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After Pocono
Driver Standings

1 Will Power 446
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Simon Pagenaud 402
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 391
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388
6 Carlos Munoz (R) 340
7 Marco Andretti 325
8 Scott Dixon 297
9 Ryan Briscoe 285
10 Sebastien Bourdais 271
11 Tony Kanaan 267
12 James Hinchcliffe 266
13 Mikhail Aleshin 263
14 Justin Wilson 253
15 Charlie Kimball 239
16 Jack Hawksworth 227
17 Carlos Huertas (R) 224
18 Josef Newgarden 220
19 Graham Rahal 202
20 Sebastian Saavedra 196
21 Takuma Sato 189
22 Mike Conway 152
23 Ed Carpenter 138
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 James Davison (R) 34
29 Jacques Villeneuve 29
30 Alex Tagliani 28
31 Luca Filippi 24
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 340
2 Mikhail Aleshin 263
3 Jack Hawksworth 217
4 Carlos Huertas 204
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Simon Pagenaud 2
T4 Mike Conway 1
T4 Helio Castroneves 1
T4 Carlos Huertas 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 5
T1 Helio Castroneves 5
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T3 Carlos Munoz 3
T3 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T6 Marco Andretti 2
T6 Simon Pagenaud 2
T8 Mike Conway 1
T8 Carlos Huertas 1
T8 Scott Dixon 1
T8 Tony Kanaan 1
T8 Graham Rahal 1
T8 Charlie Kimball 1
T8 Ed Carpenter 1
T8 Jack Hawksworth 1
T8 Mikhail Aleshin 1

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 348
2 Helio Castroneves 174
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 165
4 Ed Carpenter 116
5 Tony Kanaan 79
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 James Hinchcliffe 56
9 Simon Pagenaud 53
10 Jack Hawksworth 32
11 Scott Dixon 27
12 Marco Andretti 22
13 Justin Wilson 20
14 Sebastian Saavedra 14
15 Graham Rahal 10
16 Mike Conway 8
17 Josef Newgarden 8
T18 Oriol Servia 7
T18 Carlos Huertas 7
19 Ryan Briscoe 5
20 Mikhail Aleshin 4
21 Alex Tagliani 3
22 Sebastien Bourdais 2

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 12 Team Penske 446
2 3 Team Penske 446
3 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 402
4 2 Team Penske 391
5 28 Andretti Autosport 388
6 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 340
7 25 Andretti Autosport 325
8 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 297
9 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 290
10 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 285
11 11 KVSH Racing 271
12 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 267
13 27 Andretti Autosport 266
14 7 SMP Racing 263
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 253
16 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 239
17 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 227
18 18 Dale Coyne Racing 224
19 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 220
20 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 202
21 17 KV/AFS Racing 196
22 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 189
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 112
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 5.81
2 Kurt Busch 6.00
3 Will Power 6.09
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.72
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
T7 Scott Dixon 10.18
T7 Carlos Munoz 10.18
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.45
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.72
11 Ryan Briscoe 11.75
12 Marco Andretti 12.125
13 Carlos Munoz 12.375
T14 Oriol Servia 12.5
T14 Justin Wilson 12.5
16 Alex Tagliani 13.0
17 Sebastien Bourdais 13.25
18 Charlie Kimball 13.625
19 Mike Conway 13.66
T20 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
T20 Ed Carpenter 14.0
22 Carlos Huertas 14.25
23 Mikhail Aleshin 14.875
24 James Hinchcliffe 15.125
T25 Takuma Sato 15.5
T25 Jack Hawksworth 15.5
27 Sebastian Saavedra 15.75
28 James Davison 16.00
29 Josef Newgarden 16.375
30 Graham Rahal 16.625
31 Martin Plowman 20.5
32 Franck Montagny 22.0
33 Pippa Mann 24.0
34 Townsend Bell 25.0
35 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

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 4
T2 Scott Dixon 3
T2 Will Power 3
T2 James Hinchcliffe 3
T2 Helio Castroneves 3
T2 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T9 Takuma Sato 1
T9 Marco Andretti 1
T9 Sebastien Bourdais 1
T9 Tony Kanaan 1
T9 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T9 Mike Conway 1
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T9 Ryan Briscoe 1
Does Katherine have a 'Legge' to stand on?

by Brian Carroccio
Monday, February 18, 2013

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Katherine Legge
Danica Patrick winning pole for the Daytona 500 yesterday, is clearly dominating headlines today in the world of motorsport.  However, last week another female driver, Katherine Legge, made news in the world of IndyCar with her less than cordial split with Dragon Racing. 

As you probably know, Legge was dropped from Jay Penske's team last month in favor of Colombian Sebastian Saavedra with news of this decision became public last Tuesday. Of course, the likable 32 year-old Brit, was instrumental in bringing TrueCar sponsorship to Penske's team before the start of last season. Unfortunately, both Legge and Dragon would endure a trying 2012 season, some of which, was not entirely their own doing.

Remember, Dragon opted to get out of their two-car Lotus engine lease last May in favor of a one-car Chevrolet effort. Legge and teammate Sebastien Bourdais were forced to rotate for most races during the latter part of 2012, resulting in Legge making a mere 10 starts, with disappointing results. With an anticipated full-season effort in 2013, it was presumed the popular Legge would get a "fair" opportunity to display her talents.

Fair or unfair, it wasn't to be. Within 24 hours of the announcement that Dragon would be replacing Legge both team and driver released statements, articulating their version of the events.

