I think it’s safe to say that Junqueria is the favorite for the title this year.
But who could pull the upset? Both Forsythe drivers are fast and experienced, with Carpentier having the slight edge, IMHO. Tracy’s aggresiveness tends to get the better of him.
Also Moreno might have the consistancy to secure the title (yes, I know he’s not signed yet, but it seems like a done deal). It’s a long season, if he can get a couple of wins and back it up with a lots of top five finishes, he could end up on top of the points standings.
On another tack, given the relative parity of the field, we might see a lot of winners among teams that aren’t really competative for the championship. Here’s a run down of who I wouldn’t be surprised to pull off a victory or two this season:
Sebastien Bourdais (is this guy really as good as he appears?)
Michel Jourdain Jr
Oriol Servia (though at the time I’m writing this, he’s the fastest driver at Spring Training)
Also, the Spring Training Preview at cart.com mentions “at least one more and possibly two joining the action by the season opener.” Does anyone know who are they talking about? Alex Yoong has been linked to a third Forsythe car, and Autosport.com had a blurb about Mika Salo trying to land a ride with PK Racing. I asume the Salo deal would ride on him bringing sponsorship to the team.
Any other Champ Car-related topics for discussion? I haven’t seen any threads along these lines, but with all the international dopers around, there must be some racing fans.