Saturday Night Close

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Well, after a very busy day at the track, I’m in for the night. I must admit, I’m pleasantly surprised with this new qualifying format. I’m not sure that the teams liked it, because they pretty much had to stay on their toes throughout the day. Tomorrow should be even more interesting and will hold the most drama as some will have their month end tomorrow. Danica Patrick still may not be safe, if speeds are higher than today. That’s probably unlikely because the temperature is supposed to be much higher tomorrow than it was today. That should make speeds drop considerably.

I have to admit  was a little awe struck during my last visit to the media center. Throughout the day, I had been hearing the familiar voice of Kevin Lee, who must be the hardest working man in radio right now. I’m not sure there was ever a time when he was not on the air. But during my last visit there, I heard another familiar voice – that of Donald Davidson. It was surreal as I watched in person, the radio show that I’ve listened to for years.

I am very tired and am about to call it a night, but I’ll be back at the track early in the morning. For those that somehow missed it, here are the qualifying results from today:

1. Helio Castroneves-W Team Penske Honda Dallara 227.970
2. Will Power Team Penske Honda Dallara 227.578
3. Dario Franchitti-W Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 226.990
4. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Honda Dallara 226.554
5. Alex Tagliani FAZZT Racing Honda Dallara 226.390
6. Scott Dixon-W Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 226.233
7. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Racing Honda Dallara 225.519
8. Ed Carpenter Panther/Vision Racing Honda Dallara 224.587
9. Hideki Mutoh Newman Haas Honda Dallara 221.963
10. Townsend Bell Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Dallara 225.097
11. Justin Wilson Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 225.050
12. Raphael Matos DeFerran Dragon Racing Honda Dallara 225.028
13. Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 224.888
14. Davey Hamilton DeFerran Dragon Racing Honda Dallara 224.852
15. Mike Conway Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 224.583
16. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 224.575
17. Dan Wheldon-W Panther Racing Honda Dallara 224.464
18. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 224.547
19. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 224.380
20. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 224.261
21. Ana Beatriz-R Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 224.243
22. Simona de Silvestro-R HVM Racing Honda Dallara 224.228
23. Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 224.217
24. Bertrand Baguette-R Conquest Racing Honda Dallara 224.189

Good night and see you tomorrow at the track.

George Phillips

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One Response to “Saturday Night Close”

  1. George, Pole day was excellent and I have enjoyed your insights immensely.

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