So today I’m trying something different and am writing as I watch for both qualifying and race one. We will see how it goes. Currently, Will Power did not advance in qualifying. That is just fine with me. Sato, Wilson and Newgarten are among those in the top 12. That is great.
After a couple weeks off I’m excited to be watching a race but the family is not too happy. We have a birthday party tomorrow and a neighbor needing help moving and just regular weekend stuff and I’m camped out in front of the TV. Double headers are hard and not just for the drivers. I understand my problems with double headers are nothing compared to the teams and drivers but I’m not necessarily a fan. Giving up a whole weekend to watch racing does not make me the most popular member of the family.
While watching top 12 and seeing Luca Fillipi and Mikhail Aleshin. That is impressive.
Oh man Helio just knocked Justin Wilson out of the top 6. Wish Josef had made the top 6.
Sato, Hinch, Helio, Dixon, Fillipi, Pagenaud
Wow Luca. Also love seeing Sato do well, especially in Texas.
Ryan Hunter-Reay- sustained heart rate in 170s or 180s. Don’t tell me they are not athletes. That is quite a workout.
Seriously, Paul Tracy, can you learn to say Helio. That drives me nuts.
Simon Pagenaud on the pole. Woo Hoo way to go. Luca Fillipi starting 4th- pay attention Graham. Sato starting 6th- well wish it was better but still can’t complain- well AJ might disagree.
It’s always scary watching Dario’s crash. Praying that today is a safe race. Tomorrow too.
Ooh it’s raining again. That will make this standing start very interesting.
Changes made on the track from last year and giving the drivers extra laps before going green are both smart decisions. So thankful Indycar is continuous in their quest to make racing safe.
I’m excited for this standing start in the rain.
Oh I hate timed races.
Well once the race started I stopped trying to keep up on the blog. The race was just way too entertaining. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. Watching the car slide around in the rain and watching Takuma Sato do his thing was awesome. I started thinking that maybe Sato could win. Then came Marco.
Marco could not have been in a worse place. I honestly don’t think Marco was trying to hold up Sato. I think he was praying for yellow so he could get back in the game. He was desperate to stay on the lead lap. I don’t necessarily agree with Indycar blue flagging him but I also did feel that if Sato could get around Marco he would continue to pull away from the field. Then when Marco didn’t comply he was black flagged. Again tough decision. Black flag seems harsh when Marco was just doing all he could to stay on the lead lap but I think the black flag was more about Marco not doing as told and Indycar putting their foot down.
Then in the end it didn’t matter because Taku mixed it up with Mikhail Aleshin and both their days were over. Honestly I’m sure this was a race where you closely watched the car in front of you as they could go sliding any second and Sato never realized how close Aleshin was. So unfortunate for both. Then we got to see the AJ we all know and love. I loved the interview with AJ. As I said in a tweet- AJ is why I love Indycar which is kinda funny since I’m the exact opposite. I love how he tells it as he sees it.
So then everyone was on slicks but there was still lots of water on the track and no where to pass without getting into some water. It made for an interesting race. Graham was up and down. Had me rolling my eyes as he got in trouble and also made a great pass working his way up the field. Then he hit Tony Kanaan. Are you kidding me. Both he and Tony are looking to have a good finish something they both need and Graham takes Tony out. So very disappointing. Tony was pissed but he handled his interview so well and that is one of the many things that make him my favorite driver. Sure hope tomorrow is better.
Justin Wilson had a great day but he needed some yellow he never got. He pitted for a splash of gas giving up his first place position to his teammate Carlos Huertas. Then amazingly and thanks to the yellow caused by Graham, Carlos Huertas won round one in Houston. Wow, I’m guessing very few saw that coming. I love seeing the smaller teams win. I wish it had been Justin but still happy for Huertas and the Dale Coyne team.
I’m sure I missed so much. This race was so action packed. It is one I will watch again for sure. Hope you all enjoyed as much as I did and if you missed it make sure you don’t miss tomorrows. Should be another great race.