We learned last week that there will be another IndyCar driver dancing his way to mainstream celebrity status. In 2007, Helio Castroneves became an overnight sensation to a group of non-racing fans that had previously never heard of him, when he won Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). I know for a fact that Helio’s appearance brought in new fans, because I’ve heard from them through this site. They rarely, if ever, comment here; but I’ve gotten emails from them saying they never followed this sport until they watched Helio in 2007.
The race at Watkins Glen that we had been waiting for since we found out about it in May, finally took place yesterday. To be honest, I found it to be an odd race. On paper it should have been a very boring race, but it wasn’t. Scott Dixon was on another planet compared to the rest of the grid ever since they unloaded off of the truck on Friday. He completely dominated the weekend and the race yesterday on his way to winning his fourth race at Watkins Glen in seven tries, and his second of the season. Consequently, he and Helio Castroneves are now tied for a distant third in the championship standings.
The surprise weekend of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is finally here. When the green flag dropped on the season in mid-March, all indications were that the series would be running the streets of Boston this weekend. We all know the questions that surrounded that event before it finally fell through at the end of April.
At the time, I was unaware of the irony. During the rain-delay at Pocono last Sunday, my friend Paul Dalbey and I made the short trek down to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Yes, we were tourists and found the homes of Mario and Marco Andretti; but the main purpose of our visit was to check out the now-defunct Nazareth Speedway.
After a Saturday night in June in which the Verizon IndyCar Series failed to turn a lap, a Sunday afternoon that saw not a whole lot of action until one of the biggest stars in the series was involved in a frightening crash just before the skies opened up – the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway finally resumed seventy-six days later. It was well worth the wait.
One of the more unique set of circumstances in IndyCar history will take place tomorrow night as the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway to finish what it started two and a half months ago. The resumption of a race that much later is something I don’t think has ever happened before. I know that it’s something that I’ve never seen before in my adult lifetime.