Monday, September 24, 2018

Moto2 Rider Sacked after Dastardly On-track Behaviour

By now, Y'all have surely heard of scorned Moto2 rider Romano Fenati's inexcusable actions during the most recent San Marino Grand Prix round, when the Italian apparently had Brain Fade when deciding to pull the Brake lever on a fellow Moto2 competitor at some 140mph; SHEISA!

As there's simply NO plausible explanation for such Dastardly actions during a race, especially when it's on motorcycles, which aren't exactly known for their overabundance of safety features!

As I totally applaud and agree with the Moto2 Teams' decision to swiftly terminate his contract and immediately dismiss him from their organization!

While Moto Matters contributor David Emmett has penned the following article detailing the young Italian's fall from grace in;

And the Hits just keep Ah-Comin' for this thoroughly Disgraced Moto2 Rider. As now the FIM's taken his license away.

Ironically, or Cruelly? It just so happened that a most Disparaging Anniversary of another Motorcycle racing incident was quietly being marked over the very same weekend. As Motorsport Magazine Hack' Matt Oxley was commiserating over three times consecutive 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey's career ending accident 25 years ago at the very same racetrack...

MOTO GP: A little light reading

As it felt like it had been around a month's time since snooping around the very little intelligible MotoGP websites that exist today when originally spotting some of this News... As Y'all remember MotoGP, Righto?

Just had to post Somme-thun' about my current Numero Uno Kneedragger Johan Zarco, who apparently is sliding down the pecking order. As Motorsport Magazine scribe Matt Oxley coiffed the Frenchman as the Proud Cock; YOUCH! Uhm, I meant the young Rooster, who's apparently been laying some eggs lately.

Yet All the Rage right now, the past Fortnight  following the San Marino MotoGP round at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, was the Unthinkable Disregard for Riders Safety when a young Italian Moto2 Rider attempted to pull another's Brake lever while chortling down the Straight at some 140mph; SHEISA!

Now in what I can only ARSE-Sume is a Money Matter? I find it quite annoying how none of the traditional Newspapers I listen to via my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service ever report anything about the MotoGP races. Having checked the wares of The Guardian, BBC, Daily Mail and Reuters All to NO Avail! Forgoing the London Telegraph since they publish their Motorcycle racing News weirdly in their Cars section, Huh?

As the only news was the nonstop coverage over Romano Fenati's INSANE Brake lever shenanigans! Whilst speaking 'O Brakes, I ran across an interesting story on James Allen's website comparing the top two categories of Formula 1 v MotoGP.

And lastly, although we're now past the Mid-season for MotoGP, here's what one Pundit was noting for MotoGP Rider Swaps et Al...

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

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...

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')