I hate using the term 'amateur hour', but a fair amount of risky decisions have been thrown all round all weekend.
We all saw Reutimann's desperate attempt to keep his car in the Top 35 owners points. His decision was a bit of a stupid one, however trying to get an underperforming car into the Top 35 is hard enough (as it stands, I do believe the #10 is only 1 point out), however in motorsport, safety is paramount, whatever you are doing. I cringe every time a car is strewn on track and cars are just streaming by, creating a unthinkable condition of driver-side contact. Just get out of the way, man!
The IndyCar came from their disappointing opening day at St. Pete to a crazy day at Barber. Great racing up and down the field. The new car is certainly making some people's life hard.
I had to rewind my Sky+ box to find out how Will Power actually won this thing. And it comes down to the simple fact, the guy's a great racer. Overtaking, strategy, pit-stops; the guy is a machine. How has he not won a championship yet? His trademark celebration has been missed, and I know that a smiling Will Power means serious business.
We've also been shown to a possible new generation of future front runners, or FFRs as I call them. They are definitely not amateurs. The FFRs in question are:
Simon Pagenaud. A Formula Atlantic champion and ALMS winner, he's no stranger to pushing hard and he's gotten results in most forms of motorsport he has taken part in.
James Hinchcliffe. Hinchtown rejoice, he's in 4th place and riding high. He will win this year, I promise you. Promising results in all the American ladder series championships have led him to Team GoDaddy, a proven good car to be in.
Rubens Barrichello. His pedigree is undoubted, and it seems he is getting used to the cars on road circuits. I predict podiums at sharp end of the season. The ovals will prove interesting.
Watch out for these FFRs during the season.
Plus, I don't reckon there is an American Touring car series, because that's not what America likes. You're more of a fast and furious open-wheel and GT nation. But if you want close racing, look to our British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). The racing is close, intense, heated and pure. Great cars and even greater personalities. The whole weekend proves if you want great racing, get down to your local track and get in on the action, you'll never see crazier racing until you see it yourself. If you want to see some great action, search BTCC on YouTube. This link should get you started: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cr3_TEnO0Y
Oh, and btw, with Timmy Hill returning to the Nationwide series, who predicted that Josh Wise would win ROTY? And he'll do it start-and-parking as well. I'm feeling smug.
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