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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

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
IndyCar's Italian connection

by Brian Carroccio
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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An IndyCar race on the streets of Naples or Salerno?
An IndyCar race at Mugello? One week after the Italian Grand Prix? FIA rules say the race has to be at least 30 days after the Italian GP. In a country with little to no history of Indy car racing? What on earth is INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard thinking?

To be honest, I don't know. On the surface, at least, an IndyCar race at Mugello makes almost zero sense. After all, Italy is a Formula One (F1) mad country, and there is no Italian driver or Italian manufacturer (unless you count the Dallara chassis) currently competing in IndyCar.

Further, the series has made clear that its first priority is to grow the sport in North America, and many of the series most prominent figures, such as Team Penske owner Roger Penske, have made clear their disdain for overseas races.

Yes, I have to admit, the Mugello rumor is something of a head-scratcher.

However, I do know INDYCAR has a major unresolved problem; a problem that is holding its teams hostage with regard to setting their 2013 plans; a problem that needs to be resolved soon; a problem Bernard and others in the series probably can't speak of, as there are lawsuits currently pending. And that problem is Lotus. Yes, the disaster that was Lotus, remains unresolved.

The celebrated racing marque, of course, began the IndyCar season supplying engines for 5 cars and 4 teams. It was assumed the engines, which were build by John Judd's Engine Developments Ltd., would be behind Honda and Chevrolet at the start of the year. However, the Lotus was nowhere close to competitive, and hampered by serious reliability issues. Further, the company endured an array of legal and financial problems, too complex to discuss here, which greatly drained resources, and hindered engine development.

By the Indianapolis 500 in May three of the four teams, Dragon Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport, and Dreyer and Reinbold Racing cut their ties with Lotus. Only HVM Racing stayed with the embattled marque throughout the 2012 season.

In addition to Lotus' abysmal on track performance, the manufacturer failed to fulfill its contractual obligations. Currently, a lawsuit between Lotus and INDYCAR is pending.

Of course, the reality of the situation is Lotus will not be back on the grid next year. However, neither Lotus nor the series is saying that. Why?

Simple. If Lotus were to simply bow out of IndyCar, they would be in violation of their contract with the series, which states they must supply 40% of the field. Further, were Lotus to leave, Chevrolet and Honda would be contractually obligated to supply 60% of the field. As things stand now, with Lotus still technically a supplier, the other two manufacturers, Honda and Chevrolet are only required to supply 40% of the field. Both are currently within that threshold.

So, as things stand now, neither Chevrolet nor Honda are under any obligation to supply more cars, as Lotus technically, remains an engine supplier. And Lotus remaining, is preventing the teams from finalizing their plans, as Honda and Chevrolet are not contractually obligated to supply more engines. And although Lotus remains a supplier, no teams wants to sign with them, as everyone knows they aren't returning.

Lotus, of course, knows this. They know teams such as HVM, Dragon and Michael Shank, do not have engine contracts yet for 2013. And so long as the Lotus issue remain unresolved, these teams will likely remain in limbo. Likely, Lotus is using the climate of uncertainty in an attempt to negotiate a more favorable exit.

Strangely, this is where Mugello comes in. Mugello, of course, is owned by Scuderia Ferrari, a subsidiary of Fiat. Of course, it is widely know that Fiat has engaged in negotiations with Bernard in the past about supplying engines for the series. Maybe, Bernard has found a way for it to happen sooner rather than later.

See, Fiat can simply take over the Lotus project by badging the engines Judd is building. This gets Fiat into the series, keeps Chevrolet and Honda happy, allows the teams to get on with their plans, and most of all gets INDYCAR out from under the Lotus mess.

Now, knowing the dilemma the series was in, Fiat probably leveraged their takeover of the Lotus mess, into a race in Italy. While it appears the race would run at Mugello for the first year, apparently Paolo Scudieri, the driving force behind the race, ultimately wants a street race in Naples. Scudieri is the CEO of the Adler Group, a producer of car parts. And who is one of Adler's biggest customers? Surprise, surprise. Fiat.

And who knows. Maybe, we'll see Fiat-Judds, Luca Fillipi with Scuderia Coloni, a race at Mugello in 2013, and the birth of a beautiful relationship between the Izod IndyCar Series and Italy,

Still, whatever ends up happening, I think we now know, there's a lot more to this Mugello rumor than meets the eye.

--Brian

Brian Carroccio is a regular contributor to AutoRacing1.com. He developed an appreciation for motorsport at a very young age attending SCCA races with his father, a longtime SCCA crewman. Over time, Indy car racing became his first love, and he considers Al Unser, Sr., and Paul Tracy his favorite all-time drivers.

Personally, Brian is a diehard fan of the Washington Redskins, and considers Robert Griffin III something akin to a divine gift. He also roots for the Washington Nationals, Manchester United (kind of, a long story) and Cal football (a really long story).

Brian lives in Rockville, MD, with his wife Allison, daughter Stella and son Walter.

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