Three drivers who needed a good result got the best results possible. Takuma Sato, maligned as the cause of the first lap crash at Pocono; Ed Carpenter, in his final race of the year and some questioning whether he should step out of the car; and Tony Kanaan, whose best finish to date was a quiet eighth, stood proudly on the podium after The Bommarito Automotive Group 500.
Each of these drivers needed a good finish and they couldn’t have asked for more.
Josef Newgarden placed more distance between himself and his closest rivals.
Santino Ferrucci had the drive of the day. He led the most laps and made some incredible passes. It’s a shame the pit stops and yellows fell the way they did.
There was a great four way battle for the lead in the middle of the race with Ferrucci, Sebastien Bourdais, Newgarden, and Rossi.
In spite of all the yellows, some of which were a bit too long, this was a great race. The race had lots of passing, on track lead changes, pit strategy, and a close finish.
Sato has had a strange season- strong early, then a terrible middle, then he rebounds with another win. He has two wins and a pole in this weird season.
Conor Daly grabs another top ten. I hope Carlin puts him in the car full time next year. He again shows that he can get the most out of a car.
Carpenter finishes his oval season with two straight top tens and three overall.
I can’t remember a race in which Will Power finished last and Scott Dixon finished 20th. Dixon’s chance of winning the title may have suffered a fatal blow tonight.
Ferrucci now leads the rookie standings by two points over Felix Rosenqvist.
Five drivers in the top ten started 17th or worse.
I will update this post later.
Thanks for following along the last two days.