The other night on Trackside, Curt Cavin threw out a stat that caught me by surprise. In this current field of twenty-two full-time drivers, only five have never won a Verizon IndyCar Series race – Josef Newgarden, Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Muñoz, Jack Hawksworth and Sebastian Saavedra. He and Kevin Lee were speculating who might be the next to get their first win. They both seemed to think it might be Muñoz. My money is on Newgarden. He now has two second-place finishes in his short career. This past Sunday was just another race where Newgarden has been knocking on the door.
With no Verizon IndyCar Series race this weekend, we fans are going to have to be content with rehashing last week’s race at Mid-Ohio for a few days. While I enjoyed Sunday’s race – many have made it clear that they did not. They maintain that fuel conservation should not be part of racing.
Two weeks ago, I summed up the Toronto weekend with one word – exhausting. If I am to sum up yesterday’s win by Scott Dixon at Mid-Ohio in one word, that word would be – incredible. The fact that Dixon won a Verizon IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course isn’t incredible. After all, he had won two of the past three and four of the last seven going into the weekend – so he obviously knew his way around the place. But it’s the way he won yesterday’s race that makes this one so special.
After a well-earned one week sabbatical, the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to action this weekend – this time at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio. One of the many things I like about this series is the variety of tracks the series runs on. Two weeks ago, the series was on a temporary street circuit in Toronto, surrounded by concrete barriers on both sides. This weekend, there will be a lot more room for error as the IndyCars will be on a natural terrain road course with plenty of run-off areas.
For the entire time I have had this site, I’ve always maintained that I am not a journalist. There’s a reason for that. I’m not. I am a blogger, in probably the truest sense of the word. My definition of a blogger is someone who feels like they have a lot to say about a particular subject; so they go out and start their own website and post regularly about the subject for little or no money (for me, it’s the latter). That’s what I do – nothing more.
For many years, make that decades; I’ve been going to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – since 1965, to be exact. In that near half-century, I’ve witnessed a lot of changes. The first race I attended there still had some roadsters powered by Offenhausers and Novis. There were no Turn Two Suites and not near as many stands in the north-end as there are now. Infield parking was allowed in all four turns and the Snake Pit was not a corporate sponsored organized party event. It just spontaneously erupted each year inside Turn one.