Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Random Stream of Consciousness About Barber

I've been up to my neck in learning about VOIP phone systems (and yes I'm still confused!) so everything else has taken a bit of a back seat lately. But through some miracle I was able to watch Sunday's race and have a few thoughts, in no particular order:

Will Power is just better than everyone else right now. Yes he has the best of everything behind him, but you don't do what he does on road courses without having an immense amount of talent backing it up. Once he figures out how to compete on ovals he can be considered at the top of his game.

* Outside of the Evil Empire, the series is hella competitive. Yeah Penske and Ganassi have the field covered, and that isn't fun. But watching the racing back in the field shows that a lot of the other teams are very, very equal, which make for some intense competition. I think Randy Bernard and Co. need to insist to all of their television partners that they show a lot of that racing because it is some good stuff. Eight teams are represented in the Top 10 in points, and while it's only been two races, that says something.

* Double-file restarts need to stay. They are exciting and I think in time will prove to be a good thing. Drivers need to stop whining and just drive...they are professionals and should be able to figure it out. I understand the importance of each position and how hard it is to pass (although Tony Kanaan doesn't seem to have a problem) but the issue isn't the restarts, it's the knuckleheaded moves that people make when the green flag flies. Cooler heads need to start prevailing, because it's getting pretty expensive for everyone.

And with that thought comes this one...

* Why does Takuma Sato like hitting everyone and everything? I just don't get it. Guy drives like it's a video game and he can hit the reset button at any time. I'm surprised Jimmy Vasser hasn't channeled his inner Robert Duvall in Days of Thunder and told him to hit the pace car because he has hit everything else and wants him to be perfect.

* On the other hand...Simona De Silvestro just drives hard. Every. Single. Lap. She's a racer, pure and simple. I'm not going to get ahead of myself and say she wins a race soon, but multiple podium finishes are a possibility. What really impresses me is that she doesn't give up and drives all the way to the checkered flag. She still has a lot to figure out but will get there faster than people think.

* Oriol Servia=underrated. He's run seven races since the start of the 2009 season, has finished in the Top 5 twice and the Top 10 five times. With the exception of the 2009 Indy 500, he has finished on the lead lap in each of those races and improved from his starting position in every one. He didn't have a consistent ride until now why?

* Surprises: 1) Kanaan is third in points despite only having a ride for about three weeks. I think they guy is driving with a chip on his shoulder and feels like he has a lot to prove to Andretti Autosport.; 2) As mentioned before, eight teams are in the Top 10!; 3) Helio Castroneves just looks absolutely clueless (and frustrated), although Indy will cure what ails him as always; 4) Several drivers have had some bad luck and are off to terrible starts, most notably Justin Wilson (15th in points), Ryan Hunter-Reay (17th), Graham Rahal (20th) and Ryan Briscoe (25th); 5) Mike Conway STILL hasn't caught a break.

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