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2014 Standings
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
Simon Pagenaud wins wild Baltimore Grand Prix

by Brian Carroccio
Sunday, September 01, 2013

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Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud drove the #77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda victory in today's action-filled Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT. It was the second career Izod IndyCar Series victory for the Frenchman, and second of 2013 as Pagenaud won race 2 at this year's Detroit round.

American Josef Newgarden scored a career best finish coming home second in the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda. Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais scored the best finish for Chevrolet and rounded out the podium in third-place.

Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet IndyCar, stands on the podium after finishing 3rd
Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing
If the drivers were not crashing into each other, they were bouncing off walls, sideways, backwards, perpendicular to traffic, breaking wings, burning up brakes, playing bumper cars, running each other off the road and at times they even ran wheel-to-wheel and put on quite a race.

It was crazy, exciting, and by all accounts, controversial.  You'll be reading about this one for awhile.

There were six full-course cautions, with almost every car sustaining some damage during the grueling 75 laps on the technically challenging 2.04-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit in downtown Baltimore.

The win moved the 29-year-old native of France into third in the standings with three races left.

Justin Wilson finished fourth, with Simona de Silvestro finishing a season best fifth.

It was a difficult day for pole sitter and championship contender Scott Dixon, who was spun out on a lap 48 restart by Graham Rahal, then pushed into the wall on a lap 53 restart by Will Power. Power, who started second and led in the early going was essentially eliminated from contention after the contact with Dixon, who finished 19th. Power finished 18th.

"Man, it's been a rough couple of weeks," Dixon said. "I don't know what he was thinking. I was clearly alongside and he turned straight into me. If you're pulling in that direction, you can see someone in your mirror. It was a total in-reaction situation."

Power was apologetic after the race.

"I was just looking at Bourdais' back," he said. "I had a good run on him and I was going to go off his inside. Dixon, obviously, had the same run on me. I feel bad. I just didn't even think to look in my mirror. I was just trying to win the race, trying to beat Bourdais. I feel terrible. I'm just so sorry."

Pagenaud credited the numerous cautions with helping him relax and plot his next move.

"Obviously it was a rough day for everyone, with lots of contact," Pagenaud said. "Everybody is getting pretty excited as the season is coming to an end."

Charlie Kimball came home sixth, followed by James Hinchcliffe in seventh. Sebastian Saavedra scored his best finish of the season finishing eighth, while championship leader Helio Castroneves came home ninth. Marco Andretti, who led the race late, soldiered home with a broken front wing and finished tenth.

If there was one driver feeling confident about his chances at Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore, it might have been Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won last year’s race en route to capturing the IZOD IndyCar Series title.

But his bid to become the event’s first two-time winner ended shortly after his No. 1 car stopped in the 43rd lap on the course in Turn 10.

“We just had an electronic issue that made the car stall on the start,” the 32-year-old Dallas native said. “And then we were ultimately sidelined because of a power outage in the car. The electronics completely failed.”

POST-RACE QUOTES:

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): "The car was fantastic, as you can see on the first stint.  I struggled there for a bit, but we picked up in the middle section there.  We got very lucky on the restarts; we didn't get collected.  I pushed hard on the last restart against Marco (Andretti) and TK (Tony Kanaan).  Awesome job for the HP team.  They've been awesome this weekend and I guess it's good for the championship."

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda): "Thanks to everyone as Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. They give me every opportunity to do this.  I wouldn't be an IndyCar driver without them.  I'm so thankful for all the hard work they put in.  I'm happy to give them a second-place.  I really wanted to give Simon (Pagenaud) a run for his money there.  I think we had the pace for him, we just had no brakes left."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet): "(On incident with Pagenaud): I will let people judge it.  I have my own opinion.  We're friends but there are no friends on the track.  I learned that the hard way. (On moving up to the front):  We've had a fast car.  We had a fast car from Practice 3 until the race. That car got beat up pretty good so by the end it was pretty ragged."

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "It was a strange race but I'm really pleased that we managed to hang on and get fourth place with the Boy Scouts of America car because here in Baltimore we have a big following," said Wilson. "So I'm pleased for them and for Honda to win as well. It's a tough track and I appreciate all the fans that come out. The support we've had over the last few days has been great. It was a tough race. I lost the rear brakes completely from about Lap 4. The pedal was going to the floor so I was just trying to hang on."

