The Verizon IndyCar Series is entering the business end of the 2016 season, with five races in the next eight weeks there are still a lot questions that need to be answered for example can Will Power catch team mate Simon Pagenaud?
Will Josef Newgarden finish the season in the top three? The attention right now is on the race for the championship but further down the standings there are plenty of fights going on with everyone from sixth back to 10th or even 12th still in with a chance of a top five finish.
As the Honda Indy Toronto last weekend showed, one race can have a huge impact on how the championship looks.
The Verizon IndyCar Series is different compared to say Formula One as when you attend a Formula One race you can be pretty much guaranteed that barring any mechanical issues or team mates running into each other the chances are extremely high that a Mercedes driver will win.
For example, in 2016 the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have won nine of the ten races so far with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen the only other winner this season having won in Spain in May.
In the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 however we have had seven different winners in 11 races coming from four different teams with Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti Autosport, KVSH Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing all taking to victory lane this season. Josef Newgarden is currently in fifth place in the series points standings on 344 points however both himself and Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly will miss the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway as the pair retired from the abandoned race last month.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay is currently in 12th place in the standing’s on 282 points so theoretically every driver from fifth down to could move up a place as it is unlikely that at this stage in the championship that Penske or Ganassi with Dixon will have any major issues but this is the Verizon IndyCar Series so never say never.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe heads to the next race at Mid-Ohio following a strong podium finish in Toronto where the home crowd helped him to score his second podium of the season so the Mayor Of HinchTown will be one to watch.
Scott Dixon will also be one to watch as the reigning series champion had dreadful luck in Toronto as the cautions came out at the wrong time for the New Zealander who had dominated the weekend taking pole and leading the majority of the race before coming home in eighth place.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball will also be one to watch as he is in ninth place in standings just five points behind Hinchcliffe.
The final five races of the season feature no street circuit lay-outs with the remaining events on the calendar either ovals or permanent race tracks such as Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
Graham Rahal goes into next weekend’s event at Mid-Ohio as the defending race winner so he will be hoping for a similar result this year having had a somewhat disappointing season compared to last season. In 2016, Rahal’s best result is a second place at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.