Our intrepid IndyCar correspondent Matt Lennon dusts off his crystal ball once again and takes a look at this weekend’s IndyCar round at the Canadian city of Edmonton…
The airport circuit as a concept was pioneered by Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, with the first race in 1982, won by Bobby Rahal and was an annual Champ Car success story of Cleveland until the series merged with IndyCars in 2008.
The idea of racing on an airport obviously had legs, and 2005 saw the first Champ Car race on the Edmonton City Centre Airport, won by Sebastian Bourdais.
The series returns to Edmonton this weekend and the $64,000 question is – can anybody stop Will Power? The young Australian is running away with the championship and not only is he the only multiple winner in the series in 2010, he is the defending winner of this race.
While the Canadian fans love their motorsport, the Edmonton race is not as popular as Cleveland was, in terms of airport circuits. The circuit is primarily based on the narrower service vehicle roadways in the corner of the airport layout, as opposed to the vast open runways, and it is the latter which sees the most overtaking, most notably into Turn 12, a long 180-degree right-hander.
The circuit has seen its fare share of dramatic races. Who can forget 2007, when Sebastian Bourdais left fans wondering how he was getting such excellent fuel mileage, yet still setting lap record after lap record near his final pit stop to pass Justin Wilson and take the victory and re-take the series lead.
Who will take the fight to Will Power’s domination? Tune in on Monday morning, Australian time, to find out.
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