A Letter to Kyle Larson

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Kyle,

As young adults, we make mistakes.

Some are small and minuscule, like little ripples in the pond, hardly noticeable.

Others are jarring and life-changing, causing title-waves that have prolific effects.

This week has been nothing short of a tsunami for you.

I’m not sorry for you, just disappointed.

As an Asian-American, I had a strong connection to you as a driver.

It isn’t very often that we see people of Asian descent, mixed or not, succeed at the highest level of American motorsports.

I heard your apology, and you understand your mistake.

But as a minority yourself, I hope you understand the pain words like that can have.

Because I’ve been called racial names before and regrettably, I’ve done the same to others.

To a friend or not, hurtful intentions or not, it is not ok.

But I have a belief that you will be back.

I know that one day, I will point you out to my son and say, “look, you can do it too.”

And explain that you came back from what seemed like insurmountable odds.

I’m sure when you became a professional athlete, you weren’t intending to be anyone’s hero.

You weren’t entitled to be anyone’s hero. And that’s ok.

But I hope you wanna be one now.

Kyle, I’m behind you because I believe everyone deserves a second chance.

We all make mistakes, the question always is, what do you learn from that mistake?

Sincerely,

Scott Masom

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Standpat or Copycat

An Irish poet/playwright Oscar Wilde wrote this quote: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”

Can you imitate anything greater than 6-time double world champion, Mercedes? I’ll answer that for you, no.

For Racing Point, this is the first time since their acquisition of Force India in the summer of 2018; they seem to be embracing a new team philosophy for the characteristic of their cars. “Let’s do something different, try something different, start with a clean sheet of paper and let’s do something new.” stated Racing Point’s Technical Director Andrew Green in reference to the last year of the current regulations. “Though we were adding performance to the car [since 2014] and it was getting better, it had this underlying Achilles’ heel that we were really struggling to get rid of… the gains we were making were getting slower and slower; the fundamental characteristic of the car wasn’t changing.”

Now, referencing the featured image, I think the similarities are pretty clear. The rounded nose piece, the shape of the front wings, side pods, and even the mirrors have the same angles. The only difference I can see with my “technical expertise” is the size and shape of the rear wing.

When responding to the comparisons between Racing Point’s “RP20 and the Mercedes “W10” that won both the 2019 driver’s and constructor’s championships, Sergio Perez said, “I hope it will perform like their car, but it is still very early days.”

When questioned about the similarities, Andrew Green defended his creation by stating, “I can tell you absolutely, categorically all those designs are Racing Point from absolute scratch, there has been no transfer of information on listed parts from Mercedes. They have never contemplated it, we have never asked for it.” Green has emphasized that what is seen as similarities between the two cars is composed of photos that are accessible to everyone, and they “utilized that information.”

Racing Point has been open in disclosing that the “RP20” will be using the front and rear suspension pieces from last year’s Mercedes but assure us that the chassis is all original. Green told Autosport Magazine, “We decided that anything to do with the chassis – which is effectively a non-transferable component, a listed part – we would prefer to keep all that in house, because it’s all linked.”

This car is an original chassis that is influenced heavily by the successful Mercedes “W10” with no substantial information given to them from their technical partners of Mercedes. Now, I do not doubt that their mid-team rivals of McLaren and Renault might have something negative say about this; but if you are Racing Point, was there anything left to lose? If this works, they stay ahead of their mid-team rivals. If not, then the 2021 regulations will have everyone on a theoretical, even playing field.

The world of motorsports is a “monkey see, monkey do” business, and if the pre-season test was anything to go by, Racing Point is trying to do.

Scott Masom

photo credit: Motorsports Network

 

“But Babe, This Time It’ll be Different, Won’t It?”

IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) and the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) have announced a joint endeavor.

Yeah, don’t worry, I have some reservations as well. I’ll wait until I see both of these series on the same racetrack for an official event before I get my juices flowing as they have a long history of not seeing eye to eye.

Most recently as 2017.

The announcement today is about both series coming together to create a top international prototype class. It will allow teams and manufacturers from both series to compete in events like the 24 Hours of Daytona, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and collect championship points for both IMSA and WEC competition.

