Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Speedway drizzle

Let it Rain Let it Rain Let it Rain!
As I have to say, I’m really NOT too horribly excited about this year’s Indy 500... And I rather enjoyed the “CAM WOW’s” post ‘bout how Kansas = Fail! As in do we really expect anyone outside of “The Big 3” (Penske, Ganassi or Andretti) to win the 94th running of the Great Spectale?

Yet I’ve just received an updated entry list to this year’s Indy 500 which has now been whittled down to 75 entries, while I’ve also read somewhere that another two cars could go by the waysides? As there appears to be some questions over funding for FAZZT’s second entry for Bruno Junqueira?

Apparently A.J. Foyt’s third entry, the No. 16 has been scrubbed along with AFS Racing’s No. 27, while Rahal Letterman Racing has dropped its No. 17 and replaced it with the No. 30 entry for Graham Rahal, with Team 3G’s No. 98 now being the only ride still available...

Chassis-Chassis, On the Wall
Which of our Dallara Chassis are the fairest of all? As this seems to be getting a bunch ‘O attention upon Andretti Autosport’s TK, nee Tony Kanaan having gone out and tested all four of AA’s chassis at Indy the other day...

And reputedly Sarah Fisher has opted for running her 2003-spec Dallara vs. her 2009 mount at Indy this year... As I can only speculate that perhaps the ’09 chassis which was a gift from Hartman Oil last year was the car driven by Graham Rahal and is indeed damaged or may be it really does have a cracked tub? although her Main-man Andy O'Gara claimed "Publicly" that it doesn't and simply was a variation in build that was causing the problem...

Thus this makes me believe there’s NO such thing as two Identical Racecar chassis, even if built in tandem on the same Assembly line. So, it’ll be interesting to hear if Don Kay asks Jay “Funnyman” Howard ‘bout this tonight on Autosport Radio? As Team Penske’s Tim Cindric and Howard are the scheduled guests.

Then again perhaps it’s simply just like wearin' an old pair of comfortable blue jeans vs. breaking a new pair in, eh?

Sam Schmidt’s Vision?
Perhaps Y’all have heard via the IndyStar that reportedly Sam Schmidt is in the midst of negotiations to acquire Citizen Tony’s (George) Vision Racing’s 32,000sq ft Indiana facility along with their Dallara chassis... And if conditions are right, Schmidt would potentially enter the Big Leagues, i.e.; Indy Car in the near future, say 2011 perhaps? As the plan acquisition is slated for completion this August and I hope it happens! As Sam seems to be one of the “Good Guys” and runs a first rate operation, as it would be good to see some new blood move up to the Big Boyz, especially a Powerhouse Indy Lights Team...