But the series might want to do something about a one-minute lap and a possible solution could be to add some kind of slow complex of corners at the end of the long Andretti straight, which now flows into a fast right-hander heading to the final two turns before the start-finish straight.
Quote of the Week: "It wasn't the day we planned for, obviously. On the first lap going into Turn 2, [Ganassi driver] Scott [Dixon] just really didn't give me enough room. He didn't do anything intentional but he pinched me right down to the curb. I tried to get out of his way; he had plenty of track to the left but decided to use all the track I was trying to use and ended up spinning us. That absolutely murdered our day and he gets away scot free. It's kind of disappointing. Our day was done two corners in. We did what we could to battle back to 12th, but it's tough back there. I'm really disappointed. Again, it kind of sums up the year that we've had."
— 2014 Hard Luck candidate and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, of Oakville, Ont., describing yet another race where something beyond his control went wrong and ruined his day. He started Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma fourth before disaster struck again.
The Last Word: The Camping World Truck Series rolls into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) on the weekend with two Canadians to watch in the field.
The first is open wheel veteran Alex Tagliani, who will drive the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing. With all his experience and road racing prowess, Tagliani goes into the weekend as the odd-on favourite to win. The Lachenaie, Que., native also gets handed a truck coming off a victory in Bristol on the weekend scored by the team owner. It has four top-5 results in 13 races this year.
Tagliani has started two NASCAR Nationwide races on road courses this year with Team Penske and has a pair of top-5 finishes.
The second Canadian to keep an eye on is Calgary teen Cameron Hayley, who is a regular in the K&N Pro Series East this year. The 18-year-old is second overall in the point standings after 14 races with one pole and six top-5 finishes this year.
Hayley may be the country's best candidate to make NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup, although he needs a major financial backer to step forward for that to happen.
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