Good afternoon from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. It’s race day. More precisely, it’s the day of the night race here. IndyCar officials have announced that the start of the race will be moved back to 6:10 PDT to allow the sun to drop below the horizon and not blind the drivers going down the backstretch.
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I try very hard to not sound like I’m gloating when I come to races. I’m like a kid in a candy store at a race track. Since I’ve had this site, I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of unique things – things I only dreamed about for decades. Today may have topped the list in that department.
The first practice and the only practice before the run for the pole for the MAVTV 500 is now wrapped up. There will be a final practice tonight at 6:05 local time. At the top of the charts is Will Power who turned a lap at 220.889 mph early in the session. Tony Kanaan was second quick in his last practice for KR Racing before he moves on to Chip Ganassi Racing. Kanaan’s speed was 219.797. The remainder of the top five was James Hinchcliffe, AJ Allmendinger and Helio Castroneves.
Well, I suppose to many, it’s afternoon. The California weather is not overrated. It is an absolutely gotgeous day here at Fontana. Coming into the track was beyond easy. get off I-10, go about a mile to the north and you’re here.
The long-awaited last leg of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown is finally here. With Tony Kanaan winning the Indianapolis 500 and Scott Dixon winning at Pocono, the sweep of the Triple Crown and the $1 Million prize that goes with it is no longer possible. But if one of those drivers wins tomorrow night in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA – there is still a quarter-million dollar bonus on the line for one of them. That’s not too shabby for even the highest paid driver in the field.
This post today is very celebratory, but first and foremost – let’s not forget that it was two years ago today that we lost Dan Wheldon. Please keep the Wheldon family in your thoughts and prayers today.
Besides being considered the “Glory Days” of CART, the early to mid-nineties are recognized for something that may have contributed to the relative obscurity that the IndyCar Series is facing today. That is the star-vacuum that was created with the retirement of most of the big-named drivers that the American public had grown up with.