The good thing about having a blog is that it reflects my opinion and my opinion only. Sometimes my opinion is in line with other fans. Other times it’s not. But it’s always important to remember that these are just my opinions on here and there will be some days where absolutely no one agrees with me. Today could be one of those days.
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As George sometimes says; there is a racing tie-in here, so hang in there with me.
In the Phillips household, we watch a lot of sports. Let me rephrase that. George watches a lot of sports. If I want to visit with him when we’re both home, I have to sit in the den and look at the side of his head while he watches sports. I enjoy watching the Tennessee Titans, the Tennessee Vols and of course Indy car races. But I’ll swear he would watch any football game that might be on the most obscure channel on our cable system.
Lost in all the hoopla last week of a new Race Director and the loss of the season-opening race in Brasília; was what would have been a major story in any other week. Last Wednesday afternoon, we learned that Pippa Mann would no longer be part of the IMS Radio Network, which broadcasts all IndyCar races, as well as race weekend practices and qualifications. Have they lost their mind?
Many times lately, it has seemed as if the Verizon IndyCar Series couldn’t get out of its own way. There have been delayed and broken promises, bungled sponsor relationships and head-scratching personnel moves. All the while, the series ends up with one black-eye after another – many of which are completely justified.
There was already plenty to write about for today, with the return of Brian Barnhart. Then we heard about the cancellation of the season-opening race in Brazil, late yesterday afternoon. Since this is still a developing story as I sit down to write, I’ll continue with my plan to write about Brian Barnhart and what I think this means to the Verizon IndyCar Series. But by Monday, there should be enough facts in hand to have a pretty good handle on exactly what happened with Brazil.
Last week, Curt Cavin’s Q&A featured a question that raised my interest. It was from someone named Rod in Kokomo, Indiana. I’m paraphrasing, but Rod asked if there might be any special throwback liveries for cars in the 2016 Indianapolis 500, which also happens to be the one-hundredth running of the race. Rod sited a few examples he’d like to see; a Coyote-orange Foyt car, a Marlboro car and something reminiscent of the Johnny Lightening Special that Al Unser piloted to consecutive victories in 1970-71.
When I called in sick this past Friday, I mentioned that I had an idea for a post, which may or may not remain timely throughout the weekend. Fortunately, or unfortunately – however you want to look at it – the topic remained timely. It should have been about the Rolex24, which is always a nice kickoff for the racing season to take our minds off of the long IndyCar offseason.