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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
When it comes to RHR, IndyCar missing the boat again

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Ryan Hunter-Reay - IndyCar finally has an American champion so what do they do?  Largely ignore him.  And you wonder why TV ratings are 0.25?
Ryan Hunter-Reay (RHR) has won five of the last ten IndyCar races (50%) and Andretti Autosport has won six of the last ten IndyCar races (60%). The reversal of fortune for Andretti Autosport since Ryan joined the team has been nothing short of stunning as they had not won a race since June of 2008 (Tony Kanaan Richmond) before Michael signed Hunter-Reay. So far in 2013 'RHR' has competed in four races with three podiums and a mechanical DNF (12 Hours of Sebring 2nd, Daytona 24 Hours 2nd, St. Pete mechanical, Barber 1st.)

With the exception of mechanicals putting him out of races Ryan has posted the best result for the Andretti team since the beginning of the 2012 season (11 of the last 13 IndyCar races) or 85% of the time and other than getting hit from behind by Tagliani while running third with ten laps to go at Fontana last year it would be 12 of the last 13 IndyCar races for an incredible 93%.

Heading into the next two races (Long Beach and Sao Paulo) where RHR has been a consistent threat for the win the last few years, then Indy where he qualified on the front row and was running solidly in the top five before mechanical issues sidelined him last year, the following five races on the schedule (Detroit, Texas, Milwaukee, Iowa, and Toronto) look favorable to Ryan as he won 75% of those races last year even with a mechanical at Texas.

There have been various articles about how IndyCar totally failed in the off season to capitalize on having an American champion, something many believe is necessary to grow the series and bring back fans that were lost in the years of the split, yet here we are into the 2013 season and IndyCar continues to fail to use one of their biggest assets to publicize the series.

From the lead up for the Barber race not a single story line of an American champion fighting to retain his championship, or even an in car camera, was devoted to 'RHR' by the IndyCar series publicists or the broadcast commentators (who get their marching orders from the IndyCar front office) despite Hunter-Reay breaking Penske's dominance at Barber by qualifying on the pole. Even after Ryan drove off to a 12 second lead within the first 25 laps, barely a peep about the clinic RHR was putting on until he crossed the finish line to win the race. With ten laps to go one of the commentators, Townsend Bell, all but announced Dixon would win the race despite Hunter-Reay having lead the majority of laps, being a second up the road and with twice the push-to-passes remaining as Dixon.

Imagine that!  IndyCar finally has an American champion, but you would hardly know it.
I am beginning to understand why Ryan in his championship acceptance speech thanked those that have discounted and bet against him as it must be extremely satisfying, not to mention motivating, to quietly prove betting against him for the win at any race (IndyCar, ALMS, GrandAm, probably lawn mowers if he races them) is a low percentage bet.

How the IndyCar series is not promoting and heralding this American champion at the height of his career as he fights to retain his championship, the first time an American has won the championship in a unified series since Al Unser Jr. in 1994, is as bewildering as it is maddening to many supporters of IndyCar.

It is not just on track that RHR delivers, many people forget that it was Ryan with his IZOD personal sponsorship that got IZOD involved in the series where they eventually sponsored a full season car for him at Andretti's team and became the title sponsor of the series. DHL, Sun Drop and the host of sponsors on Michael Andretti's No.# 1 car must be extremely happy with the return they are getting on their investment. An American driver that can win races, attract sponsors, and is fan friendly. Hello, IndyCar!

Yes, some journalists have pointed out while he is good looking and charismatic he comes across as a polite, humble, quite, 'vanilla' person at the track (he says he is just focused on the job at hand) that does not make waves or draw attention to himself but that does not mean IndyCar and us journalists should be quite about this American champion that refused, and refuses, to quit for it is quite a human interest story that could help uplift the series. If, and that is a big if, IndyCar would only wake up and smell the coffee. As Ryan has helped his Andretti team back to prominence he could play, and has offered according to Mark Miles, a prominent role in helping IndyCar back to prominence.

For IndyCar you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink, however, with or without publicity, RHR looks to be determined to fight to deliver another team championship to Michael Andretti's team, retain his drivers' championship and the number '1' even if IndyCar refuses to capitalize on the opportunity to herald this deserving American champion.

Hunter-Reay's Results - Last 18 Races

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St. Pete 3rd
02. Barber 12th
03. LBGP 6st
04. Brazil 2nd
05. Indy 27th
06. Detroit 7th
07. Texas 21st
08. Milwaukee 1st
09. Iowa 1st
10. Toronto 1st
11. Edmonton 7th
12. Mid-Ohio 24th
13. Sonoma 18th
14. Baltimore 1st
15. Fontana 4th
16. St. Pete 18th
17. Barber 1st
18. Long Beach ???

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