The Beginning / The End

Right.

Start a blog where you’ll focus your thoughts on Indycar. But start it the week of the season finale.

Smart, I think.

But inspiration is inspiration.

The IZOD Indycar Series ends this weekend in Fontana, California. Ryan Hunter-Reay will win his first championship after a well-documented journeymen’s career up to this point. Or Will Power will win his first championship after placing runner-up the last two seasons.

It’ll be the culmination of one of the best seasons of Indycar racing in the past decade or so. Maybe not the best in terms of theatricality. That honor probably rests with the titanic battles between Will Power and Dario Franchitti the previous two seasons. The sway, from race to race. The hunt. Advantage Power. Advantage Franchitti. The winner-take-all finish. Even with outliers in contention for each title in the form of the Ryan Briscoes and Helio Castroneves’ and Scott Dixons, observers of the sport knew it would come down to Will and Dario.

This season saw Will jump to an early advantage that he’d ride till the midseason, where Ryan Hunter-Reay began his charge – at one point holding the points-lead ahead of Power. Power approaches Fontana with a 17-point lead in hand and a myriad of scenarios in which he clinches the title and Hunter-Reay does not. What sets this championship apart from the previous two is the late emergence of the contender to Will Power. What makes this season one of the best hasn’t been the build-up or the overarching storylines, but the on-track performances.

What makes this season great has been what we call show up for; the racing.

Maybe we’ll stop there, with no clear objective or point to this initial post. I’m okay with that. I wanted to write something. I’ve got ideas jotted down and themes I’d like to try and approach. This feels incomplete but now the ball has begun to roll.

Christopher

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