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Rank Driver Points

1 Newgarden, Josef 641
2 Pagenaud, Simon 616
3 Rossi, Alexander 608
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24 Daly, Conor 149
25 Kimball, Charlie 117
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27 Karam, Sage 39
28 Davison, James 36
29 Castroneves, Helio 33
30 Hanley, Ben (R) 31
31 Mann, Pippa 28
32 Kaiser, Kyle (R) 22
33 Hildebrand, JR 20
34 Servia, Oriol 16
35 Enerson, RC (R) 13
36 King, Jordan (R) 12

Rookie of Year Standings
1 Rosenqvist, Felix 425
2 Herta, Colton 420
3 Ferrucci, Santino 351
4 Ericsson, Marcus 290
5 O'Ward, Patricio 115
6 Hanley, Ben 31
7 Kaiser, Kyle 22
8 RC Enerson 13
9 King, Jordan 12

Manufacturer Standings
1. Honda 1436
2. Chevy 1387

A lot to look forward to with IndyCar for 2015

by Lucille Dust
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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With the 2014 season having concluded nearly four months ago, fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2015 season. And while two-and-a-half months remain between now and the season opener March 8th in Brasilia, IndyCar fans have much to look forward to this coming season with new developments, new venues and a host of driver changes.

The most notable change in 2015 will undoubtedly be the aero kits being developed by Chevrolet and Honda. Some teams have been testing the kits since October but since the testing has been carried out in relative secrecy, it is hard to say how they are working or which manufacturer might have an edge. There will be a configuration for the road/street courses and one for the ovals. 2015 series runner-up Helio Castroneves remarked that the speeds are going to be faster at Indy this year. The teams will start using the kits with the street race in St. Pete in March.

The reason for the introduction of the kits is the fans want to see more competition and differentiation with the cars. INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker has noted this on many occasions, noting at Detroit in 2013 "our fans are crying out for innovation." And so IndyCar is enhancing the speed and competition of the cars by adding the aero kit. The kits will all be the same for each manufacturer, so the teams will have to wait until 2017 to be able to make their own changes to the bits.

The series will travel to two new venues in 2015. The first race of the season will be held in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil on March 8. Since the series has Brazilian sponsors and drivers in the series, it is good to know that the Brazilian fans will not have to travel so far to see their heroes compete. The other new venue is the Alan Wilson-designed NOLA Motorsports Park facility near New Orleans, Louisiana. The Indy Cars will run a 2.67-mile adapted, 13 turn adapted configuration of the South Course.

The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will be held April 12th and kick off a three-consecutive race weekend stretch, with Long Beach and Barber following.

2015 also marks the start of a new era for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The new Dallara IL-15 chassis/Advanced Engine Research 4-cylinder turbo-charged car/engine combination will debut with the Indy Cars at St. Pete in March. With 12 teams registered to compete this season, and numerous driver/team pairings already announces, the new IL-15 has already generated interest in the series. The new car will provide a smoother transition for Lights driver moving to the IndyCar series because the new car drives more like the DW 12 Indy Car. Also, the tub on the Lights car is the same as the Indy Car, easing the ability of a driver to move between series without adjustment.

Another interesting story to follow will be at Team Penske, as Simon Pagenaud signed with the team in late-September. Roger Penske has never fielded 4 Indy Cars and many will be keeping an eye on the chemistry within the team. In particular, the relationship between series champion Will Power and Pagenaud, who were team mates back in 2007 for Team Australia, will be intriguing to watch. Of course, Pagenaud and Power had notable run-ins during the 2014 season at Long Beach and Detroit. I expect Pagenaud to establish himself early within the team, and win multiple races for the third straight season.

James Hinchcliffe

Filling Pagenaud's vacated #77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda will be James Hinchcliffe. The popular Canadian had something of a disappointing 2014, but with unquestioned #1 status, and the support of Canadian owner Ric Peterson, we could see a strong season from the self-appointed Mayor of Hinchtown. Certainly, a strong showing by Hinch would help increase the series' profile in The Great White North.

All in all, the 2015 IndyCar Series should provide a number of fresh stories on track and off. The series' first open test comes after the Brasilia opener at Barber in March. And like so many other fans, I am more than ready for the wheels to start turning.

In the meantime, Happy Holidays to everyone from all of us here at AutoRacing1. We look forward to seeing you on the trail in 2015.

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