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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

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
Juan Pablo Montoya wins pole at Pocono

by Brian Carroccio
Saturday, July 05, 2014


Juan Pablo Montoya wins pole at Pocono.
Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing
With a two-lap average of 223.871, Juan Pablo Montoya has won the Verizon P1 Award for tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 500 Fueled by Sunoco. Taking advantage of a pristine late afternoon conditions, and the last qualifying, Montoya set a new track record at The Tricky Triangle and earned his first Indy car pole position since Surfers Paradise in 2000.

Starting next to the Colombian tomorrow, will be teammate Will Power, who checked in with a countryman a two-lap average of 223.725 mph. Carlos Munoz was the fastest Honda with a lap of 223.083, and will complete the front row.

"It's the luck of the draw, but the big thing was we had good balance," said Montoya, who returned to Indy car racing this season after 14 years competing in Formula One and stock car racing.

"Am I back? Well, I'm getting there. I feel like I'm getting there every week. We keep working harder and keep finding speed and more results. So it's exciting. I think we're going in the right direction.

"(The track is) so different (from NASCAR). We run wide open all the way around here. I think the average speed is 30 or 40 miles per hour faster than we do in a Cup car. It's fast."


A new sponsor for Bourdais at Pocono
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet): "I'm obviously not happy with qualifying. It's not where we want to be. The car seems to be a little better in race trim, but we still have a lot of work to do. Hopefully, we can figure something out and have a decent result in the Shatter car tomorrow." 

CARLOS HUERTAS (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "Today was OK. We didn't get as much testing as we wanted a few weeks ago when we were here. I don't really know this place well and it has been tricky to set up the car, but we will see tomorrow. Each weekend is a new track for me because I have never raced at these tracks and I didn't really test at any of them so my first experience with them is when we arrive for race weekend. The goal is to have a good race and do good pit stops and do good strategy. Hopefully that will pay off and I will be there at the end."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 National Guard Honda): "The car had too much understeer and just wouldn't turn. The second lap was a pretty solid one, but unfortunately the first lap was pretty slow. We didn't put enough aero in it and the car just pushed too much. I don't think we were going to do a 223 (mph) or anything like that, but we ran a 221.7 with a huge lift so I think it could have been a mid-to-high 222, which would have put us much closer to the front. You can use the tools (in the cockpit) to adjust only so much and we got better (from Lap 1 to Lap 2), but the National Guard car is really good this weekend so we just wanted more. I think that our race car is particularly good so I'm looking forward to the race."

MIKHAIL ALESHIN (No. 7 SMP Racing Honda): "My car was strong when I was out there running on my own for qualifying. I made a small mistake in Turn 1 on my second lap, which definitely hurt us. We have a very long race tomorrow, and my job will be to make sure we don't make any mistakes. On each oval other than Indianapolis, the four corners actually feel like two to me in the car. Here at Pocono, it feels like I have an extra turn. I'm really enjoying how technical this track is. It's very difficult for the driver because each turn is so different from the one before it. I think Turn 1 is my favorite because the bump in the middle makes it very challenging. You have to be concentrating and performing at the top of your game to drive that turn properly."

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing Honda): "My car was bottoming out during the qualifying run, which definitely didn't help our speed. I think, overall, our car is very good though. Looking where Ryan Hunter-Reay started when he won the Indianapolis 500 this year, I'm not too concerned about starting 10th. I think passing tomorrow will be very dependent on tire wear and how the other cars around you behave on their tires. We have strong consistency on our Firestone tires. So I'll be depending on that tomorrow."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 8 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): "We had a good run today in qualifying.  The No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet was the best it's been all day.  I think the conditions are just really good right now and we maybe could have been a bit greedier with the downforce but it was a good, solid run."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet): "I'm not too worried about our qualifying position right now. We qualified mid-pack last year and then we ended up finishing strong in the race.  Tonight we'll take some time to look at what our teammates did and compare notes and see what kind of data they have.  I think the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet looks really good and I'm excited for the 500 miles tomorrow."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet): "Today we spent both practice sessions working on the balance of the Target car.  I think we'll be OK for the race, but you just have very limited time here at Pocono. Each of the three turns here is distinctively different so you really have to be able to compromise the setup to get things right.  Last year we showed you never know what can happen here after starting back in the pack and finishing 1-2-3."

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet): "I'm pretty confident in the Target car and it's obviously a very long race with 500 miles so you have to let it play out.  I think we went a bit conservative on the setup and the No. 10 car had more in it for sure. We have a good race car under us and today is a decent start to the job we'll have to do tomorrow."

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 17 Automatic Fire Sprinklers KV AFS Chevrolet): "Of course we wanted to be a little more up front, but not being able to test at ovals as much as we want is showing and starting to hurt us. Our main focus this morning was to just mileage out the car, which we managed. My Automatic Fire Sprinkler guys were super impressive to change my Chevrolet engine in an hour and a half. In qualifying, I bottomed very hard in Turn 1 on my first green lap and that killed everything because I had to lift and that lost me speed. My second lap was much quicker, but by then I had lost the momentum. On a positive note though I think we have a good race car so we will just have to see how the race plays out tomorrow."

