Just when you thought it was again fun to be a fan of the Verizon IndyCar Series, along comes the infamous Rule 9.3.8. The series was just coming off of three outstanding races featuring three winners that have not been frequent visitors to victory lane recently. Television ratings on NBCSN were showing significant increases and dialogue was about action on the track instead of inaction at IndyCar headquarters.
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This past Saturday night at Iowa, we saw Ed Carpenter go to the trouble of taking his left hand off of the steering wheel just so he could give Sage Karam the good ol’ one-finger salute. Just a little later, he shook the same fist at Karam before Ed backed out of the throttle and let him by. Karam ended up on the podium for the first time in his career, while Carpenter settled for sixth.
A few weeks ago, I was chastised for being so negative about the double-header at Belle Isle. Chances are, some will claim that I am a cheerleader for the Verizon IndyCar Series for what I am about to say about Saturday night’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. If you didn’t like that race, you may want to stop reading now because I will say nothing to reassure you that you were right.
For the second time in less than a week, the Verizon IndyCar Series is going short-tracking this weekend. For me, the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway is one of those races I have on my short list to go to. I say that practically every year, but somehow we never make it out there. Our in-person racing season was grouped tightly together this year. NOLA, Barber and four straight weekends at Indianapolis over a seven week span took its toll on our aged bodies and our budget, which was already too small to begin with. I’ll say what I do every year at this time – maybe next year.
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There is a good chance that yesterday’s race at the Milwaukee Mile may be the last IndyCar race there for the foreseeable future. If that’s the case, it went out in style. I’m not a racer, but the Milwaukee Mile appears to be the track that separates the men from the boys (or women from the girls). A one-mile flat-banked paperclip track with a car capable of doing 240 on a long straightaway is a tough assignment. This is old-school racing, where the job is taken out of the hands of the engineers and put back in the hands of the drivers. Yesterday did not disappoint.