Monday, August 27, 2007

What Teamate?

After watching the Turkish GP yesterday morning, I umm? Eagerly, nope that’s not it… Any Hoo, awaited the Indy Car race at Sonoma, CA. Having been to the track twice before, I really think it’s a great natural terrain road course. Although apparently like Portland, the drivers tend to claim it’s a one lane track. Nevertheless, it too like Istanbul has substantial elevation changes. Albeit Istanbul is only three years old…

So I sat down to see if Dario “Half Gainer” Franchitti could change his wing walkin’ ways… As the Flying Scotsman was on pole for the days race with the Princess sittin’ shotgun. While Tony Kanaan lined up third, with Dario’s championship nemesis Scott Dixon in P5.

And I don’t want to say that the majority of the race was boring… But I found myself nodding off and missing the most controversial portion of the race. When Mikey sent his boy Marco chargin’ outta the pits and knocking off portions of race leader Franchittis front wing end plate… Who says that McLaren is the only team with intra-squad scrums, eh?

Yet I’m still baffled by how the Andretti Green Racing team could let this happen? Since Marco clearly has NO shot at this season’s Indy Car title…

Yet Dixon was quite delighted by the contretemps. As the elated Kiwi swooped past the injured Franchitti and took over the lead with a baker’s dozen laps remaining. Along with Helio Castroneves squeezing past for second place.

With teammate and good friend Kanaan taking pity upon the wounded Scot, TK dutifully played the role of wingman. As Dario and Kanaan finished third and fourth respectively.

With all of the AGR shenanigans. Dario who’d led most race laps saw his 8 point title lead flip flop to minus 4 points, as Dixon now takes over the Championship points lead with two races remaining. Meanwhile the youngster Marco finished sidelined in the grass and refused television interview requests.

So what’s a non-IRL guy to do? Since I’d really like to see Dario capture the Indy Car crown… Although I’d prefer for AGR to NOT win the Championship since its Mikey’s team.

While I’d also be happy with Scott Dixon winning (again) since he’s an ex-Pacwest Racing driver… Which was once upon a time our local CART race team… So I’ll be happy with either Franchitti or Dixon since both are ex-CART drivers…

Next up, the revamped Belle Isle, courtesy of “The Captain,” Roger Penske…

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