Alright… 500 miles to go…
The Astor Cup is a good looking piece of silverware
For the record; I am for double points for 500 mile races. In an ideal world I would be for a Simon Pagenaud championship, but realistically I’m rooting for Helio. I want to see him cement his legacy in American open-wheel racing
Ed, Marco, Josef, Kanaan, JPM, Dixon, RHR. There are quite a few dudes out there that are going to play spoilers tonight
Ok!! There are a few people in the stands! Thank you to everyone who attended the IndyCar season finale on the surface of the sun!
Cindric: Power is really resilient. Riiiight… Tonight will really test that statement
Aleshin video. Such a big hit; lucky kid. Thanks Dallara
JPM is a cool cat tonight. Good things should happen for him tonight
Newgarden: I didn’t know how to adjust with wind direction on the second lap. Exactly why he’s needed a veteran teammate
Fontana… a dirty race track for a dirty town
Power big oval retrospective. I have no idea what he is going to do on lap 1, let alone lap 250
Interviews interviews interviews… everyone seem s pretty cool tonight
Penske and Tracy interview was cool. Not as hard hitting as I would have liked considering who was asking the questions
2014 season review. Nuts, just nuts. This season has been described as the championship no one wants to win. I say the competition is so close that any bobble has much greater championship implications than in the past
The firechicken has got to be roasting inside that ridiculous helmet
All of this pumping up of the best never to win a championship between Power and Helio makes me wonder what this year would have looked like if Franchitti was still around
Power is starting to look a bit more apprehensive about what is about to go down
Prerace ceremonies… finally,,,
Excellent Penske championship review. IMSP knocks it out again. 8 years is an eternity in Penske years
Forgot to turn the mic on for the dude giving the command… that’s so IndyCar. On the plus side, we finally heard the engines actually fire
Let’s do this
3-wide baby! Exactly how it should be here
Power falling back. Playing it conservativ3
Nutty 3 wide action early. Excellent
Field still looks pretty close, usually we get quite stung out rather quickly here
Marco struggling on the lowside trying to get around Rahal. Considering how wide this place is it’s always surprising how hard it is to pass
Montoya Jetting away
Clearly settling in for a long race. I can’t image there will be that much fuel savings going on tonight. Stint lengths could very well be limited by tire degradation
The bumps heading into T3 are very apparent tonight. Cars are definitely sprung light
Pagenaud already in and has a slow stop to boot. 2 laps down
Hinch is on the move. Already up to P4 and gapping
The painted clouds from the setting California sun looks beautiful
Both front tire changers went for the wing adjustment for Newgarden. Clearly the team is still lacking all the systems it needs in place to truly fight for the win from pitlane.
The rest of the field is in
Hinch to P3 on the pit exchange
Dixon. The forgotten champion. I remember him telling INDYCAR he would do whatever they want to help pump up the series. This year may have been worse in terms of pumping up the defending champion than 2013 was
First points as they run sighting
Hinch to P2. Ridiculous
Power getting raced very hard by Rahal. That’s what I like to see
WOW! Hinch fighting for the lead! Where have you been all year?!
Dixon is right there as well
Great racing through the field so far.
Hinch finally makes it stick. P1
Baby blue car driven by a Canadian with red gloves at ACS
Huertas pulled off. “not feeling well” I’m sure…
JPM in really early
Power up ten positions. Positive he has control of the championship
Lots of talk about tear offs and windscreens. Still haven’t seen the shop vacs make an appearance yet
We’re starting to see glowing headers and turbos during the onboards
JPM and Helio are P1 and P2 after the pit exchange. Montoya may be slightly off strategy and may fall farther away as the race wears on
Yummy, talk of 2015 aerokits
The laps are really clicking off tonight
Pagenaud is junk… shocking… and he almost loses it on pit out
Carpenter has been slowly sneaking up all night.
All the while, Power has been playing it cool. He should have this in the bag
Ed in. His crew is one of the best on pitlane
Speed penalty for ed. Doh!!
