Canada hosts its second and final race of the season this weekend, as Round 11 of the 2012 season is held at the City Centre Airport in Edmonton.
|Date:||20-22 July 2012|
|Lap Length:||3.579km / 2.224mi|
|Event Schedule:||Free Practice Session 1||Fri 10:50-11:50|
|Free Practice Session 2||Fri 14:30-15:30|
|Free Practice Session 3||Sat 09:00-10:00|
|Qualifying Session||Sat 13:00-14:15|
|Sunday Warm-Up||Sun 08:00-08:30|
|Race (75 laps, 167 miles)||Sun 12:40-14:30|
|Past IndyCar Winners:||Will Power (Team Penske Dallara Honda)||2011|
|Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda)||2010|
|Will Power (Team Penske Dallara Honda)||2009|
|Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda)||2008|
The Form Guide
Who can stop Will Power? Oh wait, I’ve gotten used to writing that over the last few seasons, especially on road and street courses, but Power has been stopped, at least over the last 12 weeks since his last victory came on the streets of Sao Paulo.
The seemingly unstoppable man of the moment is one Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Andretti Autosports, who from Milwaukee, through Iowa and Toronto – three very different circuit types – can do no wrong. Edmonton though is yet another contrasting circuit type, a very bumpy airport layout with limited overtaking opportunities, making a strong qualifying performance of vital importance.
But it is not all lost for Power, and to a slightly bigger extent, Scott Dixon, who are Hunter-Reay’s two closest challengers. Both are former winners of this event, albeit Dixon won on the old layout last used in 2010. Both are highly adaptable drivers who can prove to be quick on any type of circuit and who can never be ruled out of contention.
A number of drivers are also knocking on the door of victory lane. From Simon Pagenaud, to Josef Newgarden, to Tony Kanaan, all are close but have not had the luck needed to wrap up the weekend with a victory bow, and will undoubtedly be strong again this weekend.
Dario Franchitti must be wondering when he walked under a ladder, dropped a mirror or saw a black cat, as his season, sans Indianapolis, can best be surmised as Murphys Law – anything that can go wrong, probably will. Very little has gone right for the three-time defending series champion, and any more results like what he has ended up with in the majority of races this season and you may even be able to rule him out of contention in the next race or two.
It should be another classic race this weekend. Don’t miss the Edmonton Indy Grand Prix.