Tomorrow night, the Verizon IndyCar Series takes the stage at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Although I’ve never been to the now-twenty year-old track near Ft. Worth, it has become one of my favorite tracks on the IndyCar schedule.
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Over the years, I’ve made some rather candid statements about Graham Rahal that probably infuriated some of you who are fans of his. My feelings at the time were that he had a tremendous amount of talent, but it was being under-utilized. I also felt that he had a tremendous amount of growing up to do. That’s easy to say when you are in your fifties and passing judgment on a kid who was in his early twenties.
Last year, I was chastised unmercifully for my negative commentary on the Dual in Detroit. The two races last year were both affected by rain and I thought they were boring for the most part. When I said so, I was accused of eating an extra bowl of Grumpy Flakes and pouring negativity all over the series.
Most of you that have followed this site very long know that I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m not a huge fan of Mark Miles, who seems to hold several titles within his organization – Chairman of the Board of Hulman & Company, Chairman of Hulman Motorsports and IndyCar CEO. I’m sure his organizational skills are impeccable and he probably does an excellent job with his top-priority assignment from the Hulman-George family – improve the bottom line.
The different reactions to races that you see on social media, is an interesting phenomenon. After the Phoenix race, I saw where people thought it was terribly boring. After attending the frigid Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a check of social media on Saturday night showed some people calling Saturday’s race “epic”. Neither race was as bad or as good, as those on social media thought.
The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis basically became Simon Pagenaud’s playground. In fact, you could say that about pretty much the Verizon IndyCar Series season. After five races, Pagenaud has won three races in a row, after finishing second in the last two. Consequently, he is currently running away with the championship.
Usually, there are two sides to every story. I’m sure this same principle applies to the cancellation of the Boston Grand Prix that was supposed to take place in about four months over Labor Day weekend.