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2014 Standings
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
Indy 500 Qualifications - Sunday Update

by Tim Wohlford
Sunday, May 10, 2009

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Qualifying continues at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  With the recent qualification of Ed Carpenter, 21 spots are now full.  Justin Wilson set today's fastest speed at 223.903.  Other notables to qualify are Paul Tracy, John Andretti, and Davey Hamilton. 

A qualification attempt for Vitor Meira was disallowed after a post-race inspection.  The #14 car's rear suspension measurement failed to meet measurements.  Those who are uncharitable can speculate on whether AJ's car's rear end is too wide, or too narrow.

Sarah Fisher's first qualification attempt nearly ended her month as it came within inches of hitting the exit of turn 2.  This caused her to lift and make a drastic correction, killing her overall speed.  Her second attempt was much more comfortable, much less dramatic, and much faster at 222.082.  After a month of misery last May, followed by nearly folding the tent a few times since then, Sarah can smile today.  She's solidly in the field at 222.082 mph, her sponsor's checks have cleared, and she now can focus on "having fun" putting the car in race trim.  Her team only has 5-6 employees and one car, but right now they feel like they can conquer the world. 

John Andretti's qualification attempt was slow at 221.109, and he cut short the press conferences to go work on his car.  “It’s just unfortunate. We didn’t start out fast enough, and we didn’t finish fast enough. That’s all I can say. You know you always have work to do here at the Speedway. I don’t know why it ran like it did, but it didn’t run good. We need to get in today so that we can work on the race stuff. If you don’t get in today, you’re still battling to get into the race, and you can’t really work on the race stuff, so that’s the disappointing part about it all. You know, whether somebody else can go up there and beat that and knock us out of the top 11, I don’t know but it’s certainly not the quality time that we were expecting. All I care about is that we’re here and we should be going quicker than that, and we didn’t.”

Paul Tracy qualified safely in the field, and he was philosophical about the month.  Noting that this team was almost out of miles on the engine and tire leases (that is an option for poorly funded teams), he expected a few laps in race trim today before packing it up until Carb Day before the race.  “I’m not really happy with the laps we qualified on, so I’m disappointed. But we’re… just out of miles and need to get some full-tank running in. We wanted to be in the 223s today. We achieved that on the first lap, then started sliding the front tire with a tail wind in Turn 1, and then it kind of fell off. The last couple of laps I just couldn’t get the speed out of it. The race is a long race, and we’ve got an OK starting position. We’re starting in mid-pack, and we’ll go from there. A lot of things can happen in a 500-mile race. It’s three times longer than any other race in the series, and a lap can change over the course of the race. You work on that car until the end of the race to get it competitive.” (On his tire situation): “You always think you’re going to have enough. You think, ‘Ah, I don’t need to run that much,’ but when guys were up there yesterday running 40 to 50 laps of qualifying runs to get their car ready to qualify and you sit all day watching them, it’s definitely frustrating. From that standpoint, we qualified OK. It’s definitely not where we’d like to be, but the race is what counts. We’ve got to go out today and get some race feel in the car and be ready for the race.”

Milka's qualifying attempt was disappointing even by Milka's standards.  While the track looked perfect this morning, the sun soon heated the track and things got slippery.  At 219.072 she is in danger of not being one of the fastest 22 locked in by today's qualification, and even if it stands, might be bumped out next week.  Milka's eyes -- always the way to see what she's really thinking -- actually displayed anger, and she said that she planned on coming back later in the day.  When asked to comment on meeting fans, another part of her motivation appeared -- she simply loves to receive the "love" from fans.  If the IRL can't give her 4 mph in driving skill, perhaps she can give the IRL -- including its biggest stars -- a few pounds of fan love. 

Other notes:

- Mike Conway was admitted to Methodist Hospital following his accident this morning, suffering from bruised lungs. 

- The mystery is solved regarding Graham Rahal's re-qualification attempt yesterday.  The IRL ruled that the configuration of Rahal's car following the first attempt would be the one that they'd have to race, and that wasn't acceptable to the team, so they pulled the car out of the qualification slot in favor of a second attempt using race part.  The second attempt was actually faster. 

- Al Unser Jr. is at IMS today, looking healthy and telling people that he's very happy these days.  No matter what you thought of his problems over the years, you have to admire a man who can come back from those problems. 

- Around 2:00 p.m., the Indiana skies clouded over.  Look for a flurry of qualification activity during Happy Hour.

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