Random Thoughts On Iowa
Although the race started later than the already late scheduled start, this year’s edition of the Iowa Corn 250 was worth staying up for. Just like the race at Texas, there was excitement, drama, many unexpected twists and another race where the Penske and Ganassi cars failed to score a win. That honor went to Ryan Hunter-Reay for the second week in a row.
When Dario Franchitti’s engine let go on one of the warm-up laps, it was a sign that this was going to be a very strange race if you were one of the points leaders. It was. The points leader, Will Power, crashed with EJ Viso. James Hinchcliffe, who was second in points going into the race, let his car get away from him on a restart and put it into the wall. Scott Dixon looked like he had the field covered in the waning laps, yet somehow finished fourth.
While most people seemed to think it was a very entertaining race, I was amazed to see on Twitter Saturday night that some people were actually chastising those that said this was a good race. I know you can’t please everyone, but it seemed the Legions of the Miserable were out in force on Twitter Saturday night.
TV Coverage: Although I’ve never been a Tommy Kendall fan, he seemed to have some pretty good comments on Saturday night’s telecast. I also thought Dario Franchitti brought a lot to the booth in his short visit. He said what I was already thinking when he chided EJ Viso for his scolding Will Power for their crash. Yes, Power was clearly at fault – but to hear Viso act like he’s never had a brain fade on the track was laughable.
My only complaint about the telecast was the way the NBC Sports Network chose to show crowd shots during the double file restarts. I was glad to see a decent crowd at Iowa, but showing shots of the crowd waving while cars were running three wide into Turn One was a curious decision.
The Big Three: I think it’s safe to say that Andretti Autosport is back. Hinchcliffe was second in points heading into the event. Ryan Hunter-Reay has now won two races in a row and Marco Andretti finished second. One thing though – I know that all drivers are out to win, but Marco Andretti’s surliness for finishing second to his teammate was very unattractive to watch.
All in All: I liked this race. The last few races at Iowa have been outstanding. It used to be that Texas was my favorite oval outside of the Indianapolis 500. Now – it’s Iowa. I really hope to attend this race in the very near future. But if I go next year, I do hope they can start the race around an hour earlier. Hopefully, those in the eastern time zone stayed up to watch it.
I apologize for the abbreviated post, but Sunday was moving day for Mr. & Mrs. Oilpressure. Quite honestly, I’m proud that I was able to get anything up here today. I hope to be back to normal soon.