This Sunday, the IndyCar Series makes its first venture into Canada for the 2010 season, as the series finds itself in Toronto, Ontario. Our IndyCar correspondent Matt Lennon engages in more gazing into the crystal ball in readiness for this weekend’s event north of the border…
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing should find itself selling out of Paul Tracy merchandise by the end of this weekend. With the exception of 2008 when the Champ Car Series went bankrupt, “The Thrill from West Hill” as he is affectionately known, has raced at Toronto in IndyCars (pictured), CART, Champ Car and the IRL every year since 1991, winning the race in 1993 and 2003. Should Paul win this weekend, he will become the first driver in IndyCar history to win the same race in three different decades.
The fans in Toronto never tire of IndyCar racing, and why should they? Each year the race is a fantastic spectacle and 2010 should be no different. The entire field will be out to stop Will Power, who is running away with the road-course championship and the overall championship. Power has won one-third of the races in 2010 – a formidable record – and the rest of the field needs to stand up and take the fight to the runaway Penske driver.
The Toronto circuit seems to get bumpier every year, which never fails to provide a challenge for teams to set up the car. Turns 1 and 3, the latter being at the end of the super-fast Lake Shore Boulevard, will again provide excellent overtaking opportunities for those willing to get right up alongside. Plenty of super-ambitious overtaking attempts have ended in tears here for those drivers unable to get right alongside their intended target before the corner.
Everyone seems to be waiting and wondering when Team Target Chip Ganassi will get their act together on the road courses in 2010. They have held their own so far on the ovals, however Team Penske have dominated the road and street courses, winning every single one held in 2010. While I would love to tip a Ganassi driver to win, I think Penske will maintain their unbeaten run on the road and street courses this year. The only question remaining is which Penske driver will take the chequered flag.
Tune in to find out!
[Original images via AUTOSPORT]