As much as I get tired of writing about the new faces at Chip Ganassi Racing, it is the major story of this offseason. After the first of the year, remaining pieces of the silly season will begin to fall into place. I would love to write about something/someone else, but for now, this is the major story – as well it should be. We have the defending Indianapolis 500 winner joining one of the top teams in the series, along with the retirement of one of he biggest names in the past fifteen or so years. There are a lot of moving pieces with this story.
Christmas Day is one week from today. If you’re like most people, you haven’t finished shopping yet. IndyCar fans love getting IndyCar stuff. A few years ago, I wrote a post about what to give the IndyCar fan that you know. Since I tend to be very self-centered and shallow – I thought that this time, it would be more appropriate to write about the hints you can drop to make sure your significant other knows what to get you. It is all about getting what you want, right?
What if your favorite football team swapped jerseys with their arch rivals? Imagine if the Green Bay Packer players were suddenly playing for the Chicago Bears and that Bear players were donning the green jerseys of the Packers. Would you root for the players or the jerseys?
This week, the Indiana Motorsports Commission announced approved preliminary plans by Hulman & Comnpany on how they plan to spend the $90 million provided by the bond issue authorized by the Indiana House. Rather than focus on the points that everyone else is talking about – the return of the apron for NASCAR, but not IndyCar; the new video style scoring pylon (uggh!), the improved video boards and many new amenities – I’d rather discuss something that was barely mentioned, but could be key in vastly improving the overall fan experience at the track.
The television schedule for the 2014 IndyCar season was released last week. As usual, it was a mixed bag. There were a couple of pleasant surprises, as well as a few head-scratchers; but the majority of it was mostly expected.
To those on the inside, this was apparently no big secret. To people like me, it was a very welcomed surprise. This week, we learned that forty years after he first debuted as a pit-reporter; Paul Page will return to the IMS Radio Network as the “Voice of the 500” as well as all other IndyCar races throughout the season.