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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
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 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
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 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 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
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Conor Daly is the perfect fit for IndyCar

by Brian Carroccio
Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Conor Daly - will he give up on the dream of making it to F1, a dream that requires you to bring a substantial check to buy your ride?
He's 21 going on 40.

He's won races on multiple continents in numerous junior formulae such as Indy Lights, Star Mazda (now Pro Mazda), GP3 and MRF Challenge Formula 2000. He's won championships in Star Mazda and MRF Challenge. He comes from good bloodlines as his father raced in both Formula One and Indy Car, and was a longtime racing broadcaster. Heck, his mother once raced jet skis. His stepfather is currently the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

According to Google Maps, he attended high school 13.3 miles from IMS. And while everyone knows Formula 1 has long been his goal, there are hints that either the funding has run out, the opportunities become too few, or a combination the two, and Conor Daly might be willing to abandon the F1 dream. Such a scenario inevitably leads us to IndyCar, because Hoosier natives with the resume, pedigree, bloodlines, intelligence, and training of young Daly, aren't exactly standing on every street corner in Marion County.

Now, generally speaking I am of the firm belief that sanctioning groups should not be underwriting drivers and teams. I also am aware that IndyCar is not in what you might call a position of financial strength.

Still, if you are IndyCar, and presuming you are at the least bit serious about returning this once prominent sport to glory, Daly's potential availability presents a golden opportunity; an opportunity that would have been unforeseen 12 months ago.

Raised locally, groomed professionally at some of the world's most romanticized racing cathedrals such as Monza, Spa, Monaco, and the Nurburgring, Daly boasts a resume and racing education we have not seen from any American Indy Car driver of this era. While I'm not going to proclaim young Daly to be some sort of messianic figure, who will magically spark an IndyCar Renaissance, let me be clear on this: if there is anyone who could, it is the Noblesville, Indiana native.

Conor Daly
And short of backing up a fully stocked Brinks truck to young Mr. Daly, IndyCar needs to do absolutely, positively everything possible to insure 2014 is the year his IndyCar career commences full-time.

Of course, Indy Car racing has not had a homegrown Hoosier who is a legitimate contender to win races on a regular basis since arguably Tony Stewart. Stewart, of course, won three IRL races and the 1997 IRL Championship before switching to NASCAR, and his Indy Car success occurred during a period of disunity.

Now, I would be remiss to not mention Hoosier native Ed Carpenter, winner of two Indy Car races, and two pole positions. The classy, likable Carpenter is also nothing short of an outstanding ambassador for the sport. But he is not a contender for race wins on a regular basis. Plus, given that IndyCar has primarily evolved into a road racing formula over the past few decades, the sport has become entirely disconnected from what were once its origins, and the venues in which Carpenter cut his teeth -- dirt tracks in the Midwest.

Overwhelmingly, the last couple generations of native Hoosiers have been nurtured in a formula nearly completely divorced from that of modern Indy Car racing. Ryan Newman, who grew up racing midgets and sprints, and went on to NASCAR stardom, would be a perfect illustration.

Daly, of course, has taken a different, rather circuitous, path to the top. Whereas, Carpenter, Stewart, and Newman all cut their teeth in front engine open-wheelers on dirt, Daly chose to climb the ladder in stiff, spring, rear-engine formula cars, primarily designed for road racing.

In other words, Daly is arguably the first Hoosier racing standout of this era to be nurtured and trained properly for modern Indy Cars. And while the extent to which Indy Car racing is a road/oval racing formula will always be something of a debate, it is currently skewed significantly towards being a road racing endeavor. And aside from Carpenter, all modern Indy Car drivers cut their teeth in junior formulae that emphasized road racing.

Of course, some American IndyCar drivers such as Charlie Kimball and Josef Newgarden have competed and enjoyed moderate success in the cutthroat European junior formulae. But with no intention of impugning Newgarden and Kimball, neither are even in the same discussion as Daly, in terms of success abroad.

Also, keep in mind, last month IMS announced a new IndyCar event, a race on the Speedway road course in early May. While many in the industry have questioned the ability of IMS to draw a crowd for a road course race, I know someone who would help.

Conor Daly (C) celebrating his GP3 win at Valencia this year
Yes, if Daly were in a mildly competitive ride, his performance in junior formulae would indicate he would potentially be a contender to win the first Brickyard Grand Prix, reminiscent of Indiana native Jeff Gordon winning the inaugural Brickyard 400. At the very least, Daly boasts all the necessary talent, bloodlines and charisma, to be IndyCar's next star. And the fact he is a native Hoosier gives IndyCar a local to promote.

But at the end of the day, this is about so much more than next year's inaugural IMS road course race, something Gordon helps to illustrate.

For too long, the next potential star, particularly potential American stars have gotten away from Indy Car. Gordon, who has enjoyed a monumentally successful career in NASCAR, of course was once viewed as the poster child for the ignorance of Indy Car owners, who looked abroad to the European and South American junior ranks in lieu of home grown talent. To a lesser extent, Americans who have been successful in the junior open-wheel ranks such as Jon Fogarty, Casey Mears, Alex Gurney, Jonathan Bomarito and a host of others have been forced to look beyond Indy Car to make a living as a racing driver.

Recently, we witnessed supremely talented sprint car driver Kyle Larson sign a deal with Chip Ganassi's NASCAR Sprint Cup team. In short, over the past two decades we've also heard a lot about 'what might have been' with certain drivers getting away from IndyCar, in lieu of NASCAR, sports cars, whatever.

That is however, water under the bridge, at this point. Right now, IndyCar is a sport that desperately needs heroes; a sport desperately yearning to reconnect with not only the American public, but also its home base in central Indiana; a sport desperately in need of a supreme talent with skill and charisma to draw new fans in spades.

They have someone, who has been groomed as no American IndyCar driver of this generation has, staring them right in the face. And if rumors are to be believed, young Daly is very available, contemplating what his next step will be. IndyCar needs to seize the opportunity and make damn sure Conor Daly doesn't become another 'what might have been.'

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

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