Two races left in 2010, and a 17-point lead separates Will Power from Dario Franchitti. One bad result from Power could see Dario take the championship lead. One bad result from Franchitti could see the difference in points become insurmountable heading to Homestead in two weeks. With such amazing success on road and street courses in 2010, Power must be wondering what he has to do to break his oval-course duck. Our IndyCar correspondent Matt Lennon takes a look at the penultimate race of an enthralling 2010 IndyCar season…
Team-mates in the Penske and Ganassi camps will play a big part from here on in. While defending race winner Scott Dixon, and Helio Castroneves are still mathematically in with a chance of the championship themselves, both know their focus is squarely on playing the team game and ensuring they play a part in getting their respective championship contenders over the line.
Further down the field, the musical chairs continues at Conquest Racing. For the second year running, IndyCar series veteran and home-town favourite Roger Yasukawa returns on a one-race deal. Japan’s media will be buzzing over the three local boys competing, with the attention firmly on Yasukawa, Newman Haas’ Hideki Mutoh and KV Racing’s Takuma Sato.
Another busy man with media commitments will be Paul Tracy. Returning at Kentucky with car sponsor Motegi Racing Wheels, Tracy has not visited the Twin Ring since 2002 and has unfinished business from this last race here, in which he was leading with five laps to go before a mechanical failure halted his progress. His best finish here is fifth from the 1998 event.
The Motegi layout is unique among the 1.5 mile ovals visited by the IndyCar Series. With cars able to navigate through Turns 1 & 2 flat, while needing to lift slightly for the slightly tighter Turns 3 & 4, it makes car setup difficult. The Japanese fans love their IndyCar racing, and will turn out en-masse to cheer on their heroes.
The main question though is – can Will Power finally silence his oval-course critics and strike a return blow on Dario Franchitti. Tune in on Sunday to find out.
[Original images via LAT]