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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
Dan Wheldon - two years on

by Brian Carroccio
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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How most want to remember Dan Wheldon - Indy 500 winner
Today (Wednesday) marks the two-year anniversary of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 IRL champion Dan Wheldon’s passing. Below, is an article by AutoRacing1.com’s Brian Carroccio, first published on October 19, 2011, reflecting on Wheldon’s life, career and passing.

It’s been nearly 72 hours since INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard announced the death of Dan Wheldon. Wheldon's car, of course, became airborne during Sunday's series finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during a horrific 15-car pileup. Gruesomely, the 2005 series champion and two time Indianapolis 500 winner hit the catch fence cockpit first, and likely died soon thereafter.

Wheldon is survived by his wife Susie, and their two sons, Sebastien, two, and Oliver, seven months.

The reaction from the IndyCar community has been one of varied emotions, ranging from shock over the death of a man who seemed larger than life, to inexplicable sadness for the wife and two young sons he left behind, to that of raw anger over what many deem a senseless death on a track too dangerous for modern Indy Cars.

It was a war zone that day in Las Vegas
And while the subject of safety, particularly running Indy Cars on banked oval tracks designed primarily for heavier stock cars, is a relevant one that INDYCAR must address, today we will celebrate Dan Wheldon, the man; the man we began to view very differently after his improbable Indianapolis 500 victory last May; a man seemingly in the prime of his life; the champion racer and person, who left us way too soon.

A native of Emberton, England, Dan Wheldon came to America in the late 1990s with hopes of moving his way up the American open-wheel racing ladder. Lacking the funding many young racers enjoy, Wheldon nonetheless, excelled in the junior formulae, ultimately earning a late season two-race deal in 2002 with Panther Racing in the Indy Racing League (IRL). His big break would come the following year, when he was signed by Andretti Green Racing (AGR) to replace a then retiring Michael Andretti. During the 2004 season, Wheldon would established himself as an IndyCar star, visiting victory lane 3 times and finished second in the series championship.

While he was carving a formidable niche on the track, Wheldon also emerged as one of the more colorful personalities in the IndyCar paddock. Always sporting a smile, clearly comfortable in his own skin, and always looking for the camera, Wheldon talked fast and talked often, displaying a brash, youthful self-confidence some found endearing, others not so much. And in fairness, Wheldon's endless gooing and gushing about how great the IRL was or how wonderful his (insert multiple sponsors here) team du jour, at times, sounded a little forced and contrived.

And often, we saw a petulant side to the precocious Brit. When he won his first Indy 500 in 2005, Wheldon of course, battled late in the race with then-rookie sensation Danica Patrick, who was enjoying a breakout performance. When the attractive Patrick received the lion's share of media attention appeared and even appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Wheldon was none too thrilled. And he would let the world know about it.

At the next race, he sported a t-shirt, which said "I actually won the 500." Fair or unfair, the act was received as a display of bitterness and entitlement.

Wheldon could also be, shall we say, a little vain. Of course, he had his once-crooked British teeth drastically and ostentatiously redone shortly after winning Indy, giving him the most expensive smile on the grid. It was also reported that Wheldon owned in excess of 100 shoes, many of which he would travel with. Fellow drivers use to hide his numerous shoes, something the young Wheldon apparently did not find much humor in.

But petulance, vanity, and occasionally immaturity aside, Wheldon was a badass on track, particularly ovals, where he scored 15 of his 16 career victories.  After, the 2005 season, he parlayed his Indy 500 and IRL championship season into a ride with the powerful Ganassi team. With Ganassi, he remained a regular in victory lane. However, he was never able to capture the same dominant form of 2005.

As IndyCar racing became more of a road and street course racing discipline, the oval proficient Wheldon found scoring top finishes to be more difficult. In 2008, he finished fourth in the series championship, but was clearly outclassed by his Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon as the Kiwi won 6 races, the Indy 500, and the series championship that year.

Possibly, motivated by the growing belief that Wheldon could not be a front-running road racer, team owner Chip Ganassi began a public flirtation with AGR driver Tony Kanaan. While Kanaan ultimately decided to stay with AGR, the damage between Ganassi and the prideful Wheldon was done. Wheldon decided he would leave Ganassi racing and rejoin Panther Racing.

