A Good Race From This Perspective
For those that have been to a race, you know what I mean when I say that I’m not quite sure what all just happened. If you watched the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on television, you probably have a much greater grasp of what all happened than I do. This much I know – from my perspective, this looked to be the second straight exciting race from Barber Motorsports Park. Our friend Pressdog pointed out on Twitter this morning that it’s funny that the “gorgeous facility” references have been minimized since the racing has improved at this track. He has a point. The DW12 seems much more suited to this track than the previous Dallara.
We spent almost the entire race in the areas of Turn Two and Turn Three. We were able to see quite a bit of action as several drivers got off track on the start. We also had a bird-eye view of one incident that may or may not have made television. About two-thirds through the race, Tristan Vautier had an off-track excursion in Turn one. He hit a piece of debris lying in a runoff area and promptly went airborne. He got control of the car, went through two advertising signs and never lost a spot.
But other than that, I don’t really know much about what happened. That’s what DVR’s are for. We had a great time and it looked to be a great race. We saw several consecutive laps with eventual winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Helio Castroneves right together. The order jumbled a lot between those three, throughout the second half of the race. That’s what makes a good race.
With about fifteen laps to go, we left our hillside perch and headed back to take our spots in victory lane. It has become a running joke that I always manage to get my mug on camera from victory lane at Barber. When we got there and saw that there was a new procedure and all photography would be from a grandstand, I figured this was the end of my streak. Fortunately, someone e-mailed a screenshot of us seated snapping pictures from the victory lane celebration. Our streak is intact.
We are about to pack up and head back. There have been four IZOD IndyCar Series races here at the “beautiful facility” and we have had the privilege of covering every one of them. At my ripe age, not many things overwhelm me. But I still consider it a pinch-me moment to be standing on the grid of a race as the National Anthem is being sung. It is nothing I take for granted and I consider myself to be leading a charmed life to be able to attend races in this fashion. A special thanks goes to Amy Konrath and Arni Shribhen from IndyCar and to the local staff at Barber Motorsports Park for making us feel so welcome.
There will be more of a recap here tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a picture from the victory lane celebration. Thanks for following Oilpressure.com throughout the entire race weekend.