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Back to The Ovals For the Izod Indycar Series

No NameAnalyst IApril 26, 2010

KANSAS, KS - APRIL 26:  Scott Dixon driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda celebrates with his crew after winning the IRL IndyCar Series Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 on April 26, 2009 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
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The beginning of May means two things for the IZOD IndyCar Series this Saturday: the Indianapolis 500 is on the horizon, and the Ovals are next on the schedule.

Some fans enjoy the excitement of road/street courses with the twists and turns that they showcase, while others would rather see top-notch speeds and spectacular crashes. As a loyal IndyCar fan, I enjoy watching both types of racing, but I must say the Ovals are a little more exciting in my mind.

There are many teams and drivers looking forward to the coming months, and the tracks where they will be heading. Obviously some of those drivers would include Danica Patrick and other drivers that don't fare so well on street/road courses. There are also a few owners that are looking forward to returning to Kansas this week.

Although Roger Penske has had amazing success with Will Power this year during the start of the season, he knows his team is also a power when it comes to the oval tracks. Helio and Briscoe are proven, but Will Power knows his way around the ovals, and he also has Penske power to help him.

Perhaps no team is looking more forward to the coming months more than the Target boys of Franchitti and Dixon. Neither driver has found victory circle this season, but aren't necessarily bad road/street course drivers. The Chip Ganassi drivers have had incredible success on the oval courses, and both of them are looking forward to Saturday.

The Andretti Motorsport drivers will definitely better their chances of getting to victory circle now that the teams are headed away from the road/street courses (despite RHR's victory last weekend, they team as a whole hasn't run very well).

Who else might be looking forward to the oval courses? The fans of course! Though most of us are die-hard fans, the average fan would rather watch the oval races rather than the street courses. This Saturday's race at Kansas will be televised by ABC, so the national audience will be watching.

The spotlight will be on the Series this Saturday, and the stars should definitely shine.

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