GP of Alabama weekend

GP of Alabama weekend

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How it started…

Points Standings

Starting grid

Position Driver Points   Position Driver
1 Juan Pablo Montoya 119 1 Helio Castroneves
2 Helio Castroneves  116 2 Will Power
3 Tony Kanaan 93 3 Simon Pagenaud
4 Scott Dixon 87 4 Scott Dixon
5 James Hinchcliffe 83 5 Josef Newgarden
6 Will Power 80 6 Tony Kanaan
7 Simon Pagenaud 73 7 Sebastien Bourdais
8 Sebastien Bourdais 66 8 Graham Rahal
9 Josef Newgarden  66 9 Luca Filippi
10 Graham Rahal 62 10 James Hinchcliffe
11 Marco Andretti  61 11 Charlie Kimball
12 Carlos Munoz  56 12 Sage Karam
13 James Jakes 54 13 Marco Andretti
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay 51 14 James Jakes
15 Luca Filippi 50 15 Juan Pablo Montoya
16 Jack Hawksworth 48 16 Stefano Coletti
17 Simona de Silvestro  44 17 Gabby Chavez (R)
18 Gabby Chavez (R) 42 18 Ryan Hunter-Reay
19 Charlie Kimball 40 19 Jack Hawksworth
20 Takuma Sato 37 20 Takuma Sato
21 Stefano Coletti  30 21 Rodolfo Gonzalez
22 Sage Karam 23 22 Carlos Munoz
23 Francesco Dracone 23 23 Francesco Dracone
24 Carlos Huertas 20
25 Sebastian Saavedra 20
26 Conor Daly 13

…how it ended…

Race results

Points standings

Position Driver   Position Driver Points
1 Josef Newgarden 1 Juan Pablo Montoya 136
2 Graham Rahal 2 Helio Castroneves  133
3 Scott Dixon 3 Scott Dixon 123
  4 Will Power 4 Josef Newgarden 119
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5 Will Power 112
6 Carlos Munoz 6 James Hinchcliffe 110
7 James Hinchcliffe 7 Tony Kanaan 110
8 Sebastien Bourdais 8 Graham Rahal 103
9 Simon Pagenaud 9 Simon Pagenaud 96
10 Marco Andretti 10 Sebastien Bourdais 91
11 Luca Filippi 11 Carlos Munoz 84
12 Charlie Kimball 12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 81
13 Tony Kanaan 13 Marco Andretti 81
14 Juan Pablo Montoya 14 Luca Filippi 69
15 Helio Castroneves 15 James Jakes 62
16 Gabby Chavez (R) 16 Charlie Kimball 58
17 Takuma Sato 17 Jack Hawksworth 57
18 Sage Karam 18 Gabby Chavez (R) 56
19 Stefano Coletti (R) 19 Takuma Sato 50
20 Rodolfo Gonzalez 20 Simona de Silvestro 44
21 Jack Hawksworth 21 Stefano Coletti  41
22 James Jakes 22 Sage Karam 35
 23 Francesco Dracone (R) 23 Francesco Dracone 30
24 Carlos Huertas 20
25 Sebastian Saavedra 20
26 Conor Daly 13
27 Rodolfo Gonzalez 10

…and all the stuff in between…

Soggy Saturday: Rain threatened on Saturday, with the practice starting out wet and drying as the day went on. Once qualification time rolled around, the radar was ominous and the skies darkened, but the action was completed before it got too wet. Helio was one happy pole winner – you’d have thought he’d just hit the lottery, but as we know, that’s just Helio. 🙂

Drat that Dracone: All weekend long, Francesco Dracone’s name figured in complaints, observations and conversations. He’s often holding up others and making moves that anger those around him. Something will need to be done soon…

Sunny, Super Sunday: Sunday was warm and sunny, which made for gorgeous viewing and thrilling racing. The warmer weather caused the alternate red tires to go off much faster than normal. Cars were sliding and marbles flying, causing pit stops much earlier than planned and playing with everyone’s strategy. Lots of passing without too much carnage and a record eight different leaders easily made this the best race so far this year.

Ragin’ Rahal: Graham Rahal put on a show at the end of the race, carving his way to a 2nd place finish. If he’d had a few more laps…

First “Finished First:” No one’s surprised at this result – Josef Newgarden has been showing flashes of brilliance since he joined IndyCar, and today he started strong and ran a fast, intelligent race to his first win. This will be a very popular result with fans and the series alike – a young, talented, personable, funny and good-looking American fulfilling his potential with the potential for more to come.