Quick Thoughts- Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Photo by Kyle McIness

Youth ruled the weekend. 21 year old Rinus VeeKay won the pole and dominated the first part of the race. 22 year old Pato O’Ward won the race, passing VeeKay in turn following the final pit stop. The average of the podium-22.7 years. The Fast Six yesterday had an average age of 26.6, thanks to old guys who are 30 years old.

Pato O’Ward

Alex Palou earned his 12th podium and has taken the p[oints lead by three over Scott McLaughlin.

There was no better driver on track today than Will Power. He started 19th and finished fourth. Power has finished in the top four in all four races.

Andretti Autosport had another good day spoiled. Alexander Rossi had a solid fourth place pretty much locked up until a slow second pit stop. Colton Herta charged to the top ten but spun attempting to make a pass.

The drivers trying a three stop strategy were thwarted by Callum Ilott’s untimely spin and the caution it brought. Josef Newgarden was hurt the most by the yellow flag.

Will the Chevy dominance continue through the end of May? The engine has won every race in 2022. Honda is close, but just enough behind to not get a win.

Not only did Team Penske not win a race for the first time this season, but the team missed the podium for the first time.

The rookies suffered their worst race of the season. Christian Lundgaard was the highest first year finisher in 15th.

Is Rossi returning to his villain role? There was a minor incident with Graham Rahal late in the race.

While the front of the field was basically static, there were some good battles deeper in the field. Herta did not pass cars easily. It was fun watching Power move forward.

Scott Dixon missed the podium at Barber for the first time in 12 races.

Felix Rosenqvist once again didn’t take advantage of a good qualifying, finishing 16th.

I will have more on the Barber weekend tomorrow. Thanks for following along this weekend.

2 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts- Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

  1. I think you can count on Rosenquist to be out of the McLaren next year. Pitiful performance. Rahal got “plunked” by Grosjean. Good racing though.


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