GP of Indy Predictions And Prognostications: Peripatetic Edition

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The IndyCar series is finally back on the move again after a momentum killing three week pause. Teams temporarily postpone their peripatetic ways – at least for a passing period – while staying put at IMS for the entire month of May.

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Last year we predicted lots of signage at the Speedway, as sponsors’ ads crassly covered the joint. This year for the few thousand wandering around IMS there’ll be plenty of signage again, along with tons of tarp-age and also the predictable first lap pileup and carnage. On the upside, at least there’ll be a surprise winner.

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Expect to see tarps covering empty seats at the Speedway again this year, as IMS has been taking lessons from the NFL’s attendance challenged Jacksonville Jaguars.  Continue reading

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Sour Grapes Power & His Buzz Killing Crew

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If you thought “Mad” Will Power was agitated after his contact and crash with Takuma Sato Saturday, you should have seen our editorial board’s reaction when he uttered his over the top “crazy” comments during the race. Power’s outburst was completely uncalled for and we at IRR were absolutely livid that he, Kanaan and Montoya – the three stooges of IndyCar – would make such negative comments about their sport, not to mention so publicly and matter of factly.

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No fans of Will Power going back years, Kanaan and Juan also just made our list after their god-awful, over wrought and extremely emotional display at Fontana. We felt precisely the same as owner/driver Ed Carpenter who – although his perspective didn’t make NBCSN’s air – said, “I just hate that the first thing that guys do is get out and slam the sport.”

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You don’t see such lambasting from participants of other sports – certainly not going to the extreme of repeatedly evoking death, for goodness sake – and the whole hideous display got us to wondering. Was their upset over Saturday’s classic race at Auto Club Speedway due simply to sour grapes? After all, American Graham Rahal driving a Honda won the 500 mile race, doing so over all the rest. Power’s rarely won on an oval in his career and it’s been almost a year since Kanaan won anything. JPM‘s the obvious exception, but his success doesn’t lessen the sting of his “too stupid” comments, ‘you know?’ If anything, it made them less palatable.  Continue reading