OBSERVATIONS: Bommarito Automotive Group 500

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Side-by-side battles for position is normally why fans tune into oval racing for the Verizon IndyCar Series. However, Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park turned more into a game of strategy.

Through the first half of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, it appeared that passing was at a premium due to no second groove. Various drivers tried to make moves up there, but ultimately fell back a couple positions due to getting the marbles on the tires. Needless to say, it was a very dirty section of the track.

When there was a caution just before the final run to the checkered with 60 laps to go, the officials brought out the sweeper to clean it up. This allowed for more passing to occur, with Will Power and Ed Jones both making some breathtaking moves during the process.

Before the yellow flag, though, it appeared strategy was going to win out with the driver whom was able to go three stops rather than four visiting victory lane. However, the clean track and pure speed of the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet allowed Will Power to overcome an additional pit stop late compared to Alexander Rossi to score the victory.

Rossi’s ability to save fuel at the end is worse an applause, as his ability to hit the fuel number in a discipline matter despite fast cars all around him proved to not be easy. He was rewarded for his efforts, too, finishing second to close just that little more on Scott Dixon for the championship lead. With double points up for grabs at Sonoma Raceway, every thing you can get will matter there.

Rossi should also be applauded for his ability behind the wheel as a driver in the save that he made off of turn two when he went up into the upper groove.

Another individual that needs to be applauded is the man who played the adult game of Frogger, and managed to cross the road without any issues. The safety official was retrieving a piece of debris that was dropped during pit stops, and well, the replay says it all.

As IndyCar states that they are set to review and continue to further safety initiatives following Robert Wickens’ wreck, here’s a place to also look at, too. You’d think that there’d be better rules in place to protect people as this could’ve been worse very quickly.

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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