Friday, September 24, 2021

IndyCar’s Championship “Chase” Finale

Although We Still Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Playoffs, Chase, Double Points or Lucky Dawgs’


First off, did Y’all notice how NBC and Leigh Diffey were “Teasing Us” about Not mentioning what Romain Grosjean did in the Acura Pace Car at Laguna Seca?


As Romain and Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) team-mate Ed Jones were filming a segment on driving the famed track when the Acura Type R’s brakes reportedly glazed over and Grosjean Slammed the Pace Car into the Barriers/Wall, setting off the car’s Airbags, breaking the front window and crumpling up the front bodywork! Which hastily had a tarpaulin thrown over it to keep it away from the Camera’s eyes…


During Sunday’s Pre-race buildup before going Green-Green-Green! First NBC played us a lap of somebody driving the track in Thar Honda IndyCar, before Diffey mentioned what a Beautiful looking Acura Pace Car Oriol Servia was driving at the head of the field, Yuck Yuck Yuck! Not mentioning it was a backup from the three Pace Cars on duty.


But Inquiring Minds wanna Know? Will Honda be sending out Grosjean and Jones for a Pace Car Sequel thru the Concrete Canyons of Long Beach’s temporary Street Circuit?


As we All know, this weekend’s Long Beach IndyCar race is the Season Finale, with just 54 points remaining on offer. While Alex Palou holds a Healthy 35 points lead in the Championship, along with currently having the most season wins with three vs. Pato O’Ward, Josef Newgarden, Marcus Ericsson and Colton Herta’s two apiece.


2021 IndyCar Point Standings

1) Alex Palou: 517

2) Pato O’Ward: 482 (-35)

3) Josef Newgarden: 469 (-48)


Won’t attempt doing All of the countless Points scenarios for who does what Sunday, since I’m sure everyone on NBC Sports will oblige us Ad Nausea during the entire Sunday TV Broadcast! But I believe if Palou finishes 11th or better, then He’s Champion! Not to mention Palou Holds the second place Tiebreaker 2-0 over O’Ward if they somehow inexplicably finished Tied on points.


Have to say I’m more interested in whether or not Romain Grosjean can Overhaul Scott McLaughlin in the Rookie Of the Year (ROY) Championship battle instead.


2021 IndyCar Rookie Of the Year Point Standings

1) Scott McLaughlin: 286

2) Romain Grosjean: 266 (-20)


As this points battle is a Wee Bitamyte’ tighter, although Grosjean still has a healthy margin to pull off unseating Team Penske’s McLaughlin who’s ran the entire season, including Indianapolis’s 500 Miler’ Double Points race vs. Romain having skipped the first three Oval track races.


Still hoping that Alexander Rossi, for whom I believe Marshall Pruett has coyly noted is on his “Eternal Revenge Tour” can finally grab himself a win at Long Beach, since the Californian who Cheekily noted recently he’s a “Media Darling” is long overdue a victory…