IndyCar: Points fail to shift too much after Houston doubleheader

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We try to examine the points in the Verizon IndyCar Series on a fairly regular basis, trying to track big shifts or changes depending on certain stretches of races (Here was points post-Texas Motor Speedway, points post-Indianapolis 500, points post-Indianapolis 500 qualifying).

As IndyCar begins its brutal run of six races in four weekends, the fluctuating weather and form of the field meant there weren’t too many changes from pre-Houston to post-Houston.

Points leader Will Power had one of his worst ever weekends in IndyCar, yet retained the points lead and same gap (39 points) to Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.

All told, only one driver, Sebastien Bourdais, made a massive leap in the standings. The driver of the No. 11 Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet began the weekend 12th in points and ended eighth, after he was the only driver to score top-five finishes in both races.

There weren’t really any big losers, either, with several drivers dropping two positions from beginning to end of the weekend.

Anyway, here’s a breakdown of the 21 full-time drivers sit now leaving Houston, the second of three doubleheader weekends this season:

Driver		     TMS    HOU    Change
12 Will Power   	1	1
3 Helio Castroneves	2	2
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay	3	3
77 Simon Pagenaud	4	4	
2 Juan Pablo Montoya	7	5	+2
25 Marco Andretti	5	6	-1
34 Carlos Munoz 	6	7	-1
11 Sebastien Bourdais	12	8	+4
9 Scott Dixon		8	9	-1
27 James Hinchcliffe	11	10	+1
10 Tony Kanaan  	9	11	-2
19 Justin Wilson 	10	12	-2
8 Ryan Briscoe  	13	13
98 Jack Hawksworth	16	14	+2
83 Charlie Kimball	14	15	-1
7 Mikhail Aleshin	15	16	-1
18 Carlos Huertas	20	17	+3
15 Graham Rahal 	19	18	+1
14 Takuma Sato  	17	19	-2
67 Josef Newgarden	18	20	-2
17 Sebastian Saavedra	21	21

Social roundup: Racing world largely outraged by Verstappen penalty

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The discussion over Max Verstappen’s post-race five-second time penalty assessed in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, issued when he tried to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at the Turns 16, 17 and 18 carousel complex at Circuit of The Americas, will roll on far beyond today.

The debate today largely centered over consistency in adjudication and application of the rules, track limits themselves (always a sore subject at COTA given its wide runoff areas) or whether there should be permanent stewards.

In the immediate aftermath, though, Twitter lit up with outrage over Verstappen being assessed a five-second post-race time penalty.

Here’s a mere sampling of the reaction, below.