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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
Randy Bernard - The fallout continues

by Brian Carroccio
Thursday, November 08, 2012

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Brian Carroccio
The fallout continues, ten days after the resignation of INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard.  The latest installment took place Wednesday morning, as Robin Miller of SPEED took IndyCar owner Chip Ganassi to task.  Ganassi, of course, expressed his dissatisfaction with the continued focus on Bernard's dismissal, was quoted Monday by Gordon Kirby as saying "all anyone wants to talk about is Randy Bernard." 

To Miller, and I should note, myself, Ganassi's plea for everyone to get on with life, in the aftermath of the popular Bernard's dismissal, is pretty rich.  After all, Miller contends Ganassi, along with Kevin Kalkhoven, John Barnes, Tony George, Al Speyer and new CEO Jeff Belskus were the ones leading the charge to remove Bernard.  Miller, while he did not use the word, basically called Ganassi, a hypocrite.  Of course, one could note that Ganassi has, well, been called a lot worse. 

Nevertheless, I do expect we will hear some sort of denial/clarification from the Chipster soon.  He'll likely point out that Miller is/was an unabashed Bernard supporter, that his quote was misunderstood, and that he appreciates all the wonderful things the former CEO did.  And at some point, all this will in fact, blow over, and we will, as Ganassi and others have advocated, get on with it.

But not today.

No, the Bernard story remains raw, and in case anyone thought it was going away, Miller's story likely assures the wound will stay fresh for at least, a few days.  Further, Miller's story seems to illuminate something Ganassi and others fail to realize: that the outcry over Bernard's ouster is not simply a case of the uninformed masses bemoaning the demise of the Messiah.  Rather, Bernard's ouster, and the subsequent outcry, is as much about men like Ganassi, as it is, Bernard.  Worse, it seems the only people who fail to realize this, happen to own IndyCar teams. 

See, when Bernard came to 16th and Georgetown in early 2010, he represented a breath of fresh air; a break from the template of prior executives in Indy car racing; a chance to put the past well, in the past.  The former bull-riding executive was likable, engaging, energetic with no hint of nepotism.  Sure, he was a racing novice, but that was, if anything, a positive.  Bernard was no one's nephew, cousin, step-son, or former understudy.  He wasn't in bed with this race promoter or that engine manufacturer. 

And after decades of civil war, childish infighting, and political backstabbing, Bernard provided hope-- a chance to start anew.  He presumably, at least, had the backing of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and had no prior history with any of the notoriously prickly and demanding car owners, who seemed to have learned their lessons.  All indications were, even they willing to unite, unequivocally, behind one common leader, putting the infighting that had hamstrung the sport for decades, in the past.  It seemed they would work in unison with Bernard on behalf of the sport, for the betterment of everyone, including themselves. 

Apparently, not!

No, seemingly men like Barnes, George, Ganassi, and Kalkhoven, had it out for Bernard, throughout the 2012 season, and simply would not drop whatever grievance they had.  And sure, I can sympathize with Ganassi over not seeing the Delta Wing in IndyCar.  George probably is correct, when he contends there are not enough ovals on the schedule.  Kalkhoven is probably sick of getting his butt kicked by Penske and Andretti, and Barnes' small team was probably stretched thin with the cost of Dallara parts.  I'll concede each of these men would be correct if they pointed out that I wouldn't know what it was like to own an Indy car team. 

However, it appears I know more about the history of the sport than any of them.  I know that working behind the scenes to undermine a leader, and trying to break any consensus at every turn, has happened over and over and over throughout the history of Indy car racing.  And any study of the sport's history will reveal numerous instances of pissing and moaning over turbo waste gates, engine leases, and the ratio of road and street courses to ovals, issues that are, in the grand scheme of things, relatively small.  Unfortunately, the ability to see the big picture and unite for the overall good of the sport is far too uncommon. 

So, congratulations to those who carried out the crusade against Bernard.  You won.  The racing ignorant cowboy has departed the offices at 16th and Georgetown.  Maybe, all that ailed you has left with him. 

But keep this in mind: The next CEO, Chairman, whatever, will have to work with you.  While many leaders have passed through the world of Indy car, self-serving, conniving car owners, have been a mainstay.  What will happen when this individual runs afoul of you? 

You’d think the answer would be pretty obvious to anyone.  That is apparently, unless, you own, an IndyCar team. 

Given these shark infested waters, perhaps the only viable solution for IndyCar is as we first suggested back on October 5th, for it to be bought by a dictatorship, NASCAR, where if a team owner gets out of line they get called into the red NASCAR trailer for an expensive attitude adjustment.

--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 former college baseball player, who does not feel comfortable sharing his career win-loss record on the mound publicly. He 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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