We've got Nicoderm on the side of the car and we're gonna try to beat those Phillip Morris people"
- Dan Wheldon on his car’s new paint scheme and sponsorship
There is a rivalry developing this season, if not already fully in bloom. The top four drivers are all either Penske or Ganassi drivers and all six races this season have been won by one of these four drivers. The castoffs from last season’s underpowered Toyota engines have become the dominant force (fource?) of the 2006 IRL season. To no ones surprise Spiderman and his three victories sit atop the standings with four wins, but most startling is that Well Done is in fourth place despite leading more laps than the other three.
I don’t want to say this is turning into a four car series, but it is. Despite improvement of Fernandez and Vision racing teams and the continued contention of Andretti Green, the only question for this season is Smoking or Non-Smoking.
It’s only fitting this weekend’s race is in Richmond, Virgina – home of Phillip Morris.