Indycar Racing in Canada, eh?

Johnq SmithyCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2008

The Indycar Series makes its first-ever trip to the fast airport circuit up in Edmonton Canada with the Rexall Edmonton Indy this weekend, also marking the first-ever trip for the Indycar Series itself in Canada.

Of course, the big story is the “catfight” that happened last weekend between the females of the series, Danica Patrick and Milka Duno. The two got into an altercation after a practice in which Duno threw her towel at Patrick twice. The good news is Duno is not racing this weekend, and Patrick can focus solely on the race.

The Penske team is having some fabulous runs lately; last week at Mid-Ohio, the team started one-two with Helio Castroneves on pole and teammate Ryan Briscoe alongside, and the two flipped-flop in the final results, Briscoe taking the victory and Castroneves taking second. This weekend is starting out the same, with Briscoe nabbing the pole and Castroneves taking second.

But, even with the great runs by the Penske team, it is still Scott Dixon on top of the point standings. The good news for the Penske boys is Scott Dixon’s results on road courses have been pretty ho-hum. Dixon has only one top-10 finish on a road course this year, and that was a third last week at Mid-Ohio.

With road courses making up three of the final five races this year, this could make or break the championship for Dixon. But Castroneves can’t rely on Dixon stumbling; he has to get some wins to get himself closer to battling for the title with Dixon.

Edmonton also marks the return of “the Thrill from West Hill,” Paul Tracy. Tracy will be making his first Indycar Series start since the controversial 2002 Indy 500 that saw Castroneves and not Tracy in the victory lane.

"We all want to do well, our expectations are to do well, but I haven't set any type of goal on myself that we have to win the race," Tracy said at a media conference at Edmonton City Centre Airport in advance of the race. “We’re just going to take it step by step every day. From my standpoint, this is my opportunity to get back in the (IndyCar) series."

Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car champion, has a hard time trying to find a ride in the Indycar Series. Tracy drove at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, but has had no luck since, though now things are starting to come together. Tracy hopes that this one-off race with Vision and Walker Racing will lead to bigger things. The race will be live at 5 p.m. Eastern time Saturday on ESPN.

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