Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Checking In On The IRL

The IndyCar Series has 4 events left in their 2009 season. This weekend's race at Infineon will be the final road course event of the year.

The points standings shake out like this:
1. Scott Dixon 460 pts.
2. Ryan Briscoe -3
3. Dario Franchitti -20
4. Helio Castroneves -101
5. Danica Patrick -139
6. Marco Andretti -153
7. Tony Kanaan -166
8. Graham Rahal -171
9. Dan Wheldon -172
10. Justin Wilson -190

The only contenders for the title are Dixon, Briscoe, Franchitti, and maybe Castroneves. In other words, the same way it's been for the last several years with Ganassi and Penske yarding the rest of the field. Even with Castroneves missing the season opener he still has a shot, although he'll need to win more than once and hope the other teams stumble. What should be interesting is the entry of Penske driver Will Power in this race. Presumably this may be his last start of the year. He won at Edmonton a few weeks ago and could very well be a threat in this race. Power may take valuable points away from some of those guys.

After Infineon, the series heads to Chicagoland, followed by Twin Ring Motegi and Homestead for the finale.

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