More racing! IndyCar races at Sao Paulo Brazil
The week off hasn't been without action, however. On April 18th, Chevrolet filed a protest with IndyCar after it was announced that an alteration to the turbo charger of "another engine manufacturer" would be permitted. Chevrolet, who has been quite successful in the series so far this year, felt that the alteration would be giving the "other manufacturer" an unfair advantage. IndyCar disagreed, and the "other manufacturer", Honda, has commenced making the changes. For those who are technically inclined, IndyCar approved the use of a "0.74 compressor cover for the Borg-Warner turbo-charger".
I freely admit that although I know what a turbo-charger is, and what it does, exactly what this means for Honda is a little beyond me. I'm sure one of our on-site engine experts can explain it further.
In any case, Alex Tagliani is reportedly happy with the decision, even though he won't be racing at Sao Paulo. Tags races for Bryan Herta Autosports, which is reportedly out of Lotus and into a Honda for the Indianapolis 500. Tags was vocal about his approval of the move, saying he would "have a chance for the pole at Indy". So far 34 teams have committed to entry in the Indy, which runs May 27th. Of course, festivities, practices and qualifying leading up to the 500 start on May 12th.
IndyCar racing this year has been rather spectacular. Of course I am a huge fan of the IndyCar road courses. The low to the ground sleek, open wheel cars hugging the curves of a road course appeals to me. I like it even better when the cars can actually pass, and at Sao Paulo, that is a definite. The track has a long straightaway with a lot of little jigs and jags throughout the track. There aren't the abrupt hairpin turns of other courses, so the cars seem to be swooping around the track.
Chevy won at Long Beach, with Will Power, who has shown that he can win from nearly anywhere on the track. With the change being allowed to Honda, Will might have a bit more competition. Simon Pagenaud was strong at Long Beach, and will no doubt be strong in Sao Paulo. If you follow any of the IndyCar drivers on twitter, Simon is a hoot. He is famous for losing belongings, most recently, his sunglasses, or "sunnies'. His team teased him by posting pictures of the lost sunnies in weird places and on weird faces. The things teams will do with a little free time.
Practice for the race gets underway tomorrow, and the race runs on Sunday, but with the time changes, and playoff hockey, the race isn't showing on my television schedule. Live timing and scoring and online streaming may be the only way to view the race.
If you have comments about the turbo changes, the advantages or disadvantages to the teams, or thoughts on the race, please join in!