Shortly after it was apparent that Dario Franchitti had survived the frightening crash we all witnessed during the Grand Prix of Houston; speculation began as to whether or not Franchitti would resume his legendary driving career next spring. Those close to the situation were surmising that he would probably retire. The general feeling was that he had attained every possible goal anyone could have in racing. He was over forty and common sense said the crash had spooked him enough that he would step away.
Ever since IZOD confirmed their long-suspected departure as title sponsor of the IndyCar Series, the general consensus has been that there would be no title sponsor for the series for next season and possibly longer. That’s why I was surprised to hear Mark Miles say that the series may be receiving a “Christmas present” in the way of a title sponsor very soon. Really?
On Friday, we first started hearing reports that IndyCar CEO Mark Miles was going to unveil a major facelift for Qualifying Weekend for the Indianapolis 500. The Month of May was already going to look drastically different with the Grand Prix of Indianapolis set to kick off the month by running on the infield road course. I wondered what other sacred traditions would be kicked to the curb.
As we all know, there are two main anchor jobs up for grabs for the 2014 IndyCar season – the announcer spot for ABC/ESPN caused by the departure of Marty Reid and the anchor chair for the IMS Radio Network that came open when Mike King stepped down a couple of weeks ago.
This post does have a definite racing connection, so please bear with me. Last Saturday night, I was watching as my Tennessee Vols were being completely dismantled by Missouri, by a score of 31-3. In the middle of the second quarter, I took to Twitter out of frustration. My tweets automatically go to my Facebook page. I don’t really do Facebook. If it doesn’t come from Twitter, I don’t post. My frustration tweet said “Vols laying an egg so far against Mizzou. 17-0 2nd qtr.”
For better or worse, One Take Only returns to this site. For those that have made the wise choice to not watch these in the past, this is the occasional videoblog that is essentially me and my friend John McLallen (JohnMc) sitting and chatting about all things racing. It is uncut, unrehearsed a nd done without any notes or preparation. We simply start the camera and start talking. Sometimes, it shows.
This past weekend, John and I sat out in the backyard and discussed the IndyCar season that just wrapped up, Scott Dixon’s championship and Tony Kanaan’s move to Chip Ganassi Racing. We also speculated on the 2015 season. All in all, it was a nice fall afternoon to do some serious offseason bench-racing.
We are now almost two weeks into the dreaded IndyCar offseason. With the announcement and confirmation that the IndyCar Series would end the 2014 season on Labor Day next season, it has been a popular notion to say that this current offseason is going to be seven months long.