This past Friday, legendary driver AJ Foyt was admitted to the hospital with sporadic chest pain. The initial tests showed very little, but a procedure this past Monday showed blockages in arteries that had given Foyt problems in recent years. On Wednesday, he underwent triple bypass surgery. At last report, the fiery Texan was doing well and was expected to be released by Monday.
The name Gillian Zucker probably doesn’t resonate with the casual racing fan. Hard-core fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series might have a hard time placing her name. Even those that follow the business side of the sport, who know the names of Hulman, George, Belskus, Bernard and Miles might pause when her name is mentioned. That’s a shame, because she has been a very good friend to IndyCar over the years.
One of the arguments for ending the Verizon IndyCar Series season before Labor Day, thus avoiding the NFL; is that IndyCar and the NFL share the same demographics. It seems that many who read this site consider themselves racing fans way ahead of being a football fan, but that’s what the studies show. I happen to fall into the category that the demographic studies show – a fan of both football and IndyCar racing.
The fact that my smiling face has not been up here in a while was not by accident. As most know, my life took a dramatic turn almost two years ago when I lost my job in January of 2013. After only seven months into our new marriage, I found myself unemployed for the first time in my life. To say I was devastated would be putting it lightly. I focused all my efforts on getting a job in my chosen profession as a graphic designer and came up empty.
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.