Lately, I’ve received a couple of e-mails and seen some items on social media regarding the rookie status of Conor Daly and questioning whether or not he should be in the running for Rookie of the Year in the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season.
If you watched Sunday’s Daytona 500, you may have seen that NASCAR introduced their new technology for 2016 – mandatory digital dashboards. Gone are the analog gauges that have adorned Sprint Cup dashboards since the beginning of time. It made me wonder if the next segment would be about NASCAR installing new fax machines in their home offices.
For the last few weeks, one of the more frequent topics on Trackside has been who might drive the pace car for the 100h Running of the Indianapolis 500. Like everything else associated with this year’s milestone race, it is considered much more of an honor than it would be for driving in the 99th or the 101st.
Last week, the sport of open-wheel racing lost one of the last major links to its historic past. Jim Travers was one of the main men behind the incredible run of Bill Vukovich in the early fifties and continued to be active in racing up until his death last week at the age of 95 – the result of injuries sustained in a fall four days earlier.
By being delusional in thinking that something I write here might actually make a difference, this post was originally intended to promote an IMS event that is taking place tomorrow night. As most know, the good folks at IMS don’t really need my help in promoting events that are tied to the Indianapolis 500. The event is sold out.
Let me get one thing out there right away. I do not design merchandise websites. I don’t have the technical expertise to design a website, nor do I know how to tell someone how to create a user-friendly website. Having said that, I know when I see a website that is tough to navigate. It’s sort of the analogy I’ve used before; I don’t need to know how to cook to tell a good meal from a bad one.
One of the more disconcerting aspects of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series was the way Derrick Walker was unceremoniously kicked to the curb as President of Competition for the series. That’s not to say that I agreed with every move Walker made – far from it. But I felt that a man of his stature had earned the right over the years to be able to make structural and operational changes to Race Control.