Apr 10, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT
Ryan Hunter-Reay’s dominance, Will Power’s relative struggles and Charlie Kimball’s emergence highlight the post-Barber edition of “Ten with Townsend,” as NBC Sports Network analyst Townsend Bell recaps the weekend from Birmingham, Ala.
-Biggest surprise of the weekend?
Watching Dario qualify in the back. It’s so tight these days that even a slight hiccup and you’re way down the grid.
Seeing Hinch stranded there unable to make it to pits for a simple fix. He handles it better than anyone I know.
-Your most improved team and driver from St. Pete?
Ganassi- Dixon. They were the class of the field.
-What did you make of the gap between Firestone’s black and red tires this week, now on a road course?
Strange how the Reds were faster AND consistent. Don’t think anyone expected that after St. Pete.
-Do you think this was Ryan Hunter-Reay’s most complete weekend in IndyCar, since he scored pole, led most laps, win with a pass of Helio and having to hold off Dixon?
Perhaps, but I think it just shows how resilient he is. It’s the same as last year, hardship one weekend and major bounce back the next. He’s on top form. He fought and survived some very lean years on the bubble of the sport and has been hardened against adversity. In many ways this is a walk in the park from what he’s been through.
-Charlie Kimball’s weekend: How much is it his own improvement and how much is it an increased or improved relationship between his garage and Target side?
I think it’s just his steady and methodical approach towards self improvement. His pass on Power showed there’s a tiger in their ready to get loose. That was low percentage, but high testosterone.
-How surprising was it to see Will Power not pace any session?
We never really got to see Will drop the hammer like he could of in the race because of his fuel saving strategy which obviously did not work in his favor. I expect he’ll come roaring back at Long Beach. Street circuits are where his freakish fast hands, feet, and brain really shine. #quadcoreprocessor
-Thoughts and reflections on AJ Allmendinger’s weekend? About what you expected or better?
He exceeded expectations in qualifying and probably met expectations in the race. Stalling in the pits was a killer to the final result. I’m still not sure who or what was at fault there.
-Overall, what do you make of the competition level in that mere tenths cover 1-24 and losing a fraction costs you so many positions?
That is what makes the races so much fun to call. There are so many capable winners but in the end, as usual, the top team are there based on their ability to minimize mistakes and execute.
-And lastly, any off-the-wall observations you witnessed around the paddock this weekend.
-Meeting Bo Jackson was cool. The fact that he was that size and perhaps the fastest man ever in the NFL is mind blowing.
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