Thursday, April 20, 2023

INDY 500: Open Test at IMS Commences

But will Mother Nature attempt being on Pole Position?


Although  according to Racer’s Marshall Pruett, Friday is just a contingency day in case Mother Nature does indeed play Havoc on thursday…


Without going into any detail, other than I needed Long Beach as a Pick Me Up, since it was an extremely tough week for Mwah emotionally! It’s Hard to believe it’s already time for the yearly Open Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just over one month prior to Race Day. Or to be concise, 38 days as of April 20th.


Yet speakin’ of Long Beach, albeit I first learned about it from The Pit Window Blog. Very Cool thing McLaren, Err Arrow Mclaren’s doing for this year’s Indianapolis 500.


Guessing Y’all have heard about Arrow McLaren’s special “One Off” Indy 500 liveries the team’s running on it’s four car entry commemorating McLaren’s 60th Anniversary, Righto? Which were introduced at “The Beach” on Friday morning, preceding the day’s first IndyCar practice session.


And is it just Mwah? Or Isn’t it Ironic? How Mr. Zakery Brown has borrowed from former McLaren Superstar Fredrico Suave’s coveting of thoust mythical Triple Crown playbook. With Mclaren paying homage to it’s Triple Crown winners of years past.


As Pato  O’Ward’s No. 5 IndyCar entry will feature an All Black motif honouring McLaren’s 1995 24 Heurs du Mans victory wit it’s 1995 McLaren F1 GTR.


“Felix-the-Cat” Rosenqvist’s No. 6 entry will be adorned in a Red and White livery recalling those iconic “Bad Habits” Marlboro years and Alain Prost’s 1984 Monaca Grand Prix winning MP4/2 TAG-Porsche.


While Alexander Rossi’s No. 7 will be a solid Papaya livery recalling Lone Star Jr’, aka Johnny Rutherford’s 1974 Indianapolis 500 victory aboard it’s McLaren M16C/D Offenhauser. With Tony Kanaan’s yet unrevealed No. 66 entry said to be a tribute “Collage” of All three primary team cars entered at this Month of May’s Indy 500.


Here’s a list of everybody I’m aware of that’s running in this year’s Indy 500 to date.  


Chevrolet (16)

(2) A.J. foyt Enterprises: #14 Santino Ferrucci, #55 Benjamin Peterson; (4) Arrow McLaren: #5 Pato O’Ward, #6 Felix Rosenqvist, #7 Alexander Rossi, #66 Tony Kanaan; (2) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: #23 Ryan Hunter-Reay, #24 Stefan Wilson; (3) Ed Carpenter Racing: #20 Conor Daly, #21 Rinus VeeKay, #33 Ed Carpenter; (2) Juncos Hollinger Racing: #77 Callum Ilott, #78 Augustn Canapino; (3) Team Penske: #2 Josef Newgarden, #3 Scott McLaughlin, #12 Will Power.


Honda (17)

(5) Andretti Autosport: #26 Colton Herta, #27 Kyle Kirkwood, #28 Romain Grosjean, #29 Devlin DeFrancesco, #98 Marco Andretti; (4) Chip Ganassi Racing: #8 Marcus Ericsson, #9 Scott Dixon, #10 Alex Palou, #11 Takuma Sato; (1) Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing: #51 Sting Ray Robb; (1) HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing: #18 David Malukas; (2) Meyer Shank Racing: #06 Helio Castroneves, #60 Simon Pagenaud; (4) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: #15 Graham Rahal, #30 Jack Harvey, #44 Katherine Legge, #45 Christian Lundgaard.


Yes, I realize that the five Mikey A’ Cars are being run under three different Banners, but I Didn’t feel like typing All of that! As Dale Coyne and His veritable Alphabet Soup Brigade were taxing enough…


There are only three Rookies in this year’s field. With Benjamin Peterson, or Pederson it He’s being a Dane’ and Augustin Canapino for the Bowtie contingent. Whilst Sting Ray Robb is Honda’s lone entrant.


There’s also a massive nine former Indianapolis 500 winners in this year’s field: Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato.


Nah, that wasn’t typed in Age before Beauty, Hya! But alphabetical order instead…


Whilst the only Big News were All Ah-Waitin’ with Baited breath. Is whether or not Indy NXT entrant Abel Motorsports in conjunction with the Enerson’s will be able to enter a 34th “One Off” Indy Only entry for R.C. enderson with a 17th Chevrolet engine lease?


For which I’m Arse-suming will be at least one of the “Talking Points” over the next two days testing at Mother Speedway. Along with whether or not anybody Sticks it Into the Wall, Err Safer Barrier? Which Y’all know RASSCAR’ invented; Buh-Buh-Believable!


Presumably coverage will be provided via Peacock and the IndyCar Radio Network. So Check your local listings as Always, since Arse-sumedly Testing has already begun this Morning…