- That Takuma Sato, in his first race driving for A.J. Foyt, would put the famous #14 car on the front row?
- That Simona de Silvestro, freed from Lotus in her first race for KV, would be in the top five all weekend and qualify 3rd?
- That the Frenchman that would qualify in the top six would be...rookie Tristian Vautier?
- That a member of Dragon Racing would qualify in the top ten...and it's Sebastian Saavedra and not his much more accomplished teammate Sebastien Bourdais?
- That Target Chip Ganassi would struggled all weekend, with Dario Franchitti starting 10th and Scott Dixon starting way back in 20th?
The other major issue going into the race is the state of Honda. They have had an awful weekend, with only Sato looking like he has the speed to contend for the race win. Vautier and Franchitti are their only other starters in the top 10. Chip Ganassi called out Honda in an interview with Jenna Fryer, casting doubt on Honda's commitment to winning. In the end, it's all about what happens in the race, and we'll see how Honda performs once the green flag drops.
Fittingly for March, there are plenty of Cinderellas trying to fit into the glass slipper in Victory Lane. Can one of them finish the job, or will the chalk hold out in the form of Will Power? In the end I'm picking Power, but watch for Sato, especially if it rains. Sato is one of the best in the wet, and rain could be just what he needs to get first IndyCar victory and put AJ Foyt in Victory Lane for the first time in quite a while.
Coverage starts on NBC Sports Network now, with the green flag at 12:40. Timing and scoring can be found here, and More Front Wing's Event Summary can be found here.
It's been a way too long offseason, but IndyCar is finally back, and the early indications are that it will be another exciting season!