- Helio Castroneves won at Edmonton in a caution-free race. Takuma Sato and Will Power completed the podium.
- At Mid-Ohio, Scott Dixon got out of pit road before Will Power, and that proved the difference in the race. Dixon won, with Power 2nd, and Simon Pagenaud 3rd. Ryan Hunter-Reay had engine problems and finished 24th.
- Despite not getting the win, the 2nd at Mid-Ohio was enough to pull Will Power into the points lead. Hunter-Reay sits just 5 points back, with Helio 26 back and Dixon 28 back. With three races to go, we have a 4 way battle for the championship.
- IndyCar hasn't raced in 3 weeks, a result of the cancellation of the China race and the failure to find a replacement.
- The car owners continue to feud with the series over the costs of parts with Dallara. Under the new contract, Dallara has a monopoly to make all spare parts. Team can not find other suppliers or make them themselves like before. This has caused costs to increase more than what was promised.
- There are rumors (coming from who else, Robin Miller) that a group of owners are attempting to buy the series from IMS Corp. A story from Curt Cavin quotes most of the owners denying this.
- In happier news, Texas Motor Speedway will return on next year's schedule. It's looking more likely that all 15 events from this year will return (only Edmonton and Baltimore are up in the air). Houston makes 16 races, and Pocono, Michigan, and a new track in New Orleans are also possibilities. Note that Randy Bernard is considering holding doubleheaders on certain street and road courses.
This weekend so far has all been about Team Penske, particularly Will Power. The points leader has dominated all week, and only his teammate Ryan Briscoe has even been in the same zip code. Not surprisingly, those two make up the front row. The other title contenders, however, are right there in the mix, with Castroneves starting 4th, Dixon 5th, and Hunter-Reay 7th. However, my pick for the race win is Power, who has become unbeatable at Sonoma ever since his big wreck in 2009. My darkhorse is Sebastien Bourdais, who starts 3rd and has been the only driver to break up the Penske/Ganassi duopoly this weekend.
Coverage begins at 4 eastern on NBC Sports Network, with green flag scheduled for approximately 4:42. Timing and scoring can be found here, and More Front Wing's Event Summary can be found here. Q it up here throughout the race.