Heading to Detroit, the Indy 500 shook up IndyCar’s points

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Simon Pagenaud still leads the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings heading to this weekend’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans, but his lead’s been reduced after an Indianapolis 500 that saw him and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet revealed as “human.”

After starting eighth and finishing 19th in the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, never really a factor, Pagenaud’s ridiculous two seconds, three wins to start 2016 meant he lost a sizable chunk of his points lead for the first time this year.

Pagenaud left the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a 76-point lead and after qualifying points were added in Indy, his lead expanded to 83 points with a plus-seven net on Scott Dixon.

But with Dixon ending eighth in the race to Pagenaud’s 19th, the Frenchman’s lead into Detroit this weekend – in what is now the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Penske Chevrolet – is down to 57 points.

With 10 races to go and still this weekend’s doubleheader, plus the Sonoma double points finale, this points championship is now wide open.

Other big movers from the Angie’s List Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 include the biggest mover, Alexander Rossi, who gained 11 spots after pulling off the shock but impressive win. Carlos Munoz and Josef Newgarden, who finished second and third, each gained eight spots.

Drivers who fell back were Juan Pablo Montoya and Graham Rahal, who both lost seven spots.

Another interesting note: In the series Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, it was Conor Daly 88, Max Chilton 80 and Rossi 79. But Rossi’s win has blown that title wide open, now at 203 to Chilton’s 122 and Daly’s 108.

Here’s a breakdown of points after the Angie’s List Grand Prix on the left, versus the Indianapolis 500 on the right, with the positions gained and lost:

POS # DRIVER POINTS POS # DRIVER POINTS CHANGE
1 22 Pagenaud 242 1 22 Pagenaud 292
2 9 Dixon 166 2 9 Dixon 235
3 2 Montoya 160 3 3 Castroneves 224 +1
4 3 Castroneves 159 4 21 Newgarden 211 +8
5 15 Rahal 133 5 5 Hinchcliffe 205 +3
6 10 Kanaan 111 6 98 Rossi 203 +11
7 83 Kimball 111 7 26 Munoz 199 +8
8 5 Hinchcliffe 110 8 10 Kanaan 192 -2
9 28 Hunter-Reay 109 9 42 Kimball 189 -2
10 12 Power 105 10 2 Montoya 187 -7
11 14 Sato 102 11 12 Power 178 -1
12 21 Newgarden 100 12 15 Rahal 173 -7
13 18 Daly 88 13 28 Hunter-Reay 162 -4
14 7 Aleshin 87 14 11 Bourdais 134 +5
15 26 Munoz 84 15 14 Sato 134 -4
16 8 Chilton 80 16 27 Andretti 130 +2
17 98 Rossi 79 17 7 Aleshin 127 -3
18 27 Andretti 76 18 8 Chilton 122 -2
19 11 Bourdais 75 19 18 Daly 108 -6
20 41 Hawksworth 60 20 41 Hawksworth 91
21 19 Filippi 45 21 6 Hildebrand 84 +6
22 16 Pigot 35 22 77 Servia 72 +3
23 61 Brabham 14 23 29 Bell 55
24 19 Chaves 13 24 16 Pigot 50 -2
25 12 Servia 12 25 19 Chaves 46 -1
26 20 Carpenter 9 26 19 Filippi 45 -5
27 6 Hildebrand 8 27 61 Brabham 37 -4
28 35 Tagliani 7 28 35 Tagliani 35
29 63 Mann 33
30 20 Carpenter 33 -4
31 24 Karam 22
32 88 Clauson 21
33 25 S.Wilson 14
34 4 B.Lazier 12