As what’s that ‘Ol Airplane movie Shtick about Don’t
Call Me Shirley! Since surely Alex Palou will finally be crowned the IndyCar
AH, what’s that ‘Ol Sayin’ about Back in thee
Saddle again? As your somewhat refreshed No Fenders Scribe Tomaso returns to Ye
Keyboard after a month’s sabattical…
As it’s funny how I’d managed to listen to
every single Qualifying session and Race upon IndyCar Radio from St Pete thru
Toronto. Which I still Don’t understand why our fine and Oh, so pleasant
Kuhnaidiun’ Neighbours gets Crapped upon yearly with it’s race not being on
mainstream Cable TV!
As seriously Comcast and IndyCar? You cannot
find a measly three hour window of time upon either USA Network or Ahem, CNBC!
And whilst I was rootin’ for Christian Lundgaard,
whom No Fenders Offical’ Photographer nicknamed Looneygard’, Hya! To win His
maiden IndyCar race ahead of my Numero Uno IndyCar Driver Pato O’Ward.
All I could do was repeat the words that Alex
Palou was Shitting Gold Bricks! With His masterful drive from P15 to runner-up
with a severely damaged Front Wing that IndyCar Radio’s Mark Gravelly’ James
was incredulous over it not falling off the last 20-laps!
Thus seeing Palou increase His points lead to
117 markers ahead of then second place Scott Dixon, who finished fourth Up
North Eh! In what seems such an Oh, So Bloody long time ago!
As I’d miss “watching”, Err listening to the
next three races. Since I prefer listening to them upon IndyCar Radio, since have
I reminded Y’all I’m blind lately?
As Y’all know that was before “the King of Corn”,
aka Josef Newgarden once again ran the tables with a clean sweep at Iowa’s
Double Header weekend. As reportedly ‘Ol (Townsend) T-Bell’ came up with that
Thus, with Newgarden scoring maximum points at
Iowa, minus the two Poles positions being captured by Penske teammate will
Power. Coupled with Palou’s eighth and third place finishes. Newgarden trimmed
a healthy 37-points off of Palou’s lead, vaulting to second in the Championship
at 477-397 points. Scott Dixon was third with 357 points. Marcus Ericsson
fourth with 330 points and Scott McLaughlin fifth with 329 points prior to
Nashville. Which you’d have to say was then effectively a two “Horse” fight for
the Astor cup with Dixon a remote chance…
Totally missed the Nashville Crash-fest, albeit
Tacoma Bureau Chief Mary ellen read me a race recap afterwards. Although it
didn’t make any mention of how once again Palou’s Midas Touch continued! Since
I believe it was sometime during the IndyCar-RASSCAR’ Double Necker’ weekend’s
IndyCar Radio broadcast. Hearing Mark Gravelly’ James note how Palou had gotten
lucky over not running out of fuel during Nashville to finish third…
As Palou led the Championship with 539 points
prior to Gateway, Err Wide World Technology Raceway. With Dixon second with 438
points and Newgarden third with 434 points, being the only three potential
Astor Cup Contendahs’.
As Scott McLaughlin with 395 points and Pato O’Ward
with 388 points; positions fourth-fifth respectively were effectively eliminated
from the title fight.
Yet even after Dixon scored an impriveable
victory on Mother Speedway’s road course, wit the Kiwi’ now claiming at least
one W’ for the last 19 years! Dixon still trails Palou by 101 points and
Newgarden 105 points behind! Meaning all Palou needed to do was increase His
lead to 109 points following WWTR and He would be crowned the 2023 NTT IndyCar
Gateway threw a few rinkles into the
Championship chase, the first being the novel use of Alternate Flinstone’ tyres
during the weekend’s condensed two day event. With Firestone allocating two
sets of alternate rubber – with the mandates of one new set being used during
Saturday’s first practice session, and the other during the race. With All 28
competitors being required to start on the primary coumpound and nobody being
allowed to run the alternate during Qualifying. As this was hoped to spice up
the show and bring in some alternate Pit strategies.
