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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: Who's Qualified and Who's Not

by Stephen Cox
Monday, January 28, 2013

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Milka Duno
Here's what you're supposed to believe:

Franchitti, Kanaan and Castroneves enjoy a special Divine Blessing. They are qualified to drive Indycars.

Milka Duno, Hiro Matsushita and Dennis Vitolo were not.

Neither was Danica, but she gets a free pass because she's hot and brought lots of money.

That's what you're told to believe by the motorsports press. Legions of impressionable armchair fans have jumped on the same bandwagon and now anyone who doesn't buy into the propaganda is considered a looney.

Well, I don't buy it.

The confusion over who is and is not qualified to drive an IndyCar stems from a uniquely American inability to speak our own language.

For over one hundred years, the standard that determined who was qualified to drive in an event was determined by... (drum roll)... qualifications. If the field was to consist of 33 entries, then the 33 fastest drivers were qualified to drive in the race. Everyone else was unqualified to drive in the race. Got it?

Let's go over this again. There were two groups of drivers: those who were qualified and those who were not qualified. Qualification was determined by speed.

The notion that someone who had qualified for the race was somehow “unqualified” to race is a relatively new phenomenon that was considered too utterly ridiculous to comprehend just a few decades ago. Yet it is all the rage today.

Marty Roth
I shall offer an example forthwith. Marty Roth qualified for the 2008 Indy 500. We know this because he went faster than several other drivers, including Max Papis and Mario Dominguez, and was 33rd on the speed charts. This demonstrates that he was qualified to race.

But then folks began to say that even though Roth was clearly qualified to drive the race, he still wasn't “qualified” to drive in the race.

If this seems stupid, that's because it is.

Nevertheless, the naysayers eventually won the day and Roth was pressured out of the series. Apparently qualifying for a race doesn't qualify you to race anymore. Which, if you think about it, calls into question the entire concept of time trials.

So I have an idea. Let's totally dispense with qualifications. After all, if the motorsports press and their mob-minded followers can arbitrarily determine who is qualified to drive an IndyCar based on nothing more than their own worthless opinions, then why bother with all the hubbub of qualifying? It's really just a big waste of Firestone tires.

Besides, we know better. Who don't need no stinking clock. We have our opinions.

So let's replace qualifications with voting. Hey, it works for the Heisman. Let the media cast votes for everybody, and whoever gets the most votes sits on the pole. Whoever ranks 33rd in the voting is on the outside of Row 11 at Indy. Everybody else is unqualified.

Why? Because we said so. We are judge, jury and executioner. We are arrogate to ourselves that which could once only be earned. We replace speed with opinion. We trade reality for our own delusions.

The Racing Dentist, Dr. Jack Miller, once told me, “I'm tired of hearing about drivers who 'deserve' to make the race. No one 'deserves' to make a race. You either earn it or you don't.”

The self-appointed puppet masters who want to stage-manage every race and only include those who, in their exalted opinion, “deserve” to participate are a relic of the past. Their arrogance is obsolete and an embarrassment to the sport.

Regardless of what anyone says or thinks, Milka Duno was qualified to run every single race in which she competed. How do we know she was qualified? Because she qualified. That's what the word means. Learn to speak English.

True, if Penske had expanded his team by ten cars, she might not have qualified. And if I had wings I could fly. So this isn't about what didn't happen; it's about what did happen. Milka showed up and qualified for races fairly and squarely. Period. To claim otherwise is to spit on the entire time trial process and a century of racing history.

Obviously, that doesn't automatically make her a good driver. But it does make her good enough. Whether we like it or not is irrelevant. Either respect qualifying results or ditch the entire process and stop pretending.

Remember this: when racing journalists and fans railed against Duno, Roth and others, ultimately they were not attacking those drivers. They were attacking auto racing's 100-year-old tradition of fair and equal qualifications. They were attacking the history of the sport.

It's time for auto racing to embrace objectivity again. It's time to return some purity to the sport. It makes no difference whether 50 cars attempt to qualify or just ten. A stopwatch always tells the truth.

I am losing patience with the growing league of journalists who trash the traditions of auto racing and take cheap shots at drivers who rightly earned a legitimate spot in the field through qualifying. If the press doesn't like Milka or Marty or this week's Target du Jour, there's a very simple way to make sure they're not in the race... get off your lazy backside, go qualify a car and bump them out of the field. 

Journalists who can't do that are not only unqualified to be in the race, but perhaps they're not qualified to comment on it, either.

Stephen Cox

Editor's Note: The ideas presented here are of the author's, and do not necessarily that of AutoRacing1.com.  Being able to bring a big check does not qualify you, but running within the 107% rule does....so says most sanctioning bodies.

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