Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Can IndyCar Ride Out the "Buy-A-Drive" Storm?

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing's 2012 "Winter's Greetings" DW12 Showcar. (The Tomaso Collection)
In honour of the STUPENDOUS seven months Off-season, as OH MY FREAKIN' GAWD! Is IndyCar really going racing this coming weekend? I thought it only appropriate to dust off the winter dreams SFHR Showcar photo...

Whilst I was still clinging to hopes that my Numero Uno IndyCar driver Justin B-I-G' UNIT Wilson would be retained for a Full Season Gig this year all the way up to  "Spring Training;" Ahem, C'mon Honda, give Mikey A' a call and insert the likeable Brit into a winning ride!

Alas, it appears to A-L-L be in vain, with the IndyCar grid being complete for the first four races minimum - with NO Wilson; SHEISA!
As it's not a new phenomenon but, as NBC Sport's Tony DiZinno wisely points out, the series itself is as much to blame as the teams for the influx of hiring "Pay Drivers" and the dwindling number of seats available overall...

As it seems there's a steady migration to Bowtie power, with two thirds of IndyCar's "Big-3," i.e.; Penske, Ganassi and Andretti being Chevrolet powered, not to mention the defection of Sarah Fisher Hartman to Chebbie's' camp, and Hondre'  suddenly seems outgunned on the potential winning driver front, as the Japanese Auto Giant only has two Bonafied "bullets" in its gun, with Andretti Autosport and Schmidt Peterson Motorsport.

(SPM) Yet both Andretti and Schmidt have gaping holes in their respective '15 ICS programs. With Andretti's fourth car still available, (until Simona de Silvestro was announced as its pilot for St Pete( with talks of a potential revolving door driver roulette a la Dale Coyne fifth seat possibility? (Which appears to be "Off-the-Table" for the time being...)

Meanwhile, SPM sought cold, hard Dinero over the talents of deserving IndyCar rookie Conor Daly as new team leader James Hinchcliffe, with the addition of James Jakes to its second entry. Although Jakes cheque does keep the team flush with two entries and he's not a horrible driver overall...

Thus, hopefully cooler 'N wiser heads will prevail, and B-I-G' Brother Justin (Wilson) will retain his rightful place in IndyCar for the entire season; OOPS! AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN, FUCK!

Hmm? Why not a reunion of sorts at 'Meesh's favourite team owner "Booby Ruble's" squad. As Wilson showed "Grahamcracker" (Graham Rahal) the way as team leader at the fabled Newman Haas Racing team in '08, along with working so well with veteran engineer Mitch Davis, as Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing could definitely use the services of Justin this season; Just Sayin!

Although apparently Wilson's been relegated to Indy Only status this year? With Curt Cavin indicating the earliest we'll potentially see Justin back in Indy Cars is May, which I for one think is a Gynormus mistake!

As with NO disrespect to the likes of Oriel "Suitcase" Servia, Ryan "Disco Fever" Briscoe, "Captain America," (J.R. Hildebrand) etc, As yeah, know I'm harpin' on 'bout the O-L-D Generation here, as I'm NOT adverse to the Up & Comers, it's just that I wish for quality drivers  to get the "Plum Drives!" Which sadly, it appears Justin Wilson's once again lost out upon...

Whilst the renown 'Curty Cavin ponders how the AFX Aurora Body-by-Mennen Aerokits will potentially upset thee IndyCar Apple-cart in;

(Photo Courtesy of No Fenders ‘Offical Photographer ‘CARPETS)