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For IRR’s ever popular predictions regarding the annual trek to a track called Barber, locks seemed like a no-brainer theme.
Our special prediction for the weekend is that ‘Bama’s good ol’ boys will soon wish they’d have locked up their wives and daughters once IndyCar comes to town. Why? Because the racing’ll be surprisingly entertaining – way more so than NASCRAP – especially considering the fast cars are competing on a danged motorcycle track. It’s truly too bad the series is locked out of nearly every oval track in the country thanks to N@$CAR, else IndyCar’s preeminence in the racing world would be a sure thing – just like the good ol’ days.
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Pick for pole’s a slam dunk in that he’s paced the field in both races already this season and twice before at Barber, while his team’s won nearly every single pole in IndyCar’s history at the track. Who’s got it so locked down, you ask? Why, it’s none other than Whinin’ Will Power. With a gaudy fifty six in his career, the pilot most deserving of being locked up not only owns more P1s than any other active driver, but also has navigated to second on the all time list behind Mario Andretti. For integrity’s sake, we’re hoping this is one dam that holds.
First out of the race will be nobody, as DNFs and Alabama’s Grand Prix go together like old fashioned locks and new fangled facial recognition. With plenty of run-off room, few walls or fences and reliable engines from both Chevy and Honda, the worst viewers are likely to get is some tire smoke from the odd set of brakes locking up. Considering there’ve been zero DNFs two out of the last three years, a clean race at Barber’s a lead pipe cinch.
The biggest surprise Sunday will be that the driver with the longest, most luxurious locks in the series – Colton Herta – won’t repeat with back to back wins in the deep south. Another perfectly timed caution confining the Penske cars to the rear just isn’t in the offing, thank you James Hinchcliffe, and certainly won’t happen two weeks in a row. Neither Colton “Joaquin” Herta nor the fans could be so lucky. Or is it locky?
Sunday’s victor will hold all the keys to this race – as he usually does. In fact, his locked in team’s won two thirds of all the races held at this gorgeous facility. Hailing from the neighboring state of Tennessee, the clean cut Josef Newgarden will take his third win out of the last four races at the track – and fourth straight for Team Penske. Talk about unchained!