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I can understand IndyCar wanting to get their season done at this point in the year. Saturday night, even some die-hard Indy fans I know back in the Midwest were grumbling on Facebook about having to choose between the Fontana race and the start of college football. I keep hearing that IndyCar wants to do an overseas "mini-season" in the late winter and early spring, to get themselves out of hibernation sooner. Do you think that's really going to happen?
As promised, here's my Sarah Fisher story from Saturday night: And here's another link for you all, a video of how the one restart of the race looked from my seat: Have they said anything about the race attendance? I thought the crowd was much bigger than the last Fontana race I went to in 2003, but not as big as the 1998 CART race, which I also went to.
I was there, and I was really surprised how entertaining the race was, even with no caution flags to keep the field bunched up. I thought there was plenty of back-and-forth, with guys coming to the front and falling back and then catching up again. It was a really good show. There was plenty of stuff for the fans, too - a concert, a motorcycle jumping demonstration, a wrestling demonstration (uh, I didn't stick around for that part). The most popular attraction was probably the misters, though, because it was freakin' hot. Auto Club members (like me) got free garage and pit passes with their tickets. The garages at Fontana have a raised walkway down the middle, which is awesome because it allows you to go in and see the people working on the cars. I still have a blog entry of my own to write about my encounter with Sarah Fisher. I'll come back and post a link to it. For now, though, I'll mention that I spotted the Fisher/O'Gara kids hanging out in the garage area, being taken around by one set of their grandparents. Zoey already has her own toddler-sized set of hearing-protection headphones, and she was actually carried into the garage at one point. They kept Daniel out in the stroller, but it was still plenty noisy, and yet he slept soundly the whole time. Only a few weeks old, and he's already used to engine noise. :-)
Good run for Josef Newgarden - if I'm not mistaken, 11th is the best non-oval finish for Sarah Fisher (Hartman) Racing since Graham Rahal raced for them at St. Petersburg. And he even got some airtime!
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Mar 25, 2012