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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

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
Costs to race an IndyCar getting out of control

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, July 06, 2008


The Panoz DP01 Champ Car was a much lower cost platform on which to race.  IndyCar can learn a lot from how Champ Car reduced the cost of racing.
When it comes to saving costs for the race teams, Champ Car had it all over IndyCar. has learned that the cost to race in IndyCar is far higher than it was in Champ Car.  Champ Car got it right when they moved to the new Panoz chassis, locking the car down so the teams could not make modifications to aerodynamic and mechanical pieces in order to gain an advantage.  But it doesn't start there.  A new car in the IndyCar series costs a whopping $675K when you add up all the costs.

You might question where we got the $675K from, but it comes right from a team owner.  The low value of the USA dollar is a contributing factor to the higher cost.  The Panoz DP01 Champ Car was manufactured and built in the USA.  Because the Dallara IndyCar is manufactured in Europe and the USA dollar is now only worth 63.6% of the Euro, the cost of a comparable car built in Europe is 57% higher just to start. 

The initial purchase cost of an IndyCar (as compared to the Panoz DP01) is driven so high because:

  1. The exchange rate on the dollar as noted above, and that was for Euros.  Image if the car was made in England where the British pound is double the value of the US dollar.  How stupid is that?  The car should be manufactured and assembled in the USA - period.
  2. The teams are forced to purchase a kit for almost every race track.  The kit provides suspension parts for each race track that changes the suspension and aero setup to best suit each particular race track.  There's a Homestead kit, a Texas kit, an Indy kit, a Richmond kit, a street course kit, a road course kit, etc.  How stupid is that?  Design a spec suspension to work everywhere and deal with it.  It would be the same for everyone.
  3. No carbon fiber pieces come with holes drilled in them.  Not even the tub.  So when the teams get a new car, or a new body piece, they have to spend time lining stuff up and drilling holes to mount each and every piece.  For a new car, that means man-weeks worth of extra work.  With a proper race car like the Panoz DP01, when the pieces arrive you just bolt them together.  So if you buy used pieces from another team it won't bolt onto your car because they may have drilled their holes in a slightly different location than you did.  How stupid is that?

So right out of the box a new Dallara IndyCar with all the kits costs $675K, almost double the cost of the Panoz DP01 Champ Car.

But the pain of racing a new IndyCar doesn't stop there. has learned that teams are allowed to modify aerodynamic body pieces.  How fast do you want to go?  How much money do you have to spend?  Want to make your IndyCar go faster?  Spend a Bazillion dollars in the wind tunnel.  How stupid is that?

Again, the pain of racing a new IndyCar doesn't stop there.  As previously mentioned on these pages, teams are allowed to spend days doing straight-line rolling resistance testing and it doesn't count against your allotted test days for the year. Bazillions!! How stupid is that?

More than one ex-Champ Car team owner told me they can't believe how much more expensive it is to race an IndyCar.  Sure the crash damage on ovals is higher (think Richmond) but the cost of the car itself, and all the custom modifications that are allowed is out of hand.

Having heard this lunacy, we confronted the IRL's Tony Cotman about it.  He said, "We are aware of the issue and we already put the teams on notice at Indy that a bulletin will be issued later this year that will limit the amount of custom modifications a team can make to the car for the sole purpose of reducing cost."

"The worst thing that could happen to the sport right now is to go from the 26 to 28 cars.  We now have back the momentum we have built with the merger to 20 cars, because the cost is too high for some teams to survive and that is a real possibility.

"That would kill all the strides we have made with the merger."

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