IndyCar Series 2014
In a Verizon IndyCar Series season marked by an impressive Honda-powered rookie contingent, Carlos Munoz continues to shine brightest of all, finishing third Sunday at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono INDYCAR 500, the second round of the 2014 “triple crown” of 500-mile races.
Munoz ran in the lead pack throughout the 200-lap contest at the unique, 2.5-mile Pocono “triangle.” scoring his third top-three finish of the season with his Andretti Autosport Honda to move to sixth in the Drivers’ Championship and take a 77-point lead in the Rookie of the Year standings. Fellow Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya won, in an event slowed by only a single caution flag, making it the fastest 500-mile race in IndyCar Series history.
All four Honda-powered 2014 rookies – Munoz; Mikhail Aleshin; Houston Saturday race winner Carlos Huertas and Jack Hawksworth – have finished on the podium at least once this season.
Simon Pagenaud remained in strong championship contention with a sixth-place finish in his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda. Pagenaud, winner of last Sunday’s race in Houston, moves to third in the Drivers’ Championship, 42 points out of the lead with seven races remaining. Teammate Aleshin finished seventh as his strong rookie season continues.
Josef Newgarden finished eighth after leading seven laps late in the race before having to make a late pit stop for a final splash of fuel, while Marco Andretti charged back to finish ninth at his “home” event after receiving an early-race penalty for speeding in pit lane.
The Verizon IndyCar Series run of consecutive races continues next weekend with the first short-oval event of the 2014 season, the July 12 Iowa Corn Indy 300, at Iowa Speedway in Newton.
|1||Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske)|
|2||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|3||Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||Ryan Briscoe (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|5||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|6||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|8||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|9||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|10||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|12||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|14||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|18||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|19||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|20||Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|21||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|22||Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)|