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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
IndyCar overseas push - A cash grab without legs

by Brian Carroccio
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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CART drew 0ver 300,000 fans in Mexico City in 2002.  It was huge.  So overseas races can work but IndyCar is not CART.  Not even close.
So, Hulman and Co., CEO Mark Miles apparently won't pick up the phone to call Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan Sperber about a potential IndyCar race at PIR. But he is considering a race in the Middle East.

Miles, speaking yesterday at the Motorsports Marketing Forum in Las Vegas told assembled media that IndyCar fans could “think about the Middle East and South Africa, India and other places in South America” as potential venues for IndyCar events as early as 2015. Whether those events would be part of the season-long series championship, exhibition type events, or part of a secondary-type championship, Miles, who tends to play it close to the vest, didn't say.

Now, before moving ahead, allow me to be clear on the following. It is the opinion of both myself, and AutoRacing1.com that IndyCar should pursue overseas races. As I argue in this article, the prevailing wisdom that IndyCar is destined to fail overseas, is a complete and total fallacy. After all, numerous events have been wildly successful. This, in spite of gross mismanagement on the part of various Indy Car sanctioning groups. Two specific events, Mexico City and Surfers Paradise were victims of the 2008 merger, and squandered opportunities on the part of IndyCar.

In short, Indy Car racing's "failures" overseas were a product of mismanagement, not something inherently flawed with the concept of overseas races. Contrarily, overseas races offer potential to grow the sport. Plus, with NASCAR's significant footprint in America and the heavy demand for top-level formula racing worldwide arising from Formula One's inability to service the demand, there are a host of reasons IndyCar should pursue international events.

That said, there are potential pitfalls. The most often cited issue with overseas events is the lack of interest North American-based sponsors have in paying for an event in a market which brings it no exposure. Television is likewise a concern. Nothing highlighted this better than Danica Patrick's win at Motegi in 2008. What could have been huge publicity for IndyCar was well, not, as Patrick took the checkered flag in the middle of the night American time. Also, as we've seen in street races not only abroad but here in America, a change in government often brings with it a change in desire to have an event.

These are legitimate concerns, and highlight why the IndyCar circus cannot simply be dropped in any random place, as has often been the case. Rather, going abroad must be done in a measured, calculated way, that maximizes IndyCar's potential in certain regions. For example, it would stand to reason that IndyCar would be better served building a second Canadian event or making a move back into Mexico before going to the Middle East.

Which is why I have to ask: when Miles says he wants to go to South Africa, India, or the Middle East, should we believe IndyCar has a plan in place that will maximize the potential of said regions? Does Miles realize why previous Indy Car events have not sustained, and have a plan in place to change that? 

Or is Miles simply searching every corner of the globe to find promoters willing to pay the freight to bring the IndyCar circus to town? Yes, is this latest venture overseas just another "cash grab" that may briefly line the pockets of IndyCar and its teams, but does nothing to establish a long-term event, and build the IndyCar brand?

Now, I have nothing against cash. But if Miles and IndyCar do not have a comprehensive plan in place for overseas markets, grabbing cash is all they will accomplish. Further, after a few years the event, like so many others will die out. IndyCar will again look like a loser, having inflicted further damage on its fledgling brand, and perhaps worse, reinforce the silly notion that overseas races are destined to fail.

Contrarily, if IndyCar has a plan in place to build a long-term successful event, the potential for success is huge. While there are many examples I can give of the potential return for IndyCar going overseas, but let's look at India. India, of course, boasts a population of more than a billion people, a growing economy, and recently lost its F1 race at the FIA Grade 1 Buddh International Circuit, where you have to imagine IndyCar would be looking to run.

India also has two drivers Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan, who have competed in Formula One. Granted, neither driver lit F1 afire. Karthikeyan also ran in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010, where he finished 30th in the points and was voted Most Popular Driver. Chandhok is 29, Karthikeyan 36.

Also, India immigrants now total 1.86 million in the United States -- the third largest immigrant group behind Mexico and China. This does not Thus, Karthikeyan and Chandhok could not only help promoters for the IndyCar race in India, but could potentially help attract new fans from a significantly growing demographic here stateside.

The question, of course, is does IndyCar have a comprehensive plan in place to get Indian drivers, or drivers, from whatever nation they visit into cars? And I'm not talking about an Indian driver running a token one-off in a third-rate car. I'm talking about an Indian driver, preferably two in the series. I'm likewise talking about young Indian drivers in the ladder program. 

Does IndyCar have a comprehensive plan to engage sponsors from whatever nations and build permanent long-term relationships? Does IndyCar have a comprehensive plan to have those relationships enhance its core domestic product? Does IndyCar have a comprehensive plan to engage manufacturers from those nations, and get them interested in the sport? India, of course, is the home of Tata Group, the world's seventeenth largest engine producer. Would Tata for example, be interested in supplying turbo-charged V6 engines to Karthikeyan and Chandhok? Having Indian drivers powered by Indian-built motors, can only help in engaging the Indian public.

Or are Miles and IndyCar simply looking to grab cash.

Granted, it might be very good cash. I just hope he and IndyCar realize, it can be so much more.

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

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