Earlier this week there was some semi-friendly discussion in the comments section of this site on whether or not Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto was exciting, entertaining, enjoyable or any other adjective you want to use. Some said it was a boring race, while others took the stance that there was some very exciting racing going on behind the front of the field. Then there were those that said anytime there are fast and shiny race cars on track, they were fine with that. Put me in that camp, but I’m not sure that necessarily apply to the non-shiny matte black finish of Charlie Kimball’s car – but I digress.
Yesterday’s Honda Indy Toronto showed us just how fragile racing can be. From Juan Montoya practically destroying his car in Friday’s practice, to Scott Dixon narrowly snatching the pole away from Helio Castroneves on the last lap of qualifying and then to Simon Pagenaud losing a huge chunk of his points lead in the blink of an eye – simply because he chose to pit one lap late. That’s how fragile racing can be.
Now that Boston is mercifully off of the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, we are heading into the last race weekend held on a temporary street circuit. Considering that I’ve never been to any type of temporary street circuit, my opinion really doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight.
This coming Sunday marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of one of the greatest records in sports – Joe DiMaggio’s fifty-six game hitting streak. Actually, Sunday marks the streak coming to an end, when the Cleveland Indians held the Yankee Clipper hitless on July 17, 1941.
Never have I seen a race so dominated by a driver, when I felt so nervous and so unsure of the outcome as I did in yesterday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. From the drop of the green flag, Nashville native Josef Newgarden took the lead and never looked back on his way to his third career Verizon IndyCar Series victory and his first on an oval.
Before getting into this weekend’s race at Iowa, I wanted to pay homage to one of the great men in recent IndyCar history. Carl Haas, co-founder of Newman/Haas Racing lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease on June 29th, at the age of 86 – although most of us just learned about it yesterday.
When it comes to Juan Montoya and his future, there seems to be two schools of thought. I’ve read where some say that he is washed up and will be let go by Team Penske at the end of this season in order to make room to hire Josef Newgarden. Then there are those that say his demise is greatly exaggerated and that he has just had some bad luck recently.