Thursday, March 19, 2015

INDYCAR: And then there was only Ten Days remaining...



As typical, after I'd posted my most recent IndyCar Silly Season update, 'Wayback on Feb 18, wouldn't Yuhs know I-T! Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had the gumption to somewhat surprisingly hired James Jakes to its vacated  second race seat  for 2015. As Jakes, whom seemingly brought money to the team in order to drive the No. 7 this year, since Russian Mikhail Aleshin's funding was frozen by tis great land 'O thee in the name of sanctions against the Kremlin; Nyet! You're NOT gonna race in Americre' NO more Mikhail!

Meanwhile, also missed the memo over Chip Ganassi Racing confirming the obvious, i.e.; Sage Karam will race the No. 8 at Indy Cars season opener at St. Pete whilst further funding is negotiated for Karam to run the remainder of the season. (As surely Cheep' hopes he doesn't demolish too many more tubs - like he did on the first day of Aerokit testing at thee Barber!) Which left just four fulltime seats open for '15.

T MINUS 30!
Here's what I noted the landscape 'O IndyCar seats still available one month prior to St Pete appeared to this flummoxed "Keyboard Warrior!" With the worst news being Justin Wilson possibly not being on the grid in 2015, albeit this seems to be a nagging yearly trend for the likeable & talented Briton...



Therefore, on February 26th, just three days shy of 'T-minus-30, the most coveted remaining IndyCar ride available was Mikey Andretti's fourth seat, which my fingers, toes, arms, legs; Uhm? Y'all get the  idea that I really wanted Justin B-I-G' UNIT Wilson to get this drive! Whilst speculation swirled over a possible revolving door multi-driver's fifth AA entry being possible?

Second best remaining was the second KV Whatever it's  called now Racing Team's ride alongside le 'Hamburgular, nee Sebastain Bourdais, while it was still way too EARLY for Dale Coyne to announce who'll be driving his two Honda powered entries this season, as my early hunch was that Alexander Rossi and hopefully Conor Daly would be his two pilots?

Meanwhile the "Pundits" were speculating that "Symona-symona" (Simona de Silvestro) was in the "Catbird" seat for Andretti's fourth seat with Wilson being devoid of substantial "Coinage" to obtain the drive! Whilst I speculated to thy-self how Justin would be a nice addition at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for another upcoming story...

'Stee-rike! On Feb 27th, I learned via Marshall Pruett that American F1hopeful Alexander Rossi had been confirmed at GP2 team Racing Engineering for the 2015 season. Since after all, Rossi still yearns for his place in Formula 1, and I can only speculate this move in part is for a hoped for drive at Haas F1 in 2016...


THREE WEEKS OUT...
On March 9th, just one day shy of three weeks remaining, the other  KV, aka KV Racing Technology announced that its vacant second seat, now sporting the long standing No. 4 of Panther Racing lore, would be chauffeured by multi-winning GP2 driver  Stefano Coletti of Monaco. Leaving us to hold our breaths for Dale Coyne to say something along with Mikey Andretti filling his team's vacancy...

Which is exactly what Andretti Autosport did when announcing on March 11th that they'd signed "Symona-Symona" (De Silvestro) to be the chauffer of their fourth IndyCar seat, although St Pete was the only confirmed race to date, which means that the only ride available for Justin Wilson will be at Dale Coyne this season.


As will Justin Wilson be back in IndyCars or not? The answer for the season's first four races appears sadly to be NO; FUCK!

POP GOES THE...
On Monday, March 16th, Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) announced that Carlos Huertas had been signed to drive the No. 18 for a second season, with IndyStar's 'Kurty Cavin claiming that the second DCR seat would be occupied by Francesco Dracone thru the season's first four races; WTF! With Justin Wilson being sidelined until May, while Conor Daly was also now doing the Sports Car thingy...

As yeah,  Dracone.'s name should sound familiar to Y'all, since he was the laughing stock 'O Indy Cars 'Wayback in 2010 when he contested two races for Conquest Racing at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma.

At Mid-Ohio, although slowest of all contestants, he started from P23 when four others started behind him due to assorted maladies, i.e.; thee Wanderin' Milka not electing to qualify, etc. Finishing the race 3-laps behind!

At Sonoma he once again was one of the slowest, albeit being one second quicker than Milka Duno... Nope! No punch line here 'lil Doggies; Hooah! before smartly pirouetting himself out of competition towards the end of the race, being credited with finishing 20th before thankfully vanishing off IndyCar's radar...

As I've just come up with the clever Moniker of Francesco Floppo! For the 31yr old Italian, whom must be bringing a wad 'O lira; Err Euros; Uhm Dinero to Coyne, eh? Then again, perhaps he'll surprise us behind the wheel of a Dallara DW12 Hondre' Aerokit ride...

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