This endeavor will combine IMSA’s developing LMDh class, slated to be introduced in 2021, and will complete an official take over of the DPi prototypes in 2022. ACO’s much-anticipated Hypercar class is still geared for its debut this season. There will be a BOP (balance of performance) for races when both series prototypes enter into the same event.

According to an official IMSA article, “both parties were inspired by elements of both series regulations.”

The result of this convergence, the LMDh car will be :

  • Based on a new chassis common to both ACO and IMSA, using elements of the Le Mans Hypercar and LMP2 chassis, and built by the four current LMP2 manufacturers: Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic and Oreca. This chassis will also be used for the new generation LMP2.
  • The car will use a common hybrid KERS system, on the rear axle.
  • Its silhouette and design will be modifiable, developed according to the brand or style of the manufacturer which will provide the engine power for the car

More technical details will be delivered in March during SuperSebring as both IMSA and ACO officials will give a more in-depth presentation then.

The joint endeavor is fantastic news for endurance racing. Not only for the fans but drivers and manufacturers. This announcement allows for prototypes to take to the spotlight again in European racing and allows a team like Wayne Taylor Racing and their Cadillac a chance at Le Mans glory. That thought gave me some chills.

And yes, babe, for the betterment of endurance racing, this relationship needs to be different this time.

Scott Masom

p.s. LMDh has yet to be officially defined. My best guess, it’ll mean Le Mans Daytona Hybrid. Let me know your theories in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Quick Late Thoughts on the New Owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Classes are done, grades are in, and the school semester is finally over! Which means I can get back to doing my labor of love-this blog. Now, with my volunteer hiatus over to focus on school, I’ve missed some pretty big racing news.

For example, Roger Penske buying the whole show, he got the entire chimichanga, the is eating his cake. His purchase of not only Indianapolis Motor Speedway but the series of IndyCar is nothing short of impressive. While the news of this purchase came as a massive shock to the racing world, I can not think of a better person this speedway, and series could have gone too.

First of all, he has the financial understanding needed to make Indianapolis Motor Speedway blossom into a worldwide spectacle again. He has grand plans to bring in more and doing more to elevate the speedway and IndyCar. He referenced the possibility of a 24-hour race on the road coarse that would be amazing for a series like IMSA or the WEC. Formula One is on his mind, as well as luring a much needed third manufacture for the IndyCar series.

With Penske’s purchase of both the speedway and the series, is wanting to see a true double-header between IndyCar and NASCAR. It could unite racing in America overall and something that seems to be long overdue.

But one thing that I believe everyone has overlooked with this purchase, at least to me, is more about the legacy he can leave behind for American open-wheel racing than it is about his ego. History dictates that it would be about asserting his dominance and becoming “The Captain” everyone knows from his involvement in the open-wheel civil war to the way he conducts his racing operations. But honestly, when I watched his interviews and heard the inflections in his voice, it’s of joy.

Most importantly, he understands the magnitude of what Indianapolis is. The track, series, and American open-wheel racing are in the right hands. 

Scott Masom

photo credit: AJ Mast, AP

NASCAR has Changed the Way We Should View Points Racing

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There were many stories and take-aways to have from last weekend’s NASCAR race at the Roval. Chase “From the Same Place” Elliott crashed from the lead and then won in a dominating fashion as he drove back up through the field. There was the controversy between Alex Bowman and Bubba Wallace along with the clock striking midnight on the #6 Roush-Fenway Ford Mustang.

Ryan Newman narrowly missed the next round of the playoffs by making a mistake in the closing laps that cost him the several precious points needed to advance after serving a penalty. His whole race centered around the points battle for that coveted 12th place points position that excluded you from elimination. Newman’s race concerned only those that surrounded him in points, just like points racing in any other form for motorsports.

Clint Bowyer, the driver of the #14 Stewart-Haas Ford Mustang, referenced many times throughout the year that stage points were critical for him to not only make the playoffs but advancing when in them. Jimmie Johnson, who missed this year’s playoffs for the first time since the playoff/chase format began in 2004, echoed those statements when his bid into NASCAR’s version of the postseason seemed weary.

