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.
The month of May is full of traditions. Some of them are obvious; like the release of the balloons, the bricks and drinking milk. Others may be a little more personal; sort of like wearing the same shirt every Race Day or having a rib eye sandwich from a stand under the north end of the Tower Terrace at 7:00 am. By the way, both of those are mine.
The dominos are continuing to fall in place for next year’s Verizon IndyCar Series. Yesterday, James Hinchcliffe announced he will be driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, taking the seat occupied this last season by Simon Pagenaud.
First of all, I’d like to thank all the well-wishers that have passed along your concerns about Luckey, my ailing thirteen year-old lab. Through this site, e-mails, Facebook, Twitter and even texts; several people sent many heartfelt thoughts.
Forgive me, but there is no post here today or Friday. I’ve had a situation arise that has required practically all of my attention and has zapped my desire to write for the past day or two. If you’re a dog-lover, you’ll probably understand. If you’re not, you probably think I’m being ridiculous.
Somewhat hidden in the announcement that Tony Stewart would not face charges from the Grand Jury in the death of Kevin Ward, was a disturbing nugget of news that has curiously flown a little bit under the radar – at least from the mainstream media. That is the fact that Ward was racing with traces of marijuana in his system – at levels considered to be enough to impair judgment.