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2014 Standings
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
Detroit GP postscript

by Brian Carroccio
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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The Captain (L) has put his mark on the Detroit GP
IndyCar and the Detroit GP come from shaky pasts. From one perspective, they can both be construed as cautionary tales; living, gasping-for-air reminders of how greed, internecine political squabbles, and short-sightedness can reduce once thriving kingdoms to rubble. Making matters worse, both are subjected to ubiquitous, constant and painful material reminders of what once was, what could have been, and the sad story of profound human failure they both represent.

For the City of Detroit such reminders may appear in the form of abandoned buildings and waist-high uncut grass further than the eye can see. For the sport of Indy car racing it can be seen in minuscule television ratings, diminished relevance and submissive abdication with regard to its Southern counterpart NASCAR, and the success of a quintessentially American phenomenon in the past century. While one could argue those successes form a reasonable basis of hope for better days ahead, one could likewise contend at least in the case of IndyCar, the contrary. Similar to one subjected to the eternal torment of wallowing in the self-inflicted misery of a lost love, I’d offer that Indy car racing is at times not helped by its glorious past, rather haunted by it. saloon racing.

Sure, both Detroit and Indy car racing can lay rightful claim to celebrated golden ages

And that’s where Detroit comes in.

From my experience visiting The Motor City the past two years, the residents of Detroit are neither delusional prisoners of their glorious past, nor scorned captives of their far-from-ideal present. Rather, they are a resilient collection of citizens who view the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans, not as an inconvenience that causes traffic problems or noise pollution, but as a showcase of their reviving city to a broader audience.

Sure, a visit downtown or drive through the surrounding areas reveals the turmoil that has and continues to plague The Motor City. But when strolling the grounds of Belle Isle, there is no sense of bitterness from a beleaguered town. Rather, through the investment and first-class operational manner of one Roger Penske, and the collective resilience of a city that views abandoned buildings not as eyesores or relics of glory lost, but as opportunities to rebuild and start anew, we are witnessing the emergence of what is becoming a cornerstone event for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

In short, IndyCar has found an unlikely partner in The Motor City. Certainly, reasonable questions abound regarding whether each can revive in a landscape far different from that in which they emerged. However, these two glorious entities of the 20th century, find themselves in a very common place seeking relevance in the 21st. And when you really think about it, the two may have found a wonderful partnership in each other.

Today, in our Detroit Postscript we will review the third installment of the latest re-installment of Indy car racing’s annual visit to Belle Isle.

Welcome to Detroit

To be clear, I say this not as some patronizing “look at the beleaguered city shine” nonsense. However, having attended nine IndyCar events in the last 13 months, I can unequivocally say Detroit boasted the friendliest, most welcoming, most helpful people. Everyone from hotel clerks to race volunteers, waiters and cab drivers, genuinely go out of their way to be welcoming and friendly.

The Captain

Of course, the race in Detroit would not have been possible without the leadership, investment and initiative one Roger Penske.

From all indications, The Captain is probably sinking some of his own money into the event trying to help two entities he has a deep passion for: IndyCar and Detroit. And while the Belle Isle circuit has some less than ideal elements (i.e. one bridge to access the island), Penske has invested substantially in the event the past three years. From redesigning the course to repaving the circuit, and improving the infrastructure of the island for Michigan residents, The Captain has put his money where his mouth is.

Also, when I got home and watched the DVR of the telecast, I thought the circuit looked excellent on television. While the weather Gods no doubt provided an assist, the Belle Isle race facility has banished its once unfortunate ‘Hell Isle’ moniker to the ashbin of history. That can be interpreted as nothing other than a testament to Penske.

And this weekend The Captain was awarded with a…

Sweep

Funny, in the closing laps of Saturday’s race I was watching the lap times as 2nd place Graham Rahal was closing on leader Will Power. I turned to the person sitting next to in the media center and said “I think Rahal is going to catch Power.”

I was wrong of course, as Power held off Rahal for the win. The undercurrent of my message was of course, such a result would have been well, so IndyCar. You know like Ford and Toyota winning the first 6 races at Honda-owned Motegi, or Honda winning the one race in 2012 and sweeping the doubleheader last year in Chevrolet’s backyard.

Sure, Rahal capturing the win would have been a good story. However, a Chevrolet sweep in Detroit, and a Penske sweep at that (Helio Castroneves won Sunday), was somewhat fitting.

Speaking of Chevy

After the Indianapolis 500, AR1 President Mark Cipolloni went out of his way to remind readers that Honda powered cars (he picked Honda to be manufacturer champion) had won three races in a row  (Barber and the two Indy races). This weekend was of course, a savage setback for Honda, which placed only Rahal on the podium Saturday, and saw Chevy sweep the top four positions Sunday. Cipolloni says Honda laid down to allow Chevy to bask in the glory of a race in their backyard and a race they heavily support.

Although, I’m well aware of Honda’s prowess, I will reiterate what I said at the beginning of the year. I lean slightly towards Chevrolet in the Manufacturers Championship mainly due to the superior quality of their teams. Also, while they haven’t won yet this year, the Ganassi team placed cars on the podium in both Detroit races. And if Ganassi gets going, The Bowtie Brigade is going to be even stronger.

RHR

Part of what made the weekend a tough one for Honda was the well-below par performance of the Japanese marque’s best driver Ryan Hunter-Reay. Coming off what had to have been a tiresome, whirlwind week, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner had three encounters with the wall, qualified 21st both days, finished 16th Saturday and 19th Sunday. After entering the weekend with the points lead, RHR now sits third.

Just remember that Hunter-Reay (like Power) drives better when he is the hunter, not the hunted. I imagine he’ll bounce back from a tough weekend in The Motor City by about the first practice session Friday in Texas.

Regarding other Honda drivers…

I’m not the biggest believer in luck. Nor can I empirically quantify which drivers have better or worse luck.

That said, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing driver Josef Newgarden seems to have some of the most rotten luck I’ve ever seen. Ditto for Jack Hawksworth, who suffered of all things Saturday, a brake disc explosion. 

Both have at times been very fast. Neither have anywhere near the results worthy of their form.

Going Forward

While Belle Isle certainly has improved over the last three years, there are some imperfections. The first is something no reasonable person would fault Belle Isle or the City of Detroit for: timing.

Yes, the doubleheader format, which certainly helps the overall gate (even if it hurts the Sunday gate), is a drain on the teams. In particular, the doubleheader is grueling considering it directly follows what is already a draining month in Indianapolis.

Of course, the event has established some date equity in the past three years. Also, one has to imagine Penske wields a pretty strong influence as to when the race will be and the fact it is broadcast on ABC. Also, Texas Motor Speedway has some very established date equity, two weeks after the Indy 500.

In short, I see neither Texas nor Detroit, and certainly not the Indy 500 moving. One also has to think the Grand Prix of Indianapolis will stay in its Saturday before Mother’s Day date.

Going forward, this looks like it will be a grueling stretch on the team personnel and those who travel regularly with the tour. And given the constraints in place, I don’t really see anyway of that changing.

Brian Carroccio is a columnist for AutoRacing1. He can be contacted at BrianC@AutoRacing1.com.

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