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "The car felt pretty good.  We picked up a little push as the run went on, but that is the quickest we have run by 2 or 3 miles per hour.  I am fairly happy with it.  I know it isn't going to be good enough for the top 12 or maybe even 15, but I think we have made a lot of progress from the practice earlier today and I think we are going in the right direction.  Hopefully we are in good shape to race tomorrow.  It is going to be a long race so we will try to stay out of trouble and just try to survive."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda): "The track conditions and the wind the way it's been, practice was a little tougher than last year, so we weren't quite sure what to expect coming into qualifying. As always, the Andretti Autosport cars were super strong and big credit to the United Fiber & Data boys - this is UFD's home race, they're based not too far from here. We're definitely happy with the run we put in. Having teammates is one of the big benefits of having a multi-car team like this because we can all help each other out. I know I got information off Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and Marco (Andretti), and we were able to relay a little more information to Carlos (Munoz)."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 Snapple Honda): "I mean not bad, not great you know, but good. I think we had a decent shake at it, but I think we ran too much downforce. I mean I want to perform well here. I want to definitely capitalize and win. The Snapple car ran strong, we just need to win."

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 34 Cinsay HVM Honda): "For sure having teammates, getting all that information, it helps you, helps you for what you can expect; that's a great thing about having so many teammates. This time I was the last teammate (to run), and normally I'm the first one to go out, so I'm usually giving the information. But our run was great, the Cinsay car was great. I'm happy to start on the front row for the race - third position. Tomorrow is a long race, 500 miles, but I have a really good car to fight for the lead."

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda): "We don't really know what happened right now. We're obviously going to try and find an answer before tomorrow. It was a very strange crash, probably the strangest crash I've ever had in an Indy car. The front end felt like it skipped. It felt like something caught under the front of the car. As soon as that happened the front was completely gone and we went straight into the wall. Very odd crash. I think we have a fast car. We are really confident in what we were doing in practice. We did a lot of race running so I think we should be good for tomorrow."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet): "I'm getting there. To be honest, I'm happy to be here in the Verizon IndyCar Series. This week we have the PPG car and everybody at Chevy and Team Penske has worked really hard for me. It's really exciting. Am I back? Well, I'm getting there. I feel like I'm getting there every week. We keep working harder and keep finding speed and more results. So it's exciting. I think we're going in the right direction. (The track is) so different (from NASCAR). We run wide open all the way around here. I think the average speed is 30 or 40 mph faster than we do in a Cup car. It's fast."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): "We kind of went for a guess on the balance of the car and it wasn't right. We had some issues. So I think our teammates were able to learn from that. We were kind of the first hat to fall there. We were the one (my teammates) were going to take the balance from and they were able to have a good run."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): "A very good day for us. We were strong here last year so we knew we had a good package. The ABC car worked very well straight into practice and we were in the ballpark. We worked on all the small details. It would have been nice to get the pole, but I can't be too greedy. We had a good solid run and I really enjoyed it. It is so challenging here because Turn 1 and Turn 3 are completely different. You have to move the tools every single lap. The car worked really well so good job by all the boys and Don (Halliday), our engineer, did a great job. Hopefully we continue the speed and strength tomorrow."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was a pretty good run.  I had probably too big of a lift on my first lap, too much understeer. But apart from that, Juan ran a bit more downforce, so I thought if he can be flat or have less of a lift, he's going to be very tough to beat.  But still very good for Penske to have a one-two."

Results by Row

Row 1:

1. Juan Pablo Montoya, 223.871
2. Will Power, 223.725
3. Carlos Munoz, 223.083

Row 2:

4. Takuma Sato, 222.798
5. Marco Andretti, 222.715
6. James Hinchcliffe, 222.544

Row 3:

7. Helio Castroneves, 222.517
8. Tony Kanaan, 221.970
9. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 221.950

Row 4:

10. Ryan Briscoe, 221.565
11. Simon Pagenaud, 221.547
12. Mikhail Aleshin, 221.221

Row 5:

13. Ed Carpenter, 221.019
14. Graham Rahal, 220.747
15. Scott Dixon, 220.604

Row 6:

16.Justin Wilson, 220.439
17. Charlie Kimball, 220.377
18. Sebastien Bourdais, 219.741

Row 7:

19. Sebastian Saavedra, 218.502
20. Carlos Huertas, 216.261
21. Josef Newgarden, No time

Row 8:

22. Jack Hawksworth, No time


Pos. Car # Driver Avg. Speed
1 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 223.871 MPH
2 12 Will Power 223.725 MPH
3 34 Carlos Munoz (R) 223.083 MPH
4 14 Takuma Sato 222.798 MPH
5 25 Marco Andretti 222.715 MPH
6 27 James Hinchcliffe 222.544 MPH
7 3 Helio Castroneves 222.517 MPH
8 10 Tony Kanaan 221.970 MPH
9 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 221.950 MPH
10 8 Ryan Briscoe 221.565 MPH
11 77 Simon Pagenaud 221.547 MPH
12 7 Mikhail Aleshin (R) 221.221 MPH
13 20 Ed Carpenter 221.019 MPH
14 15 Graham Rahal 220.747 MPH
15 9 Scott Dixon 220.604 MPH
16 19 Justin Wilson 220.439 MPH
17 83 Charlie Kimball 220.377 MPH
18 11 Sebastien Bourdais 219.741 MPH
19 17 Sebastian Saavedra 218.502 MPH
20 18 Carlos Huertas (R) 216.261 MPH
21 67 Josef Newgarden DNQ
22 98 Jack Hawksworth (R) DNQ

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