Friday, March 27, 2020

INDYCAR: The Month of May is Postponed



Although it seemed Obvious to Mwah...

Presumably by now you've heard that this year's Indy GP and Indianapolis 500 events have been Postponed to later Dates this year to reflect the ongoing Corona Virus, COVID 19 Pandemic currently Sweeping thou Globe.

As the Indy GP will now be run on July 4th as part of a Historic "Double" when IndyCar competes alongside NASCAR over the Brickyard 400 weekend.

And the Mack Daddy 'O IndyCar races, the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will now be held at Mother Speedway on August 23rd, instead of it's typical Memorial Day weekend slot. Which seemed Obvious once News came that the Monaco Grand Prix had been Cancelled, which is traditionally run on the exact same day as the Indy 500.

Although obviously Subject to Change, for now the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series Season is set to commence on May 30th on Detroit's Belle Isle when the traditional Double Header weekend is held, slated for May 30-31, albeit it's worth noting that Formula One's Hoped for Season Kickoff has now been pushed back to the June 14th Canadian Grand Prix at the earliest...

Oh Canada's Driver Retooling



Hmm, Didn't Thee Number 7 used to belong to Thee Young Wicky', nee Robert Wickens?

Author's Note
Like everythingy' I was working on prior to transitioning over to winDOUGHS 10; URGH! Like can it really be Wayback on January 24th when I initially commissioned the building of my brand  new Confuzer; ZOINKS!

Although the seeds for this story germinated just prior to watching this year's Rolex 24 when learning 'bout Roman De Angelis. Nevertheless, it, along with almost everything else I'm working on or had intended to Post upon No Fenders has been severely Weigh laid by thou frivolities of upgrading Thy Computer; ACK!
Tomaso

Frozen Tundra...
Otay, first of All, does it really matter? As it seems like Thars been conjecture over the shrinking Footprint of Brazilian IndyCar Drivers recently, especially since there won't be any on the starting grid this March at St Pete, after TK' Follow-your-Schnoz! Kanaan's recent announcement of only contesting the Oval tracks this season.

As Kanaan's Ironman Streak of 317 Consecutive IndyCar Starts finally comes to a close, we'll be without any Brazilians' racing in Indy Cars for the first time since 1999?

Unless Carlin wisely decides to insert Felipe Nasr into the cockpit of its currently vacated No. 31 entry, now that the rumoured Sergio Set Camara has been announced as Red Bull Racing & Scuderia Alpha Tauri's Test and Reserve Driver in Formula 1.

Although for Mwah, it seems a foregone conclusion that ex-Formula 1 driver Nasr will indeed get the call from Carlin, and begin his Rookie IndyCar season in Florida. Even if Thar hadn't been any public confirmation five days before the first practice session commences...

But lost in the Echo Chamber is the fact that Thar won't be any Hosers' upon thou grid either, unless you're willing to fictitiously count Thee Mayor 'O Hinchtown', aka James Hinchcliffe's New Gig as NBC Sports Pitlane Reporter, Eh?

Since we Already know that Hinch' won't officially strap-on racing duties 'til climbing aboard the #29 Andretti Autosport's Dallara IR-18/Hondre' IndyCar in a three race outing beginning with the Month 'O May "Double" at Mother Speedway, and finishing at Texas Motor Speedway.

As I believe Thars' been at least one KuhNuck Racer contesting IndyCar events, with the likes of Marty Roth, TAG', nee Alex Tagliani, 'Ol Sugar Ray Tracy, aka Thee Chrome Horn, ergo Paul Tracy, Hinch' and Robert Wickens since the 2008 Re-Unification, with perhaps the exception of the period during Hinchcliffe's Nasty Accident at Mother Speedway...

Alas as mentioned, I began thinking 'bout this apparent Frozen White Tundra Freeze Out during the weekend of this year's Rolex 24, where a very promising KuhNuck' Rookie was making his Big league Sports Car Debut for my Home-town Squad, The Heart of Racing, albeit Don't know if he got to actually compete?


Unfortunately the race was a Disaster for both of the Aston Martin's, with Team Seattle's #23 AMR Vantage GT3 triggering the race's first caution when colliding with a Lamborghini Huracan entering Pit lane.


