IndyCar News Week in Review: Stand Pat Edition

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Aero Kit Antagonism: We published “Honda’s IndyCar Aero Kits Also Look Ugly, Silly and New Fangled” immediately upon seeing them Tuesday evening and haven’t changed our take on them. Honda’s kit makes Chevy’s look sane by comparison and that’s saying something. Alarmingly, new cars aren’t due for four years. The saving grace of the aero kits still could be the large oval configuration which hasn’t been seen yet. They should make their debut testing at Texas Motor Speedway in the near future so we’ll see.

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Southern European Silly Season: Swiss Miss Simona de Silvestro and the as yet un-nicknamed Stefano Coletti from Monaco were both announced as IndyCar drivers this week. For Stefano’s nickname we’re thinking “quicker than Andretti Coletti” – as in Marco – though that’s just a prediction. Sim won the lottery returning to the series with at least a partial season ride at Andretti Autosport, while rookie Coletti’s a former GP2 driver in Europe and now Frenchman SeBass‘s team mate at KV Racing. This leaves only the two Coyne seats still unannounced, as per usual with “Dollar Dale.” He last tested 2014 Houston winner Colombian Carlos Huertas and Venezuelan “Speedy” Gonzalez at Sebring a couple weeks ago, but with Coyne it’s anybody’s guess.

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The Busch is Back: Kurt Busch was reinstated by NASCAR this week after prosecutors declined to pursue domestic violence charges against him. Michael Andretti finally admitted Kurt Busch won’t be in the Indy 500 this year, although distressingly he also said “there’s still potential for the future.” We ask yet again, “What’s Michael Andretti Thinking?” He also mentioned he’s “definitely” running five cars at the Indianapolis 500.

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Slick Marketing: RLL Racing announced the return of a former Indy 500 entrant sponsor D-A Lubricant for Graham Rahal‘s ride in 2015. D-A – not to be confused with your local district attorney – sponsored IndyCars in the late 1950s. In our view D-A would be perfectly paired with KY as another sponsor for young Graham’s car. He and Miss Force are a high profile racing couple and since both sex and speed sell more marketing hay could be made from this obvious match.

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It’s Pat!: Bowers and Wilkins, a high end audio equipment company in Britain, became a primary sponsor of Bryan Herta Autosport’s number 98 car driven by Gabby “Pat” Chavez this season. They’d previously been an associate sponsor since 2012 and provide some needed good news for the tiny, androgynous team.

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Cavin Craziness: Finally, Curt Cavin reports that next week IndyCar is testing a new LED system for the roll hoops of cars that informs spectators of track position, fuel, push to pass and perhaps other information. We here at IRR are once again confused. How much data is too much for viewers? Has IndyCar asked the sponsors about this latest new fangled gadgetry, or the broadcasters? Will television even pick it up? Aren’t bizarre looking aero kits enough of a shock to fans’ systems for one month?!

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