The signs that OAK Racing
could reach Victory Lane in
the TUDOR Championship
were there at Watkins
Glen’s Six Hours. Only
a late restart allowed
the Spirit of Daytona
Corvette DP’s better
power to prevail over
the P2 Morgan-
handling in the final
shootout. Finally, a caution-
free race on the similarly
flowing Mosport track allowed
Gustavo Yacaman (LEFT) and
Olivier Pla to keep the DPs at
arm’s length from
start to finish.
While the Balance
between the two
types of car remains
a hot topic, it’s
worth noting that in
the eight races so far, only one
car (Chip Ganassi Racing’s Riley-
Ford) has won more than once.
Sam Schmidt has a fight on
his hands if he’s to retain his
French ace Simon Pagenaud.
For the third straight year, the
Frenchman seems destined to
finish the IndyCar season in
the top five (at the very least)
in the points standings; that
kind of form, along with his
strong Honda connections, is
a strong draw for Michael
Andretti, among others.
“It’s flattering to hear other
teams are interested,” said a
coy Pagenaud, “but I’m not
thinking about that right now.
I’m focusing on trying to win
the championship this year.”
THE MIGHTY OAK
SAM AGAIN FOR SIMON?
Second P2 win puts BoP debates on hold…for now
Andretti has sights set on free agent Pagenaud
Although there appears to be as many valleys as peaks,
that’s no worse than any other front-rank driver in IndyCar…
and JPM’s general trend is very definitely upward.
Simona de Silvestro will be continuing her
training for (hopefully) a Formula 1 race seat
at Circuit of the Americas. The ex-IndyCar
favorite impressed the Sauber F1 team with
her initial runs in its two-year-old car.
I’m still a ways away but, hey, I think people
know that I’m coming, and I got to here
because I’ve been really smart about it.”
Team Penske teammate Will Power,
who endured a mid-season blighted by
penalties for various on-track infractions,
finally lost the championship lead to his
other teammate, Helio Castroneves, at
the 12th round in Iowa. He shrugged off
Montoya’s rise to prominence.
“From the pre-season tests, I knew Juan
would be strong,” said Power, “he just had to
get used to the tracks. His feedback’s good;
for example, he was a big help getting our
setup so right for Texas [Motor Speedway].
“But…why are people surprised? Juan’s
a great driver and we already knew that.”
Winning Houston 2,
along with the Indy
GP, heightens SP’s
Following Extreme Speed’s win for HPD
at Laguna Seca, OAK Racing struck a
second blow for the P2 cars at Mosport.