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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

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
IRL and Honda on right track with new Indy Car

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Monday, May 25, 2009

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Next generation IndyCar concept car
Mark Cipolloni/AR1.com
On display in the Indy Speedway media center this past weekend was a concept model car of the next generation IndyCar.  The concept was developed by Dave Marek who heads up the Acura design studio in Pasadena, California.  He was involved with the design competition with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA (The other college was the College of Creative Studies in Detroit) that the league engaged but took it one step further. 

The design hits all the key points that the next generation car should be:
  1. It is futuristic looking (very much so)
  2. It offers increased driver protection (note the sidepod design)
  3. It reduces the chances of wheel-to-wheel interlocking (note sidepod design)
  4. It generates most of its downforce from the undertray, which is less affected by turbulence from the car in front (Note the huge diffuser exit tunnels and recall the article I wrote with Dr. Mark Handford on this very topic many years ago.)
  5. The wings are small so they generate less turbulence for the cars following, which increases the chance for passing.
  6. The sidepods offer a huge amount of real estate for sponsor logos

If Dallara can build this car, the IRL will have hit a home run.  On Sunday before the Indy 500, I spoke to Honda HPD boss Erik Berkman about the concept car.

I asked Erik to tell me how Honda got involved with this project.

Honda HPD boss Erik Berkman
"Dave Marek is the executive designer for the advanced studio.  We have three studios out in L.A., two production studios, one for Acura, one for Honda, then the advanced studio feeds those production studios with advanced concepts.  Dave is a race fan, always has been, and followed this series back when it was CART and all that.  He is somewhat knowledgeable," said Berkman. 

"And he helped mentor the Pasadena Arts Center Students Project back in '07, and then the Center For Creative Studies Transportation Design Students Project, that was funded all by Honda, back in 2008.  So he worked with these two prominent transportation design schools.  And he gave the students a shot at it.  And they had a lot of crazy and wild and good ideas. 

"Then I said, Dave, why don't we go ahead and take a crack at it using our own designers, because they all came from these schools anyway, too, right?  So let's go ahead and use our own in-house resources and see what we come up with.  Let's go ahead and take one, build it as a model.  Let's make it as feasible as possible instead of as crazy and out there. 

"Not that this model is perfectly feasible.  You look at the low profile aspect ratio of these tires, you say, That looks more like something that's on one of these LeMans sports cars.  But at 225 or 230 out here on a superspeedway, you might want to have a little different aspect ratio. 

"In any case, much of this could be adopted into a next-generation car, trying to solve some of the problems with the current car, let's say, you know, interlocking wheels or, you know, always wanting to improve on the safety record of the product, and fundamentally trying to modernize the look, trying to come up with something that portends to the next second generation of open-wheel racing. 

"You know, here we are at the centennial era.  Two years, we're going to have the 100th anniversary of the first 500.  Honda's passion for this open-wheel racing goes beyond just being an engine supplier.  Not that we would necessarily be the chassis supplier.  I say 'necessarily'.  Not that we intend to be the chassis supplier for IndyCar.  But working closely with Dallara and the league, we would love to use our styling input and our passion for racing to help maybe influence that next car. 

I told Erik I felt his team did an excellent job on this concept car and asked him if the IRL had given him any feedback on this model? 

"Yeah, I mean, they're displaying it.  This is their media center," Berkman continued.

I was curious as to whether Brian Barnhart came back and said, Erik, this might be it? 

"No.  I think maybe at this stage it's Angstadt territory more than Barnhart," said Berkman. 

"Again, we've packaged it to say, look, the 3-D data, we can give that to Dallara.  Dallara is free to use it.  We're not charging a royalty.  If they want to go from there and do aero studies.  They may come at it from the other direction, wanting to design a next generation car by themselves.  All we're trying to do is influence. 

And right now, as it's painted up, I am Indy, Honda logo and color, besides IRL and Honda being called out, we have the associate sponsors currently in the field, indicated in a bit of a grayed out fashion here.  But Firestone's on the tires.  And you can see here that, you know, many things would need to probably change.  You know, there's no cut lines, whereas the body panels come apart, all that.  How are the wings removable, adjustable?  How about in a crash, how do you fix what you got? 

"But if and when we get to the next generation car, it's just a matter of when, not if, it will take on -- it's an opportunity for us to do something new.  And we're just saying, let's stretch the look, let's modernize it as much as we can.  We think this looks a little bit more like a jet fighter." 

I quizzed him on whether the huge underbody diffusers were part of the idea of getting more downforce from the underbody? 

"Yes.  You got the story right Mark," said Berkman.  "A little more downforce from the tunnel, and a little less -- maybe we can even spice up the passing opportunities and dirty air influences, all that sort of thing." 

So does this model help get the IRL closer to the next generation IndyCar due out in 2012? 

"That's the earliest we can do it," said Berkman referring to the fact that it is not only the car but also the engine specs that must be finalized soon. 

"All we got to do is reach a consensus within the end of this year and we can do it for 2012.  And there's still a little bit of work to be done to get to that consensus, but we got time," said Berkman as he whisked away to his next meeting.

Sidepods protect drivers Very futuristic Looking Note huge diffuser exits Front wings may be small

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