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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
Does Katherine have a 'Legge' to stand on?

by Brian Carroccio
Monday, February 18, 2013

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Katherine Legge
Danica Patrick winning pole for the Daytona 500 yesterday, is clearly dominating headlines today in the world of motorsport.  However, last week another female driver, Katherine Legge, made news in the world of IndyCar with her less than cordial split with Dragon Racing. 

As you probably know, Legge was dropped from Jay Penske's team last month in favor of Colombian Sebastian Saavedra with news of this decision became public last Tuesday. Of course, the likable 32 year-old Brit, was instrumental in bringing TrueCar sponsorship to Penske's team before the start of last season. Unfortunately, both Legge and Dragon would endure a trying 2012 season, some of which, was not entirely their own doing.

Remember, Dragon opted to get out of their two-car Lotus engine lease last May in favor of a one-car Chevrolet effort. Legge and teammate Sebastien Bourdais were forced to rotate for most races during the latter part of 2012, resulting in Legge making a mere 10 starts, with disappointing results. With an anticipated full-season effort in 2013, it was presumed the popular Legge would get a "fair" opportunity to display her talents.

Fair or unfair, it wasn't to be. Within 24 hours of the announcement that Dragon would be replacing Legge both team and driver released statements, articulating their version of the events.

Generally speaking, public sentiment, has and probably will continue to be on the side of Legge. While there are differing views regarding her talents in a race car, Legge is incredibly likable. And her endearing persona outside of the car, has won her a legion of, if not fans, certainly sympathetic supporters. Penske, of course, is an entirely different natter.

The 33 year-old son of legendary racing mogul Roger Penske, entered IndyCar racing as an owner in 2007, and has competed for all or parts of each season since, thus far with little success. Although accomplished in his own right as a very successful media entrepreneur, the young Penske is clearly something of an uncomfortable, detached public figure. Of course, the afore mentioned "Pissgate," this past summer in Nantucket, RI, in which he and his brother Mark allegedly urinated on a woman, didn't help endear the publicly awkward Penske to anyone.

Nevertheless, both Penske and Legge released statements this past week, regarding Legge's departure from Dragon. Certainly, the most interesting bit of information came from Legge's statement, in which she claimed she might pursue legal action against Dragon, as she believed she had a rightful claim to the seat.

While I don't have access to the contract between Legge and Dragon, which presumably was for two years, I'm guessing that Legge has little recourse. And how would I ascertain this? Well, reading the statement Legge herself made. (I have attached the statements from both Legge and Dragon below.)

I'll say this: in an age when quality public relations, particularly P.R. work within IndyCar and racing in general, is something of a lost art, Legge's statement is very well-written. It succeeds in making Legge appear to be the victim of underhanded and unprofessional treatment. It also paints Legge as a loyal lieutenant, who endured a series of unfortunate circumstances, which were not her own doing, noting "It was a very difficult season last year, we did very little testing and I was made to sit out of some of the races."

Also, Legge, or whoever composed the statement, discredits both TrueCar and Jay Penske without attacking either directly. It notes how the recent news sheds doubt on where TrueCar and associate sponsor Virgin "stand on the "Women's Empowered Initiative' going forward." Without directly attacking either, the statement calls into question the direction of both companies, based on their recent actions. Good P.R. work.

With regard to Jay Penske, the statement mentions the "actions in Nantucket." Although everyone knows what actions Legge speaks of, the statement does not say Jay is a scumbag, who pissed on a woman. It says Jay's "actions....hurt my ability to find additional and personal sponsors, and it was highly embarrassing." That elicits sympathy for Legge. Again, good P.R work.

Here's the problem: none of what the statement says has any legal/contractual ramifications. Certainly, what was said may make TrueCar a hypocrite, who talk about empowering women out of one side of their mouth, then change their tune when a bigger check comes along. Certainly, the statement paints Jay Penske as a less than sterling individual. Certainly, public sentiment is inevitably going to be against the young Penske. Certainly, the statement insinuates he did not exactly make a good-faith effort with Kat, something the public is already inclined to believe.

In short, Legge as she has always done, did an excellent job building public sympathy. Still, if the issue is whether Legge contractually deserves to be in the #6 TrueCar Chevrolet, none of what Legge says matters one bit.

See, when Legge does address the legal/contractual matter, she notes it is her firm belief "that Dragon Racing and TrueCar cannot proceed without me." Sure, that may be Legge's belief. However, we all know for a fact, that Dragon and TrueCar did proceed without Legge last season, for 5 races.

Also, Legge briefly addresses what I thought might be a complicated triangular matter between herself, Dragon and TrueCar, saying Penske intended to bring "Penske Dealerships onboard with TrueCar if I signed with Dragon Racing." To me, that clarifies an important point: Legge's contract was with Dragon. She herself said "I signed with Dragon Racing." She just so happened to bring along TrueCar, who we now know with the Saavedra announcement is contracted to Dragon, and apparently not Legge.

And if Legge's contract was not set up as a package deal with TrueCar, it would appear the matter is simply between her and Dragon.

Now, in other sports like baseball or basketball if Legge had a two-year deal, a team could terminate said deal, but still have to pay the balance of the contract. Lets' say for example, Legge's contract to Dragon was binding, in that Penske would have to pay her whatever her wages were for the balance of the deal. Given the modern economic climate of IndyCar, I imagine that was a nominal amount, if anything. My guess is Legge was probably set up to earn a portion of prize money, with a small base salary. Thus, Penske could still be paying her relatively paltry base salary in 2013.

However, given that Penske earned only one Leaders' Circle spot from last year, and that Saavedra brought along a number of Colombian sponsors as associates to the primary TrueCar sponsorship on the #6, paying Kat is probably a drop in the bucket. In short, subtract Saavedra's sponsor money from what Penske contractually owes Kat, and I'm guessing Jay Penske comes out a clear winner, even if he still does have to pay for Kat. 

In short, Legge's statements may make Jay Penske a less than upstanding individual. They may confirm TrueCar is not staying true (pun intended) to its self-proclaimed mission. They may confirm she was a loyal lieutenant, who made the best of a difficult situation. They may indicate that her loyalty was not reciprocated by her employer. They may indicate that she is an upstanding individual, who deserved better.

But as far as determining whether Legge has a legal/contractual right to the #6 Dragon Chevy, Kat's statement did not convince us she has, for lack of a better term, a 'legge' to stand on. And if anything, it probably confirmed the contrary.

Legge's statement
Dragon's statement

Brian Carroccio is an IndyCar columnist for AutoRacing1.com. He grew up around racing as the son of a longtime SCCA crewman. His first vivid memory of Indy car racing is Danny Sullivan’s 1985 “Spin and Win,” at Indianapolis. Brian lives in Rockville, MD. As a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins and passionate supporter of Manchester United.

For insight on IndyCar racing, and thoughts on other topics of interest to Brian, you can follow him on Twitter @BrianC_AR1. Also, feel free to contact Brian by email at bricarr2@aol.com.

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