There are several claims and comparison about who might be the greatest this and that in all of racing. Most would probably agree that Formula One czar Bernie Ecclestone is arguably the most powerful man in racing. Many can spend hours and even days arguing whether Mario Andretti or AJ Foyt is the greatest driver in history. You’d be hard-pressed to convince me that Roger Penske is not the most powerful owner in IndyCar.
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We are now past the halfway point of the Verizon IndyCar Series offseason. This coming weekend marks the fourteenth consecutive weekend that we have gone without an IndyCar race. We still have another thirteen raceless weekends to go, but at least we’re whittling them down. Twenty-seven weekends is a long time between races, but IndyCar CEO Mark Miles is addressing that issue by starting next season earlier and ending it later so there’s no use in beating that dead horse.
Normally, the Thanksgiving weekend is a dead time for news to break from the Verizon IndyCar Series. That was pretty much the case this past weekend, except for one little item that probably merits a mention; Sage Karam’s contract was not renewed at Chip Ganassi Racing for 2016.
As we IndyCar fans look back on 2015, there really is a lot to be thankful for. Of course, there was also tragedy as we lost Justin Wilson to a fluke accident at Pocono in August. But we can be thankful that the IndyCar community stepped up and raised over $600,000 for the care of his young children. The efforts by Graham Rahal and several others shows the strong bond among those who are competitors on the track, but close friends off of it.
Last week, Racer.com ran a story about Andretti Autosport running at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) for a team test earlier in the week. Marco Andretti was quoted throughout the article discussing how fun the new configuration at Phoenix is for a driver. The article also speculated that Arie Luyendyk’s twenty year-old record at PIR may be in jeopardy, when the series returns in the spring after a ten-year absence.
Just because it’s the offseason, you didn’t think that One Take Only was on hiatus, did you? For those that don’t know or have been trying to forget, One Take Only is the videoblog of Oilpressure.com. My longtime friend, John McLallen, and I set up the camera in my backyard and just start talking racing. Our conversations are always unrehearsed, unscripted and unedited. They are also generally uninteresting. When we stop, we turn off the camera and that’s what we have – hence the name One Take Only. Some love these, some actually despise them. You decide.
Recently, there has been a growing feeling among some fans that the Verizon IndyCar Series is too Indy-centric; meaning that the series places way too much importance on the Indianapolis 500. I will say right now that I am not one who thinks this. But there are some people that I have a great deal of respect for that do feel this way, so I think it’s something that is worth discussing.