Wednesday, February 18, 2015

INDYCAR: 2015 Silly Season Driver Market begins Thawing...

Otay, so I'm way behind the proverbial '8-ball here, as Y'all probably know this but, since I've  been away from thy Keyboard, two further IndyCar Drivers have been confirmed for 2015 race seats, whilst a third is expected anytime now; Can You say Sage Karam?

Thankfully, the reigning Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves has secured a fulltime racing gig in the B-I-G' CARZ, aka IndyCar's aboard the Bryan Herta Autosport No. 98 Dallara DW12-Honda racing machine, so fortunately we don't need to worry over BHA's impending future after rookie "Union Jack" (Hawksworth) sought refuge in the rosier confines 'O Super Tex's second A.J. Foyt Enterprises 2015 entry, where the Englishman will partner elder team-mate 'Taku-san, nee Takuma Sato.

Meanwhile, No Fenders 'Offical Photographer 'CARPETS was the first to break the news to Mwah that CFH Racing has inked Luca Filippi to fill the void left by Mike "Ice-Ice, Baby" Conway's ascendency to a fulltime World Endurance Championship (WEC) "Works" factory ride with Toyota, along with his Formula E stint at Dragon Racing.

Thus, not sure what'll happen to J.R. Hildebrand, who was patiently waiting in CFHR's Wings in hopes of landing Conway's vacated "Twistys' Only" (Road/Street Courses) seat, as 26yr old Italian Filippi's defection to another Bowtie (Chevrolet) powered team leaves Honda minus one more "Hired Gun" in its attempt to halt the ever increasing defection to Chebbie' powered squads!

As still haven't heard any official word on where my Numero Uno IndyCar boy Justin B-I-G' UNIT Wilson will land, although think he's still angling for KV "What's Yuh Muh-Call It," right?

while lastly, the worst Silly Season rumour is the impending confirmation of 2013 Indy Lights champion Sage Karam as Ryan Briscoe's replacement at the 'Cheepster's 'B-Team, also known as 'G2 in the No. 8 ride, alongside Charlie Kimball's #83 Seester' car for the Brownsburg based side of the Ganassi garages...

As at least my edjumicated guess upon the affable 'Aussie landing employment as a Hot Schue for Chevrolet's Corvette C7R endurance program  was well founded, as I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Messer Briscoe picked up his first Rolex chronograph upon winning this year's GTLM class by nary a scant half second-plus over his nearest competitor; So way to GO Ryan!

As Briscoe will next contest the Sebring 12 Hours, then follow-up with a return to Circuit de la Sarthe this June, this time aboard a GT Lemans 'Tintop before wrapping up his four race Sports Car enduro' duties at the Tudor United Sportscar Championship season finale Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in early October.

Meanwhile, don't expect Dale Coyne to announce his 2015 driver line-up until 43-minutes prior to the green flag at St Pete; Hya! Whilst "Symona-Symona" (de Silvestro) is still hopeful of landing an IndyCar seat, perhaps at KVAFS/RT/SH Racing, with Briscoe hopeful of running once again at 'Mother Speedway this May...