The Indy Car Mid-Ohio race was a snoozer compared to Kentucky, but compelling nonetheless. The weather was great, and the same could not be said for the NASCAR brethren a few hundred miles northeast. Their road race at Watkins Glen got postponed. Too much rain, no wipers and no rain tires.
Scott Dixon won going away, and is being touted as the IRL’s winningest driver. That is only true if you just count back to 1996. As a traditionalist I look at Indy Car as whatever main sanctioning body occupied a period, whether it be AAA, USAC, cart, IRL, etc. In that context Scott has a lot of catching up to do before he hits A.J.’s 67.
Justin Wilson ran out of gas at an inopportune moment and lost a dozen spots after a :30 stop. Still, the most compelling story of the day was the 4th place finish for Ryan Hunter-Reay. The chemistry with his Foyt team is beginning to gel, and Vitor Miera sat side by side with A.J. and helped set the car up. That team with the right personnel and two great drivers could make some things happen in 2010.
Gil de Ferran won the ALMS race (interesting TV; Indy Car on Versus opposite a tape delayed ALMS race on NBC) and also announced his driving retirement. He is going to start a two car Indy team for 2010 and if ALMS holds together he will run a team in that series as well.
Once again naysayers who portend doom and gloom will look stupid. De Ferran learned from the best, and I would anticipate a first class effort from him. Great news.
The series is off for a week before heading west to wine country.