https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/auto-racing/sato-extends-with-rahal-herta-moves-to-andretti/2019/09/21/cbfd16b4-dcda-11e9-a1a5-162b8a9c9ca2_story.htmlHe angered sponsor Arrow by appearing in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue” that came out last month and featured photos of Hinchcliffe naked on the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using a checkered flag or tires to cover himself. Hinchcliffe had agreed to be part of the popular annual issue to show the many scars from his near-fatal 2015 crash at Indy. He nearly bled to death and has made promoting blood drives part of his platform.
But Arrow was unhappy with the issue, which nearly cost Hinch his job. The episode led to president Jon Flack’s departure last week, as well as the team public relations representative.
So despite repeated assurance from Brown that Hinchcliffe will be with the team next year, speculation still swirls about his 2020 plans.
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.Still mad about Pocono
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.Because they want to be champ car with Indy, too many whiney drivers without the balls to run ovals.
https://racer.com/2019/09/30/miller-racings-best-ladder-system-delivers-again/Askew, who was asked by Arrow SPM if he wanted to take over James Hinchcliffe’s ride in the season finale at Monterey because the team was upset with the Canadian for his spread in ESPN magazine’s annual ‘The Body’ issue, politely declined. He hopes to make his 2020 plans public soon, but a third Ganassi car for selected races and the Indianapolis 500 seems possible.
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.Seriously?
You know how petty that is to fire someone for doing a Body magazine shoot? Does SPM really think its bad PR? Goodness.
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.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.
Hard to disagree there, he hasn't finished any higher than 8th in the championship despite being in good equipment for many years now. He is good for a win every once in a while though, and his work as an ambassador of the sport and his manufacturer is important. The series didn't fall off the face of the earth when Helio got moved to IMSA but you don't wanna see too many of those big names in too short a period of time.Hinchcliffe is a very good on the PR side of things. Granted I don't follow IndyCar as I do other forms of racing, but I look at him as a tad overrated when it comes to wins and performance. Seems to me he'd break through with a win every once in a while.
I forgot about his tenure with Andretti and he didn't exactly set the world ablaze with Go Daddy behind him.Hard to disagree there, he hasn't finished any higher than 8th in the championship despite being in good equipment for many years now. He is good for a win every once in a while though, and his work as an ambassador of the sport and his manufacturer is important. The series didn't fall off the face of the earth when Helio got moved to IMSA but you don't wanna see too many of those big names in too short a period of time.