Friday, April 17, 2015

Cheeps' South American Competitors...



Read a good  story 'bout 'TK Follow-your-Schnoz! Kanaan's life lessons in a recent Q&A published by IndyStar - where Kanaan relates about growing up fast at age 13 after his father died from cancer.


Meanwhile, while Oriel Servia's announcement as Graham Rahal's team-mate at Indianapolis this May comes as no surprise, I do find Ganassi's addition of S-squared, aka Sebastian Saavedra  a trifle baffling... As can't recall the 24yr old  Columbian exactly setting the IndyCar world alight in past seasons, not to mention Cheep' adding a fifth car at Mother Speedway.


Yet surely the move was known internally, with Saavedra  set to take over the No. 8 this weekend at Long Beach plus Sonoma, along with his Month of May duties, and perhaps, just perhaps this is partially why current No. 8 driver Sage Karam was pushing so hard at Nola Motorsports Park  last weekend?

And further wildly speculating, could Saavedra  be  auditioning for further seat time at Ganassi whenever TK decides to pack it in from  IndyCar racing? After all,  who'd ever thunk that Kanaan would become the sport's elder statesman,  as Tony turns 41 on December 31.

As Cheep' had another pretty good Columbian driver previously, somebody named Juan Pablo Montoya! Or is it just insurance in case Karam doesn't pan out? Or most likely just filling in with apparently needed sponsorship funding. Y'all make the Call...

Formula 1 Continues Oppressing the Meek while bathing in Bahrain's riches...



Once again, it's time for the semi-controversial Bahrain Grand Prix, which means I don't find any surprise one iota over Amnesty International's latest report noting how brutality towards its citizens is still rampant in the Desert Kingdom of Bahrain...


As this topic isn't new here at No Fenders, having begun my Bahrain GP "sit-out" four years ago now, which is somewhat funny to me that Bahrain follows another politically tolerant NOT! Country, nee China's Grand Prix in Shanghai, not to mention Uncle Bernaughty's latest foray into politically Oppressive countries: Can Y'all say Azerbaijan?


As certainly, every country has its issues, but the bloodlust for Gold over protecting the history of Formula 1's cornerstones, nee France, Germany and Italy to name just  a few is most disturbing. As what's next NO Bloody British Grand Prix?


Whilst F1's current Pied Piper; Err purveyor of  Political Speak, when he's not too busy Wingeing' On 'N On about the opposition having an "Unfair Advantage," Red Bull's Chris Horner will forever indelibly be remembered for his pathetic claims of Formula 1 just being a Sport DAMN I-T Jim, I'm NOT a (Spin) Doctor, I'm just a Team Principal; Hooah!

Playing the Name Game...



Although I'm pretty sure(?) that Italian MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli isn't related to Gianni, nonetheless, that name made me think of a long forgotten Formula 1 racer, not to mention the current lack of Italian's competing in thy pinnacle 'O motorsport!


And although Franco's actually won a title, taking the 2013 600 Super Sport crown, I'm more familiar with Gianni, who after all got his dream of driving a Ferrari Formula 1 car for la Scuderia, substituting for the ousted Frenchman Alain Prost, who'd rubbed Scuderia Ferrari's nose one too many times, with Morbidelli getting the drive at the 1991 season ending Australian Grand  Prix, where he finished sixth, but was only awarded one-half point due to the race ending prematurely due to inclement weather conditions.

Gianni drove for a variety of Formula 1 teams, including Scuderia Italia, Minardi, Ferrari, Footwork and Sauber, with his best season being 1995 where he finished third at Adelaide, in a race of attrition, with Damon Hill winning the Australian GP by a 'Mega two-laps ahead of Olivier Panis's Ligier Mugen-Honda and Morbidelli's Footwork-Hart.


While I'm also pretty certain that Alex de Angelis isn't related to Elio...

As interestingly, Alex replaced the "Texas Tornado," aka Colin Edwards midway thru last season, and will contest the 2015 MotoGP season for Octo Ioda Racing, aboard their ART Open Class Scooter.

Yeah, Yuhs guessed I-T! Elio's another Gran Primo Piloto from the past, who tragically died in 1986 during a test session in Gordon Murray's radical "laydown" BT55 chassis at Paul Ricard. Although the accident itself was fairly light with De Angelis dying due to oxygen starvation from fire - where there was a lack of track safety personnel for such incidents...


And lastly, albeit not connected to Scooter racing; Hya! I've already cleverly noted my Cornfusion' over reigning Indy Lights champion and rookie IndyCar racer Gabby Chaves, who I'm hoping has a very successful rookie campaign this year for the Minnowesqe Bryan Herta Autosport team. Whilst NO idea what Pedro's up too...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Taxman!



Today's Date got me thinking 'bout that 'Ol Taxman Song by Y'all know who... Which in turn made me recall a glorious 'lil piece I'd scribbled before in honour 'O thy day; Hooah!


And whilst it's a long time ago that 'HULIO was Dancin' his way outta Federal Courtroom, and the mighty Ross Brawn's "BeeGee" (BG001) was Dancin' its way to thee 'Twenty-oh-Nine Formula 1 world championship... Nonetheless, "Guido-duh-Dutchman" (Giedo Van der Garde) was making waves of his own earlier this year, which careful Monsieur 'VandyGarde; Ahem, I'm sure there's Revenuers' around the globe; Hya! As strange Dazes indeed...


Although it AIn'T really that strange, eh? Just a scorned Dutchie' having his revenge upon a Formula 1 team that screwed him monetarily!


Whilst what could be better than hearing 'Ol Georgie H croonin' that iconic Beatles song simply known as...

VIDEO: Taxman

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Few more MotoGP Stories from Austin plus Scooter Pilotes' trilogy...



"The Dynamic Duo" of Tomaso and Claudio pose briefly at the entrance to COTA during the MotoGP weekend last year. (The Tomaso Collection)
While your humble No Fenders scribe Tomaso is winging his way home from another very enjoyable outing at Geo. Phillips favourite named racetrack, simply known as COTA, nee Circuit Of The Americas. Here's a 'lil more two wheeled fodder to keep Y'all leaned over; Hooah! As NO idea what fun I'll have this time flying home on a big 'Ol Jetliner, Mr. Steve Miller...


Otay, so it's a 'Wee bit dated, and naturally you wouldn't expect anything else publicly from the leading "Works" Honda rider. Although it's funny how Marc Marquez was making the News cycle in Formula 1between the hugely disappointing Australian GP and Malaysia rounds; Hmm? Can Y'all say Damage Control? Oh Never Mind!


While Y'all can read all about my last year's most enjoyable trip to Austin below, or simply jump to a few selected Action shots from last year instead...



Not to mention my epic three-part tome chronicling knee-dragger crossovers to four wheels. Now somebody give me a Cheeseburger; Hya!