So it was kinda funny how I planned my whole day around listening to the year’s final Qualifying session live via le Internetz IMS Radio Network’s Broadcast of the place your bets on the numbers 2, 32 and 82!
Roulette Wheel; although I was hoping the number 2 would cash-in... Sin City
And I was initially surprised to hear Kevin Lee and Mike “Yippee-I-Kai” King calling the waning moments of the final Indy Car practice session at 2:15PM - which I thought was supposed to be when the Indy Lights Boyz qualified? As it would be a stark comparison in contrast of the 13-entrants vs. Indy Cars vaunted 34, as ‘TK (Tony Kanaan) wound-up fastest in the final moments of the last practice session.
Yet apparently I missed James Jakes apparent fiery crash, reputedly breaking the car in half? Err, at least burning it down to the waterline... As TSO’s report claimed that something most “Definitively” (definitely) broke in the right rear’s half - shooting the Englishman hard into the Safer barrier and on fire! While KVRT “Tweeted” that EJ Viso wouldn’t be allowed to qualify due to an improper engine change - whatever that means... Which TSO later noted was due to Viso apparently ignoring Race Controls instruction to NOT drive all the way back to Pitlane whilst Oiling down the racing tarmac! So hopefully this AIN’T the car that Dale Coyne’s renting from KV Racing Technology for Sunday’s race, eh?
Therefore, we’re down to the number 32, which means I’ve already given away the eventual Pole-winner and runner-up above; hence my clever number betting strategy, eh?
Will Power drew the number 10 for his ‘Qualie-run and sounded pretty disappointed by his “lackluster” 220+ mph run, which would find him starting on the inside of Row-9 in P17.
While I got really HOT “n BOTHERED by what I perceived as Kevin Lee’s DannaWho Bandwagon song - of not knowing how she could be so much slower today... Uhm Kevin can you for Krystsakes say the word TOW! As is it just me, or doesn’t everybody wonder how convenient it was to have the DannaStar fastest in Sin City Thursday - as I believe they call ‘Dat “Good Copy?” Oh Never Mind!
And Dashley LePew sounded pretty glum when they stuck a microphone in front of his face after the final practice when he was 15th-quick, which apparently carried over into Qualifying, as Dario “REO Speedwagon” Franchitti was unable to start ahead of his Championship rival Power and will instead start directly alongside the No. 12 Penske 18th-quick... As Dario said they’d already changed his Honda ‘lump and instead he felt there was something inherently wrong with the basic chassis and not a set-up issue... So do we have a potential title fight on hand? Or is this just some more poker being played between the red ‘N black cars? Although Power definitely needs every single point available - now having lost the single point for qualifying quickest... Which that honour would eventually fall to TK ‘Follow your Schnoz Kanaan - who made his qualifying attempt second-to-last and sadly knocking off Oriel Servia, whose No. 2 Newman/Haas Racing entry was sitting on provisional Pole with a speed of 222+ mph - with jokes being made ‘bout betting the House on “Two’s!” While the day’s final qualifier was Ryan Briscoe, who’d turn out to be Team Penske’s fastest Gun, while ‘HULIO was definitively the FUNNIEST! Giving Jake Query great grief over his use of the word definitively - when being asked about next year’s plans...
As I know you’re tryin’ to get a Scoop, or three by asking Paul Tracy and Castroneves ‘bout next year’s plans; BUTT! Can we just focus upon this year’s final race instead!
1) Tony Kanaan; 222.078mph.
2) Oriel Servia; 222.061, -0.0057mph.
3) Ed Carpenter
4) Alex Tagliani
5) Ryan Briscoe; 221.130
6) Marco Andretti
7) Ryan Hunter-Reay
8) Graham Rahal
9) Danica Patrick
10) Mike Conway
11) Helio Castroneves; 220.907
15) R-Wade Cunningham; 220.790
(Fastest Rookie Qualifier)
13) Scott Dixon; 220.715
17) Will Power; 220.524
18) Dario Franchitti; 220.489
And hopefully the race will NOT be as MUCHO of a LET-DOWN as last year’s Season Finale was, which I scribbled ‘bout in; INDYCAR: Homestead Thriller, Sorta - NOT!
As I’m plunkin’ down all of my Dinero on Black and the number 12 - GO WILL!