IRL Richmond Race Was It Really That Bad?

Dustin H.Correspondent IJuly 3, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - JUNE 27:  Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda celebrates winning the IRL Indycar Series SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 27, 2009 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia  (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of debate over last weekend's Suntrust Indy Challenge at the Richmond International Raceway. The teams, drivers, and fans were frustrated because of the lack of passing, but a year earlier everyone was complaning of so many cautions. Well, you cant please everyone and Richmond has been a good track for IndyCar racing in the past. I think the main reason for the problem was the IRL cars, and now rule changes will go into effect starting at Kentucky in August.

Im glad to see the IRL make some changes, and hopefully it's for the better. Now as far as Richmond goes, I don't think the IRL should just blame the track for being too small. We've seen great racing at Milwaukee and Iowa, and this is the only race in the Mid-Atlantic region that has had good turnouts. I would like to see some new chassis designs and new engine suppliers so IndyCar racing is not like the old IROC series, which was a even playing field.

Then again, it is auto racing and you are supposed to beat the competition, so Scott Dixon did just that and now the points battle is very tight going into Watkins Glen with the top two seperated by one point. The IRL has always had close points championship battles, and it has came down to the last lap of the final race the past two years to determine the season champion. Now that is something you dont see often. I say let's move on and see how the changes take effect in August before everyone goes off the deep end.

The IndyCar Series will now hit a bunch of road and street courses in July before the next oval in August, so I hope we have some great racing in July to help the series. I think the season has been a five out of 10, but the second half is always better.