Late last week, officials from Grand Prix Boston met with state and local officials, which included the Mayor of Boston and the Governor of Massachusetts, to try and iron out the necessary details to insure that the IndyCar race planned for next Labor Day weekend will go as planned. I don’t claim to have any knowledge of municipal negotiations, but if I had to guess – I’d say that they will do what is necessary to get the right permits in place and pay the various groups that claim they weren’t involved in the initial planning as they should have been.
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Honda finally got an answer on their aero kits for 2016. For the most part, they should be happy – although they didn’t quite get the answer they were looking for. IndyCar decided they would enforce Rule 9.3 which states: “In the event that an aero kit is not competitive to such extent that it would be detrimental to the Verizon IndyCar Series, IndyCar may permit in its sole discretion approved suppliers to implement modifications to their respective aero kits.”
Yesterday, we learned that CFH Racing laid off eight employees on Monday morning in order to tighten up their budgets. Two of the eight were members of the O’Gara family. Sarah Fisher is married to Andy O’Gara. The two of them make up half of the ownership group at CFH Racing – the other two being Ed Carpenter and oil & natural gas businessman Wink Hartman.
Last week, we may have all gotten a glimpse of the future with the release of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. For the first time ever in the IRL/IndyCar era, there are only five ovals on the slate, as compared to eleven races on street and road courses. In CART’s last year of existence, there were only three ovals. I don’t even count the four years of Champ Car that eventually got down to no ovals in 2007, their last season before unification.
One thing that no one can say about the drivers in the Verizon IndyCar series is that they are not a giving and caring lot. Several drivers lend their names to causes. Some do it because a cause may be tied to a sponsor. Others do it out of the goodness of their own heart. Some have even brought a personal cause into the racing arena.
Tuesday morning was agonizing. With each passing moment, you could feel the anticipation building. Throughout the early morning hours, I kept wondering which tracks would and would not be on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve, I was so giddy thinking about all of the possibilities that were awaiting us.
For those that don’t know me, the previous paragraph was called sarcasm.
Last week, I wrote about how the Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI) has added some much needed clarity to the official ladder or feeder series to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Earlier this week, we learned of a clear example of the system and how it should work.