Wednesday, March 10, 2021

IndyCar's Intravenous Drip Continues

As it’s only how many Gory Days More ‘til we actually G-O racing?


This past weekend was supposed to be the start of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season at St Petersburg, Florida, but we All know that the March 7th season opener got shifted to April 25th due to the never ending scurge ‘O the COVID 19 Pandemic. Although I’m Happy with this since I believe there was a five week break between the first two races initially.


And it’s Funny to Mwah when listening to Speed Freaks on Sunday Nights how Kenny Sargent laments how Freakin’ Long the NHRA’s Off-season has been, which will reportedly tap out at four and one-half months. Which is Childs play compared to IndyCar’s ridiculously elongated yearly Off-seasons, which have been as long as Gory Seven months!


Since if I’ve done my Ryth-Muh-tickin’ correctly? This year’s Off-season will be one week shy of six months since the 2020 St Pete season finale, Yawn! Wake Up Sleepy Head! Since according to the All knowing Intrawoods’, nee Internet, it’ll be 175 Days  between races, Crikeys!


And I use the word Intravenous since it feels like we’ve been fed a steady Intravenous Drip-Drip-Drip of News regarding IndyCar over the past Half year’s Off-season, with the obligatory Driver announcement press releases like how many of Yuhs were surprised over Thee Mayor ‘O Hinchtown, aka James Hinchcliffe being named as Zach Veach’s replacement at Andretti autosport?


While it feels like scattered testing news to Mwah, not to mention the Debbie Downer ‘bout NBC Sports going away at season’s end, which I’ll tackle in a separate, riveting No Fenders posts another day.


Lately, the Biggest News centers round the arrival of  former Formula 1 Driver Romain Grosjean, who drove for America’s sole entry, the Haas F1 Team which is owned by Gene Haas who also Co-owns the Stewart Haas Racing NASCAR team.


As we All know, Romain is still recovering from his burned Hands suffered in that Wicked, Fiery Shunt at the Bahrain Grand Pix last winter, as reportedly his left Hand is still healing. And I’d Arse-sume Romain’s biggest issue right now is coming to grips with the lack of power steering in his #51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing entry.


Although according to Racer’s Marshall Pruett, Grosjean encouragingly increased his pace during his second test outing at Laguna Seca Raceway recently, where eight cars from four teams were participating, i.e.; Arrow McLaren SP, Cale Coyne and his various Alphabet Soup Brigades! Ed Carpenter Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. Where Hulio’, nee Helio Castroneves was in the team’s second entry, whilst JPM, Monty’ or Juan Pablo Montoya carried out Aerodynamic testing for McLaren for a total of nine drivers participating.


As the part I found most interesting about Grosjean’s Debutante IndyCar outing at Barber Motorsports Park was when he errantly spun his Dallara-Honda coming out of a corner, Me Thinks.


As the Frenchman commented he was used to Formula 1, where after all he’s spent the past nine years. Noting how in F1 you need to apply the “L-O-U-D” Pedal, Uhm think it’s called the Accelerator here Stateside, Hya! Uhm plant your right foot exiting corners to move forwards with F1’s Hybrid power and Aerodynamic loads, but in IndyCar’s that totally upsets them and ergo, he spun Off-track unexpectedly.


And whilst I’m  Happy reading on Racer that my Numero Uno IndyCar Driver Pato O’Ward has been Fastest in most of Testing, I’m not really sure if it’s worth getting excited about?


As I think of how long have I been sscribblin’ about what Formula 1 unofficially calls it’s Winter Olympics, Err Winter Tests? Where almost invariably,, the leaders of the Daily time Sheets are Nowhere to be seen once the F1 Season commences. As Can Y’all say la Scuderia, nee Ferrari?


Although I’m not trying to imply anything, as obviously I Hope that Pato’s Pre-season testing pace will continue during the regular season and he’ll finally “Break his duck!” And score his maiden IndyCar victory! And Gasp, even challenge for this year’s IndyCar Championship, since how refreshing would it be to have somebody besides the Big three, as in the No. 3, i.e.; Penske, Ganassi and Andretti fighting for the title…


As it’s Only 39 More Days until the green Flag waves at Barber Motorsports Park, April 18th, Yeehaw!


Oh blarney! Now George has jumped on the Pato O’Ward Bandwagon, which I hope doesn’t mena he’s just given him the Dreaded Curse, Hya!