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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
Randy Bernard - The fallout continues

by Brian Carroccio
Thursday, November 08, 2012

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Brian Carroccio
The fallout continues, ten days after the resignation of INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard.  The latest installment took place Wednesday morning, as Robin Miller of SPEED took IndyCar owner Chip Ganassi to task.  Ganassi, of course, expressed his dissatisfaction with the continued focus on Bernard's dismissal, was quoted Monday by Gordon Kirby as saying "all anyone wants to talk about is Randy Bernard." 

To Miller, and I should note, myself, Ganassi's plea for everyone to get on with life, in the aftermath of the popular Bernard's dismissal, is pretty rich.  After all, Miller contends Ganassi, along with Kevin Kalkhoven, John Barnes, Tony George, Al Speyer and new CEO Jeff Belskus were the ones leading the charge to remove Bernard.  Miller, while he did not use the word, basically called Ganassi, a hypocrite.  Of course, one could note that Ganassi has, well, been called a lot worse. 

Nevertheless, I do expect we will hear some sort of denial/clarification from the Chipster soon.  He'll likely point out that Miller is/was an unabashed Bernard supporter, that his quote was misunderstood, and that he appreciates all the wonderful things the former CEO did.  And at some point, all this will in fact, blow over, and we will, as Ganassi and others have advocated, get on with it.

But not today.

No, the Bernard story remains raw, and in case anyone thought it was going away, Miller's story likely assures the wound will stay fresh for at least, a few days.  Further, Miller's story seems to illuminate something Ganassi and others fail to realize: that the outcry over Bernard's ouster is not simply a case of the uninformed masses bemoaning the demise of the Messiah.  Rather, Bernard's ouster, and the subsequent outcry, is as much about men like Ganassi, as it is, Bernard.  Worse, it seems the only people who fail to realize this, happen to own IndyCar teams. 

See, when Bernard came to 16th and Georgetown in early 2010, he represented a breath of fresh air; a break from the template of prior executives in Indy car racing; a chance to put the past well, in the past.  The former bull-riding executive was likable, engaging, energetic with no hint of nepotism.  Sure, he was a racing novice, but that was, if anything, a positive.  Bernard was no one's nephew, cousin, step-son, or former understudy.  He wasn't in bed with this race promoter or that engine manufacturer. 

And after decades of civil war, childish infighting, and political backstabbing, Bernard provided hope-- a chance to start anew.  He presumably, at least, had the backing of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and had no prior history with any of the notoriously prickly and demanding car owners, who seemed to have learned their lessons.  All indications were, even they willing to unite, unequivocally, behind one common leader, putting the infighting that had hamstrung the sport for decades, in the past.  It seemed they would work in unison with Bernard on behalf of the sport, for the betterment of everyone, including themselves. 

Apparently, not!

No, seemingly men like Barnes, George, Ganassi, and Kalkhoven, had it out for Bernard, throughout the 2012 season, and simply would not drop whatever grievance they had.  And sure, I can sympathize with Ganassi over not seeing the Delta Wing in IndyCar.  George probably is correct, when he contends there are not enough ovals on the schedule.  Kalkhoven is probably sick of getting his butt kicked by Penske and Andretti, and Barnes' small team was probably stretched thin with the cost of Dallara parts.  I'll concede each of these men would be correct if they pointed out that I wouldn't know what it was like to own an Indy car team. 

However, it appears I know more about the history of the sport than any of them.  I know that working behind the scenes to undermine a leader, and trying to break any consensus at every turn, has happened over and over and over throughout the history of Indy car racing.  And any study of the sport's history will reveal numerous instances of pissing and moaning over turbo waste gates, engine leases, and the ratio of road and street courses to ovals, issues that are, in the grand scheme of things, relatively small.  Unfortunately, the ability to see the big picture and unite for the overall good of the sport is far too uncommon. 

So, congratulations to those who carried out the crusade against Bernard.  You won.  The racing ignorant cowboy has departed the offices at 16th and Georgetown.  Maybe, all that ailed you has left with him. 

But keep this in mind: The next CEO, Chairman, whatever, will have to work with you.  While many leaders have passed through the world of Indy car, self-serving, conniving car owners, have been a mainstay.  What will happen when this individual runs afoul of you? 

You’d think the answer would be pretty obvious to anyone.  That is apparently, unless, you own, an IndyCar team. 

Given these shark infested waters, perhaps the only viable solution for IndyCar is as we first suggested back on October 5th, for it to be bought by a dictatorship, NASCAR, where if a team owner gets out of line they get called into the red NASCAR trailer for an expensive attitude adjustment.

--Brian

Brian Carroccio is a regular contributor to AutoRacing1.com. He developed an appreciation for motorsport at a very young age attending SCCA races with his father, a longtime SCCA crewman. Over time, Indy car racing became his first love, and he considers Al Unser, Sr., and Paul Tracy his favorite all-time drivers.

Personally, Brian is a former college baseball player, who does not feel comfortable sharing his career win-loss record on the mound publicly. He is a diehard fan of the Washington Redskins, and considers Robert Griffin III something akin to a divine gift. He also roots for the Washington Nationals, Manchester United (kind of, a long story) and Cal football (a really long story).

Brian lives in Rockville, MD, with his wife Allison, daughter Stella and son Walter.

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