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During a week of high profile terminations, we’ve a few to suggest for IndyCar after the Indy Grand Prix.
Will Power‘s job is secure after his first win of the year and the Cap’n’s third consecutive. He led three quarters of the entirely green race while Scott “runner up” Dixon took second and Ryan Hunter-Reay made an impressive surge from eighth to third. Graham Rahal again had the drive of the race though, improving fourteen spots to sixth.
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While the traditional Indy GP first lap, first turn pileup was averted, some carnage still occurred. Marco ass-ended TK, sending two cars off course and the past expiration date Kanaan to the pits. Perhaps fearing for their jobs, race control was strangely alert, actually penalizing Andretti for avoidable contact with a drive through penalty. It ended his race and should end his largely fruitless decade plus stint in the series.
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Speaking of firings, the ABC crew of Goodyear, Cheever and the other guy acted exactly like they’d just been shown the door. At one point, Eddie was briefly on fire. After offering Goodyear an opportunity to clean his Borg-Warner replica, Cheever predicted “Ryan Hunter-Reay will get to the front.” He proved prescient.
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While there wasn’t a battle at the front all afternoon, there was some passing on track with Spencer Pigot and James Hinchcliffe impressing in the early going, as well as RHR and Rahal. Pigot suffered some slow stops to finish ninth, while Hinch eventually faded to thirteenth. Nevertheless, both of their jobs seem reasonably secure for the time being.
One driver with some air time isn’t so securely employed, however. Mikhail Aleshin locked ’em up going into turn one returning from side by side coverage, with credit to ABC for showing what action, passing and battles there were. Another perpetual candidate for firing, Taku Sato, clumsily got around Aleshin nearly hitting the wall in the process. The off season’s oddest hire finished twelfth.
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Hinchcliffe began going backwards through the field, providing one of the funnier moments of the race. During an on board view from over Hinch’s head, he began gesturing rudely with his right hand as another competitor got around him. “He’s Canadian,” fellow Canuck Goodyear sheepishly offered by way of apology. In Scott’s case, his race calls won’t be missed.
Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais was first out of the race after his Honda let go, followed by Charlie Kimball who for the first time failed to finish in the top five at the GP. On a happier note, it was great hearing Doc Jerry Punch work the pits. His knowledge and passion certainly will be missed.
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One incident during late pit stops was noteworthy, as it appeared Power ran over a crew member’s toes while exiting the pit. The crewman looked to be ok and no penalty was forthcoming, but we couldn’t help but wonder if another team wouldn’t have drawn race control’s ire in a similar instance. There were four penalties in all, with one on Aleshin for hitting equipment and two on Newgarden for speeding. Hopefully Josef “not feeling well” Newgarden’s chef has been fired, as well as whoever installed his pit lane speed limiter.