- How about Pagenaud? I didn't know how this whole Penske thing was going to work based on last year's results. But, this year he has been on fire. When Dixon notched a 93.09 at Phoenix, I said, "let's all just sit back and enjoy Scott Dixon." Well, after four races this year, let's all just sit back and enjoy Simon Pagenaud.
- Qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park was brutal for Andretti Autosport. The race, on the other hand, was not so bad. Hunter-Reay and Andretti should rightly be happier with their drives (as is evidenced by their Race Scores) than Top 10 finishers Dixon and Kimball. (Granted, Dixon got punted and probably wouldn't have had a Race Score that low otherwise). Rossi also had a nice day, with the best Race Score in the back half of the field.
- What makes the Andretti stuff even more fascinating is that there was basically one pit strategy in play in this race. Everyone (the only exception being Bourdais, who had the penalty) stopped three times. That means that RHR, Marco, and Rossi all moved up those positions "on their own." Solid stuff.
- Finally, Juan Pablo Montoya. Just, Juan Pablo Montoya. From last to P5, with the seventh-best Average Running Position. SEVENTH BEST. He started LAST. That is certifiably nuts. I love racecar.
We'll get a couple of weeks into the month of May before we have another race, so expect things to be a little more sporadic here at Scoring Indy. I'll let people know as things come up on Twitter, so be sure to follow me there @ScoringIndy. You'll get blog updates and the OCCASIONAL throw-away opinion. See you out there!