The television schedule for the 2014 IndyCar season was released last week. As usual, it was a mixed bag. There were a couple of pleasant surprises, as well as a few head-scratchers; but the majority of it was mostly expected.
To those on the inside, this was apparently no big secret. To people like me, it was a very welcomed surprise. This week, we learned that forty years after he first debuted as a pit-reporter; Paul Page will return to the IMS Radio Network as the “Voice of the 500” as well as all other IndyCar races throughout the season.
Undoubtedly, the biggest story of the early IndyCar offseason is the rampant speculation on who will fill the fourth seat at Chip Ganassi Racing. Regardless of whether or not Tony Kanaan slides over to the No.10 Target car, or if a newcomer takes over the car vacated by Dario Franchitti – everyone, including yours truly, has a theory as to who it may be.
At the risk of sounding like a member of The Sunshine Squad as we head into Thanksgiving, I did want to take a moment to consider the things that we IndyCar fans have to be thankful for. The IndyCar Series is not a perfect series – far from it. But things could be worse – a lot worse. Here are a few things to remember as we head into this weekend.
Last month, I received an interesting e-mail from longtime reader and commenter, Steve Kormanik (Steve K). Like many of us, Steve is an IndyCar fan – but he is also a football fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. To many that live in the Midwest, that is probably blasphemous – but since the only meeting between Tennessee and Ohio State I can recall, resulted in a 20-14 Vol victory that featured Peyton Manning against Eddie George – I harbor no resentment toward the Buckeyes. Hiring former Florida coach Urban Meyer did nothing to make me pull for them, but other than that – no hard feelings, but I digress.
This past weekend during the US Grand Prix, Mario Andretti sounded off on a couple of subjects regarding the IndyCar Series. Regardless of your allegiance to Mario in the sixties, he has earned the position over time that whenever he opens his mouth on a subject – you would do well to take note, shut up and listen. You can decide later on whether or not you agree with him, but one would be foolish to not listen to what the man has to say. After all, he is one of the legendary names of all time and at the age of seventy-three – he is still extremely active in the sport. So you can’t write off anything he says by saying he is out of touch.