Friday, August 23, 2019

Lights Who? Languishing in Indy Cars Shadow

As have Yuhs seen an Indy Lights race lately?

Yeah, I know, we're supposed to be laser focused upon that IndyCar title fight, Righto? For which I'll let other IndyCar Blogging Brethren Do thoust Heavy lifting...

And Not that it matters, what your lowly No Fenders Scribe Tomaso thinks; Hmm? As Blogging Ain't exactly a lucrative career... Hence I'll ARSE-Sume' those above my Pay Grade will hopefully figure this out one day?

As I'm still standing firmly on my Belief that Hulman & Co. and particularly that Puffed Shirt named Mark Miles must really be getting a very largish cheque for Blacking Out Devoted Fans Free Access to Indy Lights race coverage, since the series simply Doesn't need any extra Media coverage these Days, El Correctomundo?

Surely Y'all would be willing to Shell Out $50 bucks to watch a paltry Nine Spec-chassis racing cars go round 'N round in Circles? And what happens when Yuhs Pay to watch a Practice or Qualifying session that's Rained out?

Thus with the Lights series meager Car count, currently there appears to only be two Drivers vying to be crowned Champion this season, with NO Disrespect to the other competitors - attempting to claim the $1m prize to go IndyCar racing for at least three weekends next year, including the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 guaranteed.

Currently Andretti Autosport's Oliver Askew leads the Points standings 349-304 vs. Juncos Racing's Rinus VeeKay. With a lone Bullring Oval and two Permanent Road Course Double Header rounds remaining, i.e.; this Saturday's outing at Gateway, followed by Portland and Laguna Seca

With Askew having won six races vs. VeeKay's three, (to date) with Oliver having claimed the Season's Crown Jewell, the Freedom 100 this May to Boot.

Both Drivers are former Feeder Series Champions, with Rinus having graduated from his 2018 Pro Mazda Championship title to Lights, where Askew finished Third Overall, with the pair of Rookies being split by Oh KanaDuh's Parker Thompson, who's apparently contesting his Sophomore season in what's now known as Indy Pro 2000.

Ironically, it was Askew getting the better of VeeKay in the preceding U.s.F2000 Championship Fight, with the Dutchman finishing runner-up, as the pair seem to be Shadow Boxing each other towards Indy Cars a la Patricio O'Ward v Colton Herta's Lights careers...

Both made their IndyCar Test Debut's recently at Portland International Raceway. With Askew testing for Chip Ganassi Racing in reigning IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon's No. 9 mount.

While VeeKay spent the day driving FAST EDDIE's #20 Dallara-Chevrolet racecar, and the Niederlander' could possibly make his IndyCar Debut with Ed Carpenter Racing next year? Especially since ECR really hasn't Dazzled us that much this season. then again, perhaps a Full-time ride at Carlin could be in store? Since Rinus seems to have the better funding of the two.

Although hopefully neither of these aspiring IndyCar Drivers will be cursed by driving for A.J. Foyt enterprises next year! Which Sadly, Ain't the place to go to blossom as an IndyCar racer these Days...