Secondly, initially five drivers were Hit with
nine place Grid penalties for unapproved engine changes. With Scott McLaughlin,
Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato, Kyle Kirkwood and Augustin Canipino All having taken
on fifth engines for the season, which isn’t allowed per IndyCar rules. With
the most significant of this quintet being Dixon, albeit the “Iceman 2.0” has a
long habbit of making lemonade from lemons…
And I scribbled
that analogy prior to Sunday’s race, where Dixon started P16!
Which IndyCar was trying to do Saturday at
Gateway, since Thunderstorms and a steady Downpour totally disrupted the schedule,
with the morning’s 8AM Pacific and Qualifying at 11AM Pacific both being Rained
As it’s Uber Annoying how difficult for somebody
who doesn’t do the TWIT-ER” game or other Social Media outlets to find out in “real”
time what’s going on? Since All that the official IndyCar website told me was
to come back for updates, after being the first place I learned of the track
being under deluge!
Thin Mike Silver of The Pit Window gave an WWTR
update saying that track activities could begin as early as 5:00PM Central
time, being 3PM here on the Central Oregon coast. Before Ye Oldest IndyCar Blogger
George Phillips of Oilpressure Fame finally posted His Welcome to WWTR post
around 1PM Pacific saying that there was still some Drizzle and that the track
had lights. So who knows what the day’s schedule will turn out as? Meaning I
spent the morning and afternoon going round the “Horn” trying to find out when
track activities would actually begin? With the totally revised schedule commencing
nearly some nine hours later! At 4:45PM Pacific, (6:45PM Central) with just a single
60mins practice – plus the two 10mins High line “rubbering-in” sessions. For
which overnight rain was expected to wash away.
While the Diehard
IndyCar Fans got to see the Indy NXT race be held under the lights Saturday
Qualifying was shifted to Sunday morning with
the race staying in it’s same “time” window.
Yet Sunday morning’s Qualifying was delayed by
22mins due to a Silver Crown sprint Car having laid Oil down upon the racing surface
during their practice. But the weather was much improved, albeit the predicted
rain overnight had indeed washed the rubber away.
While it was also announced that IndyCar points
leader Alex Palou would incur a nine place Grid penalty for an unapproved
(fifth) engine change, ultimately starting P14.
Whilst some on Ye Bloggosphere are singing the
praises of Kevin The Werewolf! Lee as Fill-in lead Announcer for Lee Diffey,
Splat! Kevin’soverly manufacturered Faux excitement is one of the reasons compelling
Mwah to have switched to IndyCar Radio instead!
And while the Gateway race was enjoyable, I
stil really Don’t know how Scott Dixon worked His Majic once again for another
W’. As I was rootin’ Ah-Mighty’ for Pato O’Ward to win Sunday. But like O’Ward
said following finishing runner-up by 22 seconds. Being the largest winning
margin since Juan Pablo Montoya beat Patrick Carpentier by 12 seconds in 2000…
Pulled a Dixon!
While is it wrong that I broke into Gleeful
laughter when Josef Newgarden Hit the wall on lap-211! As I simply didn’t want
Him to win All five Oval track races this year. Not to mention He’s become my
new Villain – Thanks to Hulio’s demise, and soon to be Indy 500 Only status!
Hey, Robin Miller says Hate’s Good!
Whilst it was super enjoyable having David
Malukas in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing entry running at the front All race
long, ultimately claiming His second ever series Podium finish of third.
Thus with Alex Palou’s subpar day of finishing seventh coupled with Scott Dixon’s win. Dixon trimmed a healthy 27 points off of Palou’s lead and now trails Alex Palou by 74 points entering the Rose City, aka Portland. Where I’ll be expecting Palou to finally be crowned this year’s IndyCar Champion, Sunday!