Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ganassi's Carnival ride...

Hmm? Talk about Damage Control, eh? After Thy Cheepsters' squad had a fairly disappointing weekend at Daytona, specifically the Rolex 24 where all four of Chip Ganassi's Ford "Eco-boost" powered entries had less than stellar outings...

Tuh-Duh! bright 'N early Monday morning came news of Chip Ganassi Racing having signed Great Britain's 24yr old Max Chilton as the newest chauffer of its fourth car, the No. 8 Dallara-Chevy shared last year by "Flotsam 'N Jetsom;" Hya! Err Sage "Dangerboy" Karam and Sebastian Saavedra, with NO word on whether or not Joey Hand uses the same hair gel as Sebastian; Hooah!

Chilton, the ex-Marussia F1 driver who was the late  Jules Bianchi's team-mate spent the bulk of last year piloting one of Carlin's Indy Light entries in what apparently was a tune-up season for IndyCar, along with being a Nissan Factory World Endurance Championship driver where he took part in le 24 Heurs du Mans last year.

Meanwhile, Sage Karam who dispatched Ryan Briscoe from the No. 8 Ganassi ride last season, who was subsequently let go by Chip has signed on with Lexus to partner Scott Pruett aboard Paul Gentilozzi's F Performance Racing Lexus GT3 Sports Car entry, along with a most interesting alliance at DRR.

As Dreyer & Reinnbold Racing in Kahoots with Davey Hamilton and his Kingdom Racing affiliation will run Karam aboard the #24 Gas Monkey Garage Special for this year's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

And with Ganassi's four cars filled for the season, that leaves Saavedra looking for employment elsewhere, as perhaps he'll fill the vacant fourth seat at Andretti Autosport that was originally planned for Justin B-I-G' UNIT Wilson this year? Since after all Saavedra's longtime backer Gary Peterson and his AFS Fire Sprinkler brand have a long affiliation with Mikey A's team.

Then again, I'd rather see the vacant fourth Andretti seat go to Jack Harvey, who seems better qualified than Saavedra, but as always it largely comes down to that ugly word Sponsorship! While I suppose Saavedra could always run the "Double" at Mother Speedway this year for Cheep',  a la last year's fifth wheel at Indianapolis.

 just hit me, why not put Sebastian into one of Ganassi's Ford "Econobox" Global Rally Cross entries with the caveat being a ride at both Indianapolis races this May, eh?