Friday, April 19, 2013

A great weekend of racing is ahead

This weekend will be filled with great races and should offer something for everyone.  Off the top of my head I can think of 4 great races that I will be watching.

For me out here in Southern California there is the 39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  The action starts today April 19-21 and features the Indy Car Series, with such stars as Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal battling wheel-to-wheel on the historic 1.97-mile, 11-turn seaside street circuit.  Personally I would like to see Marco Andretti take the checkers.

NASCAR runs at the Kansas Speedway for the STP400.    The Roush Fenway Racing team looks fast and seems to be running well but you cannot count out Hendrick Motorsports or Jimmie Johnson for that matter.  A lot of the drivers have questioned the new repaved track but time will tell if this was a good more or not.  Personally I have to think a Hendrick driver will come away with the win but you just never know.  Who are you pulling for?

If you are a MotoGP™ fan you will enjoy the race at The Circuit of the Americas.  This is the first ever MotoGP™ at this facility and there as been a lot of debate over who is responsible for it.  I know one thing that is not up for debate, Kevin Schwantz will not be in attendance and that is a shame as the former 500 World Champ is a big part of Texas motorcycle racing.  Jorge Lorenzo took the win at the opener followed by Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez and as of now Marquez looks to be putting in some fast laps.  Personally I am pulling for Rossi and I think a lot of others are as well so C’MON Val!

Supercross Fans - Round 15 of the Monster Energy Supercross takes place at CenturyLink Field in Seattle this weekend.  This is about as hometown as a race gets for the defending champ and current points leader Ryan Villopoto; ironically last year in Seattle, Villopoto injured his knee -- an injury which kept him out of the outdoor motocross series for the entire summer.  Do you think Villopoto will have this on his mind, if so he might want to think again?  Coming off arguably the best race for the win this season, Ryan Dungey is looking to keep his momentum going and looks to keep the pressure on.  With 3 rounds to go and and 22 points down Dungey is still very much in the title hunt.  Personally I am rooting for Dungey.

Enjoy the weekend of racing!

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