The Motegi oval hasn't really produced a memorable or exciting race (except for ONE) and the name "Snoretegi" gets thrown about. So, with the earthquake damaging the oval the final race at Motegi will be run on the twisty bit. It remains to be seen whether or not that will make the race more interesting, but the near-continuous earthquakes in the area should. Wonder if Barnhart will throw a yellow for an earthquake and revert to the previous non-quaked lap? Will Bridgestone/Firestone build "Quake Tires"?
So with an unknown track, quakes, different time-zone and race-day cheerleaders/mascots(?!?!?) who will race their way to the front? Also who will find themselves off-line with or without the slightest tremor?
THE FAVORITE (BEST PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER): WILL POWER
One practice session is already in the books and guess what? He was fastest. The double-barrel birds at New Hampshire could end up being one of the greatest turning points in racing history if he can pull this off. He's still undefeated since then.
THE BEST OF THE REST (BEST NON-PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER): JAMES HINCHCLIFFE
Why am I predicting a rookie will be the best of the rest? He was one of the quickest in practice. Why was he? VIDEO GAMES.
THE MILKA DUNO BACKMARKER AWARD: EJ VISO
To his credit he drove well learning another new track at Baltimore. NOT to his credit however, he still DNF'ed. Don't worry, EJ...this is the last twisty of the year.