Towards the end of March, before the cars ever roared to life at St. Petersburg, no IndyCar fan was quite sure what to expect this season. Would the racing be staid, with one team dominating all others, or would we see the smaller teams able to rise? Would the new package encourage passing, or see us consigned to a season of relative parades?
With a flash forward to September, we know all of these types of questions were answered in an overwhelmingly positive fashion for fans, but one question lingers: who will be our 2012 champion? It comes down to Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay, in one race to decide it all. Of course, that's hardly the only championship on the line.
That's right--by the end of this week, we'll know both who are IZOD IndyCar Series champion is, as well as who will walk away with the Firestone Indy Lights title (and resultant scholarship). Additionally, Ryan Hunter-Reay will seek to win his first A.J. Foyt Oval Trophy, with Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe, and Helio Castroneves all among those vying for the same honor.
With it being Championship Week, we plan to have a different article up each day here at IndyCar Advocate, ranging from interviews to previews and other title coverage. It should be a great week, and I hope you enjoy everything planned.
In the meantime, you can check out my article on Ryan Hunter-Reay at INDYCAR Nation, my part in MoreFrontWing's roundtable of championship predictions, and also my Point/Counterpoint with MFW's Steph Wallcraft on which driver will walk away with the title.
So make your picks: Power or Hunter-Reay in IndyCar, Vautier or Guerrieri in Lights. Settle in for a 500-mile slugfest this weekend. If you're on Twitter, remember your #MAVTV500, #TeamPower, and #TeamRHR hashtags to show your allegiance. Get excited--get those fantasy picks in for one last go-round. Get the viewing party going. With this being our last IndyCar racing weekend until the spring, let's make it a great one. The scene is certainly set for it...