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.
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.
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.”