Sunday, July 2, 2023

Morning Warmup at Mid-Ohio


(Photo credit: Joe Skibinski, Penske Entertainment)

Hello again!

I haven't updated anything here in a while, but I hope you have been following me on Frontstretch, where I have been providing a lot of IndyCar content.

It's raceday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex, where the NTT IndyCar Series has 80 laps of racing in front of it later this afternoon. Here are a couple of storylines I'm keeping an eye on.

Graham Rahal. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan cars have come to life this weekend, with Rahal and teammate Christian Lundgaard made the Fast 6, and Rahal making his first front-row start in over four years. He will start next to polesitter Colton Herta on the front row, and was quickest in the morning session. Rahal hasn't won an IndyCar race since 2015, is today the day?

The Weather. Rain has been in the area all weekend, although all of the IndyCar sessions have been run in dry conditions. With the race schedule to go green at 1:53 p.m. EDT and rain expected a couple of hours later, it will be interesting to see what might happen if rain falls in the closing laps of the race. 

Conor Daly. Daly is stepping in for Simon Pagenaud this weekend after the Frenchman wasn't cleared to race after a massive shunt on Saturday morning. While he starts from the back of the field in the 27th position, he was 12th-quick in the warmup and seemed really happy with the car. Daly is looking for a job after parting ways with Ed Carpenter Racing last month, and this is a good opportunity for him to show what he's got. Daly has a lot of experience jumping into rides on short notice, so it's no surprise to see him get up to speed so quickly.

The podium;

Winner: Graham Rahal. Yeah, I'm going there. Momentum is everything on a race weekend, and he has lots of it going right now. I'm not sure how he's gonna do it, but I think he's gonna do it.

2nd: Alex Palou. The points leader is one of the hottest drivers in the world at the moment. With three wins in his last four races, Palou has finished on the podium each of the last two years. 

3rd: Colton Herta. Herta has won back-to-back poles but is still in search of his first podium of the year. Today is his day.

Have a great race!