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2014 Standings
After Long Beach
Pos. Driver Points

1 Will Power 93
2 Mike Conway 66
3 Simon Pagenaud 60
4 Helio Castroneves 55
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 54
6 Scott Dixon 51
7 Carlos Munoz 48
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 47
9 Mikhail Aleshin 46
10 Sebastian Saavedra 42
11 Tony Kanaan 40
12 Justin Wilson 38
13 Takuma Sato 36
14 Josef Newgarden 34
15 Ryan Briscoe 33
16 Sebastien Bourdais 33
17 Graham Rahal 33
18 Marco Andretti 32
19 Carlos Huertas 32
20 Oriol Servia 26
21 Jack Hawksworth 24
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 17

Wins
T1 Will Power 1
T1 Mike Conway 1

Podium Finishes
1 Will Power 2
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T2 Helio Castroneves 1
T2 Mike Conway 1
T2 Carlos Munoz 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 74
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51
3 Takuma Sato 33
4 Scott Dixon 22
5 Mike Conway 4
6 Sebastian Saavedra 3
7 Helio Castroneves 2
8 Josef Newgarden 1


Prize Money
1 Will Power $50,000
T2 Mike Conway $30,000
T2 Ryan Hunter-Reay $30,000
4 Simon Pagenaud $18,000
5 Takuma Sato $17,000
T6 Helio Castroneves $15,000
T6 Carlos Munoz $15,000
T8 Juan Pablo Montoya $10,000
T8 Scott Dixon $10,000
T10 Mikhail Aleshin $8,000
T10 Tony Kanaan $8,000
12 Oriol Servia $7,000
T13 Justin Wilson $5,000
T13 Marco Andretti $5,000
T15 Sebastian Saavedra $4,000
T15 Josef Newgarden $4,000
T17 Ryan Briscoe $2,000
T17 Carlos Huertas $2,000

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 93
2 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 60
4 3 Team Penske 55
5 28 Andretti Autosport 54
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 51
7 34 Andretti Autosport HVM Racing 48
8 2 Team Penske 47
9 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 46
10 17 KV AFS Racing 42
11 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 40
12 19 Dale Coyne Racing 38
13 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises 36
14 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 34
15 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 33
16 11 KVSH Racing 33
17 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 33
18 25 Andretti Autosport 32
19 18 Dale Coyne Racing 32
20 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 26
21 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 24
22 27 Andretti Autosport 20
23 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 17

Finishing Average
1 Will Power 1.5
2 Simon Pagenaud 5
T3 Helio Castroneves 7
T3 Oriol Servia 7
5 Scott Dixon 8
6 Mike Conway 8.5
7 Mikhail Aleshin 9
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 9.5
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 10
T9 Carlos Munoz 10
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
T12 Tony Kanaan 12
T12 Justin Wilson 12
T14 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
T14 Sebastien Bourdais 13.5
T14 Graham Rahal 13.5
T17 Josef Newgarden 14
T17 Carlos Huertas 14
19 Takuma Sato 14.5
20 Marco Andretti 15
21 Jack Hawksworth 18
22 James Hinchcliffe 20
23 Charlie Kimball 21.5

Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 1
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T2 Scott Dixon 1
T2 Tony Kanaan 1
T2 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T2 Will Power 1
T2 Takuma Sato 1
T2 Marco Andretti 1
T2 James Hinchcliffe 1
T2 Josef Newgarden 1
T2 Simon Pagenaud 1
T2 Jack Hawksworth 1

Qualifying Average
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
2 Scott Dixon 6
3 Jack Hawksworth 6.5
4 Marco Andretti 7
5 Tony Kanaan 7.5
T6 Takuma Sato 8
T6 Sebastien Bourdais 8
T8 Will Power 9
T8 Carlos Munoz 9
10 Helio Castroneves 9.5
11 Simon Pagenaud 10
12 James Hinchcliffe 10.5
13 Oriol Servia 12
T14 Josef Newgarden 13
T14 Justin Wilson 13
16 Ryan Briscoe 13.5
17 Mike Conway 14.5
18 Sebastian Saavedra 16.5
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 17
20 Mikhail Aleshin 17.5
21 Carlos Huertas 19
22 Charlie Kimball 19.5
23 Graham Rahal 22
Scott Dixon wins rain shortened Nashville race

