Monthly Archives: June 2014

HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM

Regular readers of this blog know my dislike for street races so I will just leave a brief comment about Houston. I am really disappointed with Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden. Rahal is a veteran with a well financed team but his results are miserable. I sense a lack of commitment. If he weren’t driving for his father’s team I think he’d be looking for a ride next year. Newgarden is no longer a rookie. He’s been around long enough to start showing results. It may be that the team is not giving him the support he needs. I think a change of scenery with a different team would help. SFHR could then put a veteran in the car to help work the bugs out.

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MARCO AND ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT PENALIZED

IndyCar has penalized Marco Andretti and Andretti Autosport for Marco’s failure to heed a blue flag in yesterday’s race 1 in Houston.  Marco insisted that he was merely trying to stay on the lead lap while radio transmissions and lap times indicated and intention to slow down Sato and let Hinchcliffe catch up. IndyCar essentially stated that while there is no precedent for the penalty there were establishing a “new rule”.

At least IndyCar has now confirmed what we suspected all along. They’re just making it up as they go along. Whether the penalty is justified or not this tragic-comic officiating cannot continue and the blame goes right to the top of IndyCar management. When will the owners, drivers, and especially the fans finally say “Enough!” and move on and start a legitimate, fair and competitive American open wheel series.

RAHAL ADDS FILIPPI FOR HOUSTON AND TORONTO

In a press release today RLL announced the addition of Luca Filippi for I/C races in Houston and Toronto.  Citing Fillipi’s experience in GP2 the release included a statement that GP2 was the European equivalent of Indy Lights.

Saying the GP2 series is the European equivalent of Indy Lights is like saying Triple A baseball is equivalent to Little League or that F1 is the European equivalent of IndyCar. Who writes these press releases?

The biggest news here is that Bobby is risking embarrassing Graham by hiring a driver that might actually produce results.

Bourdais Fined

Sebastian Bourdais was fined by IndyCar for “Improper Conduct On-Track” in reference to his incident at Saturday’s race in Texas.

“Improper Conduct On-Track” – Is this racing or Finishing School? “Driving With Head Up Your Ass” would be more accurate.

A couple of more incident like this and he’ll have to stay after the race and empty waste baskets.

 

REPORT CARD FOR THE FIRESTONE (METRIC, NOT MILES OR LAPS) 600

 

Racing: B+ the tire degradation at least forced the drivers to actually drive the cars. I don’t know why Firestone is trying to emulate Pirelli in F1 unless IndyCar is insisting on inconsistent tires to stir up the pot.

Drivers:B. with the exception of Power, Newgarden and Bourdais everyone did a pretty good job. Power needs a nickname and I nominate “Scarecrow” (“If I only had a brain”). Newgarden once again underachieved. I couldn’t tell from the broadcast whether the pit crew let him down but finishing a lap down with a front row car is a definite disappointment. Apparently Bourdais needs to have his prescription ground into his mirrors.

Officiating: incomplete – at least they stayed out of it during the race. They could hardly ignore Power’s brain fade 100mph pit entry. As usual there was post race enforcement of the “IndyCar Big Book Magic Spells”.

Broadcast: D- (because I never give an F): Technical glitches, numerous missed hand-offs and the usual pit lane inanities and interviews when things are actually happening on the track. Next year guys leave the guns at home!

The Cars: F (as always, and because there is always an exception to the rules): When will the racing gods free us from these ugly ass spec racers.

The Crowd: C- looked a little slim for Texas, probably smaller than the Truck race – haven’t seen TV rating but I’d bet they were not good.