I'm headed south tomorrow for the most famous 2 1/2 miles of square-jawed concrete in the world (aka, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), so a couple of thoughts on the subject seem to be in order.
* Nasty accident today for Simona de Silvestro, who walked away with some burns on her hands and arms but was sighted walking around Gasoline Alley later in the day. More evidence that the sport is as safe as human beings can make it these days.
* There was a fair amount of hand-wringing earlier in the week when rain washed out most of the first three days of practice and Roger Penske's legions were essentially no-shows when it wasn't raining. Well, look who's at the top of the speed charts after the first really earnest day of work: Penske driver Will Power.
Which only goes to show that the more things change, the more they remain the same. If Power, Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves aren't all in the first 10 after Saturday, I'll chug Pennzoil.
* That said, it's heartening someone besides the Big Two is making noise. The fact that Alex Tagliani, running for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, is a real threat to win the pole Saturday is good for the entire sport. So is the fact that of the fastest five Thursday, two (Tagliani and Townsend Bell of Herbalife Schmidt Pelfrey Racing) were not from, shall we say, the power conferences.