Photo: The field lines up in turn 15 for the start of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
First, I want to thank Kyle McIness for the great photos he provided for The Pit Window this weekend.
A few final thoughts:
I watched the replay of the race last evening. I’m not sure what Grosjean was doing with Rahal, but the second seemed unnecessary. Grosjean’s move on Colton Herta was even more egregious, as he tried to pin him against the pit wall. The move was not something a driver should do to anyone, but especially not to a teammate.
While the race was processional at the front of the pack, there was a lot of good action at the back.
I like the happy Pato O’Ward better than the pouty Pato.
Alex Palou is the Iceman 2.0.
Inside the Stats
I broke down some performance indicators for the first four races. The results indicate a very competitive season so far. What many feared would a team Penske runaway may not be the case. Here are some random categories chosen by The Pit Window panel of experts. (Me):
Will Power 4
Alex Palou 3
Josef Newgarden, Scott McLaughlin, Scott Dixon, and Pato O’Ward 2 each
Newgarden, McLaughlin 2 each
Five drivers tied with 2:
Rinus VeeKay, Alexander Rossi, Felix Rosenqvist, Palou, McLaughlin
Rinus VeeKay 75
Josef Newgarden 37
Colton Herta 28
Christian Lundgaard 57
Kyle Kirkwood 46
David Malukas 44
Callum Ilott 37
Devlin DeFrancesco 33
Tatiana Calderon 25
Tomorrow, May coverage at IMS begins. This week I will talk about three former winners who don’t get a lot of mentions when 500 winners are discussed. I have a personal connection to each of these drivers.