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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
MAV TV 500 at Fontana to crown 2013 IndyCar champion

by Dave Grayson
Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Last year's winner Ed Carpenter
The IZOD Indy Car Series, for the second consecutive year, will be wrapping up their racing season at the very beautiful, but very challenging, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana-California this Saturday night, October 19th. 25 cars will take the green flag to start the MAV TV-American Real 500. Only one of those cars will be parked in victory lane after successfully running 250 laps around the Auto Club Speedway's two mile, D shaped, oval.

Looking at the race line up, along with the highly competitive nature of the series' 2013 season, it's realistic to say that approximately half of the starting field has the horsepower and the driving talent to win the MAV TV-American Real 500. However, only two drivers has a stake in winning the season championship and that will be the major focus during Saturday night's race.

IMPORTANT POINTS FOR THE MAV TV-AMERICAN REAL 500.

This will be the eighth, consecutive, year that the IZOD Indy Car Series' championship will be decided during the final event of the season.

Scott Dixon, driver of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, will be seeking this third series title Saturday night. The New Zealand driver took command of the series' points lead for the first time back on October 6th following the street course event in Houston-Texas. He currently has a 25 point advantage over second place driver Helio Castroneves and can wrap up his third title with a fifth place finish or better during the MAV TV-American Real 500.

However, an advantage of 25 points going into the final race isn't exactly an insurmountable figure. IZOD Indy Car Racing Series history has proven that in the past. Since 2009, the driver who entered the final race with the points lead has failed to win the championship. The last, final race, points leader to win the title was Scott Dixon back in 2008.

In some comments from the series' official website, Dixon said he felt the 2013 championship could come down to a last lap, final corner, scenario. Regarding any consideration regarding points racing Saturday night, Dixon said it would "business as usual, go for the win."

Helio Castroneves, the driver of the Auto Club-Team Penske Chevrolet, will be starting the MAV TV-American Real 500 filled with confidence. He really liked his race car during a September 24th series' test held at the Auto Club Speedway and truly believes he has a better than great chance of winning the race. Regarding the pressure of being second in the points, the Brazil driver said "at this point I feel that I have nothing to lose so there's no pressure to be honest. You just go for it."

Also very much involved in the series' championship finale is the post season bonus money. The new champion is going to receive a cool one million dollars for his season long effort. The runner up in the final standings receives $250,000 while third through fifth receives $175,000, $125,000 and $75,000 respectively.

Also up for grabs is the bonus money from the Fuzzy's (Premium Vodka), Triple Crown. This contest originally offered a one million dollar bonus to any driver who could win the Triple Crown events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Pocono International Raceway and the Auto Club Speedway. There was also a back up plan that offered a driver a bonus of $250,000 for winning two of the three designated races. That second bonus plan from Fuzzy’s is up for grabs Saturday night. Tony Kanaan, Indianapolis 500 winner, and Scott Dixon, Pocono winner, are the two eligible drivers who could collect $250,000.

Also to be resolved Saturday night is the series' Manufacturer's Championship. Chevrolet and Honda are tied in the owner's standings heading into the final race.

There's also a good possibility that we're going to see a drivers and owners championship split between two different teams. In the competition for the series' Entrant Championship, Chip Ganassi leads Roger Penske by 40 points. That's largely due to the 15 points Penske was penalized for following a post race inspection at the Texas race.

Kicking off the action Saturday will be the final race for the Firestone Indy Lights Series who will be running the Lefty's Kid Club 100. Schmidt Peterson Racing, presented by Curb-Agajanian , will win the Entrant Championship and will celebrate a championship with one of their drivers after the race. The big question is: which driver will it be? 18 year old Sage Karam leads team mate Gabby Shaves by 16 points in a title run that could easily go either way. 

The real winners, from Saturday night's MAV TV-American Real 500, will be the fans who are going to be treated to some terrific high horsepower racing around the Auto Club Speedway's mammoth oval. There will be times when the cars will be racing in a five wide formation through the speedway's sweeping turns while hitting speeds of 215 MPH down the long straightaways.

All of this racing action is backed by a speedway staff who is famous for thinking and working outside of the box to insure that their special guests, the fans, are having a great time. The Auto Club Speedway is currently offering a variety of ticket options that range from budget friendly general admission seating to highly elaborate VIP packages guaranteed to please any fan. Dial up their official website, www.autoclubspeedway.com, or call 1 800 944 RACE.

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motor-heads from all walks of life. But MAVTV is much more than a motorsports destination, with original action/adventure programming, live MMA and an unbelievable library of blockbuster movies, MAVTV is a network the whole family can enjoy. A network by the people and for the people, made in America and American Real.

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