S2E34 - Race Report: BC39 and Brickyard 400
Warm Up the Tires
Sonoma/Championship Review (36:15)
The schedule was released on Tuesday (we didn’t feel it warranted a follow up recording since we mentioned, and have mentioned, COTA on the schedule for many episodes now). It looks to be a good schedule, and for a breakdown check out Molly’s recent blog post.
Also this past week, Fernando Alonso tested an IndyCar at Barber Motorsports Park. That’s legitimately the whole story but of course the Internet exploded because this means that Alonso is coming to IndyCar next year. It does warrant mentioning that McLaren indicated that September is their internal due date for deciding if they’re going to do INDYCAR next year or not. Again, unlike everyone else, we’re just going to sit back and let the official announcement happen when it happens.
Speaking of new teams, BN Racing indicated that they will be entering a team in IndyLights next year. The team currently has a USF2000 and ProMazda team. It’s encouraging as the Road to Indy sits in uncertainty waiting on a title sponsor.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsport put out a release regarding Robert Wickens that listed every single injury he had because Paul Tracey decided he was the one to break the news…and broke it incorrectly. Does it bear repeating that the only people who should provide news in this situation is: (a) the individual; (b) their family; (c) their team/sanctioning body; or (d) the medical team. That being said, the newest update indicates they’re anticipating Wickens to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility soon to continue his recovery. We recommend everyone send another round of cards, rehabilitation is no joke and certainly Robert will enjoy extra encouragement.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Attn: Veronica Knowlton
6803 Coffman Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Bryan Clausen 39
We spent mid-week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway returning to the racing roots with dirt track racing right in Turn 3 of the IMS. It was beautiful. A dirt track in the middle of the speedway? Dirt racing at night at the IMS? It was breathtaking and magical. There’s something just primal about dirt track racing isn’t there?
The real winner this weekend is Mother Nature. That being said, congratulations to Justin algoer (Xfinity) and Brad Keslowski (Cup) for winning the races this weekend. We attempted and reattempted the races this weekend, and on Monday both of us hurried from day jobs to the track to catch as much as we can. Maybe one year they’ll run the road course at IMS?
The track moved the race from July to September to attempt to increase numbers by removing from the dead heat of summer in Indiana. Of course there’s only one person who knows Indiana weather…and that’s the weather. It doesn’t look good for the track.
The series crowns its champion this weekend at the Sonoma Raceway in California. The track has served as the season finale since 2015, and as we all know now it will be replaced by Laguna Senca next year. Going into the double-point race, the championship standings is:
Scott Dixon (598)
Alexander Rossi (569)
Will Power (511)
Josef Newgarden (511)
Ryan Hunter-Reay (462)
Simon Pagenaud (428)
Robert Wickens - Rookie of the Year(391)
Graham Rahal (378)
Sebastian Bourdais (369)
James Hinchcliffe (361)
Who will win? We have some ideas:
Top 5: Dixon
Top 10: Veach
First Out: O’Ward
Top 5: Dixon
Top 10: Andretti
First Out: Herta
As always thank you for listening. Let us know (you can contact us right through the website actually!) if you have anything you want to hear about in the off season, there’s nothing we enjoy more than a deep dive down the information rabbit hole.