Friday, September 21, 2018

Indy Cars Silly Season rolls On


As how many of these IndyCar roumours have played out?

Although I'm watching this from afar, now having ARSE-Sumedly' moved twice in a month's time, whilst spending minimal time upon Zed Confuzer'. Per Tipicali, I enjoy the writings of 'Ol R', Indy Cars Curmudgeon Robin Miller and Marshall Pruett on Racer.com.

thus Wayback on August 8th, Messer Pruett penned his latest version of the 2018 IndyCar Silly Season rumblings gleaned during the Mid Ohio race weekend, with the hottest property up for grabs being Scott Dixon, for which it seems would be wise to sign his one year option to remain with the Cheepster', aka Chip Ganassi's Championship winning operation. since the McLaren Andretti IndyCar proposal seemed anything but sorted then.

whilst the other speculation centers around the proposed Harding Racing Andretti Autosport alliance, for which I hope doesn't occur! As I wish NO ill will towards Harding Racing, but I just really DON'T want Mikey A' controlling one third of Indy Cars Grid!

As it would be better if Mike Harding & Co. could find another partner instead, in order to become a Fulltime two car operation next year. Especially in order to keep Chevy runners on the grid.

while lastly, it'd be great to see Jordan King become a Fulltime IndyCar Driver next year at Ed Carpenter Racing, as he's one of my latest revolving cast of Favourite Drivers...


UPDATE
Obviously, Y'all have heard awhile ago that Scotty thee "Iceman" 2.0 Dixon shrewdly signed a new multi-year contract extension with Chip Ganassi to remain at CGR in 2019 with options for further year's employment with thou Cheepster' Wayback on Monday, August 13th, Righto?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

INDYCAR: Replacing A Legend?


This autographed Scott Dixon Hero Card was collected for Mwah by No Fenders Shutterbug CARPETS' during a visit to McGilvries in Speedway, IN Wayback in 2013, when he was just a three times IndyCar Champion. (the Tomaso Collection)


As I'd presume it's as Difficult a Task in Indy Cars as it's getting your Lottery Draft Pick correct?

Ah, the life of an aging Blogger, especially one who's learning to reinvent thou Wheel 'O Life right now so to speak, after moving from my comfortable, familiar and enjoyable surrounds of two-plus decades, to who knows where? But I digress...

As I simply type too much for Ye Blog Fantastica, and simply Don't have space to Fit it All in upon these overflowing pages 'O No Fenders, along with the nearly 4,000 Posts over the past 12 years! Now Serving; Oh Never Mind!

Thus, this ultimate thought struck me after reading two articles, well actually "My Gal" Lucy', my trusty Screen Reader read them to me Wayback on Summer Solstice, (June 21st) but; Oh Never Mind!

the first was the IndyStar's IndyCar Insider Jim Ayello's Mid-Season Predictions for the second half with NBCSN Reporter Paul Tracy, who really didn't say anything too outlandish. Especially when deducing that any of the Top-4 Drivers Points-wise prior to Road America could win the title. Really?

But where the indelible PT', nee Thrill from The West Hill, a.k.a. "Mr. Chrome Horne" did throw a Fly into the Ointment Pre-Road America for Mwah, was when Tracy mused how it'll be very interesting to see who McLaren Hires as it's IndyCar Driver next year. is it Fernando, Rossi or perhaps Robert Wickens?


Whilst 'Ol R', aka Indy Cars Curmudgeon Robin Miller's Mid-season Assessment was more upon thou entertaining side...


And then Racer's Marshall Pruett totally spiced things up by speculating 'bout Scott Dixon potentially going to McLaren; Huh?


Fast forwarding a month's time, to when Dixon had just scored his third W' of the season at Toronto, his 44th career victory, and increasing his points lead to a healthy 62 markers over Josef Newgarden. Perhaps by the time this rant rolls out, Dixon will have claimed a remarkable fifth IndyCar Championship?

Which would move him to second place Overall for IndyCar titles, one ahead of Mario Andretti and just two shy of 'Ol SuperTex', aka Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jnr's seven National Championships.

But it was Pruett's story 'bout the possibility of the Kiwi' bolting to McLaren next year that set my mind Ah-Wonderin' just how would the Cheepster' go about replacing Dixon?

Although this seems highly unlikely now, as I'm guessing the McLaren IndyCar project has been put on thou Back Burner for now? And is perhaps Alonso McLaren's "Weak Link" instead?


Nonetheless it made me wonder how do you replace a Legend? Not to mention just who has the most IndyCar Championship Crowns pre-2018? For which obviously el Capitano', nee Roger Penske immediately comes to mind.

As Team Penske by my unofficial count has won a total of 15 titles beginning with USAC thru today's unified IndyCar series. As it seems so strange to have to clarify that!

