Sunday, September 2, 2007

Two Quick Predictions For Today

I can't believe I totally forgot about this morning's Champ Car race in the Netherlands. Well, truth is...between yesterday's five football games, two baseball games, golf, and a west coast Busch race that ended after 1:00 A.M., getting up at seven to watch a Champ Car race isn't exactly dangling a carrot. Besides, I would've tanked the prediction. Someone besides Sebastien Bourdais won (congratulations to Justin Wilson, a very fine driver in his own right and a guy who'll contend for the championship next year). On to today...

The largely untried and refurbished Belle Isle circuit will be the big x-factor today as the Indy Cars take to the streets in Detroit. Promoters love street races because you can throw a big party, schedule a concert, and turn out a gigantic crowd that will look good on TV. However, the racing itself usually pretty much sucks. On the opposite end of the scale, the Nextel Cup guys will be racing on one of their favorite tracks. California lends itself to side-by-side racing with plenty of room in the middle. It's a great track to play it safe on...and with so many guys trying to protect their positions in the Chase, I'm not expecting a great show. Coming down to crunch time in the point standings I'm going with the hot hands (or, in this case, hot shoes) in each series:

Detroit Indy Grand Prix at Bell Isle

1. Scott Dixon
2. Dario Franchitti
3. Tony Kanaan

Sharp AQUOS 500 at California Speedway

1. Kurt Busch
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Jeff Gordon

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