Be aware that for the first time (and probably the last time), I do make a quasi-political statement here. I really sat down to write about some of the latest developments in the IndyCar silly season, and only give a casual mention of the election. But once I started typing, I realized there was a lot I wanted to get off of my chest. If you’ve had enough of everyone’s opinion on the election, come back Monday. I promise I’ll have a more pertinent discussion about IndyCar, other than a couple of gratuitous mentions.
America heads to the polls tomorrow – or do they? With early voting, absentee voting and voting by mail; does anyone still go to the polls and actually fight the insanity of election day? For years, I resisted early voting. I didn’t believe in it. It seemed un-American. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to many, given my reluctance to change. It seemed to be a rite of passage. For one thing, before Susan and I got married and I lived in another part of town – my polling place was a small church in a nice area just up my street. It was never very crowded and the volunteer workers were always friendly. The church always had a bake sale for any elections, so I walked out with not only the obligatory “I Voted” sticker on my shirt – but I usually had a chess pie in my hands.
We are now getting a clearer picture of what the Verizon IndyCar Series will look like for 2017. On Monday, two more drivers had their 2017 destinations confirmed. In a not-so-surprising move, Takuma Sato signed to drive the No.26 car for Andretti Autosport. I say that it was not a surprise because Michael Andretti had been struggling to find sponsorship for the car previously occupied by Carlos Muñoz. In the past, Muñoz had been bringing a large portion of the money required to run that car. After last season, his source (presumably his family) dried up.
There is a general school of thought that in today’s IndyCar world, that a team must have at least two cars in order to be successful. Statistically, that would appear to be correct. I mean the teams that are generally considered to be the top organizations in the paddock – Penske, Ganassi and Andretti – have four cars each.
Death at the race track is never a pleasant subject. Although it’s a topic that is rarely discussed among drivers or even fans, it is always silently lurking in the back of everyone’s mind whenever drivers are on the track. Although racing fatalities are far less common today than they were when I grew up in the sixties, they still occur and seem to shake our foundation harder than ever.
Drama is an interesting topic. Sometimes it’s desired and needed, while other times it is the last thing you want. If you’ve raised teenagers, like I have, you hope to never experience any more drama for the rest of your life. In movies, that line is even finer. There are some dramas that draw you in to the storyline without you even realizing it. Then there are those that had the potential to be good, but the movie was ruined by over-dramatization.