Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Indy Cars Revolving Door continues Turning

“On the Road Again,” although the Crews Definitely Deserved a two weeks Break!


Where to begin, Eh? Having crossed the Mid Season Marker after Road America, and with just nine more races remaining, beginning with Mid Ohio. It’ll be over in a flash, before another Stupendous Offseason begins, Sigh!


Taking another week off following Mid Ohio, before a feverish four straight weeks Fury begins North of the Border in Toronto, returning to Canada for the first time in three Gory Years, Take Off Eh! Followed by Iowa’s Double Header, supporting RASSCAR’ at Mother Speedway’s Road Course and then the Music City in Nashville.


IndyCar then takes it’s final week off before it’s final three races, beginning at Gateway, followed by Portland and lastly laguna Seca in early September. In order to Finish the season before Football begins, BARF! As why is IndyCar so Afraid  of the NFL? I mean Hell, their ratings Don’t even scare RASSCAR!


Whilst I’ll try to put together some of my thoughts here, Hopefully not to random scatter.


At the beginning of the season, I wrote a No Fenders post about several IndyCar Engineering Changes, which unfortunately I Deleted by mistake. Part of thee Joy of being Blind! And trying to Hover over a under intensified word, Thanks Blooger! But I digress…


Obviously Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden’s new Engineer Eric Leichtle has worked out Ok! Since Newgarden’s was the only driver with multiple wins (3) prior to Mid Ohio. Even though He’ll lose His Chief Mechanic Travis Law when He moves over to Penske’s Porsche Sports Car Operation as Competition Director at season’s end.


And although ScottyMac’, aka Scott McLaughlin has somewhat faded, sliding down to Ninth Overall before Mid Ohio. Nonetheless, the pairing of the Kiwi’ with Ben Bretzman was a good move.


As McLaughlin’s season seemingly came unhinged after that Strategy Debacle to Pull His Qualifying time for the Indy 500 that saw Scott Drop 11 places from 15th to P26, Youch!


But the Kiwi’s season has emphatically gotten back “Ontrack” after scoring a decisive win at Mid Ohio! As McLaughlin becomes only the second driver to date to notch multiple wins, whilst Team Penske’s won six of the season’s first nine events…


While DJ WillyP’, aka Will Power Hangs stout with longtime Engineer David Faustino, now in their 12th season together. “Hoovering” Top 5 Points-wise, garnering more Attenzione for His Spat with Devlin DeFrancesco at Road America. As somehow I missed Power’s Cooldown Hip Checking on the Kuhnuck’ during the race…


Meanwhile moving Craig Hansen over to Felix Rosenqvist’s Arrow McLaren SP (AMSP) entry has done the trick for the Swede. Since Rosenqvist finished a career High fourth at Indianapolis, along with having four consecutive Top 10 finishes prior to Mid Ohio. All of which makes me wonder why Zak Brown and AMSP are being so vague abou Felix’s future with the team.


Since AMSP has announced signing Felix to a multi-year extension, but just Not knowing whether He’ll be in Indy Cars of part of their new Formula E team next year? Which All of this Media speculation made me initially feel Rosenqvist will be in Formula E next season. Although now it sounds like AMSP is having a Hard time finding a better caliber IndyCar Driver to replace the Swede with…


As it’s interesting how Zak Brown seems to have targeted several of the Cheepster’s (Chip Ganassi) Drivers, including Alex Palou and Scott Dixon, with Rosenqvist being a former Chip Ganassi Racing Driver.


As AMSP should be a fairly Stout entity next year with it’s three Fulltime entries of Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi and whoever the “Third Wheel” is?


As my Numero Uno IndyCar Driver Pato O’Wardd claimed the Pole position with Rosenqvist starting P4 at Mid Ohio. But it was definitely a weekend to Forget! Since first Felix’s engine went Kuh Blamoe on lap 9! No Fault of the Swede’s, who understandably was furious over finishing last! And then after leading the first 28 lpas from Pole, O’Wards engine began losing power before ultimately ending up “Dead Stick” at Pitlane’s exit, causing a late race Yellow Flag Caution! With the AMSP Duo finishing P27-24 respectively, Youch!


Meanwhile I’m looking forward to seeing how well Kyle Kirkwood does when switching back to Andretti Autosport next year as Rossi’s replacement. Making me wonder who’ll replace Kirkwood at A.J. foyt Enterprises.


Since even though it was only testing, meaning Not knowing what test programmes each driver/team was on? But it seems indicative of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s (RLLR) season when current Indy Lights driver Benjamin Pederson finished Ahead of RLLR during His maiden IndyCar test for Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) at Sebring’s Short Course the week prior to Mid Ohio!


As Pederson’s been “Imbedded” with the Foyt team this year, learning Al of the nuances of being an IndyCar Driver with the team while “Shadowing” Kirkwood. Making me wonder if it’s a foregone conclusion that Pederson winds up in the storied No. 14 next year?


Although I’d like to see JHR become a two car operation next year, and perhaps Pedersen could “Fill the bill” Here?


But perhaps Stefan Stork’ Wilson could fill JHR’s second seat alongside Callam Ilott? Since Wilson’s got Don Cusik’s backing, but Who knows, Eh?


While I Don’t See’ how Foyt will ever improve substantially with it’s constantly revolving Driver roster. As Foyt needs to find an impressive, promising Driver who can stay with the team long term.


Although All of the Paddock fodder during Mid Ohio surrounded whether or not Foyt’s third entry, the #11 for rookie Tatiana Calderon will be on the Grid at Toronto? Or if the No. 11’s Done for the year due to sponsor RokiT making late payments to Foyt. Not to mention, I hadn’t heard about their $35+ million owed to Team Willy’, aka Williams F1 Racing in Arbitration earlier this year, for Failing to Honour their 2019 Title Sponsorship commitment to Williams…


While the runaway Points leader in Indy Lights in Linus Lundqvist, who Hopes to be moving up to IndyCar next year with an expanded Dale Coyne/HDM Motorsports concern, with the Swede joining IndyCar’s “Odd Couple” of David Malukas and Takuma Sato in a three car combined effort.


As Pedersen is fighting for second  place Overall with Sting Ray robb, who He trailed by 13 points prior to Mid Ohio. As I just thought I’d mention Sting Ray since Nobody’s talking about Him, other than Davey Hamilton, who’s also from Idaho. But I digress…


And while I’d say that RLLR’s three drivers are currently Overrated, the only other team more Disappointing somewhat, since Gasp! It’s got my favourite Villain on it! As I’m Not at All surprised by Hulio’s mediocre performance this year. Even though Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) Had to keep Castroneves this year. But I am somewhat perplexed over Simon Pagenaud’s struggles since after all, MSR is technically Aligned with Andretti Autosport…


And I could Prattle on Ceaselessly Here, but Y’all get the Drift, Righto? Since I won’t bother piling on over other Back-markers, since even before reading about Lola’s Hoped for Resurrection, I had to remind myself. It’s Hard remembering that IndyCar, like All Motorsports is a Business first. And who Our Favourite Drivers and Villains are, is just part and parcel for Our Entertainment…