Monday, June 1, 2020

INDYCAR: 2020 Season Set to Begin in Earnest, Again...



As Here we G-O! Uhm, What's that 'Ol Saying 'bout Thee Wheels Go Round 'N Round, especially on an Oval...

Obviously I Hope for the very Best for Indy Cars this Saturday Nite' at (TMS) Texas Motor Speedway, and that we have a Safe 'N Entertaining race to give us IndyCar Fans some momentum towards Kick Starting the Stilted 2020 season. But what's that 'Ol Saying 'bout Cautions Breed Cautions, especially on Ovals, Eh?

Upon the announcement of this being the NTT IndyCar Series Season Opener nearly a month ago, somewheres' I read that IndyCar was anticipating 25 entries, which made me ponder who they were?

Team Entries
A.J. Foyt Enterprises: 2, Andretti Autosport: 4*, Andretti Herta Autosport: 1, Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport: 1, Arrow McLaren SP: 2, Carlin: 2, Chip Ganassi Racing: 3, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan: 1, Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh: 1,
Ed Carpenter Racing: 2, Meyer Shank Racing: 1, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: 2  and Team Penske: 3. TOTAL = 25

* = James Hinchcliffe running three races this season for Andretti Autosport, i.e.; TMS Indy GP & Indy 500.

But  I' had No Clue who'd be filling Carlin's No. 31 entry when TMS was confirmed as the season opener, And still don't know who'll get Thee Nod this Saturday.

Since the original plan calls for Conor Daly driving the No. 59 for Max Chilton on All Ovals except for Indianapolis. And would Carlin be willing to throw prosective Rookie IndyCar Driver Felipe Nasr into the Deep end on an Oval?

As the Brazilian ex-formula 1 Pilote would not only be making his IndyCar Debut, but on a High Bank Oval No less! And that's before we even get into the potential Travel Ban issues...


As Racer's Marshall Pruett notes in his article above, the IndyCar Drivers facing the largest Travel Hurdles are those International Drivers currently at Home being Rookie's Alex Palou in Spain and Rinus VeeKay in Holland, along with some of Carlin's Staff.

And whilst I'd Arse-sume Nasr's currently at Home in Brazil, Ci? Pruett notes that both Swedes' Marcus ericsson and Felix rosenqvist along with Japan's Takuma Sato All stayed Stateside following the St Pete cancellation. And Thee Mayor 'O Hinchtown', aka James Hinchcliffe now resides in Indianapolis Me Thinks.

As now comes word that the latest U.S. Travel Restrictions do Not include Racing Drivers or their Affiliated Crew Members/Team Personnel, still being Deemed Not Essential since Thar Not Gory Stick 'n Ball athletes...


While Marshall alludes to the fact that Conor Daly could likely Fill-in if VeeKay's unable to race at Texas for (ECR) Ed Carpenter Racing, which would imply that Carlin would need to find two Drivers, Hmm?

And while Carlin seems to be the Biggest Wildcard on Drivers of the IndyCar Leaders Circle Mandatory Full Season participants, which comprises the entire Texas Grid; along with adapting the Dale Coyne Amalgamations Gong Show scheme, A la multiple drivers, albeit Sadly, A.J. Foyt Enterprises has also succumbed to this practice this season due to lack of Sponsorship funding with its No. 14 Three Card Driver Monty...

Yet I'm more interested in whether or not another relative Newcomer IndyCar Team will be able to answer Thee Bell this season in what's intended to be Thar Sophomore campaign. As I'm a Fan of the Plucky Elton Julian and his Minnowesqe DragonSpeed concern who presumably are now focusing upon the Indy 500 as their next IndyCar race, while Thar intended six race season is presumably in shambles.


While I'm also intrigued by V-8 Supercars Star and reigning Bad Arse Kiwi' Scott McLaughlin, who was initially set to make his IndyCar Debut at this May's Indy GP in a fourth Team Penske entry, which naturally now his IndyCar Debut is currently on Hold. As I'll hazard guessing he'll make his maiden appearance at St Pete's Season Finale since Portland seam's Iffy for now.


Although I know it's of small consolation to him, a tiny silver lining in beginning at Texas means that TK' Follow-your-Schnoz! Kanaan's Consecutive Starts streak is extended at least one more race to an incomparable 318 Starts!

