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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
IndyCar: Gladiators working for the Circus

Keith Ori
Monday, October 29, 2012

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The late, great Carroll Smith once said something to the effect that ‘Nobody should pursue a career as a race car driver unless they simply cannot be happy doing anything else” and those words have perhaps never been more true than today.

I’m 43 years old and I’ve been following, racing, writing about, and just being a fan of racing for 30 years. You don’t know my name, so I didn’t make it to the bigs. But I went for it and I was prepared to risk everything once upon a time. A lot of us were. The ones who made it did risk everything to get there. And some of them died doing it. Jovy, Gonzo, Greg, Krosnoff, Brayton, Renna, Dana, and Dan.

I guess that’s what pisses me off most about the fact that IndyCar is governed by an incompetent, detached Midwestern aristocracy and a group of team owners that make the NHL look like the NFL.

IndyCar drivers are some of the most competent people in sports; they have to be masters of marketing, fitness, engineering, physics, and of course be some of the best drivers on the planet. Add to that an unreasonable sense of self confidence and the sheer bravery to go into turn one, three wide, at 225 mph.
Just for a shot at the show, drivers make sacrifices and take risks, from age 5 or 6, that defy credibility, common sense, and all mathematical probability. Nigel Mansell mortgaged his house to continue racing, and he wouldn’t even make the discussion.

IndyCar drivers are willing to risk their lives to participate in Indycar’s product.

In return for this rather astonishing commitment, IndyCar is run like a used car dealership who’s owners have a coke problem (that’s a lower case C there, TG). This has been going on for as long as I can remember. Andrew Craig, Chris Pook, Joe Heitzler, Tony George, etc.

It’s like Seal Team Six taking orders from The Three Stooges.

Then, a couple of years ago, IndyCar managed to land Randy Bernard. Why he took the job, I have no idea. Maybe they didn’t have the internet on the PBR circuit and he simply wasn’t aware he was about to be Henry the VIII’s seventh wife.

What happens? Success, traction, forward progress. Randy took the risks that a sport defined by risk needed to take. Most succeeded, some failed. You couldn’t expect more. Besides possibly Obama himself, did anyone seriously think Obama was going to be able to fix the nuclear IED that previous administrations detonated on our economy in just four years? Hell no. These things take time, but for the first time I can remember IndyCar/IRL/CART/Champ Car had someone with vision (that’s a lower case V there, TG), energy, competency and a willingness to take risks.

IndyCar finally starts getting some respect back in the business world. They have a guy that can put deals together, that will fly to Bishkek to get a deal done and who’s open to all kinds of crazy ideas. Oh, and the fans love his ass. He’s real, approachable, responsive, and tireless. For once, the guy in charge of open wheel racing in America doesn’t resemble one of the Duke Brothers from Trading Places. Unfortunately everybody he’s surrounded by does.

Instead of the loyalty bordering on worship that he deserves, the knives come out. “Et tu Tony?”

That’s why I’m mad as hell. For tarnishing the dream. Again. For all the drivers who didn’t make it, for those that did, those still trying, and for those that died trying, I think it’s despicable to take any enterprise that people are willing to risk their lives for and make a mockery out of it. The reason doesn’t matter. Serial incompetence, personal gain, some twisted sense of birthright, whatever. It’s all venal and reprehensible.

How the hell did these people ever get to be the stewards of the dream?

It’s the dream that compels every IndyCar driver, and everyone who ever tried to be one, in the face of overwhelming odds.
It’s why racing people laugh when baseball has a ‘labor dispute’. “So the overweight, full-blood idiot, one-trick-pony with a substance abuse problem of a shortstop you have wants more money, and the 90-year-old billionaire owner doesn’t want to give it to him?” Yeah, that’s cute.

In baseball they offer the facetious compliment to a player’s commitment by saying that “He’d probably still play the game even if he weren’t getting paid.”

In IndyCar, they actually do that sometimes.

I wonder how many players MLB would have if they didn’t get paid and had a statistically significant mortality risk.

The racing dream is all consuming. To race, people have lost fortunes, left wives, robbed banks, run Ponzi schemes, and in the case of nearly a whole racing series in the 80’s, smuggled drugs. That’s the dark side.
If you want to know the beautiful, brave and heroic stuff drivers have done to race, read a pros biography. Helio’s is a good place to start. Greg Moore’s is textbook, though Shakespearean.

The thing is that I can’t think of a job, save perhaps Astronaut, that is a tougher goal to achieve than being an IndyCar or F1 driver on merit.
So given everything that a person has to do to get there, all the sacrifices, all the risks, for IndyCar to run their sport like the Nixon administration is just about unforgivable.

Am I suggesting that every driver on the circuit wanted to retain Randy Bernard? No. But you can be damn sure not one of them wanted their dreams managed like this.

Going to one further degree of separation, think about the hundreds of father and sons and daughters out there karting, dreaming about Indy. They call it the Road to Indy, but I can’t help wondering what’s going to be left at the end of that road when they get there.

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