It's an immutable law of the modern Indycar Series calendar that whatever size it is, there is always a gap in the schedule into which you can squeeze a race at the Indianapolis road course like so much wood filler. Well, fill away! The most exciting thing about this weekend, aside from the ongoing and highly amusing saga of Alex Palou and the elastic McLaren roster, is the highly congested championship table:
1. Marcus Ericsson 403
2. Will Power 395 (-8)
3. Josef Newgarden 369 (-34)
4. Scott Dixon 369 (-34)
5. Pato O'Ward 367 (-36)
6. Alex Palou 359 (-44)
2015 Juan Pablo Montoya analogue Marcus Ericsson is holding off the competition with a gradually shrinking championship lead, with Will Power (he's only finished outside the top 4 three times this year) the most plausible, or at any rate most consistent challenger. Scott Dixon followed up a breakthrough(?) win in Toronto with a pair of top fives in Iowa, and now he is less than a win away from his Ganassi teammate too. A first and a second at Iowa for O'Ward has put him within striking distance too. There are somehow only five Indycar races remaining this year ( ) so they'd better make them count. Someone who may not do so is Josef Newgarden, whose very promising Iowa weekend turned to disappointing mush and a possible concussion following a damper failure and crash in race 2. Will he be racing on Saturday? Depends what the doctor says. Popular Sicilian urchin Santino Ferrucci stands ready to jump in Josef's Penske, just in case he's needed. Prepare yourselves.
Schedule? It's very brief. Friday sees a practice session at 9.30am and then straight into qualfiying at 1pm. Saturday contains a morning warm-up at 8.15 and the race some time around noon. That's US Eastern time so add on 5 hours for the UK. Sound good? It does.