On Tuesday of this week, we got news that Oriol Servia would be returning to the Indianapolis 500 with the team that gave him three previous runs in the Indianapolis 500 – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. As a fan, I could not be happier with that news.
We finally learned Friday that one of the worst kept secrets of the IndyCar offseason had become official. Takuma Sato will drive the car vacated earlier by Carlos Muñoz at Andretti Autosport. It had been reported two or three weeks ago by credible sources, but then we were told that it was not official. As Curt Cavin said last week on Trackside – it’s not a done deal until it’s a done deal.
If you read the comments section From the post I wrote about buying race tickets last Wednesday, you saw a comment from longtime reader and commenter Ron Ford, from Wisconsin. In the comment, Ron offered an alternate Christmas gift idea that apparently he and I can both speak about – the Indy Racing Experience.
The 2017 Indianapolis 500 is still almost six months away. But if you listened to Trackside this week, you heard a discussion that I found interesting. The question that was thrown out was – If you were to bet money based on what we know right now, would you bet on Team Penske to win next year’s Indianapolis 500 or would you take the field? That’s what I like about the offseason. The lack of weekly racing brings out conversations that make you think.
This past Monday marked the halfway point for the Indianapolis 500. What does that mean, you ask? That means we are now closer to the 2017 Indianapolis 500 than we are to the 2016 edition. Or to put it in more general terms – we are now less than six months away from the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
We are now more than two months into the IndyCar offseason. What is good about that, you might ask? It means that we are less than four months from the start of the Verizon IndyCar Series season for 2017. Better yet, on Monday we will be only six months from the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. Now, that’s something to be thankful for.
One of the things that really bothered me about Tony Stewart stepping out of his stock car last night at Homestead is not that he didn’t get to win a fourth Cup championship. It’s that he never won the Indianapolis 500. I’m sure many NASCAR fans have either forgotten or never knew that Tony Stewart ran in the Indianapolis 500 five times – twice after he switched to NASCAR fulltime. Stewart finished an unremarkable twenty-second in yesterday’s NASCAR season finale, while Jimmie Johnson won his seventh championship. Regardless of the Chase format – that’s impressive!