Fernando, Fernando, Fernand-o!
The announcement during the off week that Fernando Alonso will be running in the Indy 500 was the biggest news item since another f-ing F1 invader won the 100th 500 as a rookie, running out of fuel and coasting to the finish.
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Reportedly the Spaniard in question will be at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend to watch his first Indy style race in person. It’s just too bad his initial experience won’t be at a better track. A former F1 champ, Alonso unquestionably brings some star power to the states. However, we prefer to focus on those drivers who actually will be driving this weekend rather than merely spectating.
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Happily some drivers will be working Sunday rather than vacationing, albeit with less attention than Alonso, which brings up several questions. Can Penske’s Frenchman repeat last year’s dominance, in which Pagenaud dominated and won from pole? Let’s hope not. Can the Cap’n’s other former winner Josef Newgarden repeat at the track where he won his first race in 2015? That’d be less of a haircut, but still a shearing nonetheless.
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Speaking of close shaves, will any of Andretti Autosport’s cars be able to even finish the race? They weren’t able to at Long Beach and this week will have the added pressure of a Spanish celebrity sorely in need of a barber looking on.
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Can the always clean cut A.J. Foyt’s reconfigured team bounce back from years of disappointment? While Carlos “OK” Munoz has shown some style this season, Conor Daly’s looked absolutely lost in the first two races, like a beard trimmer in the back of a hipster’s drawer.
Will Chip Ganassi’s team be able to pull their collective heads out of their barber chairs this weekend? Notorious for slow starts, it seems Dixon and crew could sure use a hot towel and a splash of aftershave to wake them up.
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Finally, how will Dale Coyne’s rookie phenom Ed Jones follow up the coiffed start he and his team are off to? Throw Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais into the mix and you’ve got quite an operatic pair.
Tune in Sunday to see the entire act and be sure to check back soon for our forthcoming Barber predictions.