And he ran well at times with Panther, including runner-up finishes at Indy in 2009 and 2010, but victory lane would remain elusive for two those two seasons. When the 2010 season came to an end, Panther and Wheldon went their separate ways. And the split from Panther was reminiscent of Wheldon's split from Ganassi: less than amicable.

At 32, with the reputation of being an oval specialist and having left two teams on unfavorable terms, Wheldon found himself at a career crossroads coming into 2011. The ebullient and brash former champion, was now seen as something of a prickly, entitled diva, with a skill set not suited for the modern IndyCar schedule. His 2005 championship seemed a distant memory, of a bygone era. Wheldon was unable to secure a full time ride for 2011, and settled for an Indy 500-only deal with start-up operation Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA).

Wheldon and BHA arrived in Indianapolis last May, without much fanfare. While Wheldon's Indy record was impressive, and he ran strong during practice and qualifying, few thought he had the team behind him to win. Except, of course, Wheldon.

Yes, during what would turn out to be one magical, Wheldon kept flashing those pearly whites, working his sponsors into every conversation, and insisting that BHA would be a factor come race day.

Of course, knowing Wheldon's tendency to embellish, many simply dismissed what could be understandably interpreted as hyperbole from the corny Brit with the goofy hair and absurdly expensive smile.

However, something about Wheldon seemed different. He seemed at ease. He was self-deprecating. He gushed over his wife Susie, and two adorable sons. He talked about the joy of being a father, and how lucky he was to be running for his good friend Bryan Herta. There was no sense of bitterness after being left out in the cold by the IndyCar community.  The entitlement and prickliness of years before was never apparent, while the characteristic charisma and charm were more apparent than ever.  Were we witnessing a more mature and more likable Dan Wheldon?

Judging by everything that happened during that magical month of May and after would indicate, yes!  Wheldon drove a characteristically heady race and found himself in the mix in the closing laps. As variable pit strategies began to play out, rookie J.R. Hildebrand, who replaced Wheldon at Panther, seemed poised to score an upset victory.

However, on the race's final lap, Hildebrand, shockingly, hit the turn 4 wall. Wheldon, who had moved up to second the lap before, opportunistically passed Hildebrand before the start/finish line to score his second Indy win. The victory celebration was classic Wheldon. He kissed the bricks, rolled on the ground, poured milk all over himself. Noting that his contract expired at midnight after the race, Wheldon had plenty of time to bask in the glory.

Suddenly, a driver, who a few months ago, no one wanted was thrust into an unlikely role. The ride less Wheldon had essentially become, outside of Mario Andretti, IndyCar's most famous and charismatic ambassador, a role he relished. Over the next days and weeks, those pearly whites were everywhere: Good Morning America, New York City, Letterman, and Disney to name a few. When he filled in during IndyCar television broadcasts, he was a smash.

The once prickly, petulant Brit had become a proud husband and father, and one of the sport's most beloved figures, who seemed to be entering the prime of his life. We learned after his passing Sunday, that he and wife Susie received matching tattoos in Vegas the Saturday before. The tattoo artist, who did not know them, mentioned how in love the two seemed to be, and how much of a joy Wheldon was to be around. From a racing standpoint, Wheldon had been selected as the test and development driver for the 2012 Indy Car, and he slated to be back in the series with AGR full time next year.

Sadly, we'll never know how Wheldon's second act would have played out, as he was taken from us in cruel and sudden fashion Sunday. The IndyCar community will no doubt remain in grief for some time over this sudden and shocking loss.

However, if there is solace that can be found, it is the fact that over the past few months, we saw Dan Wheldon at his absolute best. On track, we saw one of the great Indy drivers of this era pull off an improbable win, no one saw coming.  Off track, we saw a proud father, who appeared to be at peace, and had flourished in his role as ambassador for this sport we all love.

Ultimately, those should be our lasting memories of the great Dan Wheldon.

May he rest in peace.

Brian Carroccio is an IndyCar Columnist for AutoRacing1.com. He can be contacted at BrianC@AutoRacing1.com.

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