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2017 Point Standings
After Mid-Ohio
Rank Driver Points

1 Josef Newgarden 453
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Scott Dixon 445
4 Simon Pagenaud 436
5 Will Power 401
6 Graham Rahal 395
7 Takuma Sato 381
8 Alexander Rossi 358
9 Tony Kanaan 320
10 James Hinchcliffe 316
11 Max Chilton 310
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 297
13 Marco Andretti 286
14 Ed Jones 285
15 JR Hildebrand 276
16 Mikhail Aleshin 237
17 Carlos Munoz 236
18 Charlie Kimball 223
19 Conor Daly 199
20 Spencer Pigot 165
21 Ed Carpenter 142
22 Sebastien Bourdais 136
23 Juan Pablo Montoya 93
24 Gabby Chaves 83
Esteban Gutierrez 83
26 Oriol Servia 61
27 Sebastian Saavedra 52
28 Fernando Alonso 47
29 Pippa Mann 32
30 Jay Howard 24
31 Sage Karam 23
Zach Veach 23
33 James Davison 21
34 Jack Harvey 17
35 Tristan Vautier 15
36 Buddy Lazier 14

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IndyCar Pocono 500 Preview
  Can Honda outpower Chevy in Pocono
After a short summer break the IndyCar series is back in action at Pocono Speedway this coming weekend  for the ABC Pocono 500 mile race. Chevy driver Josef Newgarden leads the Verizon IndyCar Series championship with four races to go for the first time in his career. Newgarden took the championship lead for the first time in his career following his win at Mid-Ohio on July 20. However, the Hondas have been strong on the Superspeedways and the Andretti and Ganassi teams look for a win on the 2.5-mile 'Tricky Triangle' track.
Meet the Contenders: Rinus VeeKay
  USF2000 Title chase
Rinus VeeKay of Pabst Racing and championship leader Oliver Askew of Cape Motorsports are separated by 13 points in the battle for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda crown entering the season finale at Watkins Glen International to be held September 2.
A look at the rise of U.S. F2000 driver Oliver Askew
  by Brian Carroccio

On the heels of a series high 7 race wins, 20-year-old Jupiter, Florida native Oliver Askew sits atop the Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Championship Powered by Mazda championship by 13 points headed into next month’s final round at Watkins Glen. During the recent IndyCar race weekend at Mid-Ohio, I sat down with Askew to talk about his season, and goals for climbing the Mazda Road to Indy Ladder. To begin, I met with Askew on Saturday morning, about two hours before he was scheduled to take the green flag in the second of two races during the weekend. 

Is it ultimately better for IndyCar to wean off OEMs?
  IndyCar, like F1, has some hard decisions to make

It is becoming increasingly evident that IndyCar has some very hard decisions to make with regard to its future engine formula. In the early days of the sport the engines had little relevance to passenger car engines, but the Offenhauser and Cosworth engines were the last of a dying breed. For the past 20 to 30 years car manufacturers (OEMs) have become involved with the sport in a big way.

Head protection in open cockpit cars
  by Tim Wohlford

IndyCar, along with the FIA and ICMS, have been looking at the issue of drivers head protection for years. Well-publicized tragedies, most notably the death of Justin Wilson, along with the interest in sports head injuries in general have placed the issue on front burner attention lately. Much ado - both in the media as well as the not-so-social media - has been made lately about head protection for open cockpit race car drivers. Much of what has been said is wrong. And quite frankly, there is a good chance that the latest idea by the FIA for F1 is wrong too, at least for IndyCar.

Alexander Rossi -The best is yet to come
  by Brian Carroccio

Sunday morning, when I saw the media availability schedule at Watkins Glen, to my complete and total surprise was the name Alexander Rossi. The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner was at the track promoting the upcoming INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen on Labor Day Weekend and visiting with fellow NAPA-sponsored driver Chase Elliott. As regular readers know, we've referenced on these pages Rossi's emergence in 2017, my Mid - Ohio Postscript being one such example. While the four Penske cars, Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal seem to be a notch above Andretti Autosport at the moment, we have noted how Rossi has quietly begun to vie with longtime Andretti Autosport ace Ryan Hunter - Reay for preeminence within the team.

Yes, No and Maybe
  by Brian C. Mackey

Recently, Autoracing1.com published an article outlining why upcoming critically important television negotiations commenced by Indy Car management will likely dictate the future commercial success or failure of the Indy Car series. In my opinion, the most apropos response to this discussion is yes, no and maybe. The basic gist of the article outlines the underlying principle that without the strength of the commercial network audience reach, the ratings attributed to Indy Car will continue their dismal performance and essentially forever eliminate the possibility of bountiful commercial and sponsorship support for both the series itself and the teams/drivers that participate in it.  That’s a definite "maybe."

Honda Indy 200 postscript
  by Brian Carroccio

On the one hand, I can sit here and wax poetic about Newgarden’s very impressive drive to victory in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The pass on teammate Will Power, pulling away from the field, not overdriving the car when it wasn’t necessary, and the outstanding work by the No. 2 team on pit road (which stands in sharp contrast to some of the shoddy pit service Newgarden has received in prior years), there was no question: Newgarden and Team Penske were aces Sunday. 

First road course test of 2018 IndyCar gets rave reviews
  Including 30 photos

One thing is certain following another successful test of the new Verizon IndyCar Series universal aero kit: Any misconception of drivers not earning their keep in the cockpit will be put to rest in 2018. The new aero kit - developed by chassis supplier Dallara and set to be used by all competitors next season following three years of manufacturer aero kit competition between Chevrolet and Honda - was put through the paces in the road course/street course/short oval configuration for the first time today at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Scenes from first test of 2018 IndyCar in RC trim
  At Mid-Ohio Road in Course and Short Oval trim

Oriol Servia (Honda) and Juan Montoya (Chevy) are testing the 2018 IndyCar Tuesday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where the car ran for the first time with the completely new and modernized look and short oval and road course aerodynamics. Here are the first photos from IndyCar.

Honda Indy 200 Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 Drivers
Drivers:

1 - Josef Newgarden (Chevy)
2 - Will Power (Chevy)
3 - Graham Rahal (Honda)
Newgarden Scores Dominant win at Mid-Ohio
  by Tim Wohlford

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course doesn’t seem like it allows racers to pass. But actually, it does. It's just that if you have to either be noticeably better, or the guy ahead of you has to make a mistake. In the end, the course tends to reward the best car/driver.  And today, there was no doubt.

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