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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
Detroit Postscript

by Brian Carroccio
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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So, you want the cars to look different?

Well, according to new INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker, IndyCar fans who "are crying out for differentiation," will get just that.  It just might be a little longer wait than some would like.

Yes, technical development to certain parts of the car, more familiarly known as "aero-kits," will be introduced in IndyCar, but not until 2015.  Key to Walker's plan, which gave a broad outline of the series' goals for the next decade, was that development would be "managed" and "incremental," with an eye always towards safety. 

Now, it must be said Walker's proposed plan would need to approved by the series' partners.  Walker made clear any changes would be made in conjunction with the teams, suppliers and manufacturers.  Of course, this fact is of concern to many, as aero-kits have been rejected twice already by the series owners. 

However, AutoRacing1.com spoke with many team principals this weekend.  By and large, we found the sentiment within the paddock to be supportive of not so much Walker's initiatives, but the fact he drew up a detailed long-term plan. While there are those within the IndyCar community who would clearly like to see a more accelerated introduction of innovation, Walker made clear that "incremental" and "managed" as it might be, there would in fact be, innovation.

Amen to that!

Let's take a look at some of the other stories from this weekend in Detroit:

Mike Conway
Mike Conway:

Since it will be a while before the introduction of aero-kits, and differentiation, I have an idea at least for road and street course that will make the cars look different in the interim: put Mike Conway in one. 

Because, if you were watching the same two races I was, Conway was visibly quicker all weekend.  After winning the Saturday race, Conway dominated the first half Sunday before fading late and coming home third.  Still, the unassuming Brit, who told the media Saturday he was gardening in England when got the call to race last week was "bad fast," in every session. 

Further, Conway's performance becomes more impressive when you analyze the context in which it occurred. 

To begin, I must say I will happily stand corrected if presented with compelling evidence.  However, but prior to this weekend there has never to my knowledge been such a thing as a fast second car at Dale Coyne Racing. Yes, there have been fast first entries, something we've seen with Justin Wilson in recent years, Bruno Junqueira and some others.  Furthermore, I bet you didn't realize Coyne's win this weekend gives DCR the most victories (three) of the teams that made the switch from Champ Car when the merger occurred in 2008.  But a fast second DCR car? 

Again, maybe there has been, I just don't remember it.  As for this season, let me put this way: I had no idea how ugly the Ana Beatriz paint job was until Conway started driving the car. 

Second, in this incredibly competitive season, only one driver has essentially shown himself to be clearly faster at a given event: Mike Conway.  And for a sport that could maybe use a few more stars that stand out from the rest, this weekend at least, there was no question who the star was. 

Doubleheader:

I suppose part of Conway's magical weekend was the fact we got to see him twice.  Of course, how exactly the doubleheader format would work was a huge question coming into the weekend.   

While the unique format was more accepted than embraced by the drivers and teams going into the weekend, my greatest curiosity was television.  Would having races at the same times, back to back Saturday and Sunday build momentum for the TV audience?  In other words, would the "same Bat time, same Bat channel," approach be a successful one?

Depends on how you look at it. 

The Saturday race earned an equal 0.7 rating to last year's Sunday race.  However, this year's Sunday race was up about 14% on both, with an overnight coming in at 0.8.  So, all in all IndyCar was up for the weekend relative to last year. 

Granted, the ratings are still nowhere near where people would like, and many in the IndyCar world have simply expressed bewilderment at the series television difficulties.  Further, while there was an uptick for Sunday's race, it doesn't seem as though the Saturday race necessarily created a lot of repeat viewers Sunday. 

Of course, experts will study this, and take into account competing sports, weather, and other such variables. Also, there is not yet enough evidence to draw too many definitive conclusions.  However, at first glance, it simply seems the better Sunday rating is simply a product of Sunday being a better television day. 

A Few Quick Things:

--With a win Saturday and third place finish Sunday, Conway has more podium finishes in 2013 than Will Power and Target Chip Ganassi combined. 

--Carlos Munoz has the exact same number of podium finishes in 2013 as Will Power and Target Chip Ganassi combined. 

--According to Power, former four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais has lost his once glorious form, and become a "chump."  While the term "chump," may not have been fair to a man of Bourdais' accomplishments, out of the twenty-two drivers, who have started every IndyCar race in 2013, Bourdais is the only one to have not yet recorded a top-10 finish. 

Brian Carroccio is an IndyCar columnist for AutoRacing1.com.  He also writes about the Washington Redskins for Rant Sports. 

You can email him at BrianC@autoracing1.com or follow him on Twitter @BrianC_AR1.

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