IndyCar: Detroit weekend stats and points breakdown

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With the first doubleheader of the Verizon IndyCar Series season in the books, here’s some quick hitters on good or bad results coming out of the weekend:

TWO TOP-10s

  • Helio Castroneves (fifth Saturday, first Sunday)
  • Will Power (first, second)
  • Tony Kanaan (third Saturday, ninth Sunday)
  • Charlie Kimball (ninth, third)
  • James Hinchcliffe (sixth, fifth)
  • Carlos Munoz (seventh, eighth)

TWO TOUGH DAYS (P12-22)

  • Juan Pablo Montoya (12th Saturday, 13th Sunday)
  • Sebastien Bourdais (13th, 20th)
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay (16th, 19th)
  • Sebastian Saavedra (14th, 22nd)
  • Jack Hawksworth (19th, 14th)
  • Takuma Sato (18th, 18th)
  • Josef Newgarden (20th, 17th)

Here’s how each driver fared points-wise this weekend, and where they now rank in the championship after this weekend with total points and change either up or down from the Indianapolis 500.

  • Will Power, 92 (1st, 326, +1)
  • Helio Castroneves, 87 (2nd, 307, +1)
  • James Hinchcliffe, 60 (11th, 165, +4)
  • Tony Kanaan, 57 (12th, 161, +4)
  • Charlie Kimball, 57 (14th, 149, +8)
  • Scott Dixon, 52 (8th, 184, +1)
  • Graham Rahal, 50 (20th, 129, +4)
  • Justin Wilson, 50 (9th, 173, +1)
  • Carlos Munoz, 50 (6th, 210, No change)
  • Mikhail Aleshin, 41 (17th, 137, +1)
  • Carlos Huertas, 39 (19th, 132, No change)
  • Simon Pagenaud, 36 (4th, 247, No change)
  • Ryan Briscoe, 36 (13th, 157, -2)
  • Marco Andretti, 35 (5th, 227, No change)
  • Juan Pablo Montoya, 35 (7th, 187, No change)
  • Mike Conway, 29 (22nd, 122, -2)
  • Jack Hawksworth, 28 (15th, 141, -2)
  • Sebastien Bourdais, 27 (10th, 170, -2)
  • Takuma Sato, 26 (16th, 139, -4)
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay, 25 (3rd, 299, -2)
  • Sebastian Saavedra, 24 (21st, 125, -4)
  • Josef Newgarden, 23 (18th, 132, -4)

Those who didn’t score a bunch of points didn’t necessarily have bad runs – Takuma Sato scored pole and was taken out by Marco Andretti in Dual 2, for example – but the change in points positions pretty much reflects that if you had consistent results in two races, you’d be moving up.

Charlie Kimball was the biggest mover of the weekend, coming from 22nd leaving Indianapolis to 14th exiting. Sato, Sebastian Saavedra and Josef Newgarden all lost four spots.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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