IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma

With the last round at New Hampshire Speedway still fresh in the minds of many IndyCar fans, the championship returns to the road course scene and travels across to the west coast to California’s Infineon Raceway, which plays host to the Grand Prix of Sonoma. Our resident IndyCar correspondent Matt Lennon takes a look at the action ahead…

While not always the most able-bodied of circuits in terms of overtaking ability, the Raceway at Infineon, located just north of San Francisco in the Napa Valley, has yet to deliver a dull, boring race. With no signs of this happening this weekend, all race fans can look forward to the resumption of furious racing action and the next dramatic act in the 2011 title race to be played out.

A 14-storey climb greets the cars just as they move through Turn 1, and the blind apex through Turn 2 certainly creates a challenge for drivers. The lure of overtaking often blurs the line between that and common sense, and more often than not will lead to a collision and plenty of sandy off-circuit wheel-spinning.

There is definitely no love lost between Dario Franchitti and Will Power, whose energetic yet unpredictable interview style has certainly provided a fair share of talking points both pre and post- race each time out. Unfortunately for Will, more of these have occurred prior to the end of the race than the Aussie would have preferred, either due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or by an unlucky turn of events ruining his race.

The musical chairs game at Dreyer & Reinbold continues this weekend, with another of Eddie Jordan’s former Formula 1 charges steps into the Indycar ranks, with GP2 stalwart Giorgio Pantano returning to the Indycar Series for the first time in 6 years, substituting for Justin Wilson who remains sidelined with a back injury. Of course, any Formula 1 fan of the last decade or so will know that KV Racing’s Takuma Sato is the other former Jordan F1 driver in the Indy ranks.

Who will prevail at Sears Point this weekend? Will we see another new winner in the 2011 season, or will Franchitti and Power resume their stoush at the front? Check your listings for telecast times in your local area, and prepare for action.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.