2018 IndyCar news/misc. stuff

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by FLRacingFan, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. FLRacingFan

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  2. Kiante

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    Damn Mark Blundell is quite the heavy with his management role, holy crap I never realized how big he is in the UK now. Judging by the partners with MB Partners, some money had to come along with the deal.

    Estaban, Conor, and Carlos are really getting the raw deal.
     
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  3. FLRacingFan

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    King looks like an excellent addition compared to this signing...don't think this guy was on anyone's radar. Not much to his resume. New team's gonna need some funded drivers to get up off the ground, I suppose. But...wow.

    Austrian Rene Binder joins Juncos Racing for partial Verizon IndyCar season
    http://www.juncosracing.com/austria...os-racing-for-partial-verizon-indycar-season/
     
  4. Kiante

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    Think about this, there is an article that Rossi talked to King about making the switch to IndyCar. Not only that, but Mike Conway also came from the Blundell stable of drivers represented by his marketing agency. Pretty interesting, but I'm sure Blundell mentioned the success of Conway and Ed is hoping to see the same thing from King.

    Conway was an absolute boss on the road courses.

    Article:http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/146573-rossi-encouraged-king-to-make-indycar-switch
     
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  5. FLRacingFan

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    The more I think about the King signing the more it makes sense. I think he has the ability to become a pretty good IndyCar road course specialist, although it's also good to hear he wants to hit up the ovals at some point too and become a full-time driver.
     
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  6. FLRacingFan

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  7. Kiante

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    Man... I'm happy for ZCD, but damn just too many good drivers on the sidelines atm.

    Santi really needs a push, holy sh!t dude.
     
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  8. FLRacingFan

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    I'm wondering who his one remaining option was, hopefully it wasn't Coyne or ECR. Maybe a second Harding car...he said he should know this month so we'll see. He's too good to have to do Lights again.
     
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    Looking at Dixon, Bourdais, Kaanan, and Sato... How much longer will they be involved in the series? Those guys are really going to be trump cards in the decision making.

    No doubt, I would hate Santi to be stuck in Lights for a third year. Maybe Harding, I just remember Juncos is filled.
     
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  11. FLRacingFan

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    This is a good get.

     
  12. Doc Austin

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    Don't feel too bay for Juan. He's got a pretty good sportscar ride.
     
  13. FLRacingFan

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  15. Kiante

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    RHR's car looks incredible with the DHL colors.
     
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  18. FLRacingFan

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    IndyCar seeks $10M-15M yearly from next title sponsor

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2018/01/15/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/IndyCar.aspx

     
  19. FLRacingFan

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  20. Kiante

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    I love Pietro, but he needs to go to Lights to prove himself. That FR 3.5 title is great, but damn that field was weak. Also, it goes to show just how expensive F2 is. To see a Fittapaldi and with Colton Herta, man that would be awesome to see.
     
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  21. FLRacingFan

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    I was surprised to learn he had Telmex backing. Honestly had no clue.

    Yeah that field was weaker, but he reportedly did really well in his LMP1 test and has a pretty good resume overall...didn't know he was a Limited Late Model champion at Hickory either. A Lights campaign and maybe a handful of IndyCar races would be a good slate. If Binder can get something part-time Fittipaldi should be able to as well.
     
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  22. Kiante

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    Just like his grandfather and uncle, he will probably be a damn good master of all trades type of driver. Christian and Emerson were the same way with their ability to be fast in anything.

    I'm keeping an eye on his younger brother, Enzo, as well. Look like the Fittipaldi name will be around again for some time.

    BTW Telmex? Slim is backing him? That should be an easier entrance into IndyCar for him IMHO.
     
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  23. FLRacingFan

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  24. Kiante

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    WOW!

    Dude, this could be a game changer for SPM. Holy sh!t what a move, probably one of the most respected race engineers in the world coming over to IndyCar... Man, we are blessed with the turn-around of this sport.
     
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  27. FLRacingFan

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    Josef is a great speaker.

    245 at IMS? That hasn't been done in years. I remember Townsend Bell had the highest top speed at 241 on Fast Friday or one of the qualifying days a few years ago. It'd be pretty amazing if they reached 245 again.
    I think they can get in between there somewhere; they're better off from when the Verizon deal started but the NASCAR/Monster deal probably messed with the market a little. Depends on whether or not you believe that NASCAR opted more for promotion and fit than money though.
     

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