2018 IndyCar news/misc. stuff

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

  1. FLRacingFan

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  2. Privateer

    Privateer Jackman

    He was always going to get into Indycar, especially when his dad works for Andretti, plus it's looking like he'll win the Indy Lights series title and that's a 3-race schedule there. With the news of McLaren maybe partnering with Andretti for 2019, it may have to be another team on the grid now. Probably a Honda one, maybe Andretti hires him out, maybe Bryan Herta separates his team from Andretti (doubting that)...
     
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  3. rd45usa

    rd45usa Days gone past

    #PenskeGames


     
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  4. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Roger Penske vs. Eddie Goosegg...I know who I'm betting on.



     
  5. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I'm not sure I understand why, but both Detroit races were watched by many more people than the Texas race. I don't think Indy 500 coattails would flip that reality. I don't know what is happening to appreciation for oval racing in America, but Indycar has one "grand oval". I personally want them on the schedule, but they aren't the draw they used to be.

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  6. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    I personally wish we could get them back at MIS but that ship has sailed. These cars are incredible to watch on ovals, albeit they need a little more downforce at Indy for next year
     
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  7. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    NBCSN versus ABC is a big factor. The last time Texas was on ABC (2013) it got 1.4M viewers the weekend after Detroit got 883K and 1.0M. This year's number was no doubt pretty bad though. I imagine they'll come to an agreement to renew, but I can't say the same for other events like Iowa and Phoenix. I'd love to see some more ovals on the schedule too but besides Gateway and maybe Pocono I don't think the fans have shown up like they expected and need to call it a success.
     
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  8. FLRacingFan

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  9. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    creeping back to more down force..good. hope it doesn't get cluttered up by cars with mickey mouse ears and colored lug nuts.
     
  10. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Now this would be something. Could Alonso have burned yet another bridge that would preclude him from even a factory-backed IndyCar seat? I could certainly see Dixon culminating his career with the team founded by his countryman (about the only way he could ever leave CGR). At the very least, it's apparent McLaren are willing to do IndyCar with or without Alonso. And amid reports that McLaren are seeking Daniel Ricciardo for F1, they may be ready to move on from him entirely.

    Dixon to McLaren? The 2019 IndyCar silly season is ramping up
    https://racer.com/2018/06/21/dixon-to-mclaren-the-2019-indycar-silly-season-is-ramping-up/
     
  11. FLRacingFan

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  12. kkfan91

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  13. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Grandstand, casual fan attendance was way too low for it to keep on going. It had the lowest attendance of any oval and I think many would say it had the worst "show" of any oval as well. The statement did say IndyCar and ISC will work together on finding a replacement venue for 2019.



     
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  14. FLRacingFan

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  15. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion

    Fernando Alonso’s open wheel career is ending before our eyes, really can’t believe that he’s burning another bridge. For as talented as he is, he must be a huge arse to deal with. I’d be shocked if Dixie left for McLaren, he might be the best driver CGR has ever had. I really hope Indy car races at Homestead at Night and shifts Gateway to the season finale, at the very worst your championship deciding race even though it wasn’t set out to be that shouldn’t be at a road course.
     
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  16. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    As I'd posted previously, I had serious doubts about whether Alonso would be interested in the entire IndyCar series. If that report is accurate, I'm not surprised. The Indy 500 is meaningful everywhere in the world and is one of the most prestigious races. Right or wrong, the series is not that significant in Euro-centric open wheel circles. @FLRacingFan said it well when he posted about having difficulty envisioning Alonso hanging out in the cornfields of Iowa.

    I hope he's back at Indy next year. Beyond that, who knows what he's going to do.
     
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  17. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Lights testing @ Gateway:

     
  18. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Harding will do some "driver evaluations" the rest of the season, beginning with Conor Daly at Toronto...

    Daly to replace Chaves in Toronto as Harding shakes up lineup
    https://racer.com/2018/07/10/daly-to-replace-chaves-at-harding-for-final-six-races/

    Also very out-of-left field...