A premium has been placed on points that I don’t believe motorsports has ever seen. Being competitive all race long at the front of the field yields your greatest reward at stage end. As earning stage points on top of your race result is the only real way to separate yourself from the pack. Teams have built their strategies for the race weekend around them.

I know, I’m preaching on a points system that was introduced in 2017, but I don’t think we as fans appreciate what it brings to NASCAR as much as we should. It creates excitement, it produces pressure, it requires drivers to be exceptional all race weekend.

I enjoy that; especially when a chance to advance forward for a championship is on the line, much like it was at the Roval.

So that is my take away from last weekend’s race. That points racing has become more than managing a gap and being happy with the finish you got. It has become about pushing on every lap and attacking when the opportunity presents itself.

You know, like racecar drivers are supposed to do.

Scott Masom

photo credit: roushfenway.com

For the Betterment of American Motorsports

After the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series concluded their qualifying session that saw William Byron take pole position for the Bank of America Roval 400 this Sunday, two-time NTT IndyCar Champion, Josef Newgarden, took to the temporary road course to have an exhibition run in his Chevrolet powered Penske machine.

And run with it he did. Gaining more speed and confidence with every lap and it was a shame he had to pull the car into the pits. As much as it was a marvel when the Cup cars first ran the course, watching an IndyCar do it felt comfortable. It felt right.

It felt needed.

After watching the broadcast on NBCSN, a collected observation was had by all, and that was, why not have a doubleheader between the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NTT IndyCar Series? Even though schedules for next season are set, who isn’t to say that 2021 couldn’t harbor this idea?

There is no doubt that IndyCar’s popularity is rising. While NASCAR’s presence on the American sporting public has wained since their peak, they are still a juggernaut when it comes to eye-balls on-screen within the racing world. We see this cross-promotion within the network of NBCSN as they promote and talk about the races on both the NASCAR and IndyCar broadcasts.

When I look around the racing landscape, especially here in the States, it seems very divided and weirdly, hostile at times. Road racers look down at those that like to run in circles. The sports car guy doesn’t want anything to do with a stock car guy and vise versa. Open-wheel vs. Tin-tops. Dirt or pavement?

For me, give me all of them. For some, it is picking and choosing while you provide yourself with justification as to why one racing is significantly better than another.

That is the wrong kind of thinking, and those kinds of thoughts are damaging to the sport overall.

By having a doubleheader weekend, it would open the spectrum of viewership. It would give a reason for open-wheel fans to experience NASCAR first hand. It would allow fans of stock cars to marvel at the “space ships” zooming by them as Clint Bowyer wonderfully put it on the broadcast.

It could open the possibility of drivers competing in multiple disciplines and maybe becoming well-rounded racers again as we had in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. For the collective whole of motorsports in America, a doubleheader weekend would help bring various fans together. It would raise viewership on TV as well as at the track, and provide events that would be worth going to.

This type of event would be a win-win for both sides. More importantly, it would be a win-win for fans around the nation.

Scott Masom

photo credit: RacinToday/HHP photo by Jim Fluharty

My 5 Things to Watch for During the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs

The NASCAR Cup series has raced 26 of the 36 races for the 2019 season, but one can argue that the season has only just begun. The collection of race wins, stage wins, stage points and finishes have culminated into creating a 16-car field that will battle elimination to the conclusion of the season at Homestead-Miami.

The biggest story going into the playoffs isn’t about the drivers who found themselves in, but about a driver who found himself out in Jimmie Johnson. For the first time since the inception of the Chase/Playoffs, he finds himself on the outside looking in. A 15-year consecutive streak broken for the 7-time champion.

This year I will give you my five things to watch for along with giving you my dark horse to win it all, and of course, my pick at who will be the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.

