If you've got a hankering for racing Sunday because of Saturday night's Cup race, you'd be well advised to turn into the IndyCar Series race on Versus. (Thankfully, those of us with Directv can see the races on Versus now. I've never been so happy to have the option of watching bull riding in my life)
It's the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (presented by Legacy Credit Union, of course) at Barber Motorsports Park, a popular testing site that's holding its first IndyCar Series race.
Barber is the third stop on the IndyCar Series 2010 schedule and it's also the third road course thanks to the IRL's odd scheduling. The 17 race season is divided almost equally between /street courses (9) and ovals (8), but the tracks are lumped together. Four road and street courses open the season, followed by four ovals, five road/street courses and then four ovals to finish. (Here's a lap around BMP)
Last year, the IndyCar Series road course events were downright boring, but the first two races of 2010 have been far from it. The Brazil race may not have been seen by many, but it was action packed, from the first lap (cars landing on top of each other, anyone?) to the end.
At St. Petersburg, Will Power won again, but the drive of the race was either Ryan Briscoe's move from 19th to 3rd, or Dario Franchitti's bounceback from a lap two crash to finish fifth. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Milka Duno spun out on one of the pre-race pace laps. (No, I'm not kidding.)
So if you're bored with the Masters on Sunday (and odds are you will be if Tiger's not in contention) flip on over to Versus if only to see if Power can become the IndyCar Series road course version of Jimmie Johnson.