Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Charlie Spencer, Sep 22, 2019.
2020 starts here.
Still mad about Pocono
I'm afraid TK is reminding me of DW's last few years, making the show but not much else. I hope it's just the team but I assume if he could get anything better, that he wouldn't be staying where he is.
Call me when AJ has a handshake agreement with a sponsor to replace ABC.
As is tradition, the annual AJ Foyt Racing personnel shakeup kicks off the offseason...one of these years they'll get it figured out, right?
Foyt team’s offseason makeover begins
Besides the Long Beach/Detroit joint weekends the only conflict looks to be in late June with IndyCar at Richmond and IMSA at Watkins Glen.
The whole Hinch/Arrow/McLaren/SPM thing gets a little more bizarre:
Me too. Completely stupid getting rid of a track that IndyCar is built for pretty much IMO. It's like Talladega to NASCARs Daytona in comparison to Indy. At least that's how I see it.
IndyCar testing at the Roval is cool, but I'm not sold on it for IndyCar period as a road course and if they're thinking of a doubleheader than it should be Chicagoland or something.
I still think it is odd they were openly willing to expand to 18 races and had Pocono on the calendar as late as Thursday night before Portland. I’d be very interested to know what variety of factors led to that falling apart so quickly.
Because they want to be champ car with Indy, too many whiney drivers without the balls to run ovals.
Well I wouldn't fault drivers if they don't want to run superspeedways, they're obviously dangerous, but most of the big names of the series came out and said they love the place and hoped they'd stay there. I don't know if it was ABC Supply suddenly dropping or they couldn't settle on a date with the goofy Olympic break (Mid-Ohio got bumped back to Pocono's weekend I think) or what, but I'd be interested in knowing what all transpired.
No one hypes up an announcement like IndyCar so I would guess this is maybe the KERS vendor.
Yeah, looking like Hinch is going to have a new ride in 2020.
You know how petty that is to fire someone for doing a Body magazine shoot? Does SPM really think its bad PR? Goodness.
Dixon and Power testing at IMS tomorrow.
Yeah, looking like at least three people out of a job because of it. I'm sure Sam Schmidt and Zak Brown didn't want to pull the trigger on those moves but they're (especially Zak, with Arrow's involvement with McLaren F1) at the mercy of the sponsor here really. I've lost a lot of respect for Arrow from this, certainly one of the more bizarre sponsor fiascos I've heard in racing in a while.
I didn't know this was happening, and I honestly can't believe it.
Got to respect Chip for this move. CGR is now team Swede:
A lot of IMSA crew members moving over. In the RACER article, Chip might add a fourth car.
Ericsson in top equipment is interesting. One year of American tracks under his belt is big and SPM weren't exactly a well-oiled machine overall last year. I suspect he'll be a clear #3 behind Felix but I think we can expect some good results from Marcus next year.
I'm hopeful of that fourth ride now coming together for Askew, sounds like they wanna do at least part-time with around ten races or so? He at least has the $1M bonus to shop around and CGR are really high on him and were hoping to put him in a third car before this Ericsson deal suddenly came together.
Interesting move. I can't say that I was that impressed with Ericsson this past season, but he showed flashes. Mainly it's just cool to see IndyCar teams adding cars rather than contracting.
Very cool looking.
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