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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
Politician Wants To Return Money Taken From IMS

by Stephen Cox
Sunday, February 17, 2013

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Front row at Indy in 2012
National Football League teams have a long-standing tradition. Whenever a franchise wants a new stadium, they simply threaten to move to another town. City officials, terrified at the thought of losing the bread and circuses they promised to Doofus Joe Sixpack, duly pass a new tax on millions of victims who don't give a rat's rump about football and force them to fund a new stadium. Presto. Works every time.

Yes, this column is about auto racing. Trust me. I'm going somewhere with this.

Personally, I've always felt it would be more efficient if the NFL simply threatened to move the entire league to China unless the federal government coughed up a trillion dollars. But that's just me.

To its eternal shame, auto racing has recently began practicing the same disgraceful tactics. It is becoming more and more popular for new race tracks to be – control your gag reflex on this one – “publicly financed.”

Now when someone says that a track is “publicly financed,” what they mean is this – the government is going to take money from you in order to build this track whether you like racing or not. In principle it is no different from the NFL's decades-old extortion plan to get new stadiums.

Sometimes proponents of forced financing attempt to moralize their schemes by re-naming them with really official-sounding titles. But at the end of the day it's all the same thing. You can either pay for it or go to jail.

Which brings us to the bizarre case of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. IMS has a long tradition of earning its money honestly from willing customers. The Speedway does not force anyone to pay its bills, nor does it ask the government to do it for them. The extent to which the public is forced to fund IMS is generally limited to local cops directing traffic on race day. That's about it.

I've always been particularly proud of the Hulman/George family for making this stand. 

So it was a real shock to find that new legislation in the Indiana General Assembly would divert tax money from state coffers back to IMS. At first I was angry. But after reading the legalese more carefully, the picture soon became clear.

“Publicly funded” racetracks are popping up all over the country. Since they're built from money taken from victims by force, budgeting is limited only by the amount of money the track can con the government into giving them. This means that they have the best of everything... tens of millions of other people's dollars can be sunk into the latest LED big-screen technology, super duper sound systems, interactive smart phone gizmos, exotic scoring towers, etc., etc.

And if the track loses money hand over fist and goes out of business... oh, well. It was your money they lost anyway.

Honest racetracks like IMS are feeling the pressure. If they can't keep up with the latest facility developments that the funded-by-tax tracks have, they might lose their fan base. So, in perhaps the ultimate irony, honest racetracks are forced to find new money to invest in their facilities in order to keep from being run out of business by people who won't even pay for their own ideas.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is trying to generate this new money with what can only be termed a stroke of brilliance. They've found a politician who will actually return the tax money that was taken from the Speedway by the government.

It's still a bit murky right now since the final language of the bill isn't complete as of this writing. But State Representative Michael Young's proposed law appears to divert only the taxes paid by or at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway back to IMS for improvement and development of the 100-year-old facility.

Young's constituent territory includes the city of Speedway, so this is a great way to assure his own re-election for all eternity plus eighteen thousand years, give or take. It also exempts the Speedway's property tax from diversion so sacred political cows such as the local school system don't lose any money.

And some 100 million dollars taken from the Speedway and its willing customers gets diverted right back where it belongs... to the Speedway from which it was taken. And not one single innocent citizen in the state of Indiana is forced to pay for something that they don't want.

This is so good it's almost funny. Getting a politician to return tax money to its rightful owner is like removing your arm from a lion's mouth right after he bites it off. Hey! Gimme that back!

Now don't get me wrong. I am not glorifying the government's returning tax money to its rightful owners. Besides, Indiana Senator Luke Kenley made it clear that the government isn't motivated by a sudden stroke of morality... they just see a potential profit. 

“If they succeed with this,” Kenley predicted, “the state will get a return on their investment in terms of more tax dollars being raised.” So much for noble intentions.

But if this legislation passes, outcome-based thinkers must take particular joy in watching the Indianapolis Motor Speedway find a creative new way to compete with force-funded race tracks without reducing themselves to the same level. 

Stephen Cox

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