Wow, that is huge. He was quickest in practice so Power must have made a really big error to be so far down. Looking at the times it seemed he really screwed up his first lap, well over a second off the pace. This championship is certainly a very long way from over. I just hope it goes to the end without any crashes or retirements affecting the contenders. Power will need 6th or better to cover off whatever Castroneves does. Obviously he has the speed, but I’m excited to see whether he can get through the field without any issues.
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Mikhail Aleshin crashed heavily in second practice after getting below the white line at full speed, spinning into the path of Charlie Kimball. He’s awake and alert, currently being checked at a local hospital.
Hope Aleshin is ok after that impact. Bang goes my hope of a clean end to the season. Hope the race is clean of major incidents and that the drama is purely fron the racing.
With a bonus point for pole, Castroneves now trails Power by 50 points with 103 points still on offer.
Power will win the championship if:
He finishes sixth or better.
He finishes seventh and earns a bonus point.
Castroneves will win the championship if:
He wins and Power is no higher than seventh (or eighth with a bonus point).
He finishes second and Power is no higher than 16th, with no bonus points.
Power is classified last and Castroneves is no lower than third.
(1 bonus point awarded for leading a lap, 1 for fastest lap, with 2 for Most laps led)
Power drove an excellent, controlled race from the back and deserved to finally pick up the title. Castroneves’ penalty put the lock on it but Power had already done enough. Here’s the highlights from the race:
The track holds 90k, even Nascar races don’t sell a majority of those seats. Third date change in as many years, August in California is extremely hot (that’s why the race started at 9pm). No support series either.