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After Pocono
Driver Standings

1 Will Power 446
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Simon Pagenaud 402
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 391
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388
6 Carlos Munoz (R) 340
7 Marco Andretti 325
8 Scott Dixon 297
9 Ryan Briscoe 285
10 Sebastien Bourdais 271
11 Tony Kanaan 267
12 James Hinchcliffe 266
13 Mikhail Aleshin 263
14 Justin Wilson 253
15 Charlie Kimball 239
16 Jack Hawksworth 227
17 Carlos Huertas (R) 224
18 Josef Newgarden 220
19 Graham Rahal 202
20 Sebastian Saavedra 196
21 Takuma Sato 189
22 Mike Conway 152
23 Ed Carpenter 138
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 James Davison (R) 34
29 Jacques Villeneuve 29
30 Alex Tagliani 28
31 Luca Filippi 24
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 340
2 Mikhail Aleshin 263
3 Jack Hawksworth 217
4 Carlos Huertas 204
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Simon Pagenaud 2
T4 Mike Conway 1
T4 Helio Castroneves 1
T4 Carlos Huertas 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 5
T1 Helio Castroneves 5
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T3 Carlos Munoz 3
T3 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T6 Marco Andretti 2
T6 Simon Pagenaud 2
T8 Mike Conway 1
T8 Carlos Huertas 1
T8 Scott Dixon 1
T8 Tony Kanaan 1
T8 Graham Rahal 1
T8 Charlie Kimball 1
T8 Ed Carpenter 1
T8 Jack Hawksworth 1
T8 Mikhail Aleshin 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 348
2 Helio Castroneves 174
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 165
4 Ed Carpenter 116
5 Tony Kanaan 79
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 James Hinchcliffe 56
9 Simon Pagenaud 53
10 Jack Hawksworth 32
11 Scott Dixon 27
12 Marco Andretti 22
13 Justin Wilson 20
14 Sebastian Saavedra 14
15 Graham Rahal 10
16 Mike Conway 8
17 Josef Newgarden 8
T18 Oriol Servia 7
T18 Carlos Huertas 7
19 Ryan Briscoe 5
20 Mikhail Aleshin 4
21 Alex Tagliani 3
22 Sebastien Bourdais 2

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 446
2 3 Team Penske 446
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 402
4 2 Team Penske 391
5 28 Andretti Autosport 388
6 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 340
7 25 Andretti Autosport 325
8 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 297
9 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 290
10 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 285
11 11 KVSH Racing 271
12 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 267
13 27 Andretti Autosport 266
14 7 SMP Racing 263
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 253
16 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 239
17 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 227
18 18 Dale Coyne Racing 224
19 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 220
20 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 202
21 17 KV/AFS Racing 196
22 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 189
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 112
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 5.81
2 Kurt Busch 6.00
3 Will Power 6.09
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.72
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
T7 Scott Dixon 10.18
T7 Carlos Munoz 10.18
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.45
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.72
11 Ryan Briscoe 11.75
12 Marco Andretti 12.125
13 Carlos Munoz 12.375
T14 Oriol Servia 12.5
T14 Justin Wilson 12.5
16 Alex Tagliani 13.0
17 Sebastien Bourdais 13.25
18 Charlie Kimball 13.625
19 Mike Conway 13.66
T20 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
T20 Ed Carpenter 14.0
22 Carlos Huertas 14.25
23 Mikhail Aleshin 14.875
24 James Hinchcliffe 15.125
T25 Takuma Sato 15.5
T25 Jack Hawksworth 15.5
27 Sebastian Saavedra 15.75
28 James Davison 16.00
29 Josef Newgarden 16.375
30 Graham Rahal 16.625
31 Martin Plowman 20.5
32 Franck Montagny 22.0
33 Pippa Mann 24.0
34 Townsend Bell 25.0
35 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

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T2 Scott Dixon 3
T2 Will Power 3
T2 James Hinchcliffe 3
T2 Helio Castroneves 3
T2 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T9 Takuma Sato 1
T9 Marco Andretti 1
T9 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T9 Tony Kanaan 1
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T9 Mike Conway 1
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T9 Ryan Briscoe 1
Costs to race an IndyCar getting out of control

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, July 06, 2008

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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.  AutoRacing1.com 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.  AutoRacing1.com 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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