IndyCar
Saturday, July 12, 2008

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Scott Dixon wins third consecutive Nashville race
Ron McQueeney/IRL
Target Chip Ganassi Racing team managing director Mike Hull gambled by keeping the Nos. 9 and 10 cars on the track while other contenders pitted under a moisture caution on Lap 148 and it worked as the race was called early because of heavy rain.

Scott Dixon tied an IndyCar Series record with his third consecutive victory at Nashville Superspeedway and teammate Dan Wheldon finished second as the race was red-flagged after 171 of 200 laps complete.

It was the 100th automobile racing victory for Chip Ganassi Racing.

The last rain-shortened race was the 2007 Indianapolis 500, won by Dario Franchitti. Tony Kanaan came out on the short end of both races.

Dixon's fourth victory of the season - coupled with pole sitter Helio Castroneves' third-place finish - lifted his points lead from 48 to 63 points over the Team Penske driver. Danica Patrick, who joined Castroneves on the front row, finished fifth and Panther Racing's Vitor Meira advanced nine positions to sixth.

Quotes

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Energizer, finished first): “It's a big night for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Every time we ran this car, I've won with it, here at Nashville and at Watkins Glen. It's been a hell of a lot of luck for us, but you could not have been luckier than we were tonight. It was a miscommunication on the pit call. That's the only reason that I didn't come in. I was angry for a few laps, but when I saw that rain coming down, I thought, ‘Oh, this could work out pretty good. (Tony Kanaan) was pretty strong and he seemed to get the worst out of it." (Have you learned to play the guitar yet?): "I haven't. If I do, it might be bad luck, so I'm not going to learn for a long time.”

DAN WHELDON (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, second): “I absolutely did not (have a second-place car tonight), but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. It's a great night for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the end. To finish 1-2, and the rain seemed to be powered by Energizer Batteries because it kept coming down. I had a lot of drag in the car and it made it very difficult. I had to lift a lot in traffic, and as I said, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, third): “It's not the race we wanted to have, especially the way it finished. I was told that the Ganassi guys had four laps of fuel left. That's two minutes. If the rain had come two minutes later, we would have won the race. But sometimes you have to be lucky than good. They did that, and there's nothing we could do. Team Penske did its race, and we finished third. It was good enough for what we had. The car was really tough to handle, and third is good enough for the championship.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, fourth): “I support my team 100 percent. It was the right call to come in on Lap 148. Who can predict the rain? Unfortunately the rain and I don’t get along too well. But, the 7-Eleven guys have great momentum, and the guys at the front know we are coming. I’ll take fourth place today. When it is your year, it is your year. You have to get a little lucky to win the championship, and I got my share of the luck in 2004.”

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Motorola, fifth): “The Motorola car was definitely good tonight. It is frustrating when you are dealing with a situation like the weather. (Scott) Dixon and (Dan) Wheldon were just a few laps short of having to pit. We needed something like 10 laps of yellow for them to run out of fuel. From that perspective it is tough, but that is a gamble that they took and it worked out in their favor. But we had a top-five finish tonight, and we will take it.”

VITOR MEIRA (No. 4 Delphi National Guard, sixth): “It was a good day for us. The car started to get pushy on us late in the race but that was because the track was getting better. After the bad stretch we've been through, this is just what we needed to rebound. We have been solid everywhere we’ve been, it's just a matter of staying out of trouble. It was a race against time tonight, and a nerve-wracking race, but we made some calls and it ended well.”

BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, seventh): “Tonight was a good night. We had just about every sponsor at the race, so it was a good chance for us to put on a good show for them. It’s a bummer that the rain put a damper on things, but I’m glad to get another solid top-10 for Dreyer & Reinbold. I have to thank all of the sponsors. We’re continuing our recent streak of momentum, and we’ll look to keep it going at Mid-Ohio.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing, eighth): “A little disappointed because our car was much better than an eighth-place finish showed. That last restart I had a run on Bruno (Junqueira) in the 18 car, and I think he thought he was racing for the win or something when he was in fact a few laps down. I guess that's just Nashville. It's like this every year. It's just such a one-groove track that it's pretty scary if you get off line because you'll usually just end up crashing the car. It's just such a difficult and abrasive surface. We probably should have finished sixth instead of eighth, but either way the positive is that we made up some ground on points with guys that had a bad day like Oriol (Servia), (Ryan) Hunter-Reay, and Marco (Andretti).”

DARREN MANNING (No. 14 ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Racing, ninth): “The ABC car was good from the first lap because I could overtake cars on the start and get pretty close to the top 10. Track position was everything. The backmarkers were racing us all night, which hurt us. The car was racy. On our last stop, the guys did a great job with the quickjack when the airjack failed. We only lost to Buddy (Rice). We thought about staying out but if we had, it probably wouldn't have rained. We'll take this top 10.”

MARIO MORAES (No. 19 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, 10th): “I'm very happy with a 10th-place finish tonight. The car was great, and the team did an excellent job. I was able to improve 12 positions in the race, which shows how good we did tonight. This is my best oval finish of my career. It would have been interesting to see if the race wasn't ended early because I really think I could have passed a few more cars.”

Results

Pos

Driver Start Pos Diff Gap Status
1 Scott Dixon (9) 5 ... ... Running
2 Dan Wheldon (10) 6 1.0680 1.0680 Running
3 Helio Castroneves (3) 1 5.6679 4.5999 Running
4 Tony Kanaan (11) 7 6.4612 0.7933 Running
5 Danica Patrick (7) 2 7.8301 1.3689 Running
6 Vitor Meira (4) 15 9.5615 1.7314 Running
7 Buddy Rice (15) 12 13.2509 3.6894 Running
8 Ed Carpenter (20) 8 16.0567 2.8058 Running
9 Darren Manning (14) 18 24.9236 8.8669 Running
10 Mario Moraes (19) 20 1 lap 1 lap Running
11 Will Power (8) 14 15.7992 15.7992 Running
12 Graham Rahal (06) 10 17.7651 1.9659 Running
13 Marty Roth (25) 21 24.1024 6.3373 Running
14 Hideki Mutoh (27) 3 2 laps 1 lap Running
15 Bruno Junqueira (18) 22 19.5945 19.5945 Running
16 Oriol Servia (5) 17 28.3727 8.7782 Running
17 Milka Duno (23) 16 3 laps 1 lap Running
18 Justin Wilson (02) 13 28 laps 25 laps Running
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay (17) 4 72 laps 44 laps Contact
20 Enrique Bernoldi (36) 19 105 laps 33 laps Handling
21 Jaime Camara (34) 23 121 laps 16 laps Handling
22 A.J. Foyt IV (2) 24 126 laps 5 laps Handling
23 Ryan Briscoe (6) 9 168 laps 42 laps Mechanical
24 Marco Andretti (26) 11 169 laps 1 lap Contact

Race Statistics

Winner's average speed: 148.072 mph

Time of race: 1:30:04.6499

Margin of victory: Under red

Cautions: 4 caution flags for 37 laps

Lead changes: 5 among 4 drivers

Lap leaders: Castroneves 1-54, Dixon 55-62, Servia 63-67, Dixon 68-89, Kanaan 90-148, Dixon 149-171.

Point standings: Dixon 420, Castroneves 357, Wheldon 351, Kanaan 339, Patrick 266, Mutoh 254, Andretti 253, Briscoe 243, Hunter-Reay 232, Carpenter 222.

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