Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A somewhat Abbreviated look back over IndyCar Activity the past Several Weeks

As Motor Racing Never Sleeps!


First and foremost, as I’ve already elabourated, it was super enjoyable and Uber Refreshing having been away from Ye Confuzer’s Keyboard for over three weeks. Having gone on an extended Holiday Wayback on September 19th, which I’ll save Scribblin’ about my latest trek to the Penske Racing Museum for a future No Fenders post.


Thus, this is just an attempt at playin’ Ketsup over the major Headlines that Peaked my Attenzione over being on vacation prior to this past weekend’s USGP, and isn’t intended to cover everything that happened in Indy Cars during the past month’s time.


As I’d have to say the biggest News to Mwah upon return, was the surprise announcement of Arrow Mclaern SP’s (AMSP) Managing Director Taylor Kiel Departing AMSP. Which I first learned of via Ye Oldest IndyCar blogger Geo. Phillips of Fame. Where George notes He believes that Taylor simply grew tired of the Nonstop Three ring Carnival-like atmosphere Mr. Zakery “PT Barnum” Brown’s brought to the Organization with Palou Gate and Piastri Gate and the Never ending Craziness surrounding the attempted Hirings of 37 Drivers this Summer!


Although it’s worth noting that Racer’s Marshall Pruett has an article on about Alex Palou potentially landing at AMSP for 2024, presumably at Felix Rosenqvist’s expense? Or will AMSP morph into a four car entity?


Whilst I couldn’t stand it’s No more and finally asked Blogmeister’ Miguel whilst in The Valley of The Sun to Google Colton Herta latest news on Wednesday night, October 12, to learn that sensibly, Colton had Inked a Multi-year contract extension to stay at Andretti Autosport, which the team’s just confirmed to run thru the end of the 2027 IndyCar season. And reportedly keeps Him from chasing a Formula 1 seat until 2025.



Thus ending the long running speculation concerning a possible Formula 1 departure, which seemed just a really big longshot due to Colton lacking the necessary points for a FIA F1 Super License, which Y’all know that the FIA Denied the request for granting the Yank one. And with McLaren F1 continued testing of fellow IndyCar drivers Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward, it’s No surprise that McLaren Racing and Zakery Brown have No plans for running Colton in any further F1 tests.


On the Driver front, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that A.J. foyt Enterprise’s has Hired the Great Santini’, aka Santino Ferrucci as the Fulltime Driver of it’s No. 14 entry. Along with the not surprising signing of Indy Lights Benjamin Pederson to fill it’s No. 4 entry.


Whilst Dalton Kellett has officially left Foyt Racing after three seasons. Making me wonder if the likeable Kuhnuck’ could become part of the previously rumoured Foyt Porsche 963 IMSA GTP entry? Although I’ve Heard Nothing about this ever since Marshall Pruett wrote about it Wayback’ in July…


Meanwhile, ‘Ol JJ’, nee Jimmie Johnson has announced His retiring from Fulltime IndyCar competition in 2023, leaving Chip Ganassi Racing’s fourth No. 48 IndyCar entry without a Driver, albeit Johnson Hasn’t made any plans publicly for whether or not He’ll return for another “One Off” Indianapolis 500 entry, run other Ovals or what next season?


Although I’d say this firmly signifies Johnson’s intentions to be part of the NASCAR Garage 56 Project for Le Mans next year…


Making me ponder if this will become a likely destination for reigning Indy Lights Champion Linus Lundqvist, who after all has a $1.3 million Cheque and guaranteed three race IndyCar entry, including the 107th Indy 500 next May, even though His name doesn’t seem to be mentioned much lately…


Whilst another Racer Headline noted that Kyle Busch was Out of the running for an apparent fourth AMSP Indy 500 entry, but that Tony Kanaan was in the running, and has now been secured at AMSP for next May.


And while I wasn’t surprised that Meyer Shank Racing’s (MSR) IMSA DPi Sports Car Driver Tom “The Bomb” Blomquist topped the unofficial Timesheet for MSR during a private five car IndyCar test on Sebring’s Short Course. I was surprised by the names of the other aspiring IndyCar Drivers.


With Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing testing the beleaguered Estonian Juri vips, who lost His Red Bull Racing F1 testing role for using racially Offensive language during a Online “Gaming” session!


While Jake Dennis tested for Andretti Autosport and Marcus Armstrong drove for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports.


As Andretti kept it’s IndyCar “Young” Driver evaluation HotSchue’ “In House,” by running one of it’s current Avalanche Andretti Formula e Pilotes. With Vips and Armstrong both being current FIA Formula 2 championship Drivers.


Interestingly, Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) ran longtime Argentinian  Touring cars Driver Augustin Canapino at Sebring, a Tintops’ Driver I’ve never Heard of before. Along with the Scuttlebutt of JHR running IndyCar Demos in Argentina early November with Canapino at the controls of it’s #77 Dallara/Chevrolet.


Not to mention being unaware that IndyCar actually once raced in Argentina some 51+ years ago…


Although in retrospect, I should know Canapino’s name, since I’m Arse-sumin’ I scribbled ‘it during my 2019 Rolex 24 preview, when Agustin drove Juncos Racing’s #50 Cadillac DPi with Kyle Kiser, Rene Binder and Will Owen.


Finally, McLaren F1 Racing announced that Alex Palou would make His Debutante Formula 1 outing during Circuit Of The America’s Friday (Free Practice) FP1 session, replacing Daniel Ricciardo. And then Patricio O’Ward will participate in the Abu Dhabi FP1 session in place of Lando Norris. As this is in order for McLaren to fulfill each Formula 1 Team’s obligation to run two Aspiring F1 Hopefuls during an FP1 session this year. Along with the Testing of a Previous Car (TPC) programme.


As I’d known about Palou and O’Ward testing McLaren’s MCL-35B in a private test at Barcelona, but didn’t know about the other test at the Red Bull Ring in preparations for the IndyCar duo’s upcoming F1 Friday morning outings. Which I’m guessing is part of Zakery Brown’s Mending Fences with some of His 37 Driver Contracts this year…