LUCA FILIPPI  (No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda): "It's a shame because the Barracuda Racing car was very fast during the weekend and especially in the race.  I felt that I was following the guys at the top and I actually think I was faster. After the first problem, I lost a few spots but then at the end, I felt the car stop. I lost the drive. So we have to look at the data. It's unfortunate because the Barracuda Racing team gave me a really fast car. It could've been a great race for us. I'm sure about it."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 blu eCigs Honda):  "The blu eCigs car was awesome today; I don't have any complaints there. We should have won that race; that was my race but everything kept going wrong for us. The strategy was on par really until those yellows. I don't understand why they were so long but they were and it took us right out of it but at the end we started to claw our way back. I got a really good restart and I got by Kanaan. I don't even know how far back he was but I looked in Turn 2 and couldn't even see him. The next thing I knew, I was trying to line those guys up for the exit and he just drove absolutely square into the side of me. I really don't get that and I'm definitely going to have some words with him."

JAMES JAKES (No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts Honda): "About half of a lap after our pit stop our gearbox control unit broke and it was game over. Only five laps in. It's frustrating obviously."

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): "Unfortunately, I made a dumb mistake early on when I slid into the turn five tire barrier.  That put us a lap down. We had a good pace after that but we could not get the lap back.  We put on a new front wing that helped.  But that mistake hurt us throughout the race. We stayed out a long time on some older Red Firestones at the end and I was just holding on.  I couldn't fight (E.J.) Viso for the position due to the tires being down to the cords.  It was really crazy out there today.  People were just taking every chance that they could.  We kind of knew there could be carnage on those restarts and that's what happened.  Overall, we'll take the points and work towards the final three races."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Hydroxycut KVRT-SH Racing Chevrolet): "It was a very physical and bizarre race. All the crashes on the restarts, all the cars that were involved just made the whole race difficult. I drove the whole first stint with a damaged front wing and still got up to sixth. I was hanging on the whole time and trying to fight through it. We pitted a bit out of sequence and got to the front avoiding all the carnage. After the last restart the car started getting away from me. It got worse and worse and finally I hit the wall in Turn 12."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): "I believe in miracles, but that's probably what it's going to take now (to clinch the championship). Hard work and fight hard probably isn't going to do it from here. I'm just so disappointed; we had an anti-stall mechanism kick in and it worked as it wasn't supposed to, and I was supposed to be able to pull the clutch and get going with it. Unfortunately, I had to get it back to neutral, went back to the back of the pack, we were passing some cars, had a great car, and then out of nowhere the car just died - electronics cut out on it, battery voltage looked good and then all of a sudden it just fell through the bottom. It's heartbreaking especially when you see Helio Castroneves stuck in Turn 1 and the fact that we're sitting in here on the other side of the track. Thanks to all the fans for their support and thank you to our great partners at DHL, Sun Drop, Chevrolet, Circle K for sticking behind us. We had a great season, and there is still more to go and we can still win out here."

E.J. VISO (No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet): "We were definitely a victim of an incident that had nothing to do with us. The best word I can use to describe this race is botchery. It wasn't about who was fast or who had the right strategy, it was simply about who didn't have a problem. We definitely had a good car that would have taken us to the podium as it was looking until we had that issue in Turn 1 where I got punted from the back and I ended up hitting (Oriol) Servia from behind. I ended up damaging my car and had to come back in for another front wing. Anyways, it was a tough weekend from the beginning, but at some point in the race, we really set our hopes pretty high."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 Dr Pepper Chevrolet): "We'll just do what we can. We missed the balance, but my Dr Pepper guys did an awesome job of getting me in a good position, but I just couldn't hold it without the C.O.P (center of pressure because the front wing was damaged). I was dreading it every lap. I was so afraid I was going to get run into from the back, so I'm glad that nobody just drilled me because I could not drive it into any of the corners, was just saving myself. We had two really bad stints so to end up 10th, but it's all we could ask for with what we dealt with today."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet): "It was just wrong place, wrong time. I mean, we stopped dead on-track twice, we restarted twice and still ended up with a seventh-place finish. First of all, it's a testament to the car, the work that the GoDaddy guys did and playing the strategy we had due to the circumstances. But, this isn't what you want to see - this many cautions for the fans, and this many wrecked race cars. We'll see, we'll obviously take it. It's a lot of points that race; it didn't look like we were going to be anywhere near the top 10, so we'll just keep fighting. That's the spirit of this team; the DNA of this team is to never give up. It's all in the recovery, and I think we all did a good job recovering today."

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet): "I'm definitely really happy with P5. It was kind of a crazy race. I don't think we had the fastest car out there, but we had a pretty good call on the pits when we got stuck in one of the wrecks. After that we were able to move forward and had some pretty good restarts. The Nuclear Clean Air Energy car was really good at the end, so I'm pretty happy with it for sure. Not a bad way to celebrate my birthday.

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "Man, that's a very tough result today for the Verizon team. I feel really bad. We had a good start to the race in the Verizon car but then I made a mistake on the first pit stop and then the accident on the restart that really ended up ruining two good days. I thought I had a really good run on Bourdais and I was going to the inside to get around him and I thought I hit a bump or just lost it on cold tires. I really had no idea that (Scott) Dixon was there. I actually didn't even know until I got back to the pits and they told me. I feel terrible for him and his team. All I can do is tell them how sorry I am and move on to Houston."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet): "Wow, what a crazy race. Well, first off I have to say sorry to (right front tire changer) Doug (Snyder). I'm glad he seems to be alright. It was very slippery in the pits and I just slid in - I'm not really sure what happened. I want to thank PPG and Team Penske for never giving up. I am glad we were able to finish in the top 10 and keep our lead in the championship. Now, we'll turn our attention to Houston. That will be a big race for us and our sponsors and a lot of points on the line with the doubleheader."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Cessna Honda):  "We had an engine change this morning.  But, you have to say thanks to Honda because they keep pushing and they keep pushing hard to try and find those performance advantages, but it just went wrong this morning.  This afternoon, after about six laps, the brake pedal went to the floor both in Turn 1 and Turn 12.  Then we came in and bled the brakes.  It was OK until we got them hot again and then it did exactly the same thing. So, there's obviously a problem because I generally don't use the brakes that often."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda):  "The No. 15 (Graham Rahal) should have received a penalty (for spinning us) and the No. 4 (Oriol Servia) car passed us on a yellow. So that restart near the end was a complete botch. On the restart I had an overtake advantage on (Will) Power, it must have been in fourth-gear, so they can't complain about wheel spin. Then I got beside him and he ran me straight into the wall. Then, they wouldn't bring the car back."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda):  "I think that was harder work than the Indianapolis 500.  A lot of credit to the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen team, we just kept digging deep.  We would get caught up in other incidents, then get clear, and have to fight our way back.  And, they did.  They just kept giving me the right information and giving me the right calls on pit stops.  When it came down to it, we had the speed and had the control.  We'll figure out how to get it better for next year because we had the car, there's just a couple other things we have to clean-up before we're at the podium but overall, a good battling day for the No. 83 team."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): "We had a promising warm-up this morning after changing the car overnight --very positive and we were really looking forward to the race. Made a good start and everything was under control but only a few laps into the race I had a sudden loss of power and it couldn't be fixed so we had to retire. The ABC boys worked well putting everything together for the race so it's really disappointing to end like this... a big disappointment for everyone."  He move into third in the standings with three races left.

Results

Pos Driver Car No. Start Laps Laps Led Status Points Stops
1 Simon Pagenaud 77 3 75 7 Running 51 2
2 Josef Newgarden 67 5 75 0 Running 40 2
3 Sebastien Bourdais 7 22 75 19 Running 36 2
4 Justin Wilson 19 4 75 0 Running 32 3
5 Simona De Silvestro 78 17 75 0 Running 30 3
6 Charlie Kimball 83 9 75 0 Running 28 2
7 James Hinchcliffe 27 11 75 0 Running 26 3
8 Sebastian Saavedra 6 19 75 0 Running 24 3
9 Helio Castroneves 3 7 75 0 Running 22 7
10 Marco Andretti 25 16 75 12 Running 21 4
11 Tristan Vautier 55 6 74 1 Running 20 4
12 Oriol Servia 4 15 74 0 Running 18 4
13 E.J. Viso 5 20 74 0 Running 17 5
14 Ed Carpenter 20 18 74 0 Running 16 8
15 Tony Kanaan 11 14 73 0 Contact 15 3
16 Stefan Wilson 18 21 72 0 Running 14 8
17 Graham Rahal 15 12 68 5 Contact 14 2
18 Will Power 12 2 67 31 Running 15 4
19 Scott Dixon 9 1 52 0 Contact 12 1
20 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1 8 42 0 Mechanical 10 2
21 Dario Franchitti 10 24 22 0 Mechanical 9 2
22 Luca Filippi 98 13 12 0 Mechanical 8 0
23 James Jakes 16 23 5 0 Mechanical 7 1
24 Takuma Sato 14 10 4 0 Mechanical 6 0

Race Statistics
Winners average speed:  67.234
Time of Race: 02:16:32.3443
Margin of victory: 4.1592
Cautions: 6 for 25 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Power 1 - 31
Bourdais 32 - 39
Vautier 40
Bourdais 41 - 51
Rahal 52 - 56
Andretti 57 - 68
Pagenaud 69 - 75

Point Standings

1 Helio Castroneves 501
2 Scott Dixon 452
3 Simon Pagenaud 431
4 Marco Andretti 430
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 427
6 Justin Wilson 393
7 Dario Franchitti 388
8 James Hinchcliffe 376
9 Will Power 371
10 Charlie Kimball 363

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