For context, these are the 16-drivers fighting for the championship:

1. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing: 2,045 points

2. Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing: 2,030 points

3. Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing: 2,029 points

4. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing: 2,028 points

5. Joey Logano, Team Penske: 2,028 points

6. Brad Keselowski, Team Penske: 2,024 points

7. Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports: 2,018 points

8. Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing: 2,011 points

9. Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports: 2,005 points

10. Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing: 2,005 points

11. Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing: 2,005 points

12. Ryan Blaney, Team Penske: 2,004 points

13. William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports: 2,001 points

14. Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing: 2,001 points

15.Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing: 2,000 points

16. Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing: 2,000 points

#1. The Team Dynamic of Joe Gibbs Racing

By far, the best team on the grid is JGR. An excellent team dynamic happens because everyone chips in for the betterment of the organization. JGR has done very well for themselves as an organization by getting all four of the team cars into the playoffs. But now the organization will splinter and turn into four individual teams for the final ten races of the season. Will teammates give an extra inch? Will there be team orders? Will there be a disfunction that causes one or more of these cars to not advance to at least the Round of 8?

I believe that at least two cars from the JGR stable will be racing in the Championship Round in Miami, the question is which two and what will their journey look like to get there?

#2. Erik Jones Will be a “Dark Horse” Contender For The Championship

 

#3. Kurt Busch Will Continue to Carry the Flag for Chip Ganassi Racing During the Playoffs

And possibly into next year?

Kurt Busch has been steady, reliable, and most importantly, a 2019 race winner. Something that his teammate, Kyle Larson, can not say. What the older Busch brother has done since taking over the #1 from Jamie McMurray is show the potential of what those cars at Chip Ganassi can do. When Kurt signed with the team, I instantly thought, “upgrade.” He will make the Round of 8 and have consistent runs within the top-10 to be a thorn in several drivers sides.

#4 The Roval

It was unknown last year, but it produced one of, if not the best, races of last season. I do not doubt that this track will continue that trend. Teams are prepared for it. Drivers know some of the secrets and the fans will be catered to the first elimination race of the playoffs. It was must-watch TV last season as Ryan Blaney took the checkered flag on the final corner of the last lap, and I assume we will have similar drama this year. Whatever you do, make time for this race. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

#5 Logano vs. Harvick

I am predicting that this will be the battle for the last spot to get into the Championship Round. They have had polar opposite starts to the season as Logano began the season strong as Harvick has just found his groove as of late.

There is history between these two, and I don’t believe the authors’ are done writing it yet. Another chapter between these two for a chance to at a championship; sign me up.

My Champion: Denny Hamlin

He is having the best season of his career since his runner-up finish of 2nd in 2010. His new crew chief of Chris Gabehart and everyone on that #11 FedEx Toyota has been on par, at times better, than his JGR counterpart of Kyle Busch.

This season will be the one that Denny puts his stamp on being a sure-fire Hall of Famer. He has two wins at Homestead-Miami in 2008 and 2013, and the path of tracks that lay between him and that elusive championship, are all in his favor with Richmond, Martinsville, and being the winner of the spring race at Texas, he has the potential to secure this championship with dominating finishes in each round of the playoffs.

The real challenge will be defeating teammate Kyle Busch who secured the regular-season champion. The reason he is 15-points ahead of Hamlin in the standings. The intensity is ramping up. The real season is starting, and for 16 drivers, it is their chance at NASCAR glory.

Scott Masom

photo credit: NASCAR

Death: The Inherent Danger of Motorsports

‘I didn’t have a Plan B in life.’ I was in pursuit of my dream from the very beginning. It’s all about desire and passion. At all costs.- Mario Andretti

Anthoine Hubert succumbed to his injuries after a lap-two incident during the 17th round of the Formula 2 championship at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The Frenchman was 22-years old. Juan-Manuel Correa and Giuliano Alesi were also involved in the incident.

Correa’s impact of Hubert happened at high-speed after cresting the uphill turn of Raidillon. Hubert’s car careened off the wall after trying to avoid Alesi and came back toward the racing line. Correa had no time to react to Hubert, and the impact split Hubert’s car in half as the monocoque separated from the chassis. According to an FIA statement, Correa was sent to Liege hospital “in stable condition.”

Giuliano Alesi was deemed fit at the track’s medical center.

