After a somewhat surprising win for Graham Rahal at Mid-Ohio, the championship is as tight as it has been all season long at the very top. Rahal is just nine points behind leader Juan Pablo Montoya, with Scott Dixon 22 points behind the Columbian. However, there are a whopping 158 points still on the table, meaning that any one of the top ten in the championship could still mathematically win the crown. Thanks to the unnecessary use of double points at the final round of the season, the championship cannot be decided at the 2015 ABC Supply 500. It will go down to the wire yet again.
The final oval of the season is the Tricky Triangle, Pocono Raceway. Last year saw the fastest 500-mile race ever, which averaged at over 200 miles per hour. Each of the ‘four’ turns are very much different to each other, hence the name ‘Tricky Triangle’. Turn 1 is very much famous for its 14-degree banking and well over 100-degree radius, one of the hardest corners on the calendar. It is also incredibly wide, and it can get up to seven-wide on the front straightaway.
As this race has been run just twice over the last 25 years, there are only two past winners. Scott Dixon won the 400-mile running of this event back in 2013, before Juan Pablo Montoya’s famous victory here last year. These two must well enter the event as two of the favourites, in addition to Graham Rahal, who won the last 500-miler at Fontana.
As per the norm, Ed Carpenter and Pippa Mann will take to their comfort zone of the ovals this weekend, as they make their last appearances of the year. This will also be the last appearance of the year for Sage Karam, who will be replaced by Sebastian Saavedra for the finale.