IndyCar News Week in Review: Karmic Wheels Edition


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New Winner Newgarden: Twenty four year old American Josef Newgarden took his first IndyCar win in fifty five races at Barber last Sunday to the joy of many race fans. Seems as though the racing gods were smiling upon him in Bama. Graham Rahal advanced from eighth starting position to second for an all American 1-2 finish. The race was highly entertaining as Barber shocked many with its raciness, let alone its result. It was a popular event and both Josef and Graham deserve some good karma.


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99th Indy 500 Approacheth: There’s been some Greatest Spectacle in Racing news since our last Week in Review. The debut of new oval aero kits is scheduled for Sunday at IMS with testing to take place all day, weather permitting. It’ll be interesting to see just how much slower the Hondas are on ovals than the Chevys, though judging by the road and street versions it will be significant. As their lead man Ryan Hunter-Reay says of the Hondas, “We don’t have it right now.”

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Enticing Indy 500 Entrants: Hoosier favorite Conor Daly will drive SPM’s third entry in his second Indy 500, illustrating how good things come to those who wait. On the feminine front, British driver Pippa Mann was confirmed as the third Coyne entrant joining AA‘s Swiss Miss Simona de Silvestro as the two gals trying to make the field, pushing the total to 34. Beware – a narrow single car margin means only that there may be bumping on “Qualification Day,” as any number of scenarios can – and will – play out at IMS in late May. The big wheel will turn and churn at 16th and Georgetown all month long.


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In Other News: It was announced that NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon will drive the pace car for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. Cavin at the Star called Gordon “perfect.” Yeah, right. Featuring Gordon in IndyCar’s biggest race upon its grandest stage is akin to Whattaburger honoring Ronald McDonald on his birthday. It makes about as much sense as playing a baseball game in front of a completely and intentionally empty stadium, and should be met with similar crowd approval.


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Where’s Your Daddy?: In an instance of wonderfully karmic justice, NASCAR’s Danica Patrick lost her sponsorship next year from Go-Daddy – a company that along with Patrick coldly deserted IndyCar for a younger, more popular partner in 2012. We think Danica would make a good pace car driver at Indy, as it seems she may be looking for employment in the not too distant future. We have some intriguing ideas beyond pacing or racing for Ms. Patrick. If interested, give us a call.


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