|Mark it down: the 48 team is back|
In Saturday’s race, Jimmy Johnson and company figured out the secret to All-Star success. Win the pit stop competition and get your pick of pit locations. Win the first segment and you’re the first on pit road. Then just stay out of trouble and save your tires. Easier said than done. But that’s exactly what Johnson and team accomplished.
Write it down. This is a turning point for the 48 car. They’ve got their mojo back.
In general, the racing was good. None of the bashing and crashing promoted heavily in the pre-race show, but that’s not what fans really want anyway. Just some pretty good racing. Certainly better than the All-Star shows in almost any other sport.
At Indy, there’s a full field of 33 cars after two days of qualifying – barely. There were no bump attempts, no car jumping, none of the drama of past years. The final two qualifiers, both equipped with Lotus engines, were well off the pace. The fastest lap by the 33rd qualifier, Jean Alesi, was nearly 16 mph slower than the pole sitter. Afterward he said he thought the speed spread was “unsafe.”
There’s a move afoot to allow the Lotus engines to run higher boost levels than the Chevrolet and Honda engines. Worst possible idea. Will Power said the situation was “bloody dangerous” and suggested the Lotus engine should be allowed to run more boost in the race or parked.
Well then park them. What we need is more innovation and competition, not more managed competition.