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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
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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