As 'Ol Narly Pinball', aka Charlie Kimball will be Foyt's only Fulltime season driver in its #4 entry. Whilst  we All know of NBC Sports Darling Colton Herta's move to Mikey A's IndyCar armada, which swells to seven cars during periods of this year's events; Aye Karumba!

With Meyer Shank Racing and Jack Bloody Nige! Harvey contesting Thar first Full Season this year now as an Andretti Affiliate, who they take up their Honda Technical Alliance with.

And Don't forget that we'll also see the mandatory introduction of the Aeroscreen, which somehow I doubt IndyCar wished to have it make its series Debut on an Oval, El Correctomundo?

As I also noted the Over-the-Wall Pit-crew member Addition in my previous No Fenders eclectic original season preview... 


Whilst lastly, I'm somewhat Cornfuzed over just how many Rookies will truly be contesting this year's IndyCar season? Since some in Ye blogosphere' and elsewhere are proclaiming that Pato O'Ward is one once again, Huh? Since I've always unofficially tallied Rookies, albeit focusing upon my first love of Formula 1 being for any Driver having contested more than three races. Hence I find the following information suspect...


Although O'Ward  will indeed be making his Oval Debut after having failed to Qualify for last year's Indy 500, we know that he competed in nine races last year for Carlin; Rounds 2-8, 10, beginning at Barber Motorsports Park thru Road America, ironically with the exception of (TMS( Texas last year since Charlie Kimball was contesting multiple events for Carlin aboard it's No. 23 entry.

But we know that O'Wards SPAM' team-mate, nee Arrow McLaren SP No. 7 will be occupied by Oliver Askew, the reigning Indy Light Champion. While the #55 Dale Coyne with Team Goh cockpit will host Alex Palou, and the #21 ECR entry will find Rinus VeeKay at its controls as the series three Full Season Rookies.

Meanwhile, Oh KanaDuh's Dalton Kellett anxiously awaits making his IndyCar Debut in the storied #14 entry presumably at the Indy GP, Eh? Although only a Part-time campaign since Kanaan is the No. 14's lead chauffer, with the caveat of making his Indy 500 Debut in a third SuperTex' (A.J. Foyt) entry.

Otherwise the Grid's fairly Status Quo, with the exception of The Great Santini, nee Santino Ferrucci who made waves during the i Racing Season Finale at virtual Mother Speedway now becoming the lead driver at Dale Coyne's Alphabet soup Brigade with Top Jimmy', nee Jimmy Vasser and James sully' Sullivan in the #18 formerly occupied by le Hamburgular', nee Sebastain Bourdais, who's trying to resurrect his IndyCar career with a part-time Gig at A.J. Foyt, also in the No. 14 later this season.

While Marcus Ericsson moves to Chip Ganassi Racing in the Sweetest Ride on Ye Grid, in the third CGR #8 entry sponsored by Huski chocolate, Ya-Sure-Yuh-Betcha!

As the race will now be shown this Saturday Night, June 6th on what Ye Eldest IndyCar blogger Denotes as Big NBC.

Yet be Aware that IndyCar will be running a Single Day event on multiple Platforms, i.e.;  a solitary practice session that morning, only available on NBC Sports Gold Bricks Paywall Pass! Followed by Qualie' on NBC Sports (NBCSN) and then a Shortened Distance Race reportedly beginning at 5PM Pacific on NBC. But as Always, Check your local listings for All Television Air times and let's G-O Racing!

Friday, May 29, 2020

AUTOS: A Blind Man's Quest for Breaking A Virtually Unknown Record



Dan Parker Corvette. (Image Source: hotcars.com)
As what's that 'Ol Saying 'bout Thee Need for Speed, Eh?

Continuing the never ending theme 'O Virtual Racing, albeit this has real world connotations, since it's being conducted on real Honest-to-goodness Ash-Fault', nee Drag Strips.

As I totally hope Dan accomplishes his Quest to Break this record, whenever we're allowed to G-O Motor Racing in earnest once again...

Otay, so what Thee Bloody Hell am I talking about? As I'm Arse-sumin' most of you, like myself have never heard of Dan Parker before, El Correctomundo?

Having only learned of Dan's ambitions to break the existing Speed Record for A Blind Person Driving an Automobile via my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service a month ago, when reading; Err listening to said story.


Although Obviously Dan's Computer technology is presumably better than current Screen Reading technology, like my currently unusable Zoomtext 2020 product that won't interface correctly with my Brand New winDOUGHS 10 Confuzer! Since technology's a Double edged Sword!

