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Final after Sonoma
Rank Driver Points

1 Scott Dixon 678
2 Alexander Rossi 621
3 Will Power 582
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 566
5 Josef Newgarden 560
6 Simon Pagenaud 492
7 Sebastien Bourdais 425
8 Marco Andretti 392
9 Graham Rahal 392
10 James Hinchcliffe 391
11 Takuma Sato 351
12 Ed Jones 343
13 Spencer Pigot 325
14 Zach Veach 313
15 Tony Kanaan 312
16 Charlie Kimball 287
17 Matheus Leist 253
17 Max Chilton 223
19 Jordan King 175
20 Jack Harvey 103
21 Carlos Munoz 95
22 Pietro Fittipaldi 91
23 Santino Ferrucci 66
23 Patricio O'Ward 44
25 Colton Herta 20

Rookie of Year Standings
Not Updated Yet
1. Robert Wickens 391
2. Zach Veach 270
3. Matheus Leist 215
4. Jordan King 126
5. Zachary De Melo 122
6. Jack Harvey 63
7. Rene Binder 61
8. Kyle Kaiser 45
9. Pietro Fittipaldi 41
10. Stefan Wilson 31
11. Santino Ferrucci 18
12. Alfonso Celis Jr. 10

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1. Honda 1365
2. Chevy 1046

IndyCar Can Be Great Again

by Mark C.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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IndyCar did the money-grab again - the wrong decision - again
IndyCar did the money-grab again - the wrong decision - yet again

Is IndyCar growing or shrinking? Our research below shows the total number of TV viewers for IndyCar for the last three years through the Mid-Ohio race.

Those NBCSN and CNBC numbers are rather anemic and because of IndyCar's decision to not put 100% of the races on free over the air network TV (be it ABC or NBC or a combination) as AR1 recommended repeatedly, IndyCar is paying for that decision and will continue to dearly pay for that decision.

It's called being Pennywise and pound foolish.

IndyCar went for the money grab with NBC over ABC for the next three years, despite ABC offering 10 of 17 races on network TV to NBC's 8. As you can see below the network numbers dwarf the cable numbers. 

So IndyCar itself collects more TV revenue from NBC but the teams and tracks/promoters lose sponsor money as a result of the lower TV ratings.

As Sonoma President Steve Page recently said, hosting an IndyCar race is not financially viable and this is directly attributable to those races on cable TV that struggle to land a lucrative event sponsor because hardly anyone is watching.

Why is Mazda dropping support of the Road-To-Indy?

When in doubt - follow the money.

It's the TV stupid.

What TV exposure does Mazda get for supporting Road-To-Indy? You guessed it - near zero - all the Indy Lights races are tape delayed on NBCSN with viewership so small the value just isn't there for Mazda. And you wonder why there are only 7 cars competing in Indy Lights?

Sponsors like NAPA will eventually walk if the TV exposure isn't there.
Sponsors like NAPA will eventually walk if the TV exposure isn't there.

The value isn't there for teams to land sponsors either.

The IndyCar ladder (USF2000, ProMazda and Indy Lights) is almost entirely propped up by ride-buyer money and it's questionable whether that is a financially viable model.

This of course is fixable - the series needs to be sold to a large media conglomerate like Liberty Media that bought F1, and who again are rumored to be eyeing IndyCar and the Indy 500 -- according to AR1.com sources.

A Liberty can invest in the series' future and take the TV distribution truly global in a meaningful way.

It is those huge cumulative global TV numbers that make F1 so lucrative to sponsors.

IndyCar leadership just doesn't get it and we have been pounding our head against the wall on this for years -- to no avail.

The late great genius Albert Einstein said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results -- and IndyCar has been doing the same TV money grab and ride-buyer model for decades with the same declining results. Everyone in the IndyCar paddock, including the drivers and team owners, earns less money today than they did 10 and 15 years ago.

The solution: IndyCar and the Indy 500 need to be sold to a company like Liberty Media ASAP. A company with deep pockets, the global media connections, and the vision, to Make IndyCar Great Again

Grow global TV viewership significantly and manufacturers will come, sponsors will come and more great drivers will come.

Until then 'they ain't coming'!

Whether you agree with his crass style or not, if Donald Trump proved anything -- despite the visionless political elites in the Washington Swamp and the bought and paid for biased fake news liberal media that supports the swamp -- it sometimes takes someone with leadership and a different vision to Make Something Great Again.....against all odds!

Mark C. reporting for AutoRacing1.com

IndyCar Event2016
Network
2016
Viewers
2017
Network
2017
Viewers
% Chg2018
Network
2018
Viewers
% Chg
St. PeteABC1,400,000ABC1,190,000 ABC1,144,000 
PhoenixNBCSN363,000NBCSN343,000 NBCSN253,000 
Long BeachNBCSN 402,000NBCSN321,000 NBCSN370,000 
BarberNBCSN279,000NBCSN470,000 NBCSN310,000 
Indy GPABC1,300,000ABC1,000,000 ABC1,140,000 
Indy 500ABC6,000,000ABC5,500,000 ABC4,900,000 
Detroit 1ABC1,000,000ABC847,000 ABC751,000 
Detroit 2ABC918,000ABC1,400,000 ABC936,000 
TexasNBCSN388,000NBCSN561,000 NBCSN336,000 
Road AmericaNBCSN470,000NBCSN568,000 NBCSN322,000 
IowaNBCSN534,000NBCSN534,000 NBCSN452,000 
Toronto 1CNBC171,000CNBC (live)187,000 NBCSN458,000 
Toronto 2NBCSN (delay)530,000NBCSN (delay)489,000    
Mid-OhioNBCSN811,000NBCSN (delay)576,000 NBCSN (delay)644,000 
   CNBC (live)200,000 CNBC (live)139,000 
 Totals14,566,000 14,186,000-2.61%  12,155,000 -14.32%

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