Wednesday, March 16, 2022

This Weekend’s Three Rings ‘O Motorsports

And that Don’t even consider Dem’ Taxicab Bombers or whether Thars a MotoGP race…


This coming weekend is absolutely a RevHead’ or MotorHeads’ Delight, with thou Three Pillars ‘O Motorsports in action, albeit IndyCar very Unwisely decided to go “Head-to-Head” with it’s Sports Car Brethren! Choosing a very Unforgiving Super speedway Oval that’s littered with some “slippery liquids” Atrocious PJ1 Traction Compound bound to make it another overly dull race, Spew!


Actually, Thars’ four major sanctioning Bodies going racing this weekend, without delving into RASSCAR’, whilst I haven’t checked to “See” if MotoGP’s in action? Oh, Yes, those ultimate road racing Kneedraggers’ are competing on the City Streets of Indonesia…


As You’ll need a Scorecard to keep track of which Channel What’s On? Arse-sumedly the FIA World Endurance Championship is on Motortrend TV, albeit No idea how many Hours? Then the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship should be available either on Big NBC, USA Network, Peacock or some silly combination of All three?


Sunday’s IndyCar race is on Big NBC with MotoGP on CNBC. And Formula 1 will be on a multitude ‘O ESPN Channels per usual over the weekend.


As Always, and especially this weekend, Check your local listings for Times and Places!


First up, and I’ve got No idea how or if there will be any side effects for G-Drive Racing, the only Russian Flagged Sports Cars competitors I know of, who I’m fairly certain compete in both of the premiere LMP2 series.


Although the FIA’s World endurance Championship is hosting a season’s Prologue at Sebring from March 12-13th, ahead of it’s season opening 1,000 miles Sebring race Friday, March 18th over the Super Sebring weekend.


So presumably All of Yuhs Diehard Sports Car Aficionados will know if there’s any “Knock-on” effects over Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine adversely effecting G-Drive or any Russian competitors before Friday’s Season Opener at Sebring, Righto?


Ironically on March 6th, the very same day that the Haas F1 Team announced it’s immediate termination of it’s contracts with title sponsor Uralkali and Nikita Mazepin. Fellow Russian Driver Roman Rusinov announced via his Instagram account that He was unwilling to sign the FIA’s Neutrality Clause Document, and that G-Drive Racing was withdrawing from the World Endurance Championship and (ELMS) European Le Mans Series with immediate effect.


As this led to the ACO reopening it’s Entry list for Applicants for this year’s 24 Heurs du Mans and ELMS for a 48 Hour period between March 7-9, with revised Entry lists to be announced later.

Believe I read via Racer’s Sports Car section awhile ago there’s 39 entries slated for this season’s WEC campaign. With the top flight Hypercars consisting of either a meager three or four entries?


The reigning champions Toyota Gazoo Racing return with their All conquering two car GR010 V-6 turbo Hypercars squad, with Alpine continuing with it’s Grandfathered LMP1 Spec A480 normally aspirated Gibson V-8. Whilst there’s a single car Scuderia Glickenhaus 007 LMH V-6 turbo entry, listed with Ryan Briscoe as one of it’s drivers,. Arse-sumedly contesting the entire season?


But we do know that the unique brace ‘O Werks’ Peugeot 9X8 Prototypes won’t race in anger until after Le Mans, with scuttlebutt suggesting that the July 10th Six Hours of Monza could be their debut.


While I believe this will be one of the final times to see Corvette C8.R Big Boyz’ GTE Pro racecar in action Stateside. Since I’m Arse-suming’ the FIA/ACO is keeping this minnowesqe GT Class unchanged thru 2023, or around until 2024? Since surely we’ll See some sort of similar class restructuring a la GTD Pro Across thou Puddle eventually.


Then just a Dozen Hours later on Saturday, March 19th, IMSA will host it’s annual 12 Hours of Sebring which saw the likes of Action Express Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Meyer Shank Racing and Vasser Sullivan Racing All scrambling to find replacement drivers for their originally slated contingent of Moonlighting IndyCar Drivers, since Dallas Fort Worth and Florida are too Far away to cycle back ‘N forth!


Obviously, A.J. Foyt Racing will have finally revealed publicly who’ll be driving it’s third #11 entry on the Oval portions of the calendar, since they’ll need somebody for Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this Sunday. As the Odds on favourite is J.R. Hildebrand.


As Hopefully this will be the one and Only time IndyCar foolishly decides to Clash with the traditional March 12 Hours of Sebring race weekend date. As it’s just plain Stupid!


Look, I get Indy Cars wanting to be on Network TV, but are they just Cowtowing to TMS? Since most likely it’ll be another One Groove Slip-Slide All Skate race with how many viewers watching? As I think this is the final year of Texas’s current contract?


Formula 1 Host it’s Season Opener at Bahrain, with MotoGP’s second round taking place in Indonesia, and is it just Mwah? Or “Isn’t  it Ironic?” that IndyCar, F1 and MotoGP are All being shown on Sunday. Not to mention that I think MotoGP’s going Head-to-Head with IndyCar’s on Comcast’s third TV Network…


As I’m simply getting totally Knackered from typing All of this and will preview Formula 1 and MotoGP later. So enjoy the races Everybody!