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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
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 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
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 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 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
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
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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