Here's the situation: F1 summer break is in full swing and there is nothing to watch until Spa in 23 days...
That's all I have to say...NOT
Are you kidding? Have you completely forgotten about IndyCar?! If you have then please, call in sick tomorrow and contact me and I shall fill you in on this amazing season so far with tales of great passing and on track battles! (or you can just YouTube the races)
Yes that's right folks, IndyCar has reached its next leg in the Championship and will be racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car track. After the exhausting and exciting Double Header events in Toronto, Scott Dixon is looking to make it 4 races in a row after taking the checkered flag twice in Toronto and in Pocono. It would appear the Ganassis guys have started to get a grip on this season.
Championship leader Helio Castroneves is trying to keep his lead on the top spot in the standings with 425 points with Scott Dixon moving up closer by leaps and bounds with only 29 points behind. Last years champ Ryan Hunter-Reay is still in third despite having dismal finishes in the past 3 races (Let's face it, Sato is to blame for a good chunk of it).
And what of our Canuck in the series? After a disappointing finish at home, James Hinchcliffe is still hanging in the top 10 in 8th position. Like Leigh Diffey has been saying, its either feast or famine for Hinch.
Despite winning 3 races this season in true Canadian form, several non finishes have put a damper on his championship hopes. But never fear, all hope is not gone. He only has to look to his teammate for inspiration (check out RHR's blitz in 2012 of three wins a row)
Et, de quois d'Alex Tagliani ? Well for poor Tag, it sure doesn't look good. Its been an uphill battle for him and the Bryan Herta. He currently sits in 21st position. Unfortunately, this is not the only bit of bad news...More on that later this weekend...
So Mid-Ohio, a beautiful facility in the state of Ohio will host what will be a cracker of a race. Scott Dixon won the race last year, with the momentum he's carrying so far , i wouldn't doubt his chances of winning this weekend. The Target Chip Ganassis outfit know how to set up their cars to go fast here, and fast they shall be. The teams have come off a test yesterday July 31st, with Ryan Hunter-Reay being the quickest , but we cannot forget that its only testing. The Andretti's have been in top form for qualifying this season but falter during the race. Expect Andretti's to take the front row but with Dixon not far behind..As for the race....well lets wait and see after qualifying to come up with any whim of an idea.
That's all for now folks. Stay tuned this weekend for a recap on practice and qualifying to see how our Canucks do ! Until then, stay humble my friends. (photo credit goes to the wonderful people at motorsport.com)
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