INDYCAR: Friday Pre-Race Preview (Toronto)

Always dropping the gloves Tie Domi style....

Supposedly, Canadians are our "friendly neighbors to the north".  REALLY?  These same "friendly" neighbors are the ones who gave to the world ice hockey, Tie Domi and Paul Tracy.  Last year the Toronto Grand Prix turned out to be anything but friendly as well.  IndyCar racing that day was a contact sport with so much punting and then what followed was a different kind contact all together: drivers (and their wives) bitching at each other on Twitter.

So, what will the 2011 version (with the double-file restarts) give to us?  If the other street races are any indication, there could be even MORE contact this time around.  Uh-oh.  Which drivers should you keep an eye out for amongst the madness?

 

THE FAVORITE (BEST PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER):  WILL POWER

Ah, the return of the road/street courses mean one thing:  POWER.  Once again this guy is the one to beat.  The question though is has he fully recovered from his concussion at Iowa?  If the symptoms reoccur and he has to miss the race well "s*** man that's not good".

 

THE BEST OF THE REST (BEST NON-PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER):  JUSTIN WILSON

This guy won the pole for the race last year and nearly won it.  You KNOW this guy had this race circled on his calendar.  Nobody looks forward to the road courses more than this guy.  However, he wasn't all that strong on the road courses earlier in the season….

 

THE MILKA DUNO BACKMARKER AWARD:  EJ VISO

Despite showing some life on the ovals, it's the road courses where he tends to hit anything that moves (and anything that doesn't, like the wall).  A majority of the practice/qualifying/race sessions in the first stint of road courses this year has seen him bring out the yellow flags in bunches.

Perhaps he's settled down.

I doubt it.

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