This weekend, the Verizon IndyCar Series visits another natural terrain road course that is on my short list to visit. While the pull to visit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has never been quite as strong as it was to visit Road America; it is on my list nonetheless. I am assuming that the hotel situation is pretty much the same as it is for Road America. I hope so, because I would like to think that my camping days are way behind me.
Welcome to…Denver, Colorado! I don’t travel very often with my day job. I did spend the week of this year’s Indianapolis 500 in Atlanta at a conference with several co-workers; but this week, I flew out to a conference that I am attending by myself – and that’s very rare. Oh well, it’s cooler than Nashville, the scenery is beautiful and I am eating very well. Too well, as a matter of fact.
Last week, the Verizon IndyCar Series lost a member of their family that most of us had never heard of. Jenny Nickell was a producer for NBCSN and had worked in the business of televising IndyCar races for over thirty years. Apparently, she suddenly fell ill in Toronto last weekend and passed away Tuesday morning. I never met Jenny, and to be honest – I had never heard of her. Chances are, most of you reading this had not heard of her until news of her death hit social media last Tuesday.
No one should be surprised to hear me say that I am a racing fan. While IndyCar is my passion, I am still a fan of other forms of motorsport – including NASCAR. I’m no die-hard, but I’ll still watch the occasional NASCAR race. I have been to three NASCAR races in my life – two in Charlotte and one at Darlington. Surprisingly, I’ve never been to the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s not that I consider the race a sacrilege that invades the hallowed ground on an annual basis, as some people do. It’s just that I never felt an overwhelming urge to go.
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.