Godzilla strikes again

Posted by Iannucci | 8/13/2007 | 3 comments »
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After Tony Kanaan had won Dario Franchitti completed his post-race aerobatic show on Saturday night, the remaining fans at Kentucky Speedway were treated to a tightIy contested Indy Pro battle among Hideki Mutoh, Wade Cunningham and Alex Lloyd. Hideki "Godzilla" Mutoh raced to his first oval victory in the first ever Indy Pro night race, as Lloyd squeaked past Cunningham late to garner second place.

Stupid question, but how is this the first night event for this series? This is America, where people flock to local tracks on weekend nights all the time. I don’t care if some Japanese prodigy is winning, let’s get these races under the lights as often as possible.

Also, normally I would insert an obligatory commentary for promoting the three aforementioned drivers to the IndyCar series, but Motorsport says:

Hideki Mutoh is schedule to compete in the IndyCar Series season finale at Chicagoland driving a third entry from Super Aguri -- Panther Racing. Alex Lloyd confirmed that he would not be behind the wheel of a Roth Racing IndyCar Series car at Chicagoland, instead opting to test with Ganassi Racing at Sebring later this week. Scott Dixon is expected to participate at the same test.

Oh, really! Well then, which rumor for 2008 do you like the mostest: a third ICS entry for TGCR, Dan Wheldon to NAPCAR, or Lloyd and/or Scott Dixon forming a new Ganassi Formula One team? I tell ya Big Chip is getting wackier every day.

Also of note, Leilani Munter made her debut at Kentucky. She qualified 5th(!) and raced near the Top 5 before she was collected in an accident by Ryan Justice. As planned she will not race again until the season finale in Chicagoland. Pressdog will be frothing hovering near her pit box.

Check out Allan Brewer’s place for a splendid recap of the Kentucky 100.


  1. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // August 13, 2007 12:21 PM  

    I think they should always do a post-race race like that. I bet more people would take interest. I'd stay around for it. I would.

    And I'd be fine with losing Dixon.

  2. pressdog // August 13, 2007 12:34 PM  

    I won't be "hovering" near the Umlaute One in Chicago. More like "loitering."

  3. allan@indyproracer.com // August 13, 2007 8:26 PM  

    Hey, PD!

    If you're in Chi-town let's plan a meet and greet.

    My...ahem...professional duties will take me there on the weekend of September 9th.