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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
Some positive can come out of new IndyCar TV deal

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Saturday, August 23, 2008

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Mark Cipolloni
To most people, the new IRL TV deal is a complete and utter disaster because it takes the IRL off of the #1 channel for sports fans and places it on a channel that only the most dedicated IndyCar fans will bother to watch.  If TV ratings drop because of the deal, the concern is that sponsors will flee, engine manufacturers won't sign on and the league as a whole will lose more money than the $12 million they saved by switching to VERSUS for 13 of 18 races.  However, let's try to put a more positive spin on things.

While ABC and ESPN will still be there for 5 of the races, Versus will bring a 200% increase in programming coverage (nearly 100 hours each season), and ABC promises to cross promote the races that will be broadcast on VERSUS. 

VERSUS, focuses its efforts on fewer sports, thus enabling it to provide much greater depth in programming and promotion. On ESPN IndyCar is just a small fish in a very big pond that includes a lot of NASCAR programming and few available hours to broadcast ancillary shows.

VERSUS, like ABC, will broadcast all IndyCar Series races in High‐Definition, as they added a dedicated HD channel in October.

The NHL has experienced reasonable results through their affiliation with VERSUS. Overall, VERSUS’ NHL coverage for the 2007/2008 season showed ratings growth up 50% for both regular season and playoffs (up from a dismal 0.2 to a still dismal 0.3, but still a move in the right direction), the conference finals were up 71%, and the Stanley Cup Finals were up 138%. In fact, Game 2 of the Penguins/Red Wings drew 2.5 million viewers with a rating of 1.9 and Game 4 of the Penguins/Rangers game actually defeated the competing Pistons/76ers Game 6 on TNT in the coveted 18‐34 and 18‐49 demographics.

The 2008 Tour de France on VERSUS was seen by 32.8 million viewers, more than any other year, including Lance Armstrong’s final win in 2005, and viewership among men 18‐34 during the live broadcasts grew more than 80%.  Additionally, VERSUS.com experienced 6.5 million video downloads related to the Tour de France.

In 2008 VERSUS will carry 23 college football games from the PAC‐10, Big 12, and Ivy League
conferences, which will make more people aware of VERSUS.

If you subscribe to DIRECTV and Dish Network, VERSUS is available to all subscribers in the country.

The key for the IRL is whether VERSUS can buy another one or two more major sports properties.  If that were to happen VERSUS will begin to become more of a household name and a go-to channel like ESPN is now.

International Coverage

There is a concern that VERSUS will not give the IRL the same international distribution that ESPN International does.  With the new deal VERSUS retains the rights for international coverage regarding their telecasts, while ABC/ESPN will hold the rights for their telecasts.  I am told that VERSUS can choose to subcontract the international distribution to ESPN International, or they may choose another path.

A possible benefit to teams and sponsors

When the IndyCar Series evaluated network opportunities (with the assistance of Wasserman Media Group), a major factor in the decision to pursue a partnership with VERSUS, was the positive impact that it would have on key stakeholders of the IndyCar Series, namely the teams and sponsors. These benefits include:

• A minimum increase in on‐air presence by more than 200%. VERSUS will provide a three‐hour window on race day, a one‐hour show the day prior to the race (races telecast on VERSUS) as well as re‐airing the races during the week (including those on ABC). As part of the three‐hour race day programming, VERSUS is planning pre‐ and post‐race shows, and other ancillary programming.

Programming hours are key to sponsors. Even if the ratings did not increase in 2009, the overall viewership of IndyCar programming (and subsequently coverage of the teams, sponsors, etc.), is set to grow significantly due to the extra hours of coverage, but they may be the same eyeballs watching all the shows so we cannot be fooled by that rhetoric. Taking into account the above mentioned on‐air increase, the cumulative number of viewers and households will most certainly be higher than a “rating of the week,” which they currently receive from a single race broadcast.

The additional programming hours also provide benefit, as the they can be used to highlight sponsors and teams through specific storylines.

• The IndyCar Series as well as the Firestone Indy Lights will be on a network that focuses on promoting fewer sports, but in much greater depth. Marc Fein, VERSUS Executive VP/Programming, Production & Business Operations stated, “ESPN’s blessing and curse is all the sports properties it has. The position of our network is to go after properties we can own. We want to surround and embrace it (IndyCar). We’re going to promote it a lot more than it has been promoted.”

• VERSUS is also set to provide promotional support on a level that is similar to what they currently provide the NHL. As the previous section noted, this has been very successful in growing their league’s viewership. This promotional support guarantees that IndyCar is a “top tier” product for VERSUS (instead of a forgotten stepchild on ESPN) and will be supported as such from a marketing standpoint. This will not only increase awareness of the IndyCar Series, thus driving up viewership, but it will bring an opportunity for greater focus on the teams and the sponsors associated with IndyCar as well.

• The league, and ultimately teams and sponsors, benefit from the consistency and certainty the VERSUS contract brings as it positions the league for growth. In a Washington Times article, David Carter, principal of the Sports Business Group, a Los Angeles‐based consulting firm states, “You can’t grow the sport without stability. If you have stability on a network, I think you position yourself to tell a story that can translate into growth over time.”

That's the best positive spin I can put on this deal given its early days.  It remains to be seen if VERSUS can deliver what it promises, or whether, by signing a long 10 year deal, the IRL has ensured that the IndyCar series will fade away into oblivion for the next decade.

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