Friday afternoon brought a flurry of news in the IndyCar world. There was the confirmation that IZOD would terminate their title sponsorship with the series. Then there were the reports and denials that Tony Kanaan had inked a deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. The one news item that caught me totally off-guard was the death of legendary Chief Mechanic George Bignotti.
Archive for September, 2013
After I watched The Book of Manning, the excellent documentary on the Manning family that aired Tuesday night on ESPN; I began to ponder how this compares with the history of IndyCar. Since I am a Tennessee alumnus, I’ll admit I’m a little biased – but I don’t think there is much debate over which family is the First Family of football. It’s the Manning family.
No matter what you do, it’s always good to take a break. You know that the break did you some good when you’re glad to get back to what you were doing. I took a week-long break from here and re-charged my batteries. Today is my first day back. After reading this, some may say I need to take another break. I’ll promise you, I’m not as down as I may come across. It’s just that I’ve decided to tackle a subject that is bothering me – and that’s the fact that the IndyCar Series is far away from my thoughts.
When it was announced last month that Juan Montoya would not be returning to his NASCAR seat at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, speculation swirled as to where the Columbian driver would end up. The amount of guesses were endless.
Friday brought the confirmation of what many people had been speculating about – that the Grand Prix of Baltimore will not run in 2014. Actually, the official story from the Baltimore Business Journal says it is cancelled for 2015 as well. The City of Baltimore, the promoter and the IndyCar Series could not come up with a suitable date for the next two years.
Last Friday, we learned that Scott Dixon had been fined $30,000 and placed on probation through December 31, for comments made during the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Dixon called Director of Race Control, Beaux Barfield an idiot and that he should be fired for his handling of several calls this season.
Normally, I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to what comes out of NPR. Let’s just say that I don’t fit into their demographics or target audience. But I came across an article from NPR last week that got my attention. It was about the upcoming generation of millennials and their disdain for the automobile. The article focused on how this affected the auto industry, but I got to thinking how it would translate into the future of motorsports.