Barber Race Review: PSI Edition


Young gun Josef Newgarden turned what could have been another hum drum, Penske win from pole into a fairly memorable, exciting race – for a motorbike track.

It was Will “Sour Grapes” Power’s race to lose and he did, handing the newest teammate his first win for the Cap’n and failing to crack the top twelve for the fifth consecutive race. A cut Firestone was the culprit, or rather the hero of the day. Power slowed inexorably, giving PSI an entirely new meaning.


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Ryan Hunter-Reay (with the hyphen here to stay) and Long Beach winner James Hinchcliffe tangled at the start, leading to a third lap caution as RHR’s damaged front wing littered the track. Dale Coyne’s rookie phenom Ed Jones suffered damage due to the debris ruining his day, as well.


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During the initial melee the aged Tony Kanaan gambled and lost, though his Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon advanced to third and remained firmly in contention all day. He went on to finish second for his seventh podium at Barber, but remains winless at the “amazing facility.”


Newgarden rapidly gained two spots up to fifth as Pags – who won the sour grapes award of the race – faded to finish third. Newkid bumped him out of the way on his charge to the front and the Frenchman blamed his Penske stable mate afterward, saying he “lost a lot of spots when Josef hit me.” Awww. Penskes squabbling internally, anyone?

Menacingly, the restart led quickly to talk of “fuel mileage” from Paul Tracy in NBCSN’s booth, although not everyone was being so enviro-friendly. After qualifying poorly, Indy 500 winner “Alex” Rossi stormed through the field, gaining thirteen spots by the end, the most of the race. It was AA’s lone bright spot on a cloudy afternoon, as Marco’s disastrous career continued as expected, enduring gearbox issues from the start. He finished last, behind even rookie Zach Veach appearing in his first ever IndyCar race, persistently showing incompetence.


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Extending his fuel mileage like a rutting ‘Bama buck, Dixon fought his way up to second as the first round of pit stops played out, eventually taking the lead. After the reshuffle it was Power, Newgarden, and Dixon, the only three who really had a shot all race.


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As the mid race lull kicked in, Fernando joined Daffy Leigh Diffey, PT & Townsend on air. It’s too bad there weren’t subtitles. As best we could gather, the former F1 champ and soon to be 500 rookie said he felt “privileged to be in the biggest race in the world.” When asked about the differences between IndyCar and F1, he said “we have twenty three people around the car in F1.” No wonder the Euro series is so expensive. The splashy Spaniard clearly needs an education in English units, however. “We go three hundred and something.” Of course, that’s kilometers per hour.

A solidly running Spencer Pigot spun off course bringing out the second full course caution on lap sixty three. Pit stops the following lap saw Dixon daringly dart out just ahead of Newgarden into effectively second for the restart. As a result Newgarden was forced to take evasive action, but gained the position back before long, banging past Dixon and plausibly showing indifference to danger.


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Charlie “pinball” Kimball finally pitted on lap seventy five, giving Power the lead back – though not for long. The excitable Aussie‘s tire problem forced him to pit with twelve to go undoing his race after leading sixty laps. He eventually finished fourteenth.


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Newgarden held off Dixon relatively easily for the final fourteen laps for his second triumph at the bike track in what was just his third outing for Penske. Remember how long it took Pags – who finished third – to break through for the Cap’n? It was well over a year before the frog finally jumped. Pissed, sour indignance was on full display.

Post race quotes –

Will Power: “I feel bad. It’s literally five races in a row, three of them mechanical . . . I don’t know what to say.”

Helio Castro-Neves: “That’s why Roger keeps hiring those young talents.”

Josef Newgarden: “It’s great . . . awesome!”

Pags: “I hate these kind of races. We lost a lot of spots when Josef hit me.”


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