Monday night, the news was confirmed. It was the news we had all been dreading since late Sunday afternoon. We hoped and prayed that Justin Wilson would somehow beat the odds that were stacked against him, but it was not to be. Justin Wilson succumbed to the injuries he suffered at Pocono Raceway one day earlier.
Throughout most of yesterday’s IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, I was compiling notes for my usual “Random Thoughts” posts that I always write for the Monday immediately following a race. While there are a lot of observations about each race and the underlying storylines – there are also a lot of snarky and tongue-in-cheek opinions stated in those writings.
Those that have said they want to attend a Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway sometime, should probably head there this weekend. Conventional wisdom says that this could very well be the final year that the series will be there for quite a long period of time.
Who remembers the hand-wringing that went on after the opening race at St. Petersburg? Team Penske swept the first four positions in qualifying and took four of the top five finishing positions in the race, including the top two spots on the podium. Third place went to Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan. For the two weeks that led up to the next race at New Orleans, all we heard was how boring this season would be with Team Penske winning everything, with their only threat coming from Ganassi.
There is actually a significant racing connotation here, so please bear with me. Most regular readers of this site probably remember last fall when I had to put my thirteen year-old lab down. In fact, yesterday was ten months to the day that we lost our friend “Luckey”.
Depending on who you ask, the Verizon IndyCar Series championship is still up for grabs between three, five or even eight drivers. With two races to go, there are still 150 points on the table. Mathematically speaking, I suppose even Tony Kanaan in ninth and 111 points out is still alive for the championship – but barely.
Of the many benefits I have enjoyed through having this site, the friendships I have formed are probably among the most meaningful. Some friendships have become strong enough that they will last long after I stop posting here, whenever that may be. One of those lasting relationships is the friendship that Susan and I have built with Paul Dalbey, formerly of More Front Wing.