1. Matt Kenseth dominated at Michigan for his third Cup Series win of 2015. The race was the second and final scheduled race that featured a high-drag aerodynamic package. As with Indianapolis, the race yielded less than desirable results as far as excitement.
Although the rules package used at Kentucky last month was highly lauded by many in the sport, it will not be used until Darlington, Before the end of the season, NASCAR should certainly look into adding back the horsepower it took away in this year’s cars and maybe even adding more. Doing so could reduce corner speeds and allow for more side-by-side racing.
2. NASCAR also announced that neither of the rules packages introduced this summer will be utilized in the Chase. Because of the high reviews of the racing at Kentucky with the low downforce package, this may not be a popular decision and its results will be watched closely.
The sanctioning body also announced they are looking for improvements to safety at the October Talladega race following a very scary crash where Austin Dillon barrel rolled into the catch fence.This is another track where eliminating downforce would greatly help the racing and possibly reduce the possibility of an incident like at Daytona.
3. IndyCar announced that Fontana will not be returning to the schedule in 2016. Despite a series-record 80 lead changes and several rave reviews, a schedule could not be agreed upon. Many proponents, including myself, of superspeedway racing are disappointed by the developments, and some even fell the lack of date equity has led to the track’s elimination from the schedule.
However, the silver lining in this is a rumored return for Phoenix International Raceway, which has not hosted an IndyCar event since 2005. With the announcement of Road America rejoining the schedule, the news that Phoenix is close to an event will be very exciting for those who have been longtime fans of the sport.
Have a great week and see you soon.