Texas Photo Finish
How can this not be one of the 5? For a race that we all felt was left for dead, the Josef Newgarden vs. Scott McLaughlin end of the race battle that resulted in a photo finish gave Texas life for a potential future being restored.
Scott Dixon’s Indy Pole
The speeds in Indianapolis this year were the highest in 26 years. We’ve not seen speeds like this since the record setting year in 1996. Well, Scott Dixon went 234 mph for his 4-lap average on May 22 to produce the track record in terms of a pole speed. Arie Luyendyk still holds the single lap and 4 lap average records, but neither were on pole day that year.
GMR Grand Prix
This race wasn’t just one single moment, it was an entire race full of moments as what some could consider the best race of the season so far. It rained prior to the race. It stopped. The track dried enough for the drivers to put on slicks. The question early was, how soon was too soon? Whomever could land the right combo first would be rewarded greatly.
That was Colton Herta.
However, it rained again. How long until you ditch the slicks for wets again and how long could you stay on wets before going back to slicks if needed?
This race was chaotic and everything good for an entertainment standpoint.
Romain Grosjean vs. Takuma Sato in St. Pete. Grosjean vs. Graham Rahal in Barber. Teammate on teammate crime between Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou in Road America. Then teammate on teammate crime Part 2 in Mid-Ohio between the entire four driver lineup at Andretti Autosport. There’s been no shortage of feuding this season in the series and that’s honestly great for the sport for storylines.
Rossi Chasing Down Will Power In Belle Isle
This was another fun end of the race moment to witness. Will Power hit pit lane for the final time 35.781-seconds up on Alexander Rossi. He exited 16.079-seconds.
20 laps, 16 seconds.
3 laps later, it was down to 14.9507-seconds. 2 laps after that the lead was down to 12.6534-seconds. However, this is where Power won this race. His lead held steady. On Lap 58, it was still 11.7301-seconds. On Lap 60, it grew to 12.0130-seconds.
10 laps into his stint, his lead only dropped .6-seconds.
On Lap 63, he led Rossi by 10.0512-seconds. With 5 to go, it was down to 8.2928-seconds. With 3 to go it was 6.5551-seconds. A lap later, it was 5.1271-seconds. By the white though, Rossi had chopped the lead to 2.4652-seconds.
2.35-miles, 2.4 seconds.
Power narrowly held the hard charging Rossi off by 1.0027-seconds.