IndyCar Off Season Update No. 1

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Every part of the paddock observed the Thanksgiving holiday, from chilly Circle City to diesel-y Charlotte, North Carolina to home of the ol’ ornery legend Waller, Texas. During the long, shopping and violence filled weekend (perhaps Black Friday should be renamed N@$C@R Friday?) and since there have been Continue reading

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IRR Started a Hashtag – Now Use It

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Prior to its creation, the “Ride for Sage” concept spawned from a heart rendering piece in our latest “IndyCar  News Week in Review: Turkey Day Edition.” As if the poor kid hadn’t been through enough already this year, mere days before the start of the holiday season the Ganassi team cruelly announced that Karam’s IndyCar ride for next year is in jeopardy. One of the most exciting drivers to come along in some time now may not even be in the series next year. Great.

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So before our MNF viewing party last night, on a lark we tweeted to Sage in the hopes of lifting his spirits and perhaps our own, as well. “Whadya think of this hashtag, @SageKaram? #RideForSage We’d love your comment.”

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Not surprisingly, the tech savvy twenty year old almost instantly replied, Continue reading

IndyCar News Week in Review: Turkey Day Edition

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Introducing IndyCar’s Turkey Power: It’s best plucked, washed and Jay Fryed.

UPDATE: IndyCar finally heeded IRR’s advice and significantly altered its aero kits after nearly a year. Changes include tethers, flaps, a domed undercarriage and a Rahal at Fontana change to new engine control units for pits stops. Read all about our long time take on the kits here and here.

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Needs More Sage: Distressing news emerged from the Ganassi camp over the weekend which had nothing to do with dressing. Mike Hull said a fourth car for next year is iffy due to a lack of funding, which means Sage “Wild Man” Karam could well be out of a ride, at least with Butterball Chip. That’s disappointing, as the irascible rookie had a solid albeit partial season – Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal and race control’s opinions notwithstanding. The probationary Pennsylvanian scored a couple of top five and top ten finishes, including a thrilling race to third at Iowa (of all places) for his first ever podium result. This PLUS impressively managing to piss off half the field, all within a mere twelve races. We say to hell with shirts, how about A RIDE for Sage?

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Courtney’s Gone a Courtin’: As previously reported rather wistfully by IRR, the talented and gorgeous Courtney Force Continue reading

IndyCar News Week in Review: Sleazy Season Edition

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Update: The gorgeous, talented and racy Courtney Force is still planning to marry IndyCar pilot Graham Rahal on November 21st, dammit.

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Jay Frye Sizzles: New IndyCar competition president Jay Frye is settling into his new office at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While IRR couldn’t confirm the fact that Frye has been complaining loudly of “old man stink” after his predecessor Derrick Walker moved out, we couldn’t disconfirm it, either.

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Under-Reported IndyCar Rules Changes for 2016: ‘Miles of Cars’

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Honda teams will not only benefit from certain aero kit rules changes for 2016, but also from mandatory sensitivity training and re-education. This is in order to avoid coming across as poor, ungracious winners to the few thousand fans worldwide who may bother to tune in and notice.

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Chevy teams will not be allowed to refer to “Honda,” “aero kits,” “unfair,” “fu@%in’ Aussie” or “wanker b@$tard” during any media engagements, either on television, radio or the jihad-web. This is especially so for a certain fu@%in’ Aussie wanker b@$tard’s three Penske teammates.

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‘Old Jay Frye’

Old Jay Frye’s a mighty rac-in’ fan,

Kicked some ass in NA$CAR-land

Growin’ tired of all those heels,

He came to the home of open wheels

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So get outta the way of old Jay Frye,

He’s giv-in’ Indy-Car a try.

IndyCar’s peaked and done declin-in’

Old Jay Frye like Walker will be cry-in’.

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IndyCar News Week in Review: Mark Miles’ Flying Circus Edition

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UPDATE: Former N@$C@R owner and University of Missouri (!) alum Jay Frye has been hired to replace ousted Competition CEO Derrick Walker, finally. Walker’s exit was announced months ago after the exquisite race at Fontana. Frye enjoyed Red Bull backing in the ‘Clockwork Orange’ series and already had been working for IndyCar. Of course when you’ve got