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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.:: 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.
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.:: 21.6.02 ::
OK, I can't let this week go by since the big engine announcement at CART without weighing in.
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.
This was an interesting story, and unfortunately great PR for the new IRL feeder series.
Racing this weekend::: 14.6.02 ::
Racing this weekend::: 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.
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.
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.
Racing this weekend: It's an open-wheel dream weekend. Every major open-wheel circuit is competing somewhere in North America this weekend.