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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
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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