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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
Texas Offers a Glimpse of What IndyCar Was, Should Be

by Stephen Cox
Sunday, June 10, 2012

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“That's the best racing I've ever had on an oval.” - Will Power

The Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway should go down in history as the most important IndyCar race in the last 30 years.

For the first time since Parnelli Jones retired, we saw racecars sliding in the turns on an oval track.

We have a long way to go, but thankfully, someone at IndyCar is finally doing what I've been harping about for many years... taking the downforce out of the racecars and letting them slide all over the track. At long, long last, the idea of losing traction is gaining traction. It is being publicly accepted and recognized as the salvation of Indycar's oval tradition.

Those of you who just saw the light on this topic are a couple of decades late to the party; nevertheless, we're glad you're finally on board.

NBC's announcers – who have generally done a fine job this year – expressed continual surprise Saturday night when drivers had to correct a sliding car in the corners. That alone should demonstrate to us the real state of this sport.

C'mon, guys. We shouldn't be surprised when cars slide in the corners. That's what cars are supposed to do. We should be alarmed when they don't. I don't know why someone didn't figure this out many years ago. When IndyCar drivers can run a track flat out (insert emphatic yawn here), something is very wrong with the series.

When is the last time you saw an IndyCar team on an oval making desperate changes to a racecar in a search for speed? Dario Franchitti's car was handling so badly early in the Texas event that they unhooked the rear sway bar. That's a massive change. That's the kind of change commonly seen on stock cars at local short tracks between the heat race and the feature.

It is glorious to see teams actually working on the basic setup of the car, rather than fine tuning near-perfect spec cars that can be driven flat out all the way around the track.

For the first time in recent memory, you could hear the drivers lifting off the throttle in the corners. This was dangerously close to real, authentic oval racing the way it ought to be. And the way it used to be.

After being a relative non-issue for years, tire wear was a huge factor at Texas. Why? The reduction in downforce causes the cars to slide in the corners, which stresses and heats the tires with much greater friction. Smoother drivers make their tires last longer and grip better during long green flag segments.

Drivers with less skill or those who are overly aggressive use up their tires quicker. This is a good thing. This allows better, smarter drivers to get to the front instead of being stuck in a pack of mediocre drivers who can all drive flat out for the entire race.

Scott Dixon's car seemed to “go away” around lap 180, and shortly afterward he smacked the wall. I'm certainly not happy to see anyone crash, but the very fact that the cars are changing during the race is cause for celebration.

This means that drivers must find a line that suits their car instead of driving anywhere they please with a car that sticks like glue in any groove. It means that the cars will become temperamental and sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, which means that the crew and driver must communicate to constantly maintain the car's balance and handling.

Listen, people... when the cars slide in the corners, the whole game changes.

When cars slide in the corners, even heavyweights like Scott Dixon make mistakes. When cars slide in the corners, they must be driven on the edge of control at every moment and drivers like Graham Rahal can crack under the pressure.

When cars slide in the corners, Ganassi and Penske can actually be beaten by Dale Coyne's miniscule operation by good driving, good strategy and a dash of luck.

For the first time in decades, the cars were sliding in a full drift through the turns at Texas Motor Speedway. Stop and consider what this means.

We're talking about a fundamental shift in everything that is IndyCar. We're talking about oval races that become more entertaining than the road and street events. We're talking about increased fan demand for more ovals on the schedule.

What happens then? There is a real future for open wheel oval drivers across the country – drivers who have no hope and no future anywhere except NASCAR right now.

A whole host of new racetracks open up to IndyCar – tracks that are currently considered too “dangerous” for Indycar's old, pack-racing spec cars. These tracks can turn a profit because fans will show up secure in the knowledge that they'll be watching real racing.

By the way... the Firestone 550 at Texas was about 15 mph slower than last year's race. Did anyone care? Or even notice?

We still have spec cars, limited engine options and too much regulation from the series. There’s still a long way to go before IndyCar is a finished product.

But last weekend you could feel the ghosts of Billy Vukovich, Mauri Rose and Wilbur Shaw finally stirring from their long slumber.

The Firestone 550 was everything that oval racing should be, once was, and can be again.

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