Revisions to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar rule book were released yesterday. My reaction to most of it was a leftover turkey-sandwich induced yawn. As Derrick Walker said, most of the changes were simply tidying up a few things and clarifying some definitions. There were slight changes to the manufacturer’s championship, a few things about test dates and a new way to determine pit placement at races. None of these things were really eyebrow-raising – even in the month of December.
I realize that due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I had said I would not return here until Wednesday. However, it struck me that it would be entirely appropriate to use this site to recognize a personal milestone in my life.
We fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series can be a cynical bunch. We complain a lot and many times for very good reasons. But this week, we reached a milestone that we can all be thankful for. Monday marked six months until the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. That means we are now closer to the next one than we are to the memorable finish we witnessed a little more than half a year ago.
Last season, the Verizon IndyCar Series was without one of its promising stars. Simona de Silvestro decided to take a chance and take the steps necessary to fulfill her ultimate dream of being a Formula One driver. Due to a chain of unfortunate circumstances, let’s just say that it didn’t work out.
There is a myth going around that needs to be exposed. For months; IndyCar fans, forums and websites have been lamenting the fact that this is a terribly long offseason that is unsurpassed in the history of motor sports. I have been just as guilty as everyone else claiming that this offseason is way too long and that a cure for Ebola may be found before the Verizon IndyCar Series turns another wheel in competition.
Today’s society is filled with stories chanting with the phrase “…they haven’t paid their dues”. Whether it’s Taylor Swift, Johnny Manziel or Ryan Briscoe; there are plenty of examples where detractors scoff at any success that has come their way and write it off simply as luck. Those detractors cannot make that same claim against Verizon IndyCar driver Justin Wilson.
Throughout the years, it has been well-documented how much I despise change. I have lived my life under the mantra "Change is bad". If truth be known, I’m not quite as averse to change as it comes across. I love the latest technological gadgets. I can’t wait until the price of Ultra HD television falls within my budget. But even with technology, sometimes they change things just for change sake. Was it really necessary to do away with the Start button in Windows 8? Apparently not, since they put it back with Windows 8.1.