Toronto Race

First let me say I did not like having to wait two weeks to see another race. I think in the future more races really need to be added. That being said, today was an awesome race- well worth the wait!

Dario Franchitti won the Pole for the third consecutive time. As I have said before I am liking him more and was really just glad Will Power wasn’t on the pole again. Dario is going to be hoping he does not win another pole though because that is about the only good thing that happened for him this race. He lead the first five laps but it all went downhill after that with a bad pit stop.

Will Power was looking good as always and I thought he would win. He qualified second and quickly made his way up to first place in the race. He got in trouble when a yellow flag came out and he hadn’t pit yet. That pit him back and then a damaged front wing gave him a flat later in the race. He never recovered and was down a lap. He lost the points lead for the championship.

James Hinchcliffe had a ten car penalty but that wasn’t slowing him down and he was making great progress. But the hometown favorite was out when he had some type of mechanical problem.

Justin Wilson was showing strong and kept himself up front until he also had mechanical probems. Huge bummer at my house because he is one of our favorites.

Tony Kanaan is going to win this year. He has been so close so many times. He made a great move that gained him spots after serving a drive through penalty for hitting a tire in pit lane. When he got the penalty I thought his day was done but never count TK out. He made some awesome gains and finished fourth. He is truely an amazing driver.

Helio Castroneves finished sixth which is nothing to brag about except he has never finished that high at Toronto and it put him in third place for the championship. Turned out to be a good day for HCN.

Mike Conway finished third and finally got A.J. Foyt’s team on the podium. Mike moved up and then back and then up, he really fought to keep himself in contention and it paid off. It has been a tough year for this team but hopefully this finish will give them the encouragement and confidence they had needed to continue doing well.

Charlie Kimball finished second after almost being taken out by his teammate. Rahal and kimball made contact that caused Kimball to lose some positions and I remember thinking can’t this guy catch a break. Kimball was able to recover from the lost positions and did a great job with his highest finish in Indycar.

Ryan Hunter-Reay wins for the third time in a row. Amazing. I never would have picked him to win today. I knew he had the talent and team to get a win but what are the chances of winning that much one season if your name is not Power. And even though we know RHR can win on street and road courses his wins this year were on ovals. I just didn’t see him winning today. I thought he might win again this season but not three in a row. Guess I was wrong. It was an amazing run and now he is number one in the championship race. Way to go Ryan!

Championship Battle

OMG. I did not expect the Baltimore race to be that entertaining. I also did not expect Ryan Hunter-Reay to win. I thought for sure Will Power would lead lap after lap and run away with it. He did for a bit and shortly after I tweeted about how well Power was doing everything changed. I lost count of how many yellows but there were at least 9. After going two races with no yellows and about half the race at Sonoma without yellow we definitely caught up. That wasn’t really a surprise though with the railroad tracks, new chicane and rain.

Since the 2012 season had way more road and street courses than ovals Will Power was the obvious choice for championship winner. However, now that Ryan Hunter-Reay is only 17 points behind as we head to an oval I think I am putting my money on RHR. Ryan has performed much better on ovals and Power has not won on an oval yet this year. With Fontana beings 500 mile race I really don’t see Power being a huge factor. Unless Hunter-Reay has a mechanical issue or someone else takes him out he should do well at Fontana. Of course this is Indycar and anything can happen.

All that being said I would like to see Power win the championship I may not be a huge fan but the guy has come so close so many times and i really hope this is his year.

Hope everyone enjoys the race and that we have a safe one