It is hot this time of year down in Alabama, but the only thing hotter than the temperature will be the action on the track for the Plasma-Tracks.com Grand Prix of Barber. Plasma-Tracks.Com is the title sponsor for the event and is also creating the custom trophies for P1-3 in the championship standings at the end of the season for both IndyCar and Retro Series. For more information please visit: plasma-tracks.com
Last week out at Milwaukee, Alex Saunders ran away from the field, leading 180 of the 200 laps. Points leader Adam Blocker did everything he could to limit the damage to his points lead by finishing 2nd, but in the end had nothing for rookie sensation Saunders. Dustin Wardlow completes the top 3 in the race and in the championship standings, while Michael Goodman and Chris Stofer rounded out the top 5.
This is the 2nd season in a row the series will run an event at Barber Motorsports Park. New for this season as with the rest of the road events for 2018 Barber will feature an additional 25 miles for a total of 125 or 53 laps.
Saunders after his win at Milwaukee has gained another spot in the standings and sits P2 overall. Now 61 points back from Blocker with only 6 races this season he has put down some impressive numbers: 4 wins and 5 poles so far. The rookie has served the field notice that they will need to raise their game if they hope to beat him over the course of the full season.
Adam Blocker is the defending race winner from last season. Adam Blocker beat Ryan Otis by a just 0.085 and Jake Wright not far behind with a 0.433 gap. Barber featured a smaller field last year of just 22 cars but the series is expecting closer to 30 for 2018. Blocker’s performance was a dominating one leading all 42 laps from the pole and setting the fastest lap and lap average of the race. Will Blocker emerge victorious or will Saunders continue his impressive march towards the top of the standings.
Dustin Wardlow, now sitting P3 overall, is the next contender for the win at Barber. Dustin must continue to run strong and be ready to capitalize should the top two make any mistakes. Dustin could easily be sitting in P1 and has seen his share of the front of the field this season. Wardlow got his first win in the Indycar Series earlier this year at the Motegi Road course, can he follow suit at Barber?
Michael Goodman currently leads the league with the most laps complete with 802 laps or 1,248.11 miles. 2nd is Scott Johnson with 797 and 3rd is Wardlow with 780. Goodmans trademark consistency has him sitting 4th in the overall championship, and could see the New York driver pounce if any of the top 3 fail to finish,
Two of our biggest movers after Milwaukee is Chris Stofer and David Altman who both gained 6 positions. Altman ran his 2nd race after returning from his deployment has rejoined the series and already has a top 10. He currently sits 40th in the overall standings, but look for Altman to continue climbing his way back up once the drop races take place.
Jason Galvin lost 7 positions in the standings and looks to be in serious trouble after missing Milwaukee last week. With only 4 races this season Galvin seriously needs to have some great results to climb higher than his current position of P23. The Raven Motorsports driver who has a victory on the season still has plenty of time to help Raven Motorsports in the Team Championship.
Raven Motorsports hangs on to the lead in the Team Championship for another week despite losing additional ground. Now just 15 points ahead of Adrenaline who looks poised to take over the top spot if Raven cannot run well at Barber. Adrenaline looks to have a slight edge on Raven on the road side of competition but reports around the paddock is that Andrew Kinsella may miss the event. We might see more of an even match with his absence. Which team will take the top spot after Barber?
The Plasma-Tracks.com Grand Prix of Barber will take place this Thursday at 10:35pm eastern only on GSRC and iRacing Live.