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:: 28.6.02 ::

Racing this weekend: Last week we had the NASCAR drivers taking to the road courses, and this week, the open-wheelers are taking to the short ovals.

IRL: Saturday, June 29. Richmond International Raceway.

CART: Sunday, June 30. Chicago Motor Speedway. Local drivers: Team Target Chip Ganassi. Defending Champion: Kenny Brack.
:: Eric 28.6.02 [+] ::
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:: 26.6.02 ::
Congrats to Sarah Fisher for landing a ride for the remainder of the season. One big question: even with a partial season only, do you think she has a good shot at repeating Most Popular IRL Driver award this year? Think about it. Sam Hornish Jr. is good, but his personality is kind of flat. Helio has tons of personality and enthusiasm, but many IRL faithful may still view him as an outsider. To me that leaves maybe Cheever or Little Al as outside chances, but Fisher as a strong contender for that honor.
:: Eric 26.6.02 [+] ::
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Is there anyone better to comment on the state of open-wheel racing than Robin Miller? I think, probably not. He says so many thought provoking things in his ESPN column, rather than me repeat it, just go here and read for yourself.
:: Eric 26.6.02 [+] ::
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:: 21.6.02 ::
OK, I can't let this week go by since the big engine announcement at CART without weighing in.

The casual observer may have seen it as a big flip-flop, and inevitably the Judds and Ilmor's are probably weighing their options for legal recourse.

But it was the right decision to make.

A turbo engine MAKES the CART program what it is. Up and down the paddock, the drivers love driving the turbo-engined cars. Reducing the costs, and subsidizing some of the startup teams will help bolster the starting grid, which is depressingly low right now. (I hope someone can find money to put Max Papis back in the points race. The Sigma deal just saddens me.)

Basically the spec Cosworth turbo engine deal will right an egregious wrong - possibly the worst decision made by the previous leadership. If MG-Judd or Ilmor sue, I hope CART can get the matter settled as soon as possible and get on with the business of putting on an improved show and season of CART for 2003.
:: Eric 21.6.02 [+] ::
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A week has gone by, but I have a handful of observations from this year's Le Mans race. Though I saw less of this race than I have the last few years, I think the Speed Channel's coverage has been spectacular and has improved even more this year.

That said, this year's race was very boring. Yes, it's great that Audi smashed all but one record this year. But when you throw the GNP of Bolivia at a racing program, you might expect to dominate a race. However, the result for the TV audience was a typical F1 style one-team-dominates show, only much LONGER!

It was heart-wrenching to see the French team have that late rear suspension failure that took them out of a class win. But my dad had a Peugeot, and let's just say that a failure was not too big a surprise to me...

I did enjoy the coverage of the tiny budget Morgan team. Congratulations to them for making it far past expectations! It was also enjoyable to see the Corvettes put in another great performance.
:: Eric 21.6.02 [+] ::
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This was an interesting story, and unfortunately great PR for the new IRL feeder series.
:: Eric 21.6.02 [+] ::
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Racing this weekend:
F1: Sunday, June 23. European Grand Prix, Nurburgring Circuit.

That's it! And not too exciting when you've seen so many Ferrari-on-Parade shows as of late. Gosh, the days of futily hoping for Gerhard Berger to have a successful race for Ferrari seem like centuries ago.

An interesting side note: This weekend the good-ole-boys in NASCAR get to try out turning the car to the left and right. And some will take those big tractors and get a first hand glimpse of the rarely seen gravel traps and "tahr"-barriers. Heh, heh, heh. What I most enjoy, though is seeing the SCCA Trans-Am guys doing the one-off substitution rides. We've seen Jeff Gordon do well on road courses, so maybe he can break the spell and win this one!
:: Eric 21.6.02 [+] ::
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:: 14.6.02 ::
Racing this weekend:
ACO: Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, June 16. Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. 24 Heures du Mans.
CART: Sunday, June 16. Portland International Racetrack, Portland Oregon. G.I. Joe's 200
IRL: Sunday, June 16. Pikes Peak International Raceway. Radisson Indy 225. Pikes Peak Colorado. Hometown driver: Buddy Lazier

(Sorry for the brief post. This Friday, I'm awfully busy. And the weekend will be so hectic, I won't be seeing hardly any racing at all. I'll probably keep Speed channel's coverage on all night on Saturday, but Father's Day will take me to my sister's where they watch NASCAR. Oh, well. Family is important, too.)

