S2E31 - Race Report: Bommarito 500
News that happened 1:20
The biggest and most important news story that’s ongoing is the recovery of Robert Wickens following his injuries during the 2018 ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway last week (August 19, 2018). On Monday, August 20, the team put out a message that Wickens had undergone spinal surgery. He underwent some orthopedic surgeries during the week for other injuries sustained during the crash. Saturday before the race, the team once again put out an update that Wickens was awake and talking with those with him. That is a great update. We will continue to pray for a good recovery.
The non-INDYCAR story that also took over the weekend was the fall out from the issue with a phrase containing a racial slur that Derek Daly used some thirty-four years ago. That wasn’t even the main issue, it was that Lilly pulled the sponsorship from Conor Daly for the NASCAR X-Finity race because they thought it may attract negative PR. If you’re trying to figure out how something Derek Daly said before Conor was born would make a company pull sponsorship: you’re not alone. This is a true issue of sins of the father being put on the son*. To put salt in a wound, Conor wound up with car issues and did not finish the race.
Gateway Wrap Up 4:35
Gateway/Bommarito was an amazing weekend. There’s a lot we cover in the wrap-up and is covered in Molly’s travelog/race report .
Grand Prix of Portland 35:30
These notes are actually being written as Molly sits in a plane on her way to Seattle (she’s got a few days with family in Seattle before driving down for the open test session on Thursday). There’s excitement in a new track and a new race, and we’re both flying out to attend.
The race is held at the Portland International Raceway, which is in Portland but was originally the site of Vanport Oregon. The city was destroyed by a flood early on (so let’s keep fingers crossed for no rain! It’s a twelve-turn permanent road course. The race itself, the Portland Grand Prix, is 200.94 miles (drivers will drive 102 miles, each lap equaling 1.97 miles). The track/race was orginial a CART and Camp Car race from 1984 (great year) through 2007. This will be the first INDYCAR race there under the new unified banner. Though it’s been some years since open-wheel raced there: some names are familiar on the records. Michael Andretti has the most wins. Sebastian Bourdais claimed the fastest race (1:45:42 in 2007); Will Power holds the fastest race lap (119.310 mph in 2006) and Justin Wilson holds the fastest qualifying lap (122.756 mph).
It’s going to be interesting to see how the teams adjust. Thursday is an open test for all teams. Expect the teams with history to do well, they will have drivers (or owners in the case of Andretti Autosport) to help with data. If you’re going, expect beautiful views out of the Pacific Northwest and of course please stop us and say ‘hi’.
*I understand that Derek has indicated he used the word without knowing it was a racial slur here.