Two weeks ago, the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series got their season off to a rocky start. This weekend in Alabama, most teams will look to rebound, while others try to keep their momentum going.
Last week at St. Petersburg, Dario Franchitti dominated the race after a first turn, first lap caution wiped out many of the top contenders in the sport. Those drivers are going to be much more patient during the start of this race, but they must also realize that track position is everything at this particular venue. There aren't many passing opportunities at Barber, and they are going to have to be smart when they try to make a move towards the front.
Qualifying is going to be huge, so look for the top guns to remain at the front most of the day. It may take some sound strategy for some of the other teams to pick their way through traffic and get to the front. Either way, this race should provide plenty of excitement, and will really show us who is for real this season.
The race begins on Sunday at 3 p.m.