IndyCar Drivers At Texas: Keep The Packs At Bay
Will Power says the place for 'wankers' is at the rear of the packs at places like Texas. (INDYCAR/LAT USA)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s annual aero package conundrum for Texas Motor Speedway likely won’t be solved at the end of a two-day Firestone tire test on Thursday. But any open-wheel fan longing for a return to pack racing with “grandma” and assorted “wankers” needs to get up-to-speed.
“That’s not going to happen,” reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan declared after hot-lapping during Wednesday morning’s opening session. The Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race on Saturday, June 7, is 51 days away. But on Wednesday, the high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval was the focus of 18 drivers who participated in the season’s first oval-track open test.
“With the way the formula is – was – I don’t know if they’re going to change it,” series point-leader Will Power said in reference to the sanctioning body. “As long as it’s not pack racing, it’s fine. As soon as you start pack racing you can have your grandma running on your outside rear, it takes all the talent away and creates this dangerous situation of cars all packed-up and you get what we had in Vegas. If they put it all back in the driver’s hands and the good drivers are at the front where they should be and the wankers are at the back, it’s fine.”
“Tell us how you really feel,” joked Juan Pablo Montoya, who has joined Power and Helio Castroneves at Team Penske after a seven-year tenure in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. “I absolutely agree.”
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