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by Cliff Tanner
Owner and Host, Radio Speek Talk
Have to start this blog with a Hee Haw song parody. Keep in mind this is Roger Penske and Will Power singing this.
“Where or where were you tonight?’
‘Why did you leave me here all alone?’
‘I searched the world over and’
‘thought I found an IRL Championship’
‘But I crashed another and thpppppt you was gone’
Sorry was my best raspberry impersonation.
Always a bride’s maid, never a bride.
Alright, alright I’ll stop. I can’t seem to help it. Just a couple of hours ago the Izod Indy Car Championship was decided.
Penske Racing’s Will Power came into the final race with a 17 point over Andretti Motorsports’ Ryan Hunter. Power qualified third. Hunter-Reay 17.Now granted Power was hit with a grid penalty for changing engines. Still he started the race 8 positions in front of Hunter-Reay.
Let us take a step back for some back story here. Now first of all this is the seventh year in a row the Izod Indy Championship was going to be decided the last race. This was also a milestone because we all knew with all his problems this year Dario Franchetti was not going to win his fourth championship in a row. What did that mean you ask? Well it also guaranteed a first time winner in this year’s championship.
The second part of the story is this; This also ensured Will Power his third straight chance for the Champ’s trophy. Two years ago he spins out and crashes to drop out of the championship. Last year he was racing for the championship and with the unfortunate fatal crash of Dan Wheldon he was caught up in the big crash. He ended up with a broken back. It turned out that they didn’t even have to finish the race to finish runner-up.
The old adage of the third times a charm you would think would be in play here. But noooooooo (Steve Martin early days come into play here and voice inflection). The third time is a charm only works in fairy tale land. Seriously.
The only thing the third time did was to make sure Will Power finished second for the third time in a row. We have to go back and say this; this has to be right up there with Mark Martin finishing second many times in NASCAR, the Vikings and Bills in their quest to end the four game winless streak in Super Bowls and last but not least the Cubs not winning the World Series for 102 years.
Another thought has to come to the mind of Power and is this; ‘is this just a fantasy or escape from reality, open your eyes and what did I see? not an IRL Championship (yes a Queen song brought this to mind).
Okay okay. I get it. Stop. Sorry ADD kicking in. Hell it’s 2:00 in the morning. Plus it’s my blog. LOL I can do what I want.
If you haven’t figured it out the first American since 2006 was crowned the champion this day. What are serious? Power won? Come on Power comes from down under. It was Hunter-Reay.
The man who ironically down by 17 points and started the race in 17th place comes out and passes Power to win the championship.
Power spun and crashing his chance to become the Champion and his car. He was back in the garage and finished 25th out of 26 cars. Hey but that’s not all he still had a chance to win the coveted trophy.
Ryan Hunter-Reay had to finish the race in fifth or higher to become the champ. But however this did not come without drama. OOHHH the DRAMA! With nine laps left Tony Kaanan who crashed with nine laps left crashed hard into the wall. This of course brought out the caution as Hunter-Reay moved into fifth place to put him up by one point. A foot note here is that Helio Castroneves came in to pit and put on four fresh tires in hopes of passing Ryan to help Power still win the championship. What you say? Teammates don’t help each other? Better look again Mr. IRL fan.
Well the IZOD and their powers that be decided to red flag the race. Why kill the drama under yellow? Funny thing was watching the words come out of Michael Andretti’s mouth and surprisingly clean. Well at least the part they showed. I know if I was the owner a few expletives would be flying out of my mouth and maybe some other things. Which brings up another point. Does IZOD Indy Car need to go to green-white-checker. Wait, that’s another blog topic.
So as the restart comes Hunter-Reay moves up as high as third. Meanwhile Castro eves is flying through the field hoping to put Ryan back down the sixth. Only problem was is that he drove it to hard and ended up in the wall on the last lap.
‘Win one for the gripper’ is quickly losing patience with Mr. Will Power. Have to feel sorry for the man but you have to win or at least be smart about it. Maybe it is time to call in Dr. Phil. No wait if I was Power and Dr. Phil said, “It’s not about you,” I would probably, no wait I would kill him.
I really don’t even know how the man can be helped. I have said time and time again when you are in a situation like that you have to have a clear mind to get it done. It appears that at times that he is too careful. Doing that can bite you in the butt ask the Cubs they will tell you.
Congrats go out to Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Motorsports. Hey here is a thought. You think Andretti Motorsports is going to invade NASCAR now? Well come on now that was the rumor earlier in the year. Also Hunter-Reay just signed a two year extension. Not bad for a guy who was ride less just two years ago.
The Championship was Ryan’s first but was Andretti Motorsports fourth. Again congrats.
Oh yeah Ed Carpenter made a great pass on the last lap past Franchitti to win. Congrats on the win Eddie. Awesome.
As for Power? Well maybe a visit to the Dr. Phil show will make you win the trophy next year.
I’m outta here