Alas, as a legally blind person who totally Depends upon Technology Daily, A la writing ye "Award Winning" No Fenders Blog. Unfortunately I'm constantly inundated  by the never ending flukes' O Computers, which I prefer calling Confuzers!

Not to mention how Gory Finicky the NFB's Newsline service is. Constantly having its content Corrupted! Although I'm Arse-suming that Newslines myriad 'O Glitches is largely Due to the never ending IT Boffins' of it's many Newspapers constantly tweaking Thar Software's Coding!

since ironically, I listened to this Car and Driver Magazine article before the magazine's content was "Corrupted" once again, losing All of the April 22nd to April 30th Articles. Before Finally resuming service some Gory Four Weeks later on May 18th; But I Digress...

As Dan Hopes to Break the Existing Record by going 201mph or Faster! Along with piloting his 2008 C6 Corvette Solo', or Un-assisted - utilizing a novel Computer Guidance System, that I'd really like to know more about! Especially since I'm Arse-suming' he used a similar system to set a new Motorcycle Speed Record at Bonneville Wayback in 2013; Aye Karumba!


As Dan has been around Speed his whole life and began competing at Age 8 and lost his sight in a Narly 2012 testing Accident when Hitting a Concrete "Jersey" Barrier at 175mph!


Yet Dan has persevered, albeit with much help in his Quest to topple the existing Blind Speed Record of 200.9mph currently held by Mike Newman Driving a Nissan GTR in 2013.

While Dan's already made the first of his many testing passes in his 2008 C6 Corvette, beginning with a run of 120mph!


While I've got Zero Clue of where this test run was made or how it fits into his whole test programme? Since I believe the only thing the brief video says is it's from 2018. While the current Car & Driver article claims Dan's made a test run just South of 154mph! And his custom Guidance system kept him within 5-feet of his virtual Centerline the entire run while Battling side Wind gusts of 22mph.


Reportedly Dan is aiming to make his record breaking attempt sometime this Fall, and is confident of reaching 210mph! Which would be absolutely Amazing...

Good Luck Dan!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

RETRO: Famous Automotive Marques with linkage to Thoust Mythical Triple crown 'O Motor Racing




The Car that served as the Inspiration for this Mega' Story, albeit not the exact 1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS that Stars in the TV Show. (Image source: cargurus.com)
But will 'Ol Fredrico Suave', aka Fred Alonso ever capture his claim upon thoust Holy Grail?

As the famous Automobile Marques Bugatti, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche All have storied racing History at Monaco, Le Mans and Indianapolis, All claiming significant victories in these events.

Alas, another TV Show I enjoyed copious amounts of one day whilst "Rationing" my few Audiobooks during the Corona Virus COVID 19 Pandemic Lockdown these past months, which I'd never heard of or watched - Also on Motor Trend TV was titled Auto Biography.

When a marathon of said TV programme was playing the same day as the virtual Twin Ring Motegi IndyCar i Racing Challenge Wayback on April 18th, remember that, Y'all?

As the show that Peaked' my curiosity was simply titled The Case of The Buried Dino, Huh? Which I soon took to calling it thou "Dirty Dino."

Unfortunately this programme began at 11AM Pacific, so I only got to watch the first half hour 'bout a Buried Ferrari Dino Wayback in 1974; CRIKEYS! Before switching over to the virtual IndyCar race, without knowing the outcome of said '74 246 Dino "Chairs 'N Flares" GTS!


Whilst I've since learned that this Autobiography marathon being run was from its 2019 Season's eight episodes, for which I returned to afterwards, since the next episode not competing vs. IndyCar's was about the Million Dollar Ferrari Enzo Destroyed on California's Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in February, 2006!

Subsequently the Enzo was completely rebuilt to Factory specifications at Maranello, with minor modifications and then briefly owned by some Chap named Jean Todt before being sold off...


As the TV Show was about the vehicle Destroyed by Stefan Erikson, NO Relation to Huski Chocolates IndyCar Pilote Marcus, Ya Sure Yuh Betcha! As this happened before Thy No Fenders Blog was Born and hence I focused upon a second Ferrari Enzo Demolished instead some Gory 13yrs ago; Aye Karumba!


Then I had to keep watching, since the next episode revolved around two Automotive Classis that nearly Disappeared, in The Case of The Hidden Racing Cars.

