An Homage to Past Races at Michigan

Some random thoughts on today’s iRace

Today’s iRace at Michigan International Speedway had many elements of the actual Indycar races that were staged there through 2007. The first lap accident was reminiscent of the start of the U. S. 500 in 1996. The eight lead swaps between Sage Karam and Will Power made it looks as if the cars had the Handford Device added to them. In the end, the race came down to fuel strategy.

Of the nine podium spots in the three races so far, five of them have gone to series non-regulars who have never started a real Indycar race.

This was Will Power’s worst finish in the three races. He would be having a championship type start to his season if these races counted.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s third place was a bit of a shock. he had never raced an Indycar in sim racing before.

Simon Pagenaud’s win from his 22nd starting spot was the mirror image of his win in the Indianapolis 500 last May. He was in full attack mode then. Today he played the waiting game.

Another realistic element today was the Team Penske 1-2 finish. Power gave the team three of the top four spots. Penske cars have won two of the three races to date. Sim imitates life.

The site of next week’s race is yet to be determined.

The box score: