Given the gravity of the events in Paris over the weekend, I thought it would be nice to have a more lighthearted post today. That’s not to make light of the situation at all. Along with the horror we saw throughout the weekend, there is also the numbing fact that these attacks will continue to happen across the globe as well as here in America. There has been much debate on what America’s next step should be. But this is not a political site, but an IndyCar site. With that in mind, I’ll offer a quick relief from the serious discussions of the weekend.
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Recently, another website accused me of being a cheerleader for all things IndyCar. Personally, I don’t agree with that sentiment – but if one person thinks that, there are possibly others that do as well. If you are one that thinks that way, you might want to skip today’s post because I’m going to give kudos to IndyCar on their choice to replace former IndyCar president Derrick Walker. But I’ll also discuss why some may not be all-in on this pick.
This is the fifth in a series of posts I’ve written regarding the 2015-16 silly season. It’s been a few weeks since my last one, but schedule announcements and other topics took precedence over my meanderings about what might happen on teams that may or may not have an open seat for next season. Like the other four in this series, this is not a prediction of what I think will happen. Instead it is simply me venting on what I think should happen. There’s a big difference. Today’s post deals with my wish-list for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
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.
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.