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2014 Standings
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
Pocono IndyCar Preview

by Brian Carroccio
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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During the 2014 season, AutoRacing1.com columnist Brian Carroccio will preview all Formula 1 and IndyCar races. Below, is Brian's preview of this weekend's Pocono IndyCar 500 fueled by Sonoco.

A Brief Overview

It was quite a weekend last year for Scott Dixon and Team Ganassi
After a 24-year absence, the Verizon IndyCar Series enjoyed a successful return to The Tricky Triangle in 2013. Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon led a 1-2-3 finish for the Ganassi organization, in launching what turned out to be his third series championship campaign.
One thing that will be different in 2014, is the race has been extended from 400 to 500 miles. As a 500-mile race, Pocono will like Indianapolis and Fontana, pay double-points.

There are five multiple Indy car winners at Pocono. A.J. Foyt won four times, Rick Mears three, Al Unser, Danny Sullivan and Johnny Rutherford twice.

Marco Andretti was ultra-quick last year at his home race. Can he convert that speed into a win this year?
Of course, the current field of drivers has only made one visit to Pocono, so the data is sparse. However, Andretti Autosport swept the front row in qualifying last year with hometown favorite Marco Andretti on pole, Ryan Hunter-Reay second, and James Hinchcliffe third.

Charlie Kimball, of course, came home second to Dixon. The now-retired Dario Franchitti was third, with Team Penske’s Will Power fourth, and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s Josef Newgarden fifth.

How important is qualifying at Pocono?

If you go by last year? Meaningless.

A.J. Foyt was quite successful at Tricky Triangle
Dixon started 17th, Kimball 12th and Franchitti 20th. Yes, the front-runners had trouble but as Team Ganassi showed last year, the key to Pocono is having a good car over a long run.

However, Dixon’s win from 17th marks the deepest starting position anyone has scored a win in 20 Indy car races at Pocono. Previously, only two drivers won from outside the top-10: A.J. Foyt won from 14th in 1973 and Al Unser won from 16th in 1976.

The race has been won from pole six times.

What will be some of the storylines this weekend?

You’re going to hear a lot of drivers talk about the setup compromise between Turns 1 and 3. Turn 1 is a 14-degree banked, sharp radius turn, whereas Turn 3 is a 6 degree turn without the same degree of turning radius. In short, whereas many ovals have similar turns at opposite ends of the track, Pocono has vastly different ones.

This will be a setup puzzle that will challenge the teams and drivers.

Who are some drivers desperate for a good run?

You have to admire Young Josef's never-say-die attitude. The Tennessee native could use a little good fortune once in a while.
There are a few, but the two that spring to mind are Takuma Sato and Josef Newgarden.

I outlined Sato’s poor run of form in Tuesday’s Houston Postscript. Newgarden, who seemingly has some of the rotten luck possible, has finished 17th or worse in 7 of the 10 races this year. This past weekend, Newgarden finished 20th in both Houston races.

What kind of racing are we going to see?

Good question.

It’s not going to be the action-packed affair we saw this weekend in Houston. Also, at the recent Pocono test, Hunter-Reay did mention that the track is one groove.

What I think you’re going to see is a lot like what we saw last year, with prolonged green flag runs, and an emphasis on drivers managing their tires over a long run.

So, who are the favorites coming into this weekend?

I haven’t been exactly distinguishing myself in the prognostication category of late. And given there’s been only one race in the last 25 years, and the team which finished 1-2-3 last year has struggled so much in 2014, makes Pocono even more of a head scratcher.

James Hinchcliffe's first lap crash turned last year was the first unfortunate incident of a miserable day for Andretti Autosport.
That said, you can’t overlook the sheer speed Andretti Autosport showed last year. While Ganassi outfoxed them on strategy, the fastest cars were in the Andretti stable. Remember too that James Hinchcliffe crashed on the first lap, and Hunter-Reay had a potentially race-winning car eliminated when Takuma Sato ran over him in pit lane. Also, Andretti was one of the teams to test recently at Pocono.

What about Ed Carpenter, who could have won Indy and won the last oval race at Texas?

As I said in the Texas Postscript, Carpenter is not merely a good oval driver, but the MAN-TO-BEAT at any of the roundy-rounds. The driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Vodka machine will however have to compete with a formidable Andretti stable.

Anyone else?


Yes, Will Power finished fourth last season, won at Fontana, and long with Carpenter had the best car at Texas. If team Andretti falters again, I expect the race may boil down to a Power-Carpenter showdown a la Texas.

Any potential sleepers?

Juan Pablo Montoya has been more than solid over the past few weeks.
It’s hard to call a seven-time Grand Prix winner, Indy 500 winner, and CART champion, who drives for Roger Penske a sleeper. However, Juan Pablo Montoya could have won Indy, finished third at Texas, and drove a sensational two races at Houston. Also, Montoya has run Pocono numerous times in a stock car.

And although this is somewhat harder to quantify, it seems to me Montoya’s is in a very positive frame of mind currently.

It’s hard to imagine, Montoya won’t have a win by year’s end. That win may come this weekend.

Winning races and celebrating with Fuzzy's Vodka seems to be the M.O. these days for Ed Carpenter Racing.
So give us a winner

The romantic in me wants to say hometown favorite Marco Andretti scores pole again, and finishes the deal this time in his hometown race. And I can tell you, the crowd at Pocono will go crazy if Marco can pull of the win.

However, if I have to pick one guy, give me Carpenter. He's the man to beat on ovals right now, and he knows it. I expect him to grab his second win of 2014, and the third for the #20 team.

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

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