Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Breaking up the pack

If you missed the IndyCar Series race at Texas last Saturday night, you missed a good one.

But while the racing was exciting, not everybody saw the event as a roaring success. S├ębastien Bourdais, who is likely out for the season as he continues to recover from injuries sustained at Indianapolis, is apparently not sorry to have been on the sidelines for the race, using some colorful language to express his displeasure with the racing that took place.

Scott Dixon, who was in contention for the win until a crash with Takuma Sato in the closing laps (pictured), stated that additional testing on the new Texas layout could have prevented it from becoming a pack race. The nature of the racing at Texas eliminated all but six cars from the lead lap by the end of the night, leading to discussions over how to minimize such racing in the future.

Ed Carpenter, however, is unconvinced that the pack nature of the race should be blamed on the cars, saying it may be the drivers who need to change in order to avoid the major accidents that took place. Only time will tell. The series does not return to an oval greater than a mile in length until Pocono on August 20.

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