe 27 01:19.3336 108.227 1.0191 0.1834 15
12 Tristan Vautier 55 01:19.3366 108.222 1.0221 0.0030 15
13 Charlie Kimball 83 01:19.3958 108.142 1.0813 0.0592 14
14 Takuma Sato 14 01:19.3989 108.138 1.0844 0.0031 15
15 JR Hildebrand 98 01:19.4191 108.11 1.1046 0.0202 14
16 Sebastian Saavedra 6 01:19.4301 108.095 1.1156 0.0110 14
17 James Jakes 16 01:19.4673 108.044 1.1528 0.0372 15
18 Sebastien Bourdais 7 01:19.4744 108.035 1.1599 0.0071 17
19 Tony Kanaan 11 01:19.4947 108.007 1.1802 0.0203 13
20 Marco Andretti 25 01:19.5942 107.872 1.2797 0.0995 5
21 Ed Carpenter 20 01:19.6785 107.758 1.3640 0.0843 17
22 Simona De Silvestro 78 01:19.7767 107.625 1.4622 0.0982 14
23 James Davison 18 01:19.8469 107.531 1.5324 0.0702 15
24 Josef Newgarden 67 01:19.8615 107.511 1.5470 0.0146 16
25 Lucas Luhr 97 01:20.6459 106.465 2.3314 0.7844 15

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