Indy Car Doubleheader Weekend: Review
Road America Weekend: Jul 11 - 12
The Indy Car series treated us with a doubleheader this weekend at the famous Road America in Wisconsin. Race 1 on Saturday followed by another Sunday afternoon. It was a little bit of the same and a bit new in terms of winners.
Saturday: Race 1
Good news for all the drivers; this whole weekend weather was not as nearly as hot as last two races in Texas and Indianapolis. Temperatures where in the 80's, still I'm sure near 100 in the cockpits but these guys are athletes.
The grid was set from a great qualifying with Newgarden again showing great pace.
But a Newgarden's pace is not what cost him the race. After leading 25/27 of the laps on lap 28 Newgarden went in for a tire change and stalled the car followed by the crew having a hard time getting the engine fired. This resulted in Newgarden dropping back to 12th after this first pit cycle. Newgraden went on to finish 14th.
The story of the day though was Dixon being unbeatable again; making this 3/3 on the season in wins. It was Newgarden's faulty stop that propelled Dixon into the lead followed by Will Power. A combination of no mistakes by the Chip Ganassi Crew and Dixon's unmatched pace led him to the victory by 3 seconds on Power.
Drive of the Day:
As much as I hate to do it; my drive of the day goes to Santino Ferrucci. Again the man shows incredible confidence that results in him making moves on veterans that is remarkable for a sophomore driver. Do I think his confidence can sometimes lead him into a reckless move, Yes. But, immaculately he is pulling them off as of now. I think if the stars align and all stops go right for Ferrucci we could see him making a run for a win here soon.
Sunday: Race 2
Sunday was much different from what we saw Saturday and even what we have seen this whole season yet. Dixon was finally dethroned. Rosenqvist gets his first win this year with a late pass on Pato O'Ward. Rossi breaks his streak of bad luck that again haunted him on Saturday with early damage, to get his first podium this year in 3rd.
We got a wild start to this one, an early caution caused by Will Power made him look a bit like a rookie. Power found himself pinballing off of cars next to and in front of him that caused Hunter-Reay and Rahal to wreck. Shortly after caution Power was gifted a penalty that sent him to the back of the field for "Avoidable Contact". Truly, I think Power looked not himself on the start and was at total fault for this one.
Pato ran incredibly well the entire race, starting at poll, he led 43 of the 55 laps and looked calm and collected at the front driving very well. It was not until with 2 to go that Rosenqvist was able to make a pass on him and gave us all an incredible battle to watch between these two as they were side by side nearly exchanging rubber for multiple turns.
This awesome pass gives Rosenqvist my Drive of the Day. The man has been running well all season and is one of few that can beat Dixon.
Look out for Ep. 10 of the podcast for a breakdown of this whole weekend and a look at our next race in Iowa.