Monday, August 8, 2011

Quick Mid-Ohio Notes

I'll be back to a full posting schedule tomorrow, but I wanted to touch base on a few things very quickly this morning:

-Congrats to Scott Dixon on his first win of the season at Mid-Ohio. We all knew it was coming at some point, and he really pulled away at the end to dominate this one. Let's not forget Ryan Hunter-Reay's podium, either; he might be on probation, but he's really turned his season around in the past 3 races.

-James Hinchcliffe missed a key opportunity to gain points on JR Hildebrand in the Rookie of the Year standings yesterday. He could have gained 20 points on JR, but instead he had to settle for only 2 after his later mistake.

-Speaking of rookies, congrats to Plowey for finishing his first IndyCar race (P18). Charlie Kimball was one mistake away from a Top 10, but looked better overall this weekend than he's looked in some time. It won't show in the results, but James Jakes looked a lot smoother overall this weekend. He's been making some progress, though it's largely outside the public eye, it seems.

-We'll find out soon if Justin Wilson is, in fact, out for the remainder of the year. You've got to feel bad for JW, who is a really nice guy as well as an amazing road racer. Whether it's Simon Pagenaud (nice job finishing P13 in his relief outing Sunday) or someone else who takes over for him for these next races, Dreyer & Reinbold's season has not been what it wanted.

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