Montoya leads points as IndyCar hits the halfway mark

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Although he was frustrated after finishing 10th twice in Detroit, Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya still leads the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings at the halfway mark of the season.

Already eight of 16 races are in the books at the conclusion of this week’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans.

Here’s the points standings. Realistically, the title contenders fall to fifth-placed Helio Castroneves, at 70 points back of Montoya (315-245).

Scott Dixon rallied from 92 down at one point in 2013 (after 10 of 19 races), but he had two doubleheader weekends at Toronto and Houston still remaining at this juncture in that season.

Sebastien Bourdais and Marco Andretti, currently sixth and seventh at 87 and 91 points back of Montoya, respectively, are on the fringe of title contention.

Standings down to 20th-placed Stefano Coletti include all drivers who have competed in all eight races (except the injured James Hinchcliffe and road/street course-only Luca Filippi), with Sage Karam in 21st on down having missed one or more events.

1. 2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 315
2. 1-Will Power, 294
3. 9-Scott Dixon, 252
4. 15-Graham Rahal, 246
5. 3-Helio Castroneves, 245
6. 11-Sebastien Bourdais, 228
7. 27-Marco Andretti, 224
8. 67-Josef Newgarden, 206
9. 22-Simon Pagenaud, 193
10. 83-Charlie Kimball, 187
11. 26-Carlos Munoz, 180
12. 10-Tony Kanaan, 174
13. 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay, 171
14. 14-Takuma Sato, 166
15. 98-Gabby Chaves, 133
16. 7-James Jakes, 132
17. 5-James Hinchcliffe, 129
18. 41-Jack Hawksworth, 128
19. 20-Luca Filippi, 120
20. 4-Stefano Coletti, 104

21. 8-Sage Karam, 77
22. 29-Simona de Silvestro, 66
23. 5-Conor Daly, 63
24. 6-JR Hildebrand, 57
25. 19-Tristan Vautier, 55
26. 17-Sebastian Saavedra, 47
27. 19-Francesco Dracone, 38
28. 5-Ryan Briscoe, 36
29. 24-Townsend Bell, 32
30. 18-Carlos Huertas, 31
31. 18-Rodolfo Gonzalez, 27
32. 48-Alex Tagliani, 27
33. 25-Justin Wilson, 25
34. 63-Pippa Mann, 16
35. 20-Ed Carpenter, 10
36. 32-Oriol Servia, 10
37. 19-James Davison, 10
38. 88-Bryan Clauson, 10
39. 91-Buddy Lazier, 0
40. 18-Rocky Moran Jr., 0