The race was not resumed and the Formula 2 race for that following Sunday was canceled out of respect for Hubert and his family. The FIA is currently investigating the incident. Hubert’s passing is the first death due to an incident since Jules Bianchi succumbed to his injuries from the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi passed on the following July.

Racing is dangerous. Always has been and always will be.

I admit that as a current fan who has grown-up in arguably the safest time in motorsports, I tend to forget this. The advances in safety in the last 20 years have been incredible. Unfortunately, this is a sport that is continuously reactive instead of proactive when it comes to saftey. Notable required safety items like the HANS device, SAFER barriers, and HALO have all be a direct effect from death within the sport.

Often, this reaction happens after losing the sport’s biggest names.

My thoughts are with Anthoine Hubert, his family, and friends. He was a young talent that was taken too soon.

But that doesn’t ever make the pill easier to swallow.

Scott Masom

photo credit: Anthoine Hubert’s Twitter

 

 

 

Understanding Life Through My Favorite Racing Quotes

School starts for me this week, and I didn’t want to miss a chance on creating one more post before it got going.

I love quotes. They can be snippets of clarity and inspiration or moments of cloudy judgment or anger; there seems to be no in-between when it comes to them, and that is what makes them great.

I want to share some of my favorite racing quotes that I have come across over the years that have given me some real inspiration.

“Sometimes you’ve just gotta lick the stamp and send it.”- Daniel Ricciardo

A daring move, late on the brakes to pass Valtteri Bottas for the top step of the podium during the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix is what concocted this beautiful quote from the self-proclaimed “Honey Badger” of Formula One.

This quote is my absolute favorite. It inspired me to branch out and apply for other jobs and be more daring in my writing. This quote is about having the right mentality, and when he saw an opening to pass Bottas, he took it. At the time, he didn’t know if it would work, but he took the chance anyway.

Take a chance. Lick the stamp.

“When you put on your helmet… you’re invincible.” – John Force

Is this the thing that has kept John Force racing for so many years? Achieving his 150th NHRA win at the age of 75, one might argue that it is.

When you are genuinely in your environment, whether that is as a professional or as a hobbyist, there is no better feeling. I’m starting to find mine within this blog, and it is something I hope everyone can discover for themselves.

“You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that can not be understood.”- Aryton Senna

We revere our favorite race car drivers as genuine heroes-they are the men behind the mask that wheel machinery only a few can fathom.

We do not see the fear in a driver’s eyes, nor do we see their confidence. Only the driver knows the truth of their emotions. Winning is everything to these drivers; it is the purest form of validation.

Only you know your genuine emotions. Only you know when you’ve achieved validation.

“If you don’t come walking back to the pits every once in a while holding a steering wheel in your hands, you’re not trying hard enough.”- Mario Andretti

It is okay to give everything you have and still fail because failing is a part of life. It is better to try for more than to never try at all because being content is not acceptable when you can do more; be more.

Sometimes, you’ve just got to leave it all on the track.

“Simply racing a Formula One car is an achievement”- Sebastian Vettel

It is essential to have a perspective on life. We all have plans of becoming the best in our fields. We want to become the race winner, the champion, the legend. In our endless pursuit to try and be the best, we often forget that what we have achieved is monumental in itself.

I have a medium to express my thoughts on motorsports, and for right now, this is a considerable achievement.

Scott Masom

Pocono, Pocono, Wherefore Art Thou Pocono?

Pocono, for the second race in as many years, is clouded by controversy.

The subject of this controversy is another lap one incident. Felix Rosenqvist found his NTT IndyCar flying through the air and sliding atop the SAFER barrier after being collected into the wreck going 200+ mph. To everyone’s relief, Rosenqvist did not get into the catch fence. He walked away relatively unscathed, as did the rest of the drivers involved, including championship contender, Alexander Rossi.

This first lap incident was shocking to many, especially after what happened to Robert Wickens the year prior at the same point of the race track.

Alexander Rossi was very adamant about who was to blame for the lap one incident:

“I can’t even begin to understand how, after last year, how Takuma thinks that any sort of driving like that is acceptable,” said Rossi. “I mean, to turn across two cars at that speed in that corner of a 500-mile race is disgraceful, upsetting and might have cost us a championship. It’s upsetting, this team works too hard to have something like that happen.”

