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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
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.

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