Whilst Chip Ganassi was nipping at Roger's heels with 11 titles, with Dixon leading it's Drivers pantheon. With the long since defunct Newman Haas Racing having secured 8 Crowns, and Mikey A's squad four.

As I still can't help but think of Chip Ganassi's outfit resplendent in its Target colours, akin to Penske's iconic red & white Marlboro hues, albeit both IndyCar outfits have continued on their winning ways.

As I briefly looked at the Questione of winning Drivers this way since the Team always comes first, and the Driver second. Which I guess is a lot like normal Businesses, or work, Eh? Which is perhaps why Roger's been so successful over his nearly 40 years of Fulltime IndyCar participation.

And whilst Dixon will seemingly be staying at Ganassi for the foreseeable future, since who knows if the McLaren rumour was simply a negotiating ploy? Although I've got ZERO idea when the Iceman's current contract expires?

As Penske simply hires the best Drivers possible, presumably by offering a robust Pay-packet, not to mention almost always having the best winning equipment available.

Nonetheless, Father Time will inevitably beg the question of whether or not Chip Ganassi Racing will continue in the post Dixon era? Since the amazing Kiwi' cannot race forever in Indy Cars. Like just ask Juan Pablo Montoya or Helio Castroneves...

But I really don't see Ed Jones as the solution. And the forced "early" retirement of Dario Franchitti never saw a successor achieve success at Ganassi.

Since I was going to use the word "Worthy" for Dario's successor, but TK' Follow-your-Schnoz! Kanaan certainly wasn't NO Slouch! Although Me Thinks he only won one race with Cheep?

So who would Ganassi hire as Dixon's replacement? especially since Ganassi's only interested in winning. Which begs the question, is there a succession plan in place for other members of the team? Starting with Chip and followed by longtime Lieutenant Mike Hull. And do team owners keep a current "short list" of potential Driver replacements?

Since you can have the best Driver on the Grid, but if the Team's not of the same caliber, then they're probably not going to have the greatest results, i.e.; winning Championship titles, or the coveted Borg Warner trophy.

while I hope I'm totally wrong, but the vaunted Mazda Road To Indy (MRTI) Indy Lights Championship seems quite thin upon producing future IndyCar Stars at the moment, especially with its meager eight car Armada.

Which sadly, makes me think of those long forgotten Portland Days North American Touring Car Championship (NATCC) Support Series with the same meager car count; Remember Them? Chirp-Chirp, Bueller?

(Dixon "Hero Card" c/o No Fenders ‘Offical Photographer CARPETS')

Monday, September 17, 2018

A Weekend of Mixed Emotions for an Open Wheel Racing Fan



Alexander Rossi explaining how it All Slipped Away from him Sunday, during the Sonoma Post-race Interviews. (Image source: oilpressure.wordpress.com)
It's Football Night in Americre', Check. It's RASSCAR' Playoffs time Baby, Check. Uhm, it's Championship weekend for Indy Cars, is this thingy' On? Check 1-2-3...

It's funny the range 'O emotions I felt this past Sunday, after waiting in anticipation the whole day to watch; Err listen to the IndyCar season finale from Sonoma...

As I'm gonna try to write this story with only one web link included, since it relates massively to life in general for us Few Blind Motor Racing Aficionados.

Whale' Otay Race Fans, may be one Day I'll write; Uhm scribble a No Fenders story with zero links embedded in it. But not today, as there's actually two links that are intertwined with this story and the Cacophony of emotions I experienced over what Leigh Diffey Hammered into our Heads as Championship weekend, Spew!

As my emotional Rollercoaster syncs up perfectly with that oft, overplayed ABC Wide World 'O Sports TV Intro theme tease, Y'all know, "The Thrill 'O Victory, thee Agony of Defeat!"

As I began Saturday morning by listening to my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service, plodding thru my Daily News-trawl, including The Guardian's World News section, where I listened to a very poignant story about life as a former Refugee returning to the Camps three decades later...


As I found this a very sobering way to begin the morning, thinking to Thyself how lucky I am ultimately as an American, to have the luxury of living Solo in my very own Bungalow, and being afforded the luxury of having Cable TV to watch motor racing in general.

From there, after eating breakfast  and cheerfully "surfing" thou morning away, awaiting IndyCar qualifying from "Sleepy Hollow," nee Snorhoma, or officially known as Sonoma, which I still recall the thrill of my first visit Thar', running outside from the Watering Hole we were frequenting to the rumble of FoMoCo' motivated cars, specifically cobra's rumbling around the town's square over two decades ago...

