Monday, July 19, 2010

Power has the Will to win and it pays with his 4th victory of the season

Power has the Will to win and it pays with his 4th victory of the season

Will Power took home his 4th IZOD IndyCar Series Victory of the 2010 season by making a late race pass on Justin Wilson. With the victory Power captures his second two race win streak of the season, as he won the opening two rounds in Brazil and St. Pete. Power also increased his lead in the championship to 42 points over second place finisher Dario Franchitti. IndyCar Garage breaks down the Toronto Street Race.

1. An action packed race

Sunday’s race featured six cautions for a total of 21 laps, that’s nearly 25% of the race. Several drivers made contact over the course of the 1.75 mile street course and it showed with the frustration and damage after the race. KV Racing had three cars involved in incidents over the course of the race and only had half of their four cars running in the end. Team Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves both had accidents that cost them dearly in the championship and during the race. Alex Tagliani and Tomas Scheckter had words on pit lane as the result of late race contact. For fans that aren’t crazy about the street course races, Toronto offered a lot of action and drama.

2. Attendance looked strong and this event seems to be growing.

The overhead shots of the grandstands on Sunday look good, as many of the stands appeared to be filled and the surrounding shots showed lots of fans walking around. The IZOD IndyCar Series needs strong events like these in order to help the buzz around the series. The question that should be answered over the next couple days is, did NASCAR being off on Sunday and the race being shown on network T.V. lead to improved T.V Ratings? Time will tell, if I am the IZOD IndyCar Series, anything over a 1.0 is a good shot in the arm.

3. Andretti Autosport walks away with a solid day.

On a day when one of the super powers has two cars out of the race, Andretti Autosport took full advantage and put three of its four cars in the top six. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, and Danica Patrick, finished 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively, and if you throw in Marco Andretti at 8th, Andretti Autosport made up 50% of the top 8. Sunday was a very strong day for Michael Andretti’s team and hopefully a sign of times to come for the four car team.

4. Paul Tracy leads laps but can’t hang

Paul Tracy almost has the perfect strategy when all but two cars pitted on lap 16, but Tracy couldn’t hold off Dario Franchitti and Will Power in the early stages of the race, and ultimately finished 13th. Tracy is a fan favorite in the two Canadian races, and ultimately the IZOD IndyCar Series would benefit from him being a full time driver, but for the time being, Tracy remains a part-time participate.

5. Graham Rahal and Simona de Silverstro post season high finishes.

Graham drove for his fourth team of the 2010 season and posted his highest finish of the season. Rookie Simona de Silverstro came through with a strong drive for small team HVM. Rahal and Silverstro are popular among the fans and talented young drivers, the league needs to capitalize off these two individuals and promote them as up and coming superstars. Rahal is the future of IndyCar racing as the young , second generation American driver, and Silverstro may very soon supplant Danica Patrick as the most talented female in the IZOD IndyCar Series if Patrick decides to go NASCAR full time. Watch out for Rahal and Silverstro for the rest of 2010.

6. Final Results posted below – Scroll down to see how IndyCar Garage finished in their top five predications.

1. (2) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
2. (5) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
3. (4) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
4. (8) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
5. (14) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
6. (12) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
7. (1) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
8. (10) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
9. (21) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
10. (15) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
11. (26) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
12. (22) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running
13. (24) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running
14. (20) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running
15. (19) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running
16. (16) Bertrand Baguette, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running
17. (9) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running
18. (7) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 83, Running
19. (13) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
20. (6) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 71, Contact
21. (11) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 64, Contact
22. (17) Mario Romancini, Dallara-Honda, 31, Contact
23. (23) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 26, Contact
24. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 21, Contact
25. (18) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 15, Contact
26. (25) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 8, Handling

7. ICG Predications – See below –

Picked three of the top five finishers correct and nailed Dario at #2

Predicated 5th place finisher – Dan Wheldon – Actual finish – 10th
Predicated 4th place finisher – Ryan Hunter-Reay – Actual finish - 3rd
Predicated 3rd place finisher – Graham Rahal – Actual finish – 5th
Predicated 2nd place finisher – Dario Franchitti – Actual finish – 2nd
Predicated 1st place finisher – Paul Tracy – Actual finish 13th

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