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.
For a series that needed a shot in the arm in the worst way after staging a two-day non-race in Texas, the Verizon IndyCar Series came up with a timely home-run. If you kept up with this site throughout the weekend, you’ve undoubtedly seen me gush about Road America. I had been wanting to go to a race there for thirty years or so. Now that I’ve finally done it, I want more.
After an eight-year absence, American open-wheel racing has finally run a race at Road America. From what I saw, it was not the most scintillating of races as Will Power pretty much dominated the race leading forty-six of the fifty laps. But there was quite a bit of jockeying for position behind Power throughout the day.