Monday, March 5, 2018

INDYCAR: 2018 Rookie Class - Partial Season Drivers Waiting in the Wings...

As surely these "Young Guns" are itchin' to G-O Racin' at Phoenix INt'l; OOPS! ISM Raceway.

As these two Open Wheel Racing series Champions have certainly taken different paths to Indy Cars, an eagerly await making Thar B-I-G CARZ' Debut in The Valley of The Sun...

Dale Coyne Racing
Engine: Honda
#19) R-Pietro Fittipaldi; Brazil
Age: 21

Career Highlights
Certainly by now, Y'all know from my past No Fenders meanderings, that Pietro, who yes, is the grandson of "EMMO," nee Emerson Fittipaldi. And along with his brother Enzo, has been part of the Ferrari Driver Academy.

Interestingly, Pietro began his racing bug in Taxicabland's Welland NASCAR Challenge, which he won in 2011, before departing for Europe to pursue his Open Wheel Racing career, and presumably a shot at Formula 1.

He won the 2014 Pro Tire Formula Renault title amongst other Stepping Stone's championships before winning last year's final World Series Formula V-8 3.5 series with six wins, in his sophomore season.

Pietro will share Dale Coyne's second racing seat with Zachary Claman DeMelo, on a sort of Even-Odd setting. As the Brazilian youngster, who hails from Miami, will make his IndyCar debut on an Oval No less at Phoenix!

Then he'll run on Hulman boulevard's road course in the Indy GP before running his maiden Indy 500 in May, along with his third Oval at Texas. As he's currently slated to run a total of seven races aboard the No. 19 "Plain Jane" DCR entry.

Juncos Racing
Engine: Chevrolet
#32) R-Kyle Kiser; USA
Age: 22

Career Highlights
As what's that they say 'bout third time's a charm? Which is exactly how things panned out for Kyle Kiser, who celebrates his birthday today. (March 5th)

Hence, reigning Indy Lights champion Kyle Kiser, who won his 2017 title driving for Ricardo Juncos in his third season, graduates to Indy Cars courtesy of Mazda's $1m prize, and is also slated for four races currently, a la Rene Binder, who'll start for Juncos at St Pete.

As Kiser will make his season debut on the Oval at ISM Raceway under the lights in Arizona. where if memory serves me correctly? He totally dominated the Indy Lights race Thar last season en route to victory.

Naturally he'll run the Month 'O May's events, the Indy GP and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, while currently the other race on his docket will be the Long Beach street race. While the team hopes to secure further funding to campaign him in more races.

And although Kiser certainly doesn't move Thy Needle for Wow Factor. Nonetheless, he won the Pro Mazda's Formula Car title convincingly. Then he slowly but steadily worked his way towards the Lights title. Having gone from finishing sixth overall to third, and then P1 last year.

As I suppose now knowing he's from California, his driving style somewhat reminds me of some past Bad Arse Penske driver from Bakersfield...