Monday, June 24, 2019

INDYCAR: Herta Hypefest vs. O'Ward Obscurity

Patricio "Pato" O'Ward's Carlin No. 31 during Friday practice at the Oh, so Bootyful' Barbers, nee Barber Motorsports Park, AL. (The Tomaso Collection)
As just imagine thou Fireworks that would be occurring if they were both Team-mates with equal equipment at Harding Steinbrenner Racing...

Perhaps it's just Mwah, since after all I'm Hugely Biased in favour of Pato O'Ward, who I've chosen as my Numero Uno IndyCar Driver this year ahead of Alexander Rossi and Felix rosenqvist, But...

What in Thee Hell is up with the Peacock Booth Boyz' continuous slobberfest over Colton Herta? As I grow increasingly tired each 'N every race over the Hype over Herta "Junior" constantly ratcheting up; BARF!

Hey, I'm not saying that the teenager Colton's not a very good Rookie IndyCar driver, but seriously? so he's now fortuitously won One IndyCar race & Pole position, Breaking previous Youngest ever Status held by Graham Rahal; Buh-Buh-Buh-Big Dealio!

As Rahal Jnr' hasn't exactly been an IndyCar Prodigy! Whilst Herta's currently tied for victories with another Celebrity named Danica; BFD!

As NBC Sports Talking Headz' Leigh Diffey, PT' (Paul Tracy) Townsend "T-Bell," Kevin Lee and Marty Snidely Whiplash Snyder! All Fawn over Colton like he's the Second Coming of 'lil Al (Unser, Jr.) or Mikey A' (Andretti) during their Championship winning years at Penske and Newman Haas respectively; SPEW!

Although at least T-Bell' was the only announcer to mention Pato O'Ward's On-track position during the Road America race...

Meanwhile, Mexico's Patricio O'Ward seemingly get's a Bum Steer. Probably having the most challenging Rookie campaign as an IndyCar Pilote', having first been Shafted by Harding Steinbrenner Racing, (HSR) before seeking refuge at Carlin. Now trying to recover from his Disappointing Month 'O May, where he, Max Chilton and Oh Yeah, some Dude named Fernando All Failed to Qualify for this year's Indianapolis 500.

As is it really that simple? Are what us Yanks' call Shock Absorbers the main "X-Factor" in Indy Cars? And where would HSR be without its Technical Alliance with Andretti Autosport, along with utilizing Dampers from Andretti Applied Technology, Eh? Or Herta having the luxury of Debriefing with the four Andretti Autosport Drivers?

As reputedly O'Ward's Stellar IndyCar Debut at Sonoma last year, where he waxed Colton was due to his having the team's allotment of new Shocks vs. Herta running older spec Dampers...

As I've got Zero Clue who's Dampers Carlin's utilizing? Although hopefully they're buying Shocks from Team Penske? Since the engine manufacturers Hondre' and Chevy seem fairly evenly matched on Horsepower. Albeit the Honda's seem to be more evenly matched vs. Penske having a performance advantage over the other Bowtie runners.

Whilst hopefully O'Ward, who's been saddled with Sponsorship woes all season long will be able to continue racing this year in Indy Cars, since he's obviously got talent. And last time I checked thou record books, Patricio won the 2018 Indy Lights Championship ahead of somebody named Colton, Ci!

So Kudos to Max Chilton's father Graham and Trevor Carlin for continuing to Dig into Thar Pocketbooks and keep O'Ward on the Grid. Who responded this weekend by Qualifying 13th at Road America, ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Fellow Rookies Marcus Ericsson, Felix Rosenqvist and Santino Ferruci. Along with veteran Tony Kanaan and Oh Yeah, his veteran Carlin team-mate Max Chilton, who rolled off P22!

Yet to Max's credit, he managed to finish one position ahead of Pato, 16th Overall at Road America, although Positions 16-17 aren't nothin' to write Home about!

Yet All the Camera Eye could focus upon was Herta's Dirt Trackin' Rodeo Ride 'em Cowboy Racin's Rubbin race finish; Yeehaw!

