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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
Wheldon holds off Mutoh to win in Iowa

by Tim Wohlford
Sunday, June 22, 2008

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Dan Wheldon
Dana Garrett/IRL

Iowa needed a break - a break in the weather, a break in their luck, a break from flooding and tornados.  They got it on Sunday, with a magnificent race run under bright blue skies in the Iowa Corn 250.

Target Chip Ganassi driver Dan Wheldon held off Andretti Green teammates Heideki Mutoh and Marco Andretti to win the Iowa Corn 250 in a hard fought final 60 laps.

When the race started, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves set sail in a side-by-side duel, and immediately the crowd knew that the one-groove crashfest of the previous year was not to be repeated.  Firestone brought a much improved tire, last year's race groove had worn enough that it was no longer vastly faster than the rest of the track, and the IRL had done its homework to provide a good set of front and rear wings.  Adding in the vastly improved parking and traffic situation, and the Iowa Speedway became the star of the show instead of last year's scapegoat.

On lap 39, Ed Carpenter smacked the wall in turn 2 when his car's rear suspension broke.  Specifically, he broke the push rod that connects the carrier hub to the rear shocks, and was the third car of the weekend to suffer this failure.  No doubt the IRL and Dallara will be looking into this issue, especially since the next race at Richmond will have a very similar setup.  Buddy Rice also suffered a rear suspension failure on lap 78, including a small fire in the pits to celebrate the retirement.

By lap 103, there were just 18 cars on the lead lap.  "Either you got it right or you didn't for the race," commented Marco after the race, and it was obvious that many in the field just missed the setup.  While passing wasn't easy, it was far from last year's crash parade, and some drivers were able to move up - AJ IV, for instance, started 18th and finished 5th, and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 8th after starting 14th.  However, the driver that stunned onlookers was John Andretti, who started 23rd and reached the top ten, dropped to 15th due to a bad pit stop, and finished 11th.

Enrique Bernoldi spun his car on lap 188, and set up a fuel mileage race. Dan Wheldon, Hideki Mutoh, Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan all stayed out.  Wheldon confessed after the race that he was horrible on new tires - in fact, he dropped several spots during a restart on lap 112 - and was quite thankful to have track position and older tires.  Danica's crew kept on mentioning her win in Japan, and were planning a fuel run as soon as it became clear that her car wasn't the fastest on the track.

The green flag didn't last long, with Mario Moraes collecting the wall in turn 2 a lap after the green flag flew.  Another caution period on lap 212 when Tony Kanaan's car snapped around in turn 2 and backed into the wall. The cause of the crash remained a mystery at the end of the race, as the rear suspension didn't look to be the culprit this time.

The green restarted with 24 laps to go, with Wheldon leading, followed by Mutoh, Patrick, Dixon and Marco.  Danica was promptly passed on either side by Marco on one side and Scott Dixon on the other, and finished 6th.  AJ IV, who'd run the high groove all day long, also passed Danica to finish 5th.

The race finished quickly, with the most exciting race between team mates Mutoh and Marco for second place.  Mutoh felt a little sheepish about closing the door on Marco a couple of times, but Marco was all smiles and proclaimed the race between them to be very clean.  Wheldon took the checkered flag only 15/100 of a second ahead of Hideki, but was never challenged with a pass attempt at the end of the race.  Wheldon, along with teammate Dixon, promptly announced that their winnings - some $60,000 in total - to Racing to Recovery, an effort to raise $1 million for flood victim relief.

The Indy traveling show next moves to Richmond, a track very much like Iowa, for a race under the lights on Saturday.

POST-RACE QUOTES:
 
BRIAN BARNHART (President, competition and operations, Indy Racing League): “I think clearly we had a much better race than last year. Firestone brought us a new tire that helped us a bunch, but I think the biggest factor was the weather. The higher temperatures and bright sunshine combined with the improved quality of the depth of the field, and I thought our drivers put on a great show. The racing exceeded expectations with good lead changes and good racing for position. The drivers had to be patient and work because the competition is so close, but when you were better you finally got there.”
 
DAN WHELDON (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, finished first): “What a great day for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and a great birthday present for myself." (About decision to stay out and not pit): "It was a good call not to do it, but Chip's (Ganassi) not here, so if they had called me in, I don't think I would have come in anyway." (About donating winnings to charity): "My wife and I drove from Chicago to here and we saw the flooding and it was just heartbreaking. I thought it was something that Scott (Dixon) and I should do and fortunately, we were able to.”
 
HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 27 Formula Dream, second): “I am very happy to finish second. I am almost there so maybe next time.”
 
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Blockbuster, third): “It was good clean racing. It had to be good for the fans. It was good fun out there. I am very proud of the Blockbuster boys. We were towards the front all day and Hideki (Mutoh) is on it this year for sure.” (On traffic) “It is tough, the track was pretty good. It was kind of what we set up for. We matched the setup with the conditions and how we thought the race would play out. It was completely different from last year. That made it pretty fun.” (On the restart) “I knew I could trust my teammate. Danica (Patrick) was looking out for me, and she could have made it very tough for me and put me below the line. When you get a good run, you got go with it, and I had a good run.”
 
SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Commit, fourth): “Early on, the car was definitely not working the way I wanted. It was very loose, especially on the low line. I started using the high line and it came together better. The high line was definitely the choice of the day. When you had three or four guys in front on you trying to do the same thing, it was difficult to pass. I think strategy played out in the end and that’s the way it goes. It’s hard work to pass here. It’s good to see Dan (Wheldon) get a break; he’s had a tough year so far.”
 
A.J. FOYT IV (No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing, fifth): “It’s my best race of the year, for sure, and the most fun I’ve had out there in a long time. We’ve been looking for a good top-five finish all year long. We’re just happy we got it done.”
 
DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Motorola, sixth): “The Motorola car ran well today. I wish that I was able to keep position on the last restart, but what’s done is done. I have to thank my crew for all their hard work. I just wish had a better finish.”
 
RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, seventh): “It was challenging out there today. I think we just didn't have enough downforce and we struggled to find grip. We made adjustments throughout the day, and towards the end of the race we had a solid car. The good news is that we were able to salvage a fairly decent result with a seventh-place finish. Plus, the Team Penske guys did a great job in the pits all day, so I really have to hand it to them. Now we just have to maintain our focus and look ahead to next week's race in Richmond.”
 
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 17 Rahal Letterman Racing Team Ethanol, eighth): “Today was pretty good for us. We had a good car, and we got beat by cars playing the fuel strategy game. Will Power held me up on the last restart, and that was the end of it. I thought we had a podium finish here in front of the Ethanol folks, but fuel mileage gambles made the difference. I'm not complaining, but you hate to lose a race like that. I had fun out there today, we had a great car, we just have to get one of the breaks that some of these other guys are getting.”
 
WILL POWER (No. 8 Aussie Vineyards-Team Australia, ninth): “That was a really good race for the KVRT Aussie Vineyards–Team Australia car, I was able to get really good restarts, but just lacked some speed towards the end. I am extremely happy with a top-10 finish. It’s good for us and about as good as we can get on this type of oval, so I am very happy. The Aussie Vineyards–Team Australia crew have done a great job all weekend, and I am looking forward to continuing to make progress next weekend in Richmond.”
 
GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps, 10th): “Overall it was a pretty good race. The guys did great pit stops and the car was awesome, especially that last stint. If we could have had that car all through the race, I think we could have moved up through the field. We worked on it all day. In the middle of the race, we weren’t very good, but we stuck with it, and by the end I really do think we had a good car. We’ll just keep working at it.”

Results

Pos

Driver Start Pos Diff Gap Status
1 Dan Wheldon (10) 3 ... ... Running
2 Hideki Mutoh (27) 7 0.1430 0.1430 Running
3 Marco Andretti (26) 8 0.9028 0.7598 Running
4 Scott Dixon (9) 1 1.2726 0.3698 Running
5 A.J. Foyt IV (2) 18 1.3564 0.0838 Running
6 Danica Patrick (7) 6 1.9115 0.5551 Running
7 Ryan Briscoe (6) 5 3.9780 2.0665 Running
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay (17) 14 4.4488 0.4708 Running
9 Will Power (8) 11 5.6158 1.1670 Running
10 Graham Rahal (06) 16 7.7886 2.1728 Running
11 John Andretti (24) 23 8.4639 0.6753 Running
12 Justin Wilson (02) 20 8.7225 0.2586 Running
13 EJ Viso (33) 13 12.5775 3.8550 Running
14 Helio Castroneves (3) 2 2 laps 2 laps Running
15 Vitor Meira (4) 12 3.8992 3.8992 Running
16 Oriol Servia (5) 10 3 laps 1 lap Running
17 Enrique Bernoldi (36) 17 8 laps 5 laps Running
18 Tony Kanaan (11) 4 39 laps 31 laps Contact
19 Mario Moraes (19) 24 58 laps 19 laps Contact
20 Jaime Camara (34) 21 117 laps 59 laps Handling
21 Darren Manning (14) 19 156 laps 39 laps Handling
22 Buddy Rice (15) 15 172 laps 16 laps Handling
23 Ed Carpenter (20) 9 212 laps 40 laps Contact
24 Milka Duno (23) 22 224 laps 12 laps Handling
25 Bruno Junqueira (18) 25 250 laps 26 laps Spin
26 Marty Roth (25) 26 0.0000 0.0000 DNS
Race Statistics
      Winner's average speed: 136.007 mph
      Time of race: 1:38:35.8923
      Margin of victory: 0.1430 of a second
      Cautions: 6 caution flags for 57 laps
      Lead changes: 9 among 4 drivers
      Lap leaders: Castroneves 1-12, Kanaan 13, Castroneves 14-15,
Kanaan 16-51, Castroneves 52-106, Kanaan 107-134, M. Andretti
135-160, Kanaan 161-166, Castroneves 167-189, Wheldon 190-250.
Point standings: Dixon 316, Castroneves 268, Wheldon 267,
Kanaan 216, Mutoh 199, Briscoe 195, Patrick 192, Andretti 189,
Power 169, Carpenter 166.

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