With all the loose talk about the threat of nuclear annihilation lately – Guam, Chicago, why never Mid-Ohio? we wonder – IRR lights off a fifty mega-tonner in advance of the impending ABC Supply 500. With all due respect to Honda, forget about frickin’ Tokyo – there goes Pocono! Here comes Indy-zilla.
Compared to NASCAR’s Pocono show, IndyCar’s visit to the “Tricky Triangle” promises to be earth shatteringly entertaining for fans. With speeds of over 200 mph, kilotons more passing and edge of your seat, side by side racing to be expected Sunday, fans of fast will go ballistic for the season’s final 500 miler.
Will “oval hating specialist” Power won last year’s rain postponed Monday affair for Penske, though Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay (with the hyphen here to stay) turned in the drive of the race, advancing from last all the way to a podium finish.
In a bittersweet victory, the fair haired Floridian won the accident marred 2015 race that tragically claimed Justin Wilson’s life. Scott Dixon won the series’ return to Pennsylvania in 2013, followed by current new car! test pilot Juan “the bomb” Montoya blowing up victory lane the next season.
Pocono Speedway’s an unusual two and a half mile long oval track, where you can expect the show to be explosive. If Sam Schmidt actually lets incendiary Russkie Mikhail Aleshin race, then hold on to your blast helmets with extra care. Same goes for Tony “take ’em out” Kanaan.
Last year – after several previous embarrassing launch pad failures – the series finally figured out the technical requirements of such a high stakes, risky endeavor as racing in eastern PA. Let’s hope they don’t screw it up this year like they managed to do at Phoenix, and may yet do at Gateway.
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No Godzilla themed piece would be complete without at least a mention of another AA pilot, Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato – IndyCar’s nearest thing to a North Korean. There, we mentioned him.
Needless to say, Pocono should be a blast from the past of highly combustible, old-fashioned oval track racing. We miss the road courses like we miss Ashley “nasty woman” Judd’s destructive presence in the series, thank you Dario. Only a couple of ovals remain this year, starting with Sunday’s 500 mile blockbuster. Let’s hope the last oval races begin with a bang at Pocono, and not a dud.