While I'd say that Indy Cars lack of overall Mainstream Media Creditability, which Hiding it's product behind NBC's Gold Paywall is Detrimental! Since Formula 1 not only shows their practice & qualifying on Linear TV, but airs Qualie' entirely Commercial Free!

And thus Indy Cars lack of exposure these days is a far larger issue vs. the PR Spin of Colton Herta during NBC sports IndyCar TV Broadcasts...

(Photo c/o George Phillips of Fame)

Friday, June 21, 2019

AUTOS: Ford Licking its Wounds at Goodwood

Where Thee Blue Oval products will probably be running Up thou Hill with lightly filled Fuel Tanks...

FoMoCo' will dispatch it's Works No. 66 Ford GT racecar along with its highest Horsepower Ford Mustang, the Shelby GT 500 to Bloody England on July 4th, along with the Debut of an Ultra High Performance version of its Ford GT Road-car to be Unveiled at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As Ford's currently licking it's Humiliating Disqualifications of the Le Mans Class Winning GTE Am #85 Keating Motorsports Ford GT and it's Big Brother's Chip Ganassi Racing's (CGR) highest placed #68 GTE Pro entry, with both cars having been Disqualified for oversized Fuel Tanks...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

RETRO: Ford's Iconic GT Racer says C'est la Vie' for Now

One of Ford's iconic, Nasty 427cid Big Block V-8 GT 40 Mk II's with its Arch rival Ferrari 250LM on display at the IMS Museum, circa 2012. (The Tomaso Collection)
As I suppose it's accomplished Job 1 for FoMoCo'

As History denotes, 53yrs ago, Ford Motor Company finally broke the Prancing Horse's Stranglehold upon Circuit de la Sarthe with an emphatic 1-2-3 victory romp over Ferrari with its Nasty Ford GT 40 Mk II's led by the duo of Shelby American entries ahead of its Seester' Holman & Moody mount.

As it was the Dearborn Auto Manufacturer's wish to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of said triumph at Le Mans which saw the re-introduction of the Ford GT in its second iteration returning to competition in France three years ago.

As appropriately, the No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) entry with Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Hometown Boy Sealmeister B', aka Sebastain Bourdais at its controls took thoust Chequered Flag First in the GTE Pro category by finishing 18th Overall!

Leading a Ford GT 1-3-4 class finish ironically with only the No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE spoiling Ford from sweeping the LM Gran Tourismo Evolution Professional category's podium with its runner-up finish.

Although it hasn't been all Champagne 'N Bubbly' for FoMoCo' at Le Mans, as Aston Martin won GTE Pro Class Honours in 2017 and Porsche did likewise last year.

Although the Ford GT finished runner-up to Aston Martin in 2017 after both cars were able to slip by the leading Corvette of Jordan Taylor's stricken C7.R which ultimately shredded it's tyre after trying to hold off the Aston Martin Vantage of Johnny Adam in his best Rodney Sandstorm; Err Cole Trickle Racin's Rubbin' impersonation...

Fast forwarding to 2019, Jason Bourne and Bruce Wayne's Alter Egos Matt Damon & Christian Bale jointly waved the Green Flag for this year's Indianapolis 500, primarily to promote their upcoming racing film Ford V Ferrari, Le Mans 1966.

Whilst Y'all can check out the movie trailer which was appropriately released just prior to this year's 24 Heurs du Mans, naturally to get us All Geeked Up over its impending release to the Big Screens this November...

Originally I had Zero Clue who Bale was playing? Subsequently learning he's playing Ken Miles in the film opposite Damon's role as Carroll Shelby. For which due to my Blue Oval allegiance, along with Roberto introducing me to the world 'O Shelby American lore, I've known about Ken Miles since the early 1990's.

As I'm hoping this film will make its way to teeny-tiny, Itsy-bitzy Florence this Fall, since I look forward to seeing it, along with wondering how they'll address the Farcical Photo Finish Op! Or Miles subsequent fatality?

As hopefully the next time Ford goes endurance racing, preferably with another rendition of the Ford GT, it'll be battling for Overall W's instead of just lower tier Class victories...

(Photo c/o No Fenders ‘Offical Photographer CARPETS')