INDIANAPOLIS – The second part of the Verizon IndyCar Series season begins now. From the end of last year’s Indianapolis 500 until now, life has been all about the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Now, it’s time to quickly get past this near record setting race somehow and prepare for the rest of the season.
Yes, the 100th running is now behind us. All the hype and attention is now in the rear view mirror as we look toward the doubleheader in Belle Isle. That is a weekend that could really make or break the rest of the season as two full points paying races will make the contenders or pretenders.
With points for qualifying for the Indy 500 and double points today, it really shaped up the points standings as whoever can adapt the best will be in the drivers seat for this year’s championship.
After all, that’s the thing that matters now.
Honda showed they can really close the gap with Chevy now as the not only won their first pole since 2014, but they dominated the Indy 500.
Last year, Chevy led 193 of the 200 Laps in the ‘500, but this year, Honda led 129 of the 200. Mix that with them only leading 40 of the 612 laps entering today, and you can see why this championship is wide open.
James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi and Carlos Munoz are all in the top seven in the standings heading into Belle Isle as we have an intense battle on our hands as our attention turns to the rest of the season now.
Lets hope the fans stay too.