It's been quite the week in Indycar.
What better venue to make people stop whining about Barnhart, Danica, the rules, Danica, Will Power's tantrum, Danica, the finish at New Hampshire and Danica than a race in wine country? Okay, so this race historically has been a snoozer at times since there are so few places for overtaking at Sears Point. Last year however it wasn't so bad with the vast difference in Red/Black tires, Dan Wheldon on his head and not even making the start, Simona De Silvestro trying to send Rafa Matos skyward, and Danica's little dispute with Sato. With the double-file restarts it's almost a guarantee Turns 1 and 2 will be a nightmare (if they even make it that far, right Danny boy?).
Who will be the ones to watch Sunday?
THE FAVORITE (BEST PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER): WILL POWER
An angry Will Power is a motivated Will Power. A motivated Will Power on a roadcourse he's already won on is almost a mortal lock. Just make sure he stays far away from Brian Barnhart.
THE BEST OF THE REST (BEST NON-PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER): RYAN HUNTER-REAY
The new trend in Indycar may be going on probation to improve your skills. He's been a fixture on the podium ever since Dean Barnhart put him on double-secret probation. It is good for the soul, after all.
THE MILKA DUNO BACKMARKER AWARD: DANICA PATRICK
Just for old time's sake. Don't worry…just two more twisties after this and you're home free. If Mother Nature hits Baltimore with Hurricane Irene hard enough, maybe only one?