As the Kuhnaidiun' in Question was 19yr old teenager Roman De Angelis, who won both the Canadian and U.S. Porsche GT Challenge Cup Championships last year, and is now competing against another fellow Hoser', 2019 IMSA GT Daytona Sprint Cup Champion Zachery Robichon.

And I was apparently Desperate for some motor racing, since I tuned-in for the tape delayed NBC Sports broadcast of the season opening LMP3 Prototypes race at Daytona, shown some six days prior to the Green Flag. Where I heard the name of Double-G', aka Garett Grist being thrown round during the event. As Garett was an aspiring Open Wheel Racer from Up North Eh! Who made it briefly to Indy Lights.

thus it appears that Sports Cars is fairly-well represented with the two IMSA Weathertech SportsCars GT Daytona Class lads noted above, along with Grist grinding out a Sports Car career in the lower tier LMP3 Prototypes category.

And I really haven't bothered too hard investigating for other KuhNucks' in the IMSA Grand Torismo ranks, albeit I know of another two Hosers racing GT Saloons.

As Misha Goikhberg's currently contesting this season Fulltime aboard the #57 Heinricher/Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo GTD entry. Along with Bruno Spengler behind the keyboard of the No. 25 Factory Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW M8 GTE GT Le Mans class coupe.

Meanwhile, the Other Shoe finally dropped,
and Nah, Ain't talking 'bout Zachary Claman DeMelo, nee ZCD, for whom I've got Zero Clue if he's simply gone back to pedalin' his shoe brand or what he's doing this year race-wise?

Whilst it still seems inconceivable that the once mighty, iconic #14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises entry will need to run with three drivers this season to meet it's funding requirements; CRIKEYS!

Now that it's long since been confirmed that former Indy Lights competitor Dalton Kellett has indeed been signed to chauffer 'Ol SuperTex's storied #14 in IndyCar's later this year, with le Hamburgular', nee Sebastain Bourdais making a somewhat strange return to IndyCar at the beginning of the season for four races total.

As SeaBass' will begin the season at St. Pete, his adopted Hometown and contest the first three events before returning to his Day Job' and handing off the steering wheel to Kellett at COTA.

As the 26yr old KuhNuck' will make his IndyCar Debut at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin on April 26th, and will contest the rest of the Twisties' races - excluding Portland, along with making his Rookie Debut at Indianapolis - aboard the team's third entry, sporting the #41.


Guessin' it's also worth keeping tabs upon KuhNuck' Parker Thompson who's contesting his third season in the Indy Pro 2000 Series Championship, this time for DEForce Racing aboard the No. 9, Number Nine, Numeral Nein? With Parker having finished runner-up to Yank' Bad Arse Kyle Kirkwood last season, who's graduated to Indy Lights for 2020.

Meanwhile on a totally different tangent, although it is related to Thee Great White North, I'll leave Y'all with a 'lil nugget from Joe Saward's Fascinating F1 Facts series. Now Take Off Uze Hosers; Hya!


UPDATE
Naturally, after I'd finished Buttoning Up this story, I learned that Carlin has wisely inked Felipe Nasr to chauffer it's No. 31 entry for the season opening round at St Pete, albeit No Word on how many more races he'll run for Carlin this year? While Conor Daly will run the four Ovals aboard the #59 that Max Chilton's elected again to not contest...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Throwing Cold Water on Racing Season's Start!

Contrary to popular belief, Nope! No Fenders Scribe Tomaso Didn't win this Beautiful Black Lamborghini at the recently held Mecum Auctions in Glendale, AZ, but instead just Oogled over it outside the Penske Racing Museum in Scottsdale last Fall. (The Tomaso Collection)
Although it's for good reason that Sports has been Suspended currently...

Author's Note
As you may be painfully aware of, albeit I'm quite aware of how far more serious  the current Corona Virus is Worldwide! Nevertheless, this is just a hopefully Quick Jot' as Grizzled F1 Journo Joe Saward would muse...

This story, as many lately here in thoust queue upon Thy Mythical Isle 'O Nofendersville was conceived in the midst of my never ending Confuzer' Technical Difficulties now going on a month's time - and thus is slightly Dated

as I've now once again reverted back to Ye Trusty ‘Ol winDOUGHS 7 Puter’ indefinitely to Ride Out the Storm, as I like the rest of my fellow Oregonians begin Day-1 of our Statewide Shelter 'N Stay Home Directive.