Poor Ed, he only gets a handful of races a year yet you throw it away so early. Would suck to ride around the rest of the night
Through the field. Not bad at all
Ok, there has been good racing all night long and this is clearly not a fuel race, yet it hasn’t been all that exciting. Odd evening or something. Maybe it’s the lack of focus on the championship battle. It feels like another race, not the final championship double points paying 500 mile race of the year
RHR to P1
A night of comers and goers for sure
Points as they run with no mention from the booth
No idea who is going to win. Cars have looked unbeatable for as few as 5 laps. JPM is the only constant
Power to P7. Could he really win this?
Kimball kisses the wall. Surprised there was no yellow. Actually, I’m glad we stay green. The race up front has been pretty hot.
Andretti into the wall exactly like Kimball, still green
JPM back in.
Still no shop vac sightings
If all else, the cars always look dmn good under the lights
Now Hinch with a speeding penalty. Wow. Two strong guys throwing their races away
As they run… Castroneves -1. SO CLOSE
The race up front has been really good all night long
RHR continues his march to the front
The booth notes the lack of attrition. After all the winging about it earlier in the week, I really thought it would be a more important storyline by this point in the race
During the commercial break the racing was side by side the entire time
I don’t care what you say, these cars look good in speedway trim
Montoya slipping back; still a long way to go.
Second comparison of Power to Jimmie Johnson by Tracy. Why?
Still 14 cars on the lead lap
Helio has really taken control of this race. It looks like it could be all in Powers hands at this point
Replay of Dixon/RHR/Kimball incident. The racing is definitely picking up
I see Newgardens outside front changer has a neon yellow helmet. Why don’t all the guys have them just because? Would be much safer I would think
RHR around into the front straight grass. Stalled but car’s ok.
Can you see tire smoke coming from Bourdais saving it right before RHR loses it?
Looks like Carpenter has fought his way back onto the lead lap
This restart is going to be crazy
Power won’t be able to just sit back like he did at the start. Going to have to properly race from here on out
Long caution. The sweepers are doing a very thorough job. 100 percent ok with that
Tracy: yellows breed yellows. No doubt. Be safe boys
Power with two decisive low side passes to take the lead. THAT is what championships are made of!
Carpenter slowly marching back to the front
Powers woman looks nervous as hell
WE are racing as fast as the cars will handle right now. This is most excellent
Hmm. Bourdais out and back into the pits after mixing it up with the leaders
Stop and hold penalty
Power starting to slip back, but it doesn’t matter if Helio can’t find his way back to the front
HCN and Power have found each other on track
Also, probably one more stop?
Interesting that there is so much focus on the Power family. Where are the shots of the Castroneves family?
Pulling for Helio
Although I would really dig a TK win
9 cars left on the lead lap
We’ve been tracking through the field for the past few laps, It would be nice to know what’s going on up front
Hinch first in for his last stop. Still a lap down though from his penalty
Alright. HCN in and out. Final run to the checkers
Power as well. Let’s do this
NOOOOOO… HCN pit entry speed violation. Game over. The race turns to the lead
Mr. Penske does not look impressed
Power got a ¼ turn of wing in when he wanted a ¼ turn of wing out and he is having trouble dealing with the mistake. Flirting with the wall on corner exit lap after lap
Side note: I’m really glad this race is 500 miles long
Radio: Power is struggling
Dude. HCN could have won this championship…
Oddly enough, the race at the front has cooled off. This should be TK’s race. The leaders are very strung out
Starting to see Power right up against the wall. Down to P9. I feel sick for Helio
Power looking sluggish on the track. Car is a piece of junk right now. Another miscommunication could have thrown the championship away for him. So damn lucky
Quiet end to a crazy race. The caution almost ruined the flow of the race
Very nice. I feel awful for Helio, but he made a more detrimental mistake to his race than Power. That’s how it goes. Absolutely excellent race. I was really hoping the see the entire thing go caution free, I think that could have made for an even more exciting finish.
I don’t think the cars are too easy to drive, I think the field is just that good
Power looks exhausted, and rightfully so. Congratulations Will
He admits to be stressed and getting awful sleep all week long. Not surprising; I bet Helio slept like a baby
Helio looks dejected, but he clearly has learned how to handle this kind of disappointment
Great season everyone. This should be a good offseason over here on anotherindycarblog, look for fun features and more walks down memory lane. Thank you thank you thank you for reading a different kind of coverage this year, it’s been too fun!
Happy 2014 IndyCar season!