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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
George, Barnhart and Angstadt talk about IRL's future

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Friday, March 28, 2008

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(L to R) Brian Barnhart, Tony George and Terry Angstadt
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Indy Racing League's top brass - Tony George, Brian Barnhart and Terry Angstadt met the press Friday afternoon in Homestead Florida to answer key questions with regard to the unified open wheel racing series and their answers give us some good insight into the future of the league. 

Tony George opened the meeting by saying it's been a hectic 30 days since the announcement of the unification.  The logistics it has taken to get equipment to the transitioning Champ Car teams have been a big mountain to climb but he feels things will settle down by May and the Indy 500.  He thanked everyone on both sides for the efforts they made in making it all come together.

We asked Tony if he thought more cars might come over from Champ Car when the announcement was made.  His response, " I kind of assumed 14 or so was a very real possibility. I don't know where we would be today if that many had actually come. Where it settled out at – 8, 10 – that seems to be a manageable number to get the season going.

"But we would have really been hard-pressed I think to come up and even do a reasonable job. So I guess to that extent, I wish everybody that wanted to be here could be here. Derrick Walker comes to mind. Certainly wish the economy around this sport was booming from the very announcement so that guys like Gerry Forsythe would find a sponsor and be here.

"I guess it would have been an interesting challenge to have, to try and come up with more equipment. And we possibly could have. I think, you know, I've still got a car available. We could tighten our belt and try to get by running two. I do know that, you know, beyond May, if anybody wants to acquire more equipment, Dallara can still build four (chassis) a month beginning in May.

"I mean, we'll slowly catch up.  But it's getting there.

"You know, this 8 or 10 has been a good number to get transitioned, though."

Tony George told us that he wished it had come together earlier.  He said there were talks as early as last fall, then it appeared Champ Car would go forward in 2008 and they went into the holidays assuming that would be the case.  Then in February the Champ Car side made some decisions that enabled the unification to happen.  Although George didn't say it, we hear in February Kevin Kalkhoven decided he was no longer going to continue the series without a business plan that met his satisfaction so he shut it down.  Too bad that didn't happen last fall because that would have made the unification much better for everyone.

Barnhart said that the Champ Car teams have the following number of cars:
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing - 2 cars, will be getting a third this coming week
Conquest Racing - 2 cars
Dale Coyne Racing - 3 cars
KV Racing Technology - 3 cars
HVM Racing - 1 car

He said that all these teams will have 4 cars by the end of April and in time for the Indy 500

Brian Barnhart said that the NHLR team will get more test time at Sebring this coming Tuesday because they were not able to make the Sebring test.  That will help them be ready for St. Pete next weekend.

All the drivers coming over from Champ Car, except for Oriol Servia and Bruno Junqueira, will be considered rookies because "we are largely an oval series and the other drivers had 5 or less oval races under their belt and will, therefore, be eligible for the Rookie of The Year (ROY) title."  There will be 9 drivers competing for ROY honors.

"There has been a misconception that these cars are 100% throttle high downforce cars and therefore, easy to drive, and that's not the case," said Barnhart.  The transitioning teams have a daunting task ahead of them.  The teams that are good in this league know they need good mechanical grip in traffic where the aerodynamics don't work as well."  The transition teams are going to have to figure that out.

Barnhart expects 26 cars for the remainder of the season, except for Indy which will have 33.  Because there was not enough time to repair Graham Rahal's car damaged in a crash in testing at Homestead a few days ago, there will be 25 this weekend.  Rahal will get no points for this weekend since he did not qualify for the race.

"It was a proud moment this morning when I looked down from race control and saw a pit lane full of race cars," Barnhart said.

If more cars come in, as is expected later in the year, we could see NASCAR-style bumping at three race tracks that can only accommodate 26 cars in the pits - Milwaukee, Iowa and Richmond.

New weight rule

Barnhart explained the new weight rules in effect for this season.  Essentially the drivers will be divided into 5 groups, A thru E.  Groups A, B and C will add weight to their cars.  Group A (lightest drivers) will add the most weight, B the next most, and so forth.  Group D will add or subtract no weight and Group E will remove weight from their cars.  This will make all the cars with drivers almost the same weight and therefore make the weight differences almost negligible.

The drivers will be weighed just once before the season starts.

Schedule

As for the schedule, the 2008 IndyCar Series Fan Guide lists Edmonton on Saturday July 26th at 5:00 PM on ESPN as we previously rumored so that looks like 'fact' and it should also be a points paying race.  They are not yet sure about points for the Surfers race, which will run on Sunday October 26th, because Chicagoland has a contract to be the final points paying championship race for 2008.  Terry Angstadt said it will either count as the first points paying race of 2009 or be included in a special 2008 international points championship that would include, Indy, Japan, Edmonton, Surfers and perhaps Long Beach and would include a cash bonus prize to the champion.

They expect the sanctioning agreements for Edmonton and Surfers to be signed in about 10 days time.

As for 2009 and beyond Tony mentioned some desire to have an equal mix of 6-6-6; six ovals, six road courses and six street races, but it will probably end up being 20 to 22 races.  They talked about Mexico City and Toronto being in the mix to make the series a bit more international.  And it might not be on the streets of Toronto as I hear through the grapevine that a group looking to build oval tracks around the world has approached Tony about an oval race in eastern Canada.  Europe is not in their plans at this time.

As for when the 2009 schedule will be announced, Tony George said, "We always shoot for May but historically we don't get it out until September."

Series Name

Tony George said there are no plans to change the name of the series.  "We feel Indy Car" is the best description of what we are."  "We may add a title sponsor to the series, however."  "Some people liked the name 'PPG Indy Car World Series' name," said George, hinting that 'World Series' could be in the series name when they add a title sponsor to the front, such as 'XYZ Indy Car World Series' as an example.

It sounded like the rumored DIRECTV presenting sponsorship could have been made this weekend but the lawyers are still going over wording of the contracts so it probably will not happen this weekend I hear through the grapevine.

Long Beach

Look for Tony Cotman to be the race director for the Long Beach race, the final race to be run with Champ Car.  Tony George, Brian Barnhart, Terry Angstadt and some of their staff will make the overnight trip from Motegi to Long Beach mostly to observe and plan for 2009.  Champ Car staff will run the show.

New Car

Barnhart told us that they have not set an exact date for the new car, but that it would be most likely 2010 or 2011.  In no way will it be 2009 because the transitioning teams have had to invest so much in new cars it would be unfair to use them just this year.  As far as what the new chassis will be, that depends a lot on what the engine formula is.  They will also take aesthetics into consideration and what the ART school program comes up with.

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