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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

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
Franchitti nips Bourdais for pole in Toronto

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Friday, July 12, 2013


Dario Franchitti
He crashed in morning practice but he came back to win the pole.  Dario Franchitti and Sebastien Bourdais were the only drivers to qualify under the 1-minute mark with Franchitti's Honda just beating Bourdais' Chevy in the Fast Six final qualifying session for Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. 

They will start on the front row for the first standing start the IndyCar series has ever done on Saturday. 

Will Power will start third. Tony Kanaan, James Jakes and Scott Dixon round out the first three rows.

After a rough first half, Bourdais finally had something to smile about
Jay Penske's Dragon Racing team has struggled this year and he fired most of Saavedra's team this week.  It must have worked.  The team came to Toronto invigorated.  Bourdais is the first Dragon Racing driver to ever start on the front row.

"When you get into the Fast Six you feel pretty happy," said Bourdais.  "We finally found a way to make the car turn, so it’s finally looking a little brighter.  We have made a lot of changes to the setup from last year with these tires.  Tom [Brown] came in with fresh ideas with no preconceived ideas and he has made the car better. 

"At the end of the day the cars are so close if you are off just a bit you are way back."

The 85-lap race on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street course pays full points to the contestants and will have the added twist of the first IZOD IndyCar Series standing start.

"It feels good to get our third pole of the year," said Franchitti, who moved into a tie with Michael Andretti for sixth on the all-time Indy car list by recording a lap of 59.6756 seconds in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in the Firestone Fast Six. "I made it difficult this morning. I made a mistake in Turn 5, took the right side off the car. The guys had to work and repair the car."

Combined, Franchitti and Bourdais have amassed 62 victories and 63 pole starts. Four of Franchitti's victories have come in Toronto.

IZOD IndyCar Series drivers practiced standing starts from a pit box at the end of pit lane during the morning session. INDYCAR officials monitored the mandatory launches as drivers got acclimated with the light sequence countdown.

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):

6 a.m. Garages open
7:45-8:30 a.m. Firestone Indy Lights qualifying
10:35-11:05 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Race #2 Qualifying
11:30 a.m. Toronto 100 Firestone Indy Lights race (50 laps)
3:02 p.m. Driver introductions
3:19 p.m. Invocation, David Storvick
3:20 p.m. Canadian and American national anthems, Vita Chambers
3:33 p.m. Command to start engines, Dave Bolland, Toronto Maple Leafs
3:40 p.m. Green flag, Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. IZOD IndyCar Series race #1 (85 laps)


DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "Luckily enough, the Target car feels good on blacks or reds. Not too big of a balance shift. I managed to get a really good lap on the blacks. So, happy with the speed of the blacks and happy with the speed on the reds. Thanks to these boys for fixing (the car) after my little incident this morning. I buffed a sidepod again on one of the walls just getting a little close, but it feels good." (About if championship is out of the picture): "No, it's not. I've never looked at it that way. Whether I was first, or at one point this year I was last in the championship, so never say never. Until it's mathematically impossible, you just keep fighting every week. We've put ourselves in a bit of a hole, but we'll see if we can dig our way out." (Comparing this track to Detroit): "It's not as bumpy. Detroit was like a rally stage almost. The cars were so on top, you were catching the slightest every corner, like driving a rally car with low grip. So this is probably a little bit of a higher grip surface, unbelievably is a little less bumpy in most places than Detroit, but I think it's a least an equal physical challenge than Detroit. It's 85 laps - that's a long way." (About standing starts): "For most of the people in the field, it's been such a long time since we did standing starts. And with this hand clutch and everything, it's just going to be a complete unknown tomorrow. Which in some ways is good, it mixes things up a little bit. It's better in the front than in the middle of it."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet): "We finally got a break, and the car is heading in the right direction. We made a lot of changes this morning in the one-and-a-half hour session that we had. I'm pretty hopeful. We're starting to understand what this car needs on the new tires, which is something we haven't had since the start of the season."

