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weekend round up – 27th March 2011 #NASCAR #F1 #Indycar

#NASCAR – a bit of a bore at Fontana until the final laps from what I hear. West coast races don’t start until it’s nearly time for bed for me here in the UK, so I have to check in on the results next morning. Nice (for me) to see Shrub not win it, but I’m pleased to see JPM continuing his good start to the season. Fingers crossed for him.

#F1 – a bit of a bore from down under as well in most ways at the #AustralianGP. The Barra Boy seemed to have been showing that he did learn something from his Ferarri team mate, or did he mistake which Mercedes he was attacking? Another question; why does JB get a drive through for going off the track in his overtaking manoeuvre (when he had been pushed off in the attempt a few times earlier), but Vettel gets away with doing the same thing when he re-passed JB following his pit stop? He clearly deliverately drove off the track round the outside of JB, so why did he not get penalised as well? Still, a big well done to Petrov for a great drive and for hanging on under pressure at the finish, and also to Perez for a great debut, even if it was spoiled by disqualification. And on that note, a final question; the Saubers went through scrutineering before the race, but were disqualified for an infringement that must have been apparent then, so why was it not resolved at that point?

#Indycar – A good opener at St Pete with some good personal performances. Nice to see Tony Kanaan’s third spot after his off season woes; the series needs to have its heroes there on the track (why no Dan Wheldon for goodness sake?), and also a great personal  best from Simona de Silvestro in fourth, and putting pressure on Kanaan to the flag. The Indy series looks at bit sad at the moment and doesn’t seem to be able to pull in the cash at anywhere near the level that NASCAR can. Hopefully it can hang in there until times get better.

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