James Hinchcliffe's SPM racecar coming out of the Tech line on Bump Day, 2018. Guess they should have left it in there, Eh! (The Tomaso Collection)
And does it really matter? Especially since speeds will be artificially "Pumped U-P!" For higher mph figures due to increased Boost pressure...
Y'all know the Drill here on thoust Isle 'O Nofendersville Mateys! As where has Thee last three-plus weeks gone? When originally I'd had no desires to listen to the IMS Open Test Day action. But apparently thou pull 'O Mother Speedway's "Tractor Beam" was simply too strong for Mwah?
Especially when I discovered that one of my favourite voices that I N-O longer get to listen to via Zed Internetz', Thanxs solely to Starship HC's overly greedy Capitalistic ways! Led by Hulman & Co's No. 1 Puffed Shirt Mark Miles! And the nepotism of erecting a 404 Access Denied Error Code Gold Bricks Paywall; But I Digress!
As I'm totally a Fan of Thee Viking! Aka Anders Krohn, whom apparently now is only heard on Sunday Races via the IMS Radio Network, since NBC Sports has "Locked Out" their participation during Friday's and Saturday's; Tisk-Tisk, what a Shame!
As Kevin Lee presided as the lead Booth Announcer, which is fine for these One Off Internet Broadcasts, since he's definitely NO Leigh Diffey! With Anders Krohn alongside, before they were joined by Robin Miller. Whilst Katie Hargitt tried keeping Dry while patrolling the Pitlane.
As think they were Killing some more Time during the 4hrs Rain Delay? For which 'Ol r', aka Robin Miller Collegiately said Boys, Who Do You Think Won't Make the Show? Or was it Sportscaster Kevin Lee? As I know Kevin said it's what they like to do... Speculate over who will and won't make Thee Show during the Month 'O May, even if it hasn't Officially begun.
Thus Kevin Lee's Top 3 Non Qualifiers were
Clauson-Marshall Racing, (CMR) DragonSpeed & Juncos Racing.
For which Miller said look, I like Tim Clauson, but they're a Brand New team and they just Don't have the experience, or budget? To make the race.
Yet I slightly Disagree with Kevin, whom seems like he's reading from a Cue Card from time-to-time. As I'll agree with his first two assessments, i.e.; CMR and DragonSpeed, since they're both Brand New entities, with Dragon Speed having never contested an Oval race before.
But I Disagree over Juncos, provided Kyle Kiser's behind the Keyboard, since he hadn't been confirmed when I began scribblin' this...
Since Kiser's shown previously he knows how to win on Ovals during his Indy Lights Days, not to mention having raced in multiple Freedom 100's. Along with last year's Indianapolis 500, where he qualified 17th. .
Nope, instead, I'll speculate that Indy 500 Rookie Jordan King in Team RLLR's third mount, for which I hadn't heard a Car number disclosed until May 2nd, when having "My Gal" Lucy', my ARSE-STEAMED Screen Reader read me the News via Racer that the Official Entry list had been announced May 1st.
As King's third RLLR entry will sport the #42, with the Englishman, like fellow countryman Ben Hanley, one of this year's seven Indianapolis 500 Rookies will be the third casualty 'O Boomp Day 2019, The Sequel.
As those were my 3 Picks Failing to Qualify this year immediately following the Open Test Wayback on April 24th, prior to Official Indy 500 Practice, albeit with NO Disrespect towards any of the Drivers above, or those trying to make Thee Show!
Panning for Gold...
Regardless of what some are saying out Thar in Thee Blogosphere', I find it simply Atrocious that IndyCar, and most notably Hulman & Co. would be so Greedy and Deny Fans access to Fast Friday practice, all in vain to Discover a few ounces 'O Gold Dust...
Seriously? when Indy Cars needs every single Fan it can muster, to Deny Access to the IMS Radio Network is simply Despicable! As surely there's a way to let us, especially those of us who are Blind! To be able to listen to the Day's Activity Trackside via easily accessible methods...
And I'm tired of being told to Shut Up over this, as it wasn't FREE, contrary to popular belief. Since I'm fairly certain we used to get to listen to Firestone advertisements, Righto? Not to mention the "Mining" of our personal Data...
But hey Never Fear IndyCar. I Don't have to bother trying to follow your sport any more, which certainly helps entice sponsors?
As this will be the first year I Don't get to listen to Fast Friday via Zed Internetz', and get Pumped U-P over Pole Day; err Qualifying. Y'all know, when NBC will grace us with one whole hour's TV coverage on Saturday; SPEW!
As is it just Mwah? Or is NBC Sports really Desperate for some Suckers to Sign-up for their Gold Pass by discounting $15 - trying to Eak out some profits before the season's over? Which Hopefully implies people aren't willing to be sucked into paying more for Sports...
Photo c/o No Fenders ‘Offical Photographer CARPETS')