IndyCar Heads North for a Demolition Derby [Honda Indy Toronto Live Thread]
Toronto is the exception.
For whatever reason, the last few races at Toronto have been wreck-fests, primarily in Turn 3, the main passing zone. This video with last year's "highlights," and the accompanying music, shows how chaotic it was. This race last year is where Dario punted Will Power, and Will responded by saying "I always race him clean, and he always races me dirty." It heated up their rivalry, which of course went through the season and the championship hunt, won by Dario yet again. This is the also the race where Power famously called Alex Tagliani a wanker.
So far this weekend, there doesn't seem to be much evidence this race will much different. Power has already had feuds this weekend with Simon Pagenaud, Takuma Sato, and this morning Ryan Hunter-Reay. In the morning warm-up, Hunter-Reay hit Power in the infamous Turn 3. That has significance since Hunter-Reay, on the strength of back-to-back wins, trails Power by just 3 points in the championship. More serious though was an incident in the pits Friday, when Justin Wilson and Sebastien Bourdais collided, injuring four crew members.
On the track, Dario Franchitti ended up taking the pole from Power at the last minute by just .0247 seconds. The two will start on the front row. Wilson and Bourdais rebounded from their mishap on Friday to take the second row. The big Canadian hopeful this week, Toronto native James Hinchcliffe, will start in the back in 19th, thanks to a 10 spot engine change penalty. That 10 spot penalty affects the other Canadian in the field, Tagliani, dropping him to 16th on the grid.
There's been an important change this week, as Push-to-Pass, has been reimplemented. To put PTP in, the boost on the engine has been reduced when running normally. The PTP will give the engine a temporary boost. This seems like a silly decision since the racing has been pretty good this year, and given the biggest complaint about the new car is that it needs *more* power. This, along with a lot of other crap right now I won't get into, has left many IndyCar fans the last two weeks wondering yet again about the stability and long-term future of this series.
Luckily for us, we finally have a race to focus on instead of off-track issues. Green flag is at 1:00 on ABC. My pick is, reluctantly given how this race goes, is Power, and I won't even hazard a darkhorse guess. Timing and scoring can be found here, and More Front Wing's Event Summary can be found here.
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