Naturally, the first is what tripped my No. 4 Wire, that being the prototype 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe, which astonishingly I've had some story linkage for another No Fenders story never begun residing on my Confuzer since Gory 2007!


While the other car in this episode being a famous Bugatti 57G Tank, which I'd never heard of before. Whale' Otay, I just wasn't aware of its model designation, since I did know briefly of Bugatti winning the 1937 24 Heurs du Mans, won by this very chassis.


As ironically, albeit why they're lumped together, Eh? Both of these prized racing cars  are now part of the fabulous Simeone Foundation automotive Museum located in Philadelphia, with a total of 75 performance automobiles in their collection.


Then for le Piece de la Resistance, the final Autobiography episode I viewed was about some legendary Porsche abscounded by our Federal Law Enforcement Authority, Say What?

As the two Spin Doctors' who I've also never heard of before. Uhm show Hosts whose pedigrees are total mysteries to Mwah, talk several times to a Bloke named Dominic, Who I immediately Arse-sumed must be ex-IndyCar Driver Dominic Dobson?

As this seemed confirmed to Mwah when Dominic noted he'd raced against those Bad Boyz' whilst Cutting his Teeth in Camel Lights in 1986 and they were still lurking round Mother Speedway in '88...

As this fourth and final Autobiography episode for me revolved around a very famous Porsche 935; Hmm, Am I doing a good job of teasing Y'all like these Reality TV Shows do? Five Bloody minutes in 'N time for more Nauseating Commercials, FRICK! Have Y'all figured out which legendous Porsche racecar I'm talkin' about yet? Once owned by two-thirds of the only three Brothers to ever Qualify for the Indianapolis 500... BUZZ, Times Up!

If Comedian Adam Carolla bought this ex-Paul Newman class winning Porsche 935 for a staggering $4.4 million! Then is the Whittington's Le Mans winner worth more or  less? (Image source: motorsportmagazine.com)
Having seen the very Porsche 935 on Display at Mother Speedway's Hall of Fame museum Wayback in 2010, I'd always wondered how the car changed hands with its current owner, who was the Butt of an Elaborate Prank played upon him at Laguna Seca Raceway after having competed in one of Monterey's fabulous Historics weekends, when supposedly the DEA showed up to confiscate the car as he pulled into the Pits!


Bruce Meyer, Mega Car Collector and Peterson Automotive Museum Stalwart previously had been loaning, and I'm certain it was clearly Documented! His 1952 Indianapolis 500 Winner driven by Troy Ruttman for legendous' Car Owner J.C. Agajanian in what he refers to as the very last "Champ Car." As this Kuzma chassis reputedly was just a stretched 'N modified Dirt Car, and was the very last "Upright" chassis to win at Mother Speedway, ironically when Ruttman became the race's youngest winner to Date at Age 22yrs 80 Days.


As Bruce claims to have swapped his Champ Car that the Indianapolis Museum wished to keep, after having been on loan for a few years and decided that the ex-Whittington Brothers 1979 24 Heurs du Mans winning Porsche 935 Kremer K3 wasn't really doing anything for them and Wallah! Meyer became the Porsche's current owner.

Although I'd allege, albeit purely 100% Speculation upon my part that IMS was also happy to divest itself of the troublesome Porsche that had caused them to spend years in litigation fighting the Whittington's over ownership, and perhaps even looking for some way to get rid of the car in case those annoying Whittington's decided to appeal?


Since unfortunately, IMSA was Dubiously known as the "International Marijuana Smugglers Association" during the past Decades, although All of the Felons posing as Racing Drivers eventually gravitated to CART and contested the Indy 500 in the late 1980's...

Oh Yeah, now that I've possibly left Y'all Hangin' On, a la what that Buried Ferrari Dino Show did, although I've read critically they could have wrapped the episode up in 5mins, and only needed 30mins at best, instead of the Hour the programme ran, the end really isn't that spectacular, since the current owner of said Ferrari has had the Custom license plate DUG-UP for nearly four Decades now! For which Yuhs can follow along in the video below.


As Hopefully Y'all can figure out my loose racing connections between Bugatti, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche, for which I'd hazard that the FoMoco', nee Ford Motor Company is the only manufacturer to have won the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Heurs du Mans and Indianapolis 500, Righto? Oh Never Mind!