One thing that no one can say about the drivers in the Verizon IndyCar series is that they are not a giving and caring lot. Several drivers lend their names to causes. Some do it because a cause may be tied to a sponsor. Others do it out of the goodness of their own heart. Some have even brought a personal cause into the racing arena.
Tuesday morning was agonizing. With each passing moment, you could feel the anticipation building. Throughout the early morning hours, I kept wondering which tracks would and would not be on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve, I was so giddy thinking about all of the possibilities that were awaiting us.
For those that don’t know me, the previous paragraph was called sarcasm.
Last week, I wrote about how the Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI) has added some much needed clarity to the official ladder or feeder series to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Earlier this week, we learned of a clear example of the system and how it should work.
This will be the fourth in a series of posts regarding the 2016 silly season. Longtime reader Ron Ford brought up a good question a couple of weeks ago when he asked how the silly season got its name. I really don’t know the answer and always considered it sort of a dumb (silly?) name. But since that’s what everyone calls it, I’ll play like a sheep, follow the crowd and do likewise. Besides; is it any worse than baseball’s Hot Stove League?
Chances are, if you are a casual fan of the Verizon IndyCar Series, you may have no idea who George Klotz is. Even if you are pretty much of a die-hard, you may have heard the name but have trouble remembering who he is. No, he is not the eighteenth-century German violin maker. For the past decade, George Klotz has been serving as Team Manager for Andretti Autosport. Klotz has been the one in the background, quietly overseeing four championships among four different drivers at Michael Andretti’s team since joining Andretti in 2002.
Over the years, I’ve never hidden the fact that I don’t follow the various ladder series for the Verizon IndyCar Series. One reason was that in the past, it was too fragmented and had no direction. In recent years, it’s been all consolidated under the Mazda Road To Indy program, or MRTI. This consolidation gave the entire ladder system the clarity that it needed. USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights is now the clear path to the Verizon IndyCar Series…or is it?
The Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for 2016 has yet to be released, but one little nugget has managed to surface. Despite months of teasing that the IndyCar season would start in February in Mexico City; reports have now surfaced that it will not be happening – at least in 2016.