Expectations will be soaring at Team Penske next season. Why shouldn’t they? Team Penske will be running four full-time cars for the first time in their history. In those four cars will be the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion. There will also be the reigning championship runner-up, who also happens to be a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. There will also be another “500” champion, who won the CART championship as a rookie in 1999; along with a driver that is considered one of the most promising up and comers in the series. Some might call this a super team.
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While the silly season continues to sort itself out, we are awaiting for confirmation that Ryan Briscoe is officially out of the No.8 NTT Data car at Chip Ganassi Racing. It has become a question of when and not if that happens. Most believe that Sage Karam will be named to that car at some point in the near future. If that does happen, it begs the question – what will become of Ryan Briscoe?
Without agonizing any further about the increasing dearth of IndyCar blogs, I’ve been a little perplexed over some of the hand-wringing that has gone on in the comment sections, not so much on this site, but on others. But where it seems to be most prevalent is in social media – more specifically, Twitter and Facebook.
Many times, it’s common to hear fans complain that it’s hard to be a fan of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Granted, the powers-that-be often fail to give us hope that they have much of a clue as to what is really going on. But compared to my other passion, football – it’s really very easy to be an IndyCar fan.
The number of IndyCar blog sites has been dwindling for the last few years. When I first started in the spring of 2009, there were more than you could count. One by one, they’ve either fallen by the wayside or they’ve really cut back.
As mentioned on Monday, it is pretty well common knowledge that Sage Karam will more than likely replace Ryan Briscoe at Chip Ganassi Racing. I have no problem with planning for the future, but what about the present? By the time the 2015 season rolls around, Chip Ganassi Racing will be almost three years removed from their last Indianapolis 500 win and it will have been two years since their last IndyCar championship. For a team that won four championships and the Indianapolis 500 three times between 2008 and 2012, that is quite a drought.