IndyCar News Week in Review: Beachfront Edition

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Good News First: There were no race cancellations announced by either IndyCar or any third world countries this week, nor did the series or any of its teams close up shop or declare bankruptcy. The series did head south, however.


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Testing Obsolescence at NOLA: Fourteen drivers tested at the NOLA road course this week south of New Orleans, Louisiana. Alongside SeBass KV ran newcomer Stefano Coletti from Monaco, a fresh foreign face whose first ever IndyCar experience was in December at Sebring with Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. The aero kits aren’t out yet (see below), so testing was in some ways a waste. On the positive side, the swampy addition to the schedule is getting glowing reviews from drivers. Juan Pablo Montoya’s one word take was “Wow!”


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Blast From the Last: In a surprise appearance, sedate Englishman and starter of fifty IndyCar races James Jakes tested SPM’s second car at NOLA. A former Coyne and RLL driver who didn’t drive in 2014, he’s the latest of many drivers auditioning for SPM’s second seat and to be Hinch‘s teammate. If hired, the twenty seven year old from Leeds would be Britain’s second full time driver in the series, joining AJ Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworth from Bradford. We’re dubious of his return.


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Aero Kit Ambivalence: Curt Cavin reports IndyCar’s having a media session on Tuesday and “there’s a chance” we may be given a glimpse of a drawing of a new aero kit, or maybe not. Initial aero kit testing is scheduled for March 13, ahead of the open test at Barber on March 16-17, and actual pictures of the aero kitted cars should appear then. Manufacturers and not IndyCar decide when to release the information and understandably Chevy and Honda have chosen to remain guarded about their respective technologies. IndyCar’s website reported the kits are expected to lower lap times by as much as two seconds per lap at NOLA. Graham Rahal provided an idea of what to expect, saying Honda’s kit is “extremely radical” in appearance. Cowabunga, dude!


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All A-Twitter: A picture appeared on Twitter Tuesday of aptly named ex- NASCAR and F1 driver Scott Speed being fitted for an IndyCar seat in an Andretti Autosport machine. Turns out Speed drove for Andretti’s Formula-E team and is merely doing some testing of the big car. Brian Carroccio noted the 32 year old Californian’s already under contract and therefore any potential IndyCar ride would be only part time. Speed reiterated his dislike of ovals in an interview recently, so Brian’s right as usual. We wonder why all the fuss over a never has been?


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IndyCar Pilot Politics: On Tuesday Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay urged a vote for Mayor Jack Seiler of Fort Lauderdale in rare a politically charged tweet from an IndyCar driver. Mayor Seiler – a Democrat and career politician – gained widespread notoriety last fall for cracking down on a ninety year old veteran for feeding homeless people on a beach, repeatedly having him arrested. Seiler won reelection easily Tuesday to a third term. Apparently RHR prefers the homeless to eat elsewhere and not in his beachfront community. It’s interesting to know the political leanings of our favorite drivers, isn’t it?


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