Friday, May 9, 2008

Open Wheel notes

Sign of the Times?I find it hugely embarrassing that in this world ‘O Unification, Sarah Fisher and Paul Tracy are struggling to attract the necessary sponsorship needed to fund quality programs in the Indy Car World Series, while back markers such as Milka Duno and Marty Roth continue to plod along… And not to harp about the IRL bias that still permeates the media, as Sarah Fisher got a nice article about her teams struggles published in the USA Today, but how come NO mention about Mr. Chrome Horn’s travails, eh?

N/H/L crew member killedHow horrible for 63yr old Davey Evans, long time mechanic of Newman Haas Racing to have been STUPIDLY killed in a SENSELESS Bar-room brawl…

Evans, who specialized in engine work, had been a member of the team for the past 23 years and his association with Carl Haas goes back four decades to Lola Cars and the Can Am era. Evans and a few of his mates had gone to the Kazablanca bar for a late evening dinner before being involved in this horrific confrontation in which Evans died from a stroke which was most likely caused by senseless fisticuffs…

Feeling the Heat?Apparently Ryan “Inferno” Briscoe is feeling a little pressure to perform this Month of May as the Captain seeks to extend his record strangle-hold on the Speedway, as Briscoe claims that almost every discussion he’s had with Roger always has some connotation about the Speedway’s importance interwoven into it… While Helio Castroneves has apparently left his blue suede shoes at home in the closet for the time being… As he forgoes participating in the Dancing with FOOLS 100th Episode extravaganza, telling his ex-dancing partners he was focusing upon his day-job at Indy…

Pearly VisionAs Y’all know, I’ve just returned from the Great White North and having read about Pat Caporali being announced as the new Public Relations guru for the Kingdom Racing team… The thought struck me that I’d just returned from the other Great White North, eh? Not to be cornfuzed with that place with the white fluffy clouds and some sort ‘O mystical entry gates…

This leads me to ASSUME that Davey Hamilton’s Visionary Racing-mobile will obviously be painted white, since after all, white is the preferred Holy colour, eh? As Y’all know ‘dem Good Guys always wear white? As “Juan ‘O” Kingdom (Come) Racing’s goals is to pass along some sort of divinity, claiming they just want to spread the word of Jesus…

The Gecko-manItalian racing driver Max Papis, whom has previously been touted as Indy’s newest Lizard King… Has claimed how ecstatic he is to be back aboard a really fast race car after having spent the past two years in Sports Cars, proclaiming;

It was an adrenaline rush.”

"It's fun to be going so fast after a long time away," the son-in-law of two-time Indy winner Emerson Fittipaldi said. "When you haven't done it for a while, you can't believe how these cars stick in the corner. It's like a video game."


Papis expects to solidly place his Rubicon Racing entry in the 92nd running of Indy, making his third start at the Speedway…

When “Super Tex” speaksSom-thun ‘bout an ‘Ol EF Hutton joke here? As apparently ‘Ol Super Tex has announced that Larry Foyt will NOT be driving his second race car at Indy, although he’s listed as the driver of the #41 AJ Foyt Enterprises entry.

Yet, AJ Foyt claims that Larry “DOESN’T Have that KILLER Instinct!” And that Larry is more important to him as the Team’s manager then getting injured racing once again…

Apparently Larry Foyt who’s broken his back once before has other ideas, as he’s still hopeful of finding the necessary sponsorship to get himself behind the wheel, while AJ claims that if they run a second entry, it’ll be somebody else… And judging by car count they’ll need to run that second entry… Although I certainly hope Al Unser Jr will stay away from another languid run at Indy…

One less seat?
Team owner John Barnes has announced that there will be NO second Panther entry this Month of May, as the team wishes to focus solely upon the struggling Vitor Meira’s chassis. The team has also lured past engineer David Cripps back into the fold after somebody named “Curly” took over his role at Roth Racing…

Run for the Border?
It has been announced that officials from the Mexico City Tourism Board will meet this weekend with Tony George to discuss the possibility of enticing him into adding their city to the 2009 Indy Car World Series…

First Wall Smack
Of course Y’all knew it was gonna happen… As Rookie “Josie Carnuba” (Jaime Camara) was the first driver to sample the Safer Barrier at the Brickyard, upon hitting the wall during practice.

To which apparently Bryan “High Speed Hurdles” Herta text messaged him something about having now earned his Rookie stripe at the Brickyard…

Curry’s new gigWhy do I find this humorous… As the recently ousted Vision Racing Team Manager Larry Curry has landed a new job as Chief Engineer for Roth Racing. Now could Larry please tell Marty to stay the HELL off the track!

Now its time to tune into Fast Fridy, if the weather decides to cooperate, eh?

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