A few thoughts before Pocono

Wow! Where has summer gone? Even with three weeks off from IndyCar this summer has been way too busy. Now the boys went back to school and we are back into racing with a race Sunday at Pocono and I’m feeling the need to catch up on a couple things that have been happening.

Scott Dixon- So there was a lot of speculation about where Scott Dixon would be driving next year. Many said he would be the first and largest domino in Silly Season. I can’t disagree but I never really saw Dixon anywhere other that at Ganassi Racing. As long as he continues to do well I don’t see a real reason to rock the boat. Sure Josef Newgarden made the switch to Penske and won races and a championship but often there is a greater learning curve. Now the Iceman might not need as much help as some but why switch when you are leading championships and winning races. Money would be the only reason. Is money more important than winning? I was glad to see Scott remain with Ganassi.

Fernando Alonso and McLaren Racing- I’m not following this very closely. If they do make the jump to IndyCar I will then. I understand that McLaren is known internationally and that many eyes would be watching if they made the move to IndyCar. I would love to see it happen for that reason and because I’m also hopeful new teams will join IndyCar but if it shouldn’t happen I wouldn’t be crushed. I really don’t want Alonso to win the Indy 500. I much rather see one of our veteran IndyCar guys win the Borg-Warner and kiss the bricks. If Alonso does race then I would want/ hope for him to do the whole season.

Tony Stewart- Speaking of the Indy 500… Tony Stewart has talked about what running the 500 would look like for him and that he would not want it to be a circus show like it was for Danica. Kevin and Curt did a good job of explaining what Tony meant by that comment on this weeks episode of Trackside on 1070 The Fan but when I first heard the quote I did not appreciate it. I’ve said it before but….Danica did an amazing job at Indy last year. I don’t care if you are a fan or not, she qualified in the fast nine and was keeping up until a crash took her out. I firmly believe she would have had more wins in the series and perhaps a 500 win had she stayed in IndyCar. Sadly she chose to follow the money and won’t leave the legacy she could have.

So Tony- honestly I haven’t seen him lately but I don’t think he is in shape for IndyCar so that would need to be addressed first. He said he would want to run another race so he actually had a chance of winning. I wouldn’t rate him too high even if he ran all the races before Indy. He has been gone for quite awhile. I’d love to see him back but in the end I think he’d still just be a mid-pack guy. No disrespect just being honest.

Penske Racing- There is a lot of talk that Will Power or Simon Pagenaud might be out for next year. I don’t really see that. I think Power will stay for sure. Pagenaud hasn’t had a great year but with the exception of Robert Wickens I’m not sure who I would rate better, maybe Sebastien Bourdais. I really think The Captain will keep his line up for at least one more year.

Pocono- Pocono will be a 500 Mile Race. A lot can happen in that distance. For the last three weeks we’ve been seeing that amazing restart where the cars were 7 or 8 wide. Everyone is talking about how fantastic the racing is and how excited they are to get there. I’m not disagreeing but it’s always bittersweet. The 2015 race had so much excitement and fun racing. It even had a fox run across the track. It is also the absolute worst race ever, taking the life my family’s favorite driver Justin Wilson. I always have a hard time getting excited for this race.

Stefan Wilson- Stefan recently added some shirts to his website. Unfortunately, they are all men’s shirts but one is so cool I had to buy it anyway. It says “102 years of racing. 4th pair of brothers to lead” referring of course to the Indy 500. I sure hope Stefan is back in 2019. I will proudly be wearing my shirt when I attend. Make sure you check Stefan’s site out.

So do I have any predictions? I anticipate a good race but not the 8 wide we saw in 2015. I think Alexander Rossi is on a roll though and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win and give Scott Dixon a reason to be looking over his shoulder. I’m also hopeful that Tony Kanaan and AJ Foyt Racing can finish well. Tony has a knack for long races on ovals. He is the one I will be rooting for.

Thanks for reading. Sorry for my long absence. I hope to have a post after Pocono but will definitely have multiple posts at Gateway. The boys and I will be attending Gateway once again and can’t wait.

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