Editor’s note to IndyCar drivers: I triple-dog-dare you to put on a show at Mid-Ohio like you did at Kentucky. I realize this will be difficult with Milka Duno on the track, but you like a challenge, don’t you?
Speaking of a challenge, the weather seems to be the unpredictable factor for this weekend. It will be interesting to see how the rain and heat affect both the slickness of the track and the choice of tires. I’m excited to see the continuation of the “overtake assistance” button, as well as the various optional downforce adjustments. We shall see…
My first pick is Castroneves. I like Helio for this race because he’s been the pole-sitter for the past two years, and on a track where there’s not a lot of opportunities to pass, it’s critical to be at the front. Castroneves is itching for a win, and even if he doesn’t get it, he’ll be so happy in his post-race interview that you’ll believe that he did.
I like Justin Wilson for a podium finish this week as well. Wilson proved his road-course skills at The Glen this season, and has continued to race strong since. His practice times have shown him to be a contender and I think he’s got a good shot at giving Dale Coyne his “second-best moment of the past 25 years.”
Finally, because of the home-court advantage, I like Graham Rahal. This course is in the Graham-burglar’s backyard (so close, in fact, that Graham’s family hosted a team cookout at their home this week. Awww, Rahals, how yuppie of you). But in addition to Graham’s backyard barbeque skills, he’s been turning in some good finishes so far this season, and I think Mid-Ohio might just be his first ’09 victory.
No matter what, I want you to remember that this is the course where Milka launched her gloves at Danica last year. And even though Tomas Scheckter is not racing at Mid-Ohio this weekend, he will be attending to cheer on his friends and teammates. So riddle me this, Batman: What are the odds that when Milka throws in the towel after being 15 laps down, she and T-Scheck could have their own glove-throwing competition in the paddock? Discuss.