Happy Father's Day!!
:: Eric 14.6.02 [+] ::
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:: 7.6.02 ::
More behind the scenes bad news at CART. Gosh, I hate this. I want to write some great news about CART. I hope they have a terrific weekend at Laguna. I read that CART's stock price has been in a freefall for this past week, and heard that someone (not a current major stockholder) has been making some big moves in acquiring CART stock. Some have speculated that the time would be ripe for a takeover, one thing tossed out was that a major player at IRL, whose initials are AJ could have taken out a loan to drive in the last nail in the coffin of CART. I hope that that was just someone's overactive imagination spinning into conspiracy theory mode. As I say, I'm a huge CART fan. I was upset when Penske moved his organization over. I was upset that Honda has made good on their threat to pull out of CART. And I was saddened to see the Reynard company go under. This despite the fact that they refused to compromise with IMS to stay at Belle Isle. This despite the whole Joe Heitzler "let's bungle this up so bad you'll forget all about Andy Craig" season. This despite the change of MIS from a CART venue to an IRL venue. Let's just say it'll probably be the day I trade my car in that I'll have the nerve to take down my CART window sticker.

UPDATE: When you want another perspective on things, check out seventh gear's website (www.seventhgear.com). Thanks, guys and gals over there. They point out that one of the big grabbers is Gerry Forsythe and hint that it could just mean that CART is making moves to revert back to a privately held organization. This would transform the previous doom-and-gloom into very positive news. By the way, the AJ rumor came from RPM 2Night: the show from the network that would benefit most from an IRL takeover. I feel a little better now.
:: Eric 7.6.02 [+] ::
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AutoWeek magazine had a good article on the Scott Dixon/Oriol Servia/PWR situation. Actually the article was good (informative), but the situation there stinks. Bruce McCaw has been running his team on fumes pretty much for the past year and is about at the end of what he can do. And far beyond the point where many people would have folded their tent and called it a day. The worst part of this situation is the reduction of the starting grid to 19 cars, one below the threshhold established by a lot of race promoters. Two things shake out of this mess: First, CART may have to pony up cash to the promoters or subsidize a team somehow. Second, the rift caused by Dixon's defection to Ganassi may create another legal battle within the CART ranks. Both are headaches that Pook et. al. really could do without right now.
:: Eric 7.6.02 [+] ::
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I saw Helio Castroneves' interview on David Letterman's Late Night show this week. He did well, and he's a good pitchman for the sport. Everytime you see him he has a beaming smile and he's very enthusiastic about what he does. I think at times the interview may have been a bit "inside" for casual fans. But Letterman and Castroneves really don't care. Dave is a team owner who knows his stuff, and Helio and he probably bumped into each other more than a few times when Helio was in CART. The end of the interview was particularly touching. Dave asked Helio if he misses the champ cars. Helio's reply: "I miss the road courses." It nearly brought a tear to my eye.
:: Eric 7.6.02 [+] ::
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Racing this weekend: It's an open-wheel dream weekend. Every major open-wheel circuit is competing somewhere in North America this weekend.
IRL: Saturday, June 8. Boomtown 500, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth Texas. Hometown drivers: Greg Ray, A.J. Foyt (team owner)
CART: Sunday, June 9. Grand Prix of Monterey. Laguna Seca permanent road course, Monterey, California. Hometown drivers: Jimmy Vasser, Townsend Bell. Supporting races: Toyota Atlantics, Barber Dodge
F1: Sunday, June 9. Canadian Grand Prix. Gilles Villenuve Circuit, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Hometown driver: Jacques Villenuve
:: Eric 7.6.02 [+] ::
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