For the second straight year, the drivers of the IndyCar Series descended on Edmonton’s City Centre Airport to run one of the best tracks on the ICS calendar. The 1.96 mile airport circuit is among the favourite circuits for drivers and fans alike. So let’s take a look at how the events unfolded on track and what the drivers and teams thought of the race on Twitter.
The race was destined to be dominated by Penske if you based it on the qualifying results. The three Penske drivers swept the first three spots on the grid led by Will Power followed by Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves. The Canadian contingent was going to have to work a near miracle to get a win. Paul Tracy qualified 9th while Alex Tagliani would have to claw his way up from 17th.
When the green dropped, it was green for almost the entire 95 lap race. Only a full-course caution coming out on lap 94 prevented it from being a flag-to-flag race under green. But the race could have had a yellow off the start. Hideki Mutoh got spun in turn one by Mike Conway and Paul Tracy spun teammate Mario Moraes (who was forced to retire from the crash damage).
From there, the race was relatively quiet and incident free. There was a scary moment on lap 34 when a splash of fuel ignited on Tony Kanaan’s car. The Panther Racing and Team Penske crews all rushed to Kanaan’s aid to put the fire out and help him from the car. Kanaan suffered some relatively minor burns to his hands and face as a result of the fire and was forced to retire from the race.
Meanwhile, Power had checked out on the field and was never really challenged all day. Behind him, Scott Dixon was able to get second from Castroneves and Briscoe on the second round of pitstops. However, Helio and Dixon split lapped traffic into the Turn 11 hairpin and passed Dixon for second. Dixon held on to third place and gave him a 3 point lead over teammate Dario Franchitti in the points standings. The race ended when Tomas Scheckter hit the wall on the exit of the left-hand Turn 10 to bring out the caution. The one full lap of caution was the lowest caution laps in a race in the history of the IndyCar Series. The Scheckter crash also meant that there hasn’t been a caution free ICS race in the history of the series dating back to 1996.
The Canadian contingent had a respectable day. Tracy’s first lap run-in with Moraes didn’t slow him down. He finished in sixth place up from his ninth place starting position. Alex Tagliani was able to move up four spots to finish in 13th.
Tweets From Drivers
Mario Moraes (@mariomoraesindy) – Have a team mate like this for what ? better dont have any one ..
[SM: If you ask me, his collision with Tracy was one of those racing deals.]
Scott Dixon (@scottdixon9) – Scott makes it 6 straight Top-5 finishes with a 3rd place finish at Edmonton today. He moves back into 1st place in the standings by 3pts.
[SM: Clearly written by a ghost writer.]
Tomas Scheckter (@tomasscheckter) – What weekend. Positive side was that the monavie people here in cananda hasve been so supportive thank you all. — We had decent start moved up couple places. Until we had a shock go. Had to come to pits and change shock. — Got back out car was handling decent we could keep a good pace compared to the front runners. With couple laps to go had huge moment. — Just want to thank all you guys for support wish I could have give a better show. Looking forward to be back on high speed oval. 3 wide 🙂
[SM: This was a series of four tweets.]
Paul Tracy (@paultracy3) – had a ok day . staRTED WITH TOO MUCH FRONT TIRE PRESURE , thinking there would be some yellow , and cooked the front tires — lost touch with the leaders . but made it better after that . had a lonly race . dario was 12sec ahead rahal 13 behind . had tots of time to — about the deal with mario and i feel very bad for him .. i got inside him , and he did not see me and turned in . i went up on the curb to not touch him but we made contact . he so badly wants a good result , wich he deserves. he is very mad and told the team he does not to talk to me . but i want him to know that it was not intentional . i was there and he did not see me . . i will give him a day or 2 to cool off . and try to call him . i have had many teamates and raced hard with them . and its just racing . at the end of the day its better to have friends than be mad . and hate everbody . thx
[SM: This was a series of seven tweets.]
Ryan Hunter-Reay (@RyanHunterReay) – another hard day, ran as high as 10th, after the last stop was 12th then tagged the wall with the rear wing and lost 5 spots to finsih 17th
Tweets From Teams
KV Racing Technologies (@kvracing) [#5 Moraes, #15 Tracy] – Race has started, Lap 1 Mario got hit by team mate PT and broke his driveshaft
Vision Racing (@VisionRacing) [#20 Carpenter] – Congrats to Will Power + crew. 20 car was okay on reds. Ran good times on last stint. Gotta take some positives home with us. P16
Luczo Dragon Racing (@luczodragon) [#2 Matos] – Rafa finishes 18 after the tough break at the start — The damage at the start spoiled what could’ve been a great day. When he got back in the race he posted the 4th fastest lap of the day — Rafa had the most passes too — Needless to say Rafa was disappointed in result.
[SM: This was a series of four tweets.]
1. #12 Will Power
2. #3 Helio Castroneves
3. #9 Scott Dixon
4. #6 Ryan Briscoe
5. #10 Dario Franchitti
6. #15 Paul Tracy
7. #02 Graham Rahal
8. #18 Justin Wilson
9. #06 Robert Doornbos (-1 lap)
10. #26 Marco Andretti (-1 lap)
11. #7 Danica Patrick (-1 lap)
12. #13 E.J. Viso (-1 lap)
13. #34 Alex Tagliani (-1 lap)
14. #27 Hideki Mutoh (-1 lap)
15. #4 Dan Wheldon (-1 lap)
16. #20 Ed Carpenter (-2 laps)
17. #14 Ryan Hunter-Reay (-8 laps)
18. #2 Rafael Matos (-10 laps)
19. #23 Tomas Scheckter (DNF, -22 laps)
20. #24 Mike Conway (-32 laps)
21. #11 Tony Kanaan (DNF, -61 laps)
22. #98 Richard Antinucci (DNF, -75 laps)
23. #5 Mario Moraes (DNF, -95 laps)