Hunter Reay now leads the 2012 IndyCar Championship

With 2 DNFs to his name, and three wins in a row (Milwaukee, Iowa and Toronto), Ryan Hunter-Reay has taken the lead of the IndyCar Championship. As we reviewed in our IndyCar mid-season analysis report, there was a trend: Ryan Hunter-Reay had the momentum going while Will Power was losing some stem. If we take a closer look at the Indy Toronto race results, all of the top 8 championship contenders failed to obtain the most points:

- Will Power started 2nd but finished only 15th. Actually Power could have won the race but his front wing broke off and punctured two of his tires.

- Scott Dixon did not finished the race due to engine failure.

- Canadian James Hinchcliffe run the same luck as Dixon and did not finish the race.

- Simon Pagenaud started 8 but finished only 12th.

- Dario Franchitti started in pole position but managed to finish only 17th. He had bad luck in one of his pitstops when he stopped too far fromt he refuelling device and then later a collision with Ryan Briscoe.

- Helio Castroneves had a decent run finishing 6th.

- Tony Kanaan finished the race in 4th place, so some damage control for the Brazilian in the Champinship points race.

So who were in the IndyCar Toronto podium then? Charlie Kimball and Mike Conway in what represented their first podium finish of 2012. Good for them! But bad for Power and the rest.

This was Franchitti fourth pole position of the year, so 4 poles out of 10 rounds (40.00%), enough to be on top of the Indycar most pole positions ranking. Power and Hunter-Reay are equal in number of wins, but Hunter-Reay dominates in most podium finishes. Something of interest is that Spanish driver Oriol Servia has great skills in coming back from the back of the grid to finish within the top 5. He did it again in Toronto where he started 14th and finished 5th. Okay no more talking, here are the Indycar racing stats:

2012 IndyCar Championship - up until Toronto

DriverTeamPoints
Hunter ReayAndretti Autosport335
PowerTeam Penske301
CastronevesTeam Penske289
DixonTarget Chip Ganassi Racing281
HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport268
KanaanKV Racing Technology267
Go to 2012 Full IndyCar Standings

2012 IndyCar Racing Stats

RankMost Pole PositionsPercentage
IndyCar Dario Franchitti
1Dario Franchitti - IndyCar40.00%
2Will Power - IndyCar20.00%
3Alex Tagliani - IndyCar11.11%
RankMost Race WinsPercentage
IndyCar Ryan Hunter Reay
1Ryan Hunter Reay - IndyCar30.00%
2Will Power - IndyCar30.00%
3Helio Castroneves - IndyCar10.00%
RankMost PodiumsPercentage
IndyCar Ryan Hunter Reay
1Ryan Hunter Reay - IndyCar50.00%
2Scott Dixon - IndyCar40.00%
3Tony Kanaan - IndyCar30.00%
RankMost PerformancePercentage
IndyCar Oriol Servia
1Oriol Servia - IndyCar176.25%
2Townsend Bell - IndyCar170.00%
3JR Hildebrand - IndyCar130.00%

Stay tuned as Indycar goes to Edmonton on July 22!

Posted on July 15, 2012

What do you think?

Your Name:

Your Email Address (will not be published):

Enter your comments in the box below:
(Use letters, numbers and symbols . , : ? ! ( ) up to 2,000 characters max)