Generally speaking, public sentiment, has and probably will continue to be on the side of Legge. While there are differing views regarding her talents in a race car, Legge is incredibly likable. And her endearing persona outside of the car, has won her a legion of, if not fans, certainly sympathetic supporters. Penske, of course, is an entirely different natter.

The 33 year-old son of legendary racing mogul Roger Penske, entered IndyCar racing as an owner in 2007, and has competed for all or parts of each season since, thus far with little success. Although accomplished in his own right as a very successful media entrepreneur, the young Penske is clearly something of an uncomfortable, detached public figure. Of course, the afore mentioned "Pissgate," this past summer in Nantucket, RI, in which he and his brother Mark allegedly urinated on a woman, didn't help endear the publicly awkward Penske to anyone.

Nevertheless, both Penske and Legge released statements this past week, regarding Legge's departure from Dragon. Certainly, the most interesting bit of information came from Legge's statement, in which she claimed she might pursue legal action against Dragon, as she believed she had a rightful claim to the seat.

While I don't have access to the contract between Legge and Dragon, which presumably was for two years, I'm guessing that Legge has little recourse. And how would I ascertain this? Well, reading the statement Legge herself made. (I have attached the statements from both Legge and Dragon below.)

I'll say this: in an age when quality public relations, particularly P.R. work within IndyCar and racing in general, is something of a lost art, Legge's statement is very well-written. It succeeds in making Legge appear to be the victim of underhanded and unprofessional treatment. It also paints Legge as a loyal lieutenant, who endured a series of unfortunate circumstances, which were not her own doing, noting "It was a very difficult season last year, we did very little testing and I was made to sit out of some of the races."

Also, Legge, or whoever composed the statement, discredits both TrueCar and Jay Penske without attacking either directly. It notes how the recent news sheds doubt on where TrueCar and associate sponsor Virgin "stand on the "Women's Empowered Initiative' going forward." Without directly attacking either, the statement calls into question the direction of both companies, based on their recent actions. Good P.R. work.

With regard to Jay Penske, the statement mentions the "actions in Nantucket." Although everyone knows what actions Legge speaks of, the statement does not say Jay is a scumbag, who pissed on a woman. It says Jay's "actions....hurt my ability to find additional and personal sponsors, and it was highly embarrassing." That elicits sympathy for Legge. Again, good P.R work.

Here's the problem: none of what the statement says has any legal/contractual ramifications. Certainly, what was said may make TrueCar a hypocrite, who talk about empowering women out of one side of their mouth, then change their tune when a bigger check comes along. Certainly, the statement paints Jay Penske as a less than sterling individual. Certainly, public sentiment is inevitably going to be against the young Penske. Certainly, the statement insinuates he did not exactly make a good-faith effort with Kat, something the public is already inclined to believe.

In short, Legge as she has always done, did an excellent job building public sympathy. Still, if the issue is whether Legge contractually deserves to be in the #6 TrueCar Chevrolet, none of what Legge says matters one bit.

See, when Legge does address the legal/contractual matter, she notes it is her firm belief "that Dragon Racing and TrueCar cannot proceed without me." Sure, that may be Legge's belief. However, we all know for a fact, that Dragon and TrueCar did proceed without Legge last season, for 5 races.

Also, Legge briefly addresses what I thought might be a complicated triangular matter between herself, Dragon and TrueCar, saying Penske intended to bring "Penske Dealerships onboard with TrueCar if I signed with Dragon Racing." To me, that clarifies an important point: Legge's contract was with Dragon. She herself said "I signed with Dragon Racing." She just so happened to bring along TrueCar, who we now know with the Saavedra announcement is contracted to Dragon, and apparently not Legge.

And if Legge's contract was not set up as a package deal with TrueCar, it would appear the matter is simply between her and Dragon.

Now, in other sports like baseball or basketball if Legge had a two-year deal, a team could terminate said deal, but still have to pay the balance of the contract. Lets' say for example, Legge's contract to Dragon was binding, in that Penske would have to pay her whatever her wages were for the balance of the deal. Given the modern economic climate of IndyCar, I imagine that was a nominal amount, if anything. My guess is Legge was probably set up to earn a portion of prize money, with a small base salary. Thus, Penske could still be paying her relatively paltry base salary in 2013.

However, given that Penske earned only one Leaders' Circle spot from last year, and that Saavedra brought along a number of Colombian sponsors as associates to the primary TrueCar sponsorship on the #6, paying Kat is probably a drop in the bucket. In short, subtract Saavedra's sponsor money from what Penske contractually owes Kat, and I'm guessing Jay Penske comes out a clear winner, even if he still does have to pay for Kat. 

In short, Legge's statements may make Jay Penske a less than upstanding individual. They may confirm TrueCar is not staying true (pun intended) to its self-proclaimed mission. They may confirm she was a loyal lieutenant, who made the best of a difficult situation. They may indicate that her loyalty was not reciprocated by her employer. They may indicate that she is an upstanding individual, who deserved better.

But as far as determining whether Legge has a legal/contractual right to the #6 Dragon Chevy, Kat's statement did not convince us she has, for lack of a better term, a 'legge' to stand on. And if anything, it probably confirmed the contrary.

Legge's statement
Dragon's statement

Brian Carroccio is an IndyCar columnist for AutoRacing1.com. He grew up around racing as the son of a longtime SCCA crewman. His first vivid memory of Indy car racing is Danny Sullivan’s 1985 “Spin and Win,” at Indianapolis. Brian lives in Rockville, MD. As a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins and passionate supporter of Manchester United.

For insight on IndyCar racing, and thoughts on other topics of interest to Brian, you can follow him on Twitter @BrianC_AR1. Also, feel free to contact Brian by email at bricarr2@aol.com.

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