Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Charlie Spencer, Dec 5, 2018.
Here's the new discussion for 2019. Enjoy.
Quoted from the 2018 discussion:
I think we all assumed one reason Kurt was going to Ganassi is that he'd have shots at the other series Chip participates in.
Go for it, Kurt; both sports would benefit from someone doing the Memorial Day Double again. If McMurray is going to be hanging around CGRWFS anyway, he can practice the Cup #1 car while Kurt's tied up in May. Heck, if Kurt wins, put Jamie in the #1 for the 600.
Not much of a surprise here with the Andretti partnership, but Honda have to be stretched pretty thin on engines and tuners at this point.
Honda to power Harding/Steinbrenner in 2019
St. Pete, Barber, the 500, Road America, and Mid-Ohio.
DragonSpeed entering IndyCar Series in 2019, with eye toward full time in 2020
are Road America and Mid Ohio big money races, or are those races that DragonSpeed thinks they are best suited to race I wonder. It looks like they like the twisties looking at the other tracks they are entered in the other series they are part timing it in.
Initially they said they were looking at Long Beach, Portland, and Sonoma (now Laguna Seca). I think they opted for Barber instead of Long Beach to get ready one week earlier for the WEC race at Spa in the beginning of May, and then went for Road America and Mid-Ohio over the summer instead of Portland and Laguna because the 2019-2020 WEC season starts at Silverstone a few weeks earlier than first expected (September 1st). Portland and Silverstone are a direct conflict too.
@FLRacingFan Santi is done, bro.
This confirms he won't be back in the states:
"I'm dissapointed in the sport because money talks."
Sounds like that's the most important lesson he's learned.
IMHO I like Kaiser (drives for Juncos), but in the Lights series Carlin, Andretti, and at the time Juncos were the powerhouses in the field. Belardi while a solid team has nowhere near the budget of those teams. I feel if Urritta was given a shot in one of those cars, this story would be completely different from him leaving. To think Ferrucci has a full-time ride with a mediocre track record and his recent troubles...
Its business, but damn he would be a great addition with one of the big name teams. Just a shame he won't be back IMHO.
I guess I can't be too surprised, three years in Lights and never won the title...not much point in sticking around any longer. It sucks though, he could be quick even if a little hard on his equipment sometimes, but a good driver overall IMO. If more people cared about Lights they would've made a bigger stink over a new European team coming over (Carlin) and employing team orders to get Jones the championship over Santi. And Santi also had to watch other guys who didn't win Lights make it to IndyCar - like Veach, ZCD, and Leist.
Sucks he's leaving, but there are a lot of good series on this planet and I think he can find one that makes sense for him at this point. Vautier did not have a track record much different from Santi's and he went over to Europe and began building a good career out of sports cars.
Hopefully this is not at the expense of Chip's team...would be far from good timing for them.
OTA races are Indy GP, Indy 500, Detroit 1, Detroit 2, Road America, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Laguna Seca
I always think two races at Detroit broadcast OTA is one more than necessary but I also don't have to answer to Roger Penske...also, only one oval OTA. I would've liked to have seen Pocono and St. Pete on NBC.
INDYCAR announces ‘robust’ TV schedule with exclusive partner NBC Sports Group
I guess my main question of this 2019 schedule is why no Road to Indy classes at the Barber Alabama weekend ?
Really enjoyed seeing these young up and coming drivers. Oh well, glad I got to see them so many times
in the past . I will probably scratch that weekend off my " Hope to go " list for this year.
That...is a good question. I hadn't noticed that before. It looks like they'll have F3 Americas (I think they had 3 full-time drivers in 2018...), Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Mazda MX-5 Cup, and Porsche GT3 Cup USA. https://barberracingevents.com/honda-indy-grand-prix/event-schedule/
I'd have to say it's on the Andersen Promotions side (group that runs Road to Indy) and not on the race's side, because they want all the good content they can get and F3 Americas is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
As I look now it looks like they may have dropped Barber for COTA on the Lights level and Barber for Laguna Seca on the Pro 2000 level.
NTT named IndyCar Series title sponsor, official technology partner for INDYCAR, IMS
$10M is a good chunk of money that I wasn't expecting, if this is true.
MILLER: How IndyCar found its new sponsor
I like that new series logo, it's a clean and classic look overall. Mostly I like it because the weird NTT logo is muted and I barely notice it. What is that thing supposed to be?
It is odd to have a title sponsor with little name recognition that is not a consumer brand, but hopefully this can be a beneficial tech and B2B partnership.
Maybe NTT is banking on the consistent upswing with IndyCar? Its been a slow, but constant budding interest in IndyCar. The series continue to get better and I hope this leads to more international opportunities for the sport.
10 mil is hitting a good lick. Nice.
I'm interested to see how they improve the digital side of the sport...I never used the app as it was always behind the Verizon paywall I think. Surely their experience in analytics can help from an engagement/marketing perspective as well. Sounds like they really want to be here which is a great thing.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out in terms of making it easier to follow in dirty air this year.
IndyCar to offer more rear wing options at superspeedway races
At first I thought this was some sort of Fokker Triplane adaptation.
This is a rather big deal. SPM looks secured to be the one team best-positioned to challenge the 'Big 3' well into the future.
PRUETT: Arrow SPM's Big 4 dreams
Glad to see he's progressed enough to be doing PR work.
Wehrlein in line for Le Mans, IndyCar outings in 2019
IndyCar reveals speedway front wing tweaks
Chilton is back with Carlin:
Apparently Kimball will also be back, albeit only part-time as Novo Nordisk have reduced their budget for him. Not surprising as it was rumored late in the season to be the case and Charlie doesn't exactly overwhelm. No clue as to who the other driver(s) could be though.
Maybe this is where the Wherlein rumors come into play?
Could certainly be. I think that'd be a great way to measure just where exactly Carlin actually are at the moment as a team - it's hard to take much away from their performance with just Chilton and Kimball in the cars.
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