James Hinchcliffe, remembering the impact of last year’s lap one incident had this to say:

“It sucks. I’m glad everyone’s OK but I don’t know how many times we have to do this before people figure out that you can attack all you want, but it doesn’t give you a chance to win if you’re in the fence. It’s just crazy, man. It’s just such a waste of time and money to come out here for a 500-mile race and half the top 10 end up in the fence at Turn 2.”

At the time, Takuma Sato took the blame for the incident but claimed: “I kept the steering wheel straight but unfortunately it looked like we tangled together,” said Sato.

On Sato’s official twitter account the following day, he shared a video from the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team’s onboard camera. It revealed that he indeed did not turn the wheel deliberately to the left and into Rossi like many belief.

My initial response when it happened was that Sato was solely to blame for the incident. But after reviewing footage and reading multiple sources, my take on the incident is that this was a racing accident. It just happened to be at 220 mph at a race track where track position was absolutely crucial.

There is no better time to gain a position than at starts and restarts.

I think what is forgotten, but it is necessary to talk about is that dirty air can push and pull race cars. It was no secret that Sato was trying to capitalize on the draft of Scott Dixon. Dixon jumps up half a lane to get away from towing his championship rival of Rossi and jumps into Sato’s line. When reviewing the onboard camera of Sato’s car, his wheel never turns to the left. Yet, his car does drift to the left and into Rossi.

It reminds me of driving down the highway, and a being behind 18-wheelers. The tug and pull your car can feel as you switch lanes. Or when a 18-wheeler is heading the opposite direction of you at full speed, the wind pushes you over to the other side of the road. Now, imagine that scenario but traveling 200+ mph while dealing with a bumpy race track.

Robert Wickens was quick to add his opinion on Twitter after the accident. He posted: “How many times do we have to go through the same situation before we can all accept that an IndyCar should not race at Pocono. It’s just a toxic relationship and maybe it’s time to consider a divorce. I’m very relieved (to my knowledge) that everyone is okay from that scary crash.”

This incident questions not just racing at Pocono, but superspeedways and high-speed ovals in general. I’ve mulled over this topic since Wickens’s accident. I wondered if the Indianapolis 500 should be the only oval on the schedule. Should ovals be taken off as a whole or should they only run on ovals that restrict their speed naturally like an Iowa or a Richmond due to their size?

I say yes, ovals do need to be a part of the NTT IndyCar schedule because that is what makes IndyCar unique above all other open-wheel disciplines. It isn’t enough to be good at only road courses, but a driver needs to be great at all disciplines IndyCar offers to become a champion.

I believe there is no doubt that we need to make superspeedway racing safer. The cars are more advanced and more reliable than ever. The drivers are perhaps the most adept they have ever been in IndyCar history.

So what else needs to change? To me, it always goes back to the speed that these cars are traveling. We’ve seen numerous adaptations in motorsports to restrict speed like restrictor plates, drag-inducing systems like larger spoilers, or simply lowering the horsepower of the cars.

There is no reason why we can’t do this to IndyCars. And I’ll use this time as a friendly reminder that speed does not equal great racing.

If IndyCar does not derive a solution to making oval racing safer, does this hurt their perspective crops of future drivers? We’ve seen the young talent of Max Chilton opt-out of driving ovals the rest of the year. One has to ask, what are the chances of more younger drivers opting out as well.

Not to mention, IndyCar owners seem to be going international with their driver findings with Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist as prime examples. Many of whom have never driven ovals before. Do these incidents deter established international drivers from thinking about a career in IndyCar? It would be a shame to have a few full-time drivers because of this.

At some point, IndyCar needs to refill the driver pool. Names of Dixon, Power, and Bourdais are not getting any younger, and we need to explore if this really is becoming a problem in gaining and developing IndyCar talent.

This was the final year of a three-year contract between Pocono and IndyCar. For some, the race should continue. For others, Pocono may have outlived its usefulness for the series. For me, let’s come back to the historic track when we can slow these cars down.

Scott Masom

photo credit: motorsport.com