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Chevrolet): "It was a really frustrating session. We've not been fast since we pretty much rolled out. Hopefully for tomorrow, we can fix it and have a good race from where we're starting and have a better qualifying for the second race. But we'll have to see. Right now I don't think any of us are happy at all with what we've got, so we just need to work a little bit harder and keep getting better every session."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet): "We've got a great National Guard Chevy, and I'm excited to be here. It's the first race we've come to with a little bit of continuity, and we're really getting to know one another and the preparation has been good. We've been fast all day, but it was a little bit of a disjointed qualification session there with the red flag, which caught us out, because we had a better car than the time I put down. But it's just that competitive here in the IndyCar Series now; you can't leave anything to chance. We're happy with a top-10, and we can move forward from there, especially with the standing start."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda): "We had difficulty in the morning session with several different issues. Our car didn't like the track initially, so we made a lot of changes in the practice session, and with the other issues we had, we just ran out of time. Then we made a lot of changes for qualifying and expected to have a lot more grip from the alternate red tire, which we did. We made good progress in Segment One, and the car was much more comfortable and I was able to push hard. But in the second segment going into Turn 1, we were always on the edge just kissing the bumps. But the last time, it bottomed out, and it went straight in to the tires. It's unfortunate, but we have another qualifying session tomorrow, so hopefully we can improve again."

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): "It's frustrating to improve that much in time but not move up the grid. We had some issues this morning, but we made some nice gains in qualifying. We jumped 1.7 seconds from the morning practice. We definitely took a step forward today, and we have another qualifying session tomorrow morning. I think the standing start will be interesting on Saturday. We'll see how the response is for it. It's kind of like the heat races at Iowa. If the fans like it, it is something we should consider doing it in the future. I don't like the fact we just do it two times a year, though. If it is something that is going move the needle, I think we should do it all the time. We need the practice to do it all of the time. And we need the technology to do it right, too. I feel it is a little too last-minute for here this weekend. I've never done a standing start in a race. We practiced it this morning, and I think it will be good for Saturday. This is a physical track, but I really like it. It's a bumpy track, and the long straightaway makes for a lot of action. Plus I really like coming to Toronto. It's a great crowd today already." (How did the Carpenter kids like the movie "Turbo?"): "They had a great time last night at the premiere. They really liked the movie. It was late night for them, but they were still talking about the movie. I'm sure we will be buying the DVD or on iTunes or Apple TV as soon as it becomes available."

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): "We've got a really fast car, and I'm honestly very happy with it. I'm very frustrated, though, because I couldn't extract the full potential of what the HP car has in it because we're having brake problems. We've had the issue since this morning's practice. When I hit the brake, I can't stop the car properly, which obviously makes it very difficult to drive. It's a shame because we had a pole position car today."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet): "This is certainly not the way we wanted qualifying to go. I feel bad for all the fans here; (they) deserved better than that, but we'll put our heads down tomorrow. It's a long race, and I know we'll have a good car. We missed it by less than a tenth (of a second) to get through (to the Firestone Fast Six), and it's heart-breaking to miss it by so little. But it's a long race, and this is a track you can pass on and you can plan strategy to your advantage, so fingers crossed that when it counts, when the points are paying tomorrow, we'll be at the right end."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Hydroxycut KVRT-SH Racing Chevrolet): "I'm excited about (qualifying fourth). It's the hometown race for my sponsor Hydroxycut. I know everyone is pulling for Hinch, which is totally fair, but we have some Canadian sponsors on the car. Hopefully we can put on an exciting show for the fans."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "I hope to get a good start tomorrow. The big key to getting a good start is to not get too much (wheel) spin, so you get that proper hookup. I haven't had a chance to look at the grid box, but hopefully it's on a good patch of asphalt because it changes so much around this track."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 1 DHL Chevrolet): "It's frustrating. We had a great car today; we led the first practice. I'd like to thank the guys, the crew on the No. 1 DHL team for giving me a great car. I'd like to thank (Takuma) Sato for knocking us out of the session again today. It's unfortunate, but we'll be fighting again tomorrow, we'll be fighting again on Sunday. It's just out of our control, so what do you do? We'll just pack up and hope for a better day tomorrow." (About hand injury suffered at Pocono when hit from behind in pits by Takuma Sato): "It's a concern, for sure; it's part of it. We don't have any power steering at all in these cars, and when you get into an issue where you touch a wall or get in to it with another car, the wheel will whip around, and a lot of guys are hurting their thumbs, tearing ligaments and stuff like that. Certainly not a fun situation and not fun driving with it here at Toronto."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda): "We have some work to do for the race. I don't think we have a handle on what we need for the Barracuda Racing car to go fast at the moment, but we're not going to give up. We just have to work at bit harder and find a way to get that pace we're looking for."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoRapid FlexTouch Honda): "It's pretty slick out there. There's only about an hour and a half of practice with Indy cars out there, so there isn't a lot of rubber down yet on the track. The track is really busy today with other series; it's just hasn't put any grip down yet. The guys were able to get a lap time out of it, We were within a couple tenths of transferring, so we're making some progress. Having Dario be the quickest in that group and being able to look at his data and to make it better will be good, not just for tomorrow, but also for the future. I think we'll be in good shape come race time tomorrow. With the standing start, there's more chance for trouble being in the back, so you have to keep a head up, for sure, but I think the No. 83 NovoRapid FlexTouch car here in Canada is going to be good. We just have to get a clean start in the race."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 Dr Pepper Chevrolet): "You always want to do your laps in the end, but I'm sure I'm in the same boat as everyone else, so I can't use that final red flag as an excuse. We tried something for the second qualifying round that didn't really help, so it's a bummer for the Dr Pepper crew. I think the race tomorrow will come down to attrition. Mistakes will be made during the race, but hopefully not from us. Hopefully there isn't too much carnage, but there might be with the first standing starts. I think the fans are going to be in for a good show."