I marveled over the simplicity of basking in the ability of having the Indycar.com live Timing & Scoring webpage not Dump upon Mwah once and getting to enjoy listening to the unbridled enthusiasm of thee "Viking," aka Anders Krohn giggling thru the entire Quali' show over the Beatdown Patricio O'Ward was displaying during his IndyCar Debut.

As I spent the entire live Internetz' Broadcast crowing out loud to Thyself that O'Ward's simply a BAD ASS HOMBRE! And I was so excited over his outstanding debut, that I decided to watch; Err listen to the entire qualifying segment a second time via the delayed TV Broadcast upon NBC Sports, since I really enjoy 'Ol PT's, nee Paul Tracy's No Nonsense commenting.

As I was curious to see how they'd call the Qualie' vs. the IMS Radio Broadcast. For which I enjoyed how much more the IMS Gang was able to interview Drivers vs. cutting to the obligatory raft 'O television commercials. Ambling off for dinner with a glow upon thou face over how exciting the reigning Indy Lights Champion Pato' was for me.

Hence I spent all day Sunday morning waiting in anticipation, hoping for the unlikely to happen, Na, SHIT! I don't mean when I accidently didn't get Lucy', My ARSE-Steamed Screen Reader turned off before reading me the headline results of who'd won the Formula 1 race; SHEISA!

Nope, I was hoping for who Paul Tracy would later call a "Cat on a Hot Tin roof!" Nee Alexander Rossi pulling off the upset by defeating Scott Dixon for this year's IndyCar Crown, which my Gut told me wouldn't happen.

Yet my Foopah before noon seemingly was a Harvenger 'O Things to come, since I already knew it's never good to have an IndyCar race preceded by RASSCAR', SHIT! Ah FUCK! Here we go again, as gee Kiddies', Thar going long, since they cannot keep from running into each other for more than four laps at a time, ergo, playing Bumpercars thru the start of the IndyCar race; FUCK-FUCK-FUCK!

As I just sat Dumbstruck over the Freakin' Roundy-round Bombers runnin' late and causing us to inexplicably miss the start of the IndyCar season finale. Arguably the most crucial start of the season, Eh?

An being that my Cable TV Service is relatively brand new to Mwah, not even a month old yet, I simply didn't know what Bleepin' channel CNBC was on, and thus was stuck listening to the drone 'O NASCAR while the IndyCar race was in action... Before scamperin' to Thy Kitchen's 'Ol School telephone to hurriedly Dial-up my Zapp2it' TV Guide and find out what channel CNBC was so I didn't have to listen to any more of that aggravating NASCAR Dribble; SHIT! Since we simply bounced into the IndyCar race already in progress at 3:48PM Pacific BASTARDOS!

and then how much time, time, Deal with It! Uhm, how many laps did I miss whilst trying to find out what channel CNBC is on? fuming the whole time repeatedly saying you've got to be Fucking Kidding! As NBC definitely gets a 15-yard penalty and loss of Down for Intentional Grounding of the Indy Cars Season Finale!

But N-O Buckaroos', the Show didn't stop there, as I had zero interest in the encore presentation of the Singapore Grand Prix and decided to listen to Speed Freaks instead. but SHIT! Since we're in Football season now, they're relegated to Backwater status and only available on the Internetz' via tumbler, nee tune-in radio, which typically takes me seven or eight minutes of repeatedly refreshing the page's link in order to hear the tinny, crappy constantly modulating volume web broadcast begin. For which I immediately quit after hearing Scott Dixon's interview...

Yet even as my Angst, or what those Bloody Brits call Agro' simmered late into the night, I realize how silly I'm being compaired to everybody suffering from Hurricane Florence, so ironically named, since that's where I'm residing now.

Yet I simply am venting my frustrations as a Blind person, since it's Uber Annoying how much we're not able to See, and hence how much we Miss for a variety of reasons, since "My Gal" Lucy', my Screen Reader can only read me whatever websites are built robustly enough to allow her easy interface access...

which makes it even more impressive that a Blind female Paralympics Athlete's preparing to contest the upcoming Dancing With The Stars season, for which I was totally unaware of before Snowbyrd MJ' informed me of this.

You see, Danelle Umstead, a multiple medal winning Paralympics Skier suffers from the very same eye disease your Humble No Fenders Scribe is afflicted by. It's called Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP for short. And I'm just super, super impressed by Danelle's courage and fortitude to agree to participate on Dancing With the Stars, and hope she and her Russian Dancing partner do well overall!

As I encourage Y'all to check out the link below, which gives just a brief insight to the challenges of life for Blind people in general, which somehow makes the whole Day's Bungled Motorsports Broadcasts outing a tad bit inconsequential, Eh?

Now if I could only S-e-E where the Bloody Speelchequor is; Oh Never Mind!