We hate to be a buzz-kill but this weekend the IndyCar series visits one of the two or three worst tracks on the schedule in Sonoma, California – formerly known as Sears Point Raceway. The term ‘Raceway’ is used left coast loosely when it comes to Sonoma, as little if any actual racing will occur disappointingly. To quote Walter, it’s “very un-Dude.”
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The real Duder-ino racetrack comes next weekend in So Cal for the “fun-tastic” 500 mile finale, but that’s next week’s preview. In the spirit of positivity, we can at least write that Sonoma’s in northern California wine country and part of the colossal California championship crescendo. Yeay.
As you may have read or noticed on your grocer’s bill, there’s a disastrous drought going on in Cali at present along with several other man-made disasters The state’s usually a baked out beige color in August anyway and that’s on a normal year. For television viewers the scenery simply doesn’t translate well, much like the racing. There will be plenty of brownish grassy hillsides on display this weekend and that Serengeti-like scenery will certainly rival the snaking on track action in terms of visual stimulation.
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Like Mid-Ohio, the track’s simply too narrow with too many turns of the wrong speed and straights of the wrong length and undulation to allow for much entertaining IndyCar racing. However, if motorbikes or processionals are your thing then you’re cooking with wine. It’s obviously not our favorite track, however it’s not quite as bad as Mid-Ohio (see “Down with Mid-Ohio”).
The DW-12 Dallara Automobili help the racing at ‘Bored to Tears Point’ as on other road circuits, so that’s a positive. We at IRR wonder if it’s the scent of the vineyards that brings out the performance in the enigmatic Italian IndyCar chariots. The so-called six way championship race may interest things up as well, although three of the contenders are Penske teammates, while the others are Pagenaud, Dixon and Hunter-Reay. Credit to RHR for frankly stating after his Milwaukee debacle that his championship hopes were “up in smoke.”
Watching Juan Pablo Montoya drive an IndyCar also should be a plus for the race, as he’s been on a fiery fast track to the front lately. KVSH’s Sebastians plural will be a wine barrel full o’ fun to watch – both good and bad – as wildcards this weekend. Perhaps least importantly to the fans “the series” likes going to No Cal – so much so in fact that the Andrettis & Foyts both bought wineries there. That’s right, AJ and wine. We’re guessing some cheese, too.
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It’s vintage that there are so many wineries nearby. We recommend hitting several on your way to the track for a more pleasurable race day experience. Or, if you’re watching from home like the rest of the three hundred thousand of us who care but won’t be in attendance, grab an extra bottle or three of vino from the cellar. You’ll likely need them for anything approaching a watchable race. “In vino, veritas.”
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