    DragonSpeed aiming for part-time 2019 IndyCar program
    https://racer.com/2018/07/09/dragonspeed-aiming-for-part-time-2019-indycar-program/
     
  19. StandOnIt

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  20. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    I get what Harding and Barnhardt are doing, but Gabby has been doing pretty good for a sponsorless team in their first year. Its unfortunate that he won't be in the car as much as he should.

    Interesting to see who will be in the car after Conor? I hope Munoz gets a shot as well,
     
  21. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    It's been updated to say that O'Ward, Herta, and Urrutia will probably all get in there. Should be interesting to see how those guys do. Lord knows it's been a long time coming for Santi.
     
  22. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Man, its crazy to think all of these young guys are ready to make the next step. I wonder how long the 40+ crowd is going to stick around?

    Santi should be first in line, he's been IndyCar ready for the longest.
     
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  23. Privateer

    Privateer Jackman

    Well last year as an upstart they ran 9th, 5th, and 15th at Indy, Texas, and Pocono. His best finishes this year have been two 14ths after 11 races.

    I'm happy for Daly to get another opportunity, and my wife who became fans of him and Rossi after Amazing Race is too, but agree that Chaves is probably doing as good as you can expect for the equipment. He's 18th of the 20 full-time drivers in points, ahead of rookie Matheus Leist and Chilton (who I'll be charitable to and say it's a rookie team). Indycar is just a brutal series to get results in the past few years. There's some races you can look at the guys that took 10th, say they drove the heck out of their car, but 10th in Indycar is still midfield.
     
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  24. Privateer

    Privateer Jackman

    Not too sure. Urrutia really should be winning Lights this year, and he's a distant 3rd to O'Ward and Herta. And when you compare to last season, he lost to Kaiser, who I'm not sure we're going to ever see him in an Indycar again after using up his sponsorship money.

    There's an Uruguayan around on some racing forums, and he says Urrutia really doesn't have the level of financial backing one would think he has.

    I'm sure Urrutia if he could get the opportunity would punch Felix Serralles in the mouth. :)
     
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  25. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Sounds like Herta might be favored to run a third RLL car. Makes sense, Andretti expanding to five full-time (with a major exception for any possible McLaren effort) would be really spreading it thin IMO. With Sato's age, this could be a great get for RLL to partner with Graham long-term.

    Rahal inches closer to three full-time cars in 2019
    https://racer.com/2018/07/10/rahal-inches-closer-to-three-full-time-cars-in-2019/

    No doubt he has to be peeved about the last point...what a way to lose a title and the scholarship money that comes with it. I think over the first two years of Lights he beat maybe four guys who already are in IndyCar, and was one pass away from winning that title over a guy who now has a Ganassi ride. That has to sting.
     
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  26. StandOnIt

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  27. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Wow. I'm not convinced this is an upgrade over Phoenix when it comes to attendance or entertainment. I will be disappointed if they don't add an oval and this is the only addition to the calendar.

     
  28. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    What a cluster.

     
  29. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Ego's create idiots
     
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  30. FLRacingFan

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    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

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  32. FLRacingFan

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    WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to host 2019 INDYCAR season finale

    https://www.indycar.com/News/2018/07/07-17-Laguna-Seca-added-to-2019-schedule

     
  33. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

  34. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Sonoma is not/was not that great of a circuit for Indy cars. Maybe that'll change a little this year with the new kits, but it generally had the feeling of being an underwhelming finale. It has no real Indy car history (besides one USAC race way back when), only coming onto the schedule during the IRL days.

    I don't think Laguna will be that much more interesting, but it should retain or even enhance the ability for the series and teams to host guests, and the fact that it's a classic track with heritage might get some more old road racing fans interested and hopefully draw a better crowd than Sonoma. That is cautious optimism though. I am not expecting anything groundbreaking out of it.
     
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  35. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I think it will be great..because cork screw. They are going to look awesome coming down that thing and guys like Rossi will try to pass there
     

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