Thanks for your patience and continuing to Read No Fenders…
Tomaso

For Mwah, I found it most amusing how my TV Guide was ah-changing' over the course of the intended March 15th season opening weekend's rounds of Open Wheel Racing.

As I finally, reluctantly decided to watch; Err listen to last year's Indianapolis 500 which was supposedly taking the place of the cancelled St Pete IndyCar Opener according to my Zap2it' TV listings.

As I simply Didn't believe I'd be able to stomach Dan-Dan-Danicker' talking 'bout herself for the three and a half hours taped broadcast! Since I deliberately chose to listen to the 103rd running of the Indy 500 last year via 107.7FM The Fan, WFNI Indianapolis via Zed Internetz' with Mark Gravley' James at Ye Helm instead!

Yet I was pleasantly surprised when Tunin' in to find that they'd decided to Default back to last year's St Pete event instead, which meant N-O Danica, HURRAH!

Although if Ye Elder Statesman 'O IndyCar Bloggers can critique Lee Diffey for being too Loud when Yelling Euphorically during Broadcasts.

Then I most Definitely should be allowed to criticize Kevin Lee for being N-O Lee Diffey! And most Definitely Not a good lead Announcer! As his FAKE Oh Nooooo Mr. Bill forced exuberance not only sounds like Fingernails on a Chalkboard to Mwah, but is Uber Annoying!

As I've got my suspicions why NBC Sports prefers Kevin Lee over Professor B', aka Jon Beekhuis, who's also a better Pitlane Reporter then Kevin is, but I'm not gonna elaborate further...

These sentiments came flooding over Mwah when realizing how Delectable it had been Not Hearing Kevin's voice for nearly six months! As may be it's his Indiana Mid West Twang that gets me?

And how stale the rebroadcast felt to Mwah, especially since I already knew the results of who'd won, having watched it last year live.

 Whilst stating The Obvious, presumably the current Corona Virus Dilemma we're in, which is worsening every day! I suspect this had some weight upon how the rebroadcast did little to Pump Me Up! Along with realizing how easy it's to get along with life without Indy Cars...


Yet life swam along that weekend, with apparently many being Oblivious in Glendale, Arizona, where the 2020 Mecum Auction was in full swing during March 11-14. As originally I Arse-sumed it must be a TV Rebroadcast, Righto?

Nope, it were live instead, so I tuned in Ah-while', with some of the cars I heard crossing the auction block included a 1959 black Corvette Fuelie', aka 283cid small block V-8 fuel injection beauty selling for $150,000.

Whilst I immediately remembered why I Don't like NBCSN's coverage of these Mecum Auctions, since they like to simply jump to the next car in the Queue by saying the Bid goes on, leaving me with Zero Clue if the car in Questione sold?

As they did this twice, ironically both times being Ford BOSS 429 Mustang's. The first being from 1969, which I thought I heard had a reserve of $250k and only got to $210,000 before they started Prattlin' on 'bout whatever was next? And then later a '70 BOSS 429 got to $220k before we moved on...

But the most enthusiastic Bidders had to be the duo who won a 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Coupe for a "paltry" $45,000!

And it was funny how McLaren Supercars were featured, with an original MC4-12 being sold, before a McLaren Senna was Hammered away for a cool $900k!

Yet according to the IndyStar's new IndyCar Reporter Nathan, Not Nate! Brown, since Nate Brown's an 'Ol Unlimited Hydroplane Jockey; Hya! I listened to the IndyCar story via my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service, noting that le Hamburgular' or SeaBass', nee Sebastain Bourdais made a cool $1 Million dollars when selling his 2017 Competition Ford GT at the Glendale Auction! Which he apparently flew to in light of the St Pete IndyCar's race cancellation.


Whilst Congrats to 'Ol Narly Pinball', nee Charlie Kimball and his wife Kathy, who Messer Brown reported upon The Stork visiting them with the arrival of  Thar second child. As I know that No Fenders Offical' Photographer CARPETS' would wanna know, right Dave?

(Photo c/o No Fenders Blogmeister Miguel)