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
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
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
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…