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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
10 Great Race Tracks Part III: Winchester Speedway

by Stephen Cox
Monday, September 02, 2013

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Winchester 1936
In the spring of 1914, Indiana farmer Frank Funk had an idea.

This whole newfangled automobile thing seemed to be catching on. Lots of folks were racing them. Carl Fisher had recently built a big oval near Indianapolis and scads of people were paying to see his 500-mile race every year.

Funk had made good money in farming. He had plenty of acreage, and his fields just west of the small town of Winchester didn't grow enough corn to affect his bottom line either way. So why not try his hand in the auto racing industry?

By the summer of 1916, Funk's Motor Speedway was in business. Big business. And it has remained active ever since, making it the third-oldest race track in the United States and among the oldest circuits in the world. Today the same facility is known as Winchester Speedway.

From the 1920's through the 60's, Winchester was a primary training ground for Indy 500 drivers. Ironically, the grandstands held 6,000 fans – considerably more than the 4,000-seat capacity of today – and they were usually full.

Winchester 1950
Despite being one of the highest banked tracks in existence and perhaps the fastest half mile anywhere, Winchester Speedway originally had no guardrails. A mistake in one of Winchester's 100-mile-per-hour corners was likely to launch a hapless driver into orbit.

The track was designed with a clay surface and remained as such until it was paved in the 1960's. Dust was a serious problem during Winchester's early years and Funk solved the issue – mostly – by dousing the track with oil just prior to each event.

The famed oval has remained virtually unchanged for more than one hundred years. The layout hasn't been altered by an inch. The insane 34-degree banking (parts of the track reach 37 degrees) harkens back to a day when racing really was dangerous and there was no such thing as a routine crash. The grandstands are a bit smaller and have no roof, but occupy the exact same place and position as in 1916. The track is still recognizable, even from photographs dating to the early 20th century.

Winchester 1948 Program
Throughout the 1970's, Winchester continued to attract the biggest names in open wheel racing. Unser, Foyt, Andretti, Bigelow, Bettenhausen, McCluskey... the list of drivers who competed at Winchester is a Who's Who of American auto racing.

But Winchester fell on hard times when IndyCar abandoned American short tracks and their drivers in the early 1980's. Rather than the birthplace of Indy champions, Winchester Speedway became just another bullring struggling for survival. 

Chatting with current owner Charlie Shaw Saturday night just before the green flag fell on the World Stock Car Festival, I asked him how Winchester could respond to this challenge.

“The people in open wheel racing are going on to NASCAR,” Shaw responded. “The big challenge now is to get them through here and into NASCAR, and then get some of those drivers to come back and run in our races.”

“Usually, on a given Sunday, more than half of the drivers in the field in NASCAR have raced here. That's not nearly as well known as the [track's connection] with the Indy drivers. I don't think I've done a real good job of getting that conveyed, but that's actually a fact,” Shaw concluded.

Winchester 1956
Winchester Speedway still requires more sheer courage than any track I've ever experienced. Admittedly, I've not driven all the major speedways in North America, nor do I make any such claim. But I've raced enough of them to make a comparison. The Milwaukee Mile, Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and many others are all great circuits, but I assure you that not one of them takes your breath away like Winchester. The place is wickedly fast and genuinely treacherous. The g-forces are staggering.

Shaw said of short track ace Gary St. Amant, “They're getting a 3,000 to 3,200-pound load on the front wheels when they go into the corner. Well, if you think about it, that's more than the weight of the car and people have a hard time getting used to that.”

“Some of the greats didn't win any races here. It's humbled some people. I've had NASCAR drivers tell me that this place fascinates them and they have a chill run up their back when they get out there.”

If you are a driver and you want a real gut check, race at Winchester Speedway. You'll find out what you're made of very quickly. If you are a race fan and want an authentic American short track experience, go to Winchester Speedway.

And hurry. The track's future is not guaranteed. It was Shaw's purchase of the facility that prevented it from being shut down long ago. There aren't many Frank Funks left.

When I asked Shaw if he realized that he was the modern incarnation of the old farmer who built the track, he shrugged, “I never considered myself a big promoter... I just didn't want to see it close.”

Stephen Cox

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