Wednesday, April 4, 2007

2007 IndyCar Series After 2 Races

The 2007 IndyCar Series has been in Florida for both races they've had, one on the 1.5 mile Homestead-Miami Speedway and the other this past Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, won by Helio Castroneves. The series points standings are as follows:

1 Scott Dixon 80 Leader
2 Dan Wheldon 75 -5
3 Helio Castroneves 75 -5
4 Tony Kanaan 65 -15
5 Sam Hornish Jr. 61 -19
6 Dario Franchitti 56 -24
7 Tomas Scheckter 52 -28
8 Vitor Meira 4 6 -34
9 Marco Andretti 44 -36
10 Danica Patrick 40 -40
11 Buddy Rice 40 -40
12 Ed Carpenter 40 -40
13 Scott Sharp 37 -43
14 Darren Manning 35 -45
15 Sarah Fisher 34 -46
16 Jeff Simmons 29 -51
17 A.J. Foyt IV 29 -51
18 Kosuke Matsuura 27 -53
19 Marty Roth 15 -65
20 Alex Barron 12 -68

I don't think the top 5 is a surprise at all. Dixon, Wheldon, Castroneves, Kanaan, and Hornish are the elite drivers and have been for years. I was hoping that this season would produce the new faces up front more often, which may happen after Marco Andretti's 4th-place finish in St. Petersburg after having trouble the first week. Franchitti looks like he might be in his old CART form as well.

A few more notes:

- Those expecting to see a Danica/Fisher battle have too great expectations for Fisher's team. She's more or less a competent driver but Dreyer & Reinbold is hardly on the level AGR is. The entrance of Milka Duno should be interesting to see, but she may very well fall flat on her face by moving from sports cars to the IRL. Oddly enough, she isn't even going to run the road course races, just the ovals. That's puzzling.

- My surprise pick of '07, Vision Racing, has gotten off to a mixed start. Scheckter's currently 7th, but Carpenter and Foyt have each had their troubles. Carpenter flat out sucks on road races so he'll need to perform on the ovals to avoid being a career backmarker.

- Tell me, was I the only one having a hard time seeing the Delphi car without Scott Sharp driving?

- The next race on the schedule is the annual visit to Twin Ring Motegi in Japan on April 21st.

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