What to watch for: IndyCar at Detroit, Race 2

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WILL POWER VS. SIMON PAGENAUD

Yesterday’s on-track skirmish between Dual 1 winner Will Power and Simon Pagenaud was the second such incident they’ve had this Verizon IndyCar Series season. While Pagenaud suffered terminal suspension damage, Power also says he sustained a sore left wrist.

No penalties came of the incident but for today’s race, they’ll be starting together in Row 4. Will we see more fireworks between the Australian and the Frenchman? Considering the tight confines of Belle Isle, it could happen.

DAMAGE CONTROL FOR RHR

After being on top of the world with his Indianapolis 500 victory, Ryan Hunter-Reay has endured a hard weekend in Detroit. Yesterday, he tagged the wall in qualifying and then finished 16th after a final-lap crash. Then this morning, he once again found the wall and will have to start today’s race on the final row alongside Scott Dixon.

Hunter-Reay’s championship lead is down to three points over Power – and that lead could be gone by the end of today unless he has a stellar drive from the back.

ANOTHER STRATEGY RACE?

You needed a white board to keep track of all the different strategies that played out during yesterday’s 70-lap race, and we may see more of the same in today’s race.

A note to keep in mind: All but one driver – fourth-place starter Mike Conway – will start today on the Firestone alternate “red” tires (faster than the primary ‘blacks’, but not quite as durable). That should mean early stops for the majority of the field.

GOTTA KEEP FOCUS

One full race around Belle Isle is tough enough, but now the IndyCar guys have to do it all over again today. Doubleheader weekends are a physical and mental drain on everyone, from the drivers to the crews. But one mistake from either the cockpit or the pit box can lead to a wasted afternoon.

New Formula E champ, teammate fined for ‘underwear violation’

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During this past weekend’s pair of season-ending races in New York, newly-crowned Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer were fined nearly $6,000 apiece for, well, there’s no easier way to say it than, “underwear violations.”

According to Jalopnik.com, the two drivers were fined for “wearing non-compliant” underwear during qualifying for Sunday’s second and final race of the weekend.

In addition to cash, the duo also lost two penalty points each for violating Article 30.14 of the Formula E 2017/2018 regulations.

In case you’re wondering, the violation has nothing to do with not wearing the right sponsor’s brand of jockeys or boxers.

Rather, Formula E ruled the underwear the drivers wore was a “safety issue” and that the drivers were penalized for wearing “non-compliant” underwear.

Drivers are required to wear fire- and flame-resistant outer- and under-garments while behind the wheel to help minimize the risk of being burned in the event of a crash and resulting fire.

Here’s how Formula E characterized the violation in a statement about Vergne’s penalty

“After checking the clothes, helmet and front head restraint of the driver, it was found that he was wearing non-compliant underwear pants which are not allowed by the [FIA’s] international sporting code. The driver apologized. The stewards consider that in this case the infringement occurred during group qualifying with limited cars on circuit for a short period of time.”

It’s not the first time Formula E drivers have been penalized for having on the wrong kind of drawers.

Former F-E champ Lucas di Grassi was penalized three points and nearly $10,000 in March for fire-resistant underwear that FIA officials called “too short.”

Gee, who knew that pre-qualifying “inspection” could be so personal?

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