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda): "We didn't get the most out of what we probably could have in qualifying, but I think we'll have a better day tomorrow. We have a good hold on what we need for this weekend, so we are looking forward to the two races here in TO. It should be a good points weekend for us. We just have to make sure to maximize each race."

TRISTAN VAUTIER (No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): "Unfortunately the No. 55 Peterson Motorsports car just wasn't up to speed today. We're going to put our heads together tonight and hopefully come back with a much better package tomorrow morning for quals and then the race. The good thing about these doubleheader race weekends is that there's enough action on the track to turn things around if they're not going your way. With the strong people we have on this team, I'm sure that we can do that."

E.J. VISO (No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet): "Qualifying for Race 1 didn't go as expected. I believe we had good potential of going to the (Firestone) Fast Six, but it didn't happen. We'll have a second chance tomorrow, and I think for the second race we can do good. We've shown in so many splits that we had the speed to be in the top three."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Midas/Big O Tires Honda): "I'm very disappointed in our qualifying effort. Unfortunately we tried to do the (lap) time too late on the tires. The two laps before that should have been better. One was average and the next one, Simona came out of the pits in front of me and I caught her in the middle of Turn 1, so I lost some time there. I just threw a lap in, and it was a solid lap. But unfortunately we missed it by one-tenth and a half (of a second), and that's all it takes now. It's frustrating to start in the back; that's kind of where we've been all year, and there's no reason for it. We're going to just keep working. James typically likes a loose car compared to me, and I'm a little bit more loose than he is right now, so I'm hanging on a bit. We're going to have to make some changes for tomorrow and try to improve it. I think the standing start is going to be really difficult. It will be interesting to see what happens. Starting in the back, we're going to be in the midst of all the mess it if something happens."

Race 1 Qualifying Results

Rank Car Driver Engine Time Speed
1 10 Franchitti, Dario HONDA 59.6756 105.872
2 7 Bourdais, Sebastien CHEVY 59.7701 105.705
3 12 Power, Will CHEVY 01:00.0612 105.193
4 11 Kanaan, Tony CHEVY 01:00.1179 105.093
5 16 Jakes, James HONDA 01:00.1430 105.050
6 9 Dixon, Scott HONDA 01:00.3228 104.737
7 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan CHEVY 01:00.1954 104.958
8 3 Castroneves, Helio CHEVY 01:00.2866 104.799
9 19 Wilson, Justin HONDA 01:00.2954 104.784
10 4 Briscoe, Ryan CHEVY 01:00.3843 104.630
11 25 Andretti, Marco CHEVY 01:00.6027 104.253
12 14 Sato, Takuma HONDA 01:02.3831 101.277
13 77 Pagenaud, Simon HONDA 01:00.4303 104.550
14 27 Hinchcliffe, James CHEVY 01:00.5083 104.415
15 5 Viso, EJ CHEVY 01:00.4556 104.506
16 83 Kimball, Charlie HONDA 01:00.6569 104.160
17 98 Tagliani, Alex HONDA 01:00.4586 104.501
18 15 Rahal, Graham HONDA 01:00.6868 104.108
19 67 Newgarden, Josef HONDA 01:00.5822 104.288
20 18 Conway, Mike HONDA 01:00.9526 103.654
21 55 Vautier, Tristan(R) HONDA 01:00.9053 103.735
22 78 De Silvestro, Simona CHEVY 01:01.1553 103.311
23 20 Carpenter, Ed CHEVY 01:01.2367 103.173
24 6 Saavedra, Sebastian CHEVY 01:01.2939 103.077

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