The interest of full disclosure would dictate that I get it out up front that I am an AJ Foyt fan. I always have been and always will be. Growing up in the sixties, when people actually followed open-wheel racing – you were either a fan of Mario Andretti or AJ Foyt. You couldn’t like both. That’s like claiming to be a fan of the Bears and the Packers. It’s virtually impossible.
As expected, the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule was announced this past Thursday. Also, as expected – there were no real surprises. Curt Cavin had already prepared us for what to expect, so that was one reason there were no surprises. I know in this day and age, it’s hard to keep a secret – but every now and then, I’d like to find something in some of these press conferences that catch me completely off guard and blow me away. That didn’t happen Thursday.
There are certain events in our lives that we remember every detail – where we were, what the weather was, and so forth. I’m old enough to remember when JFK was assassinated. I was only five years old at the time, but I remember it vividly. I was ready to start my sophomore year in college and had already met Susan, whom I would marry thirty-five years later, when I heard the news that Elvis Presley had died. I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news that afternoon on the radio.
The term beating a dead horse, is synonymous with continuing to harp on something and getting no results. A popular definition of insanity is to continue doing things the same way, yet expecting different results. These terms would both apply when going to the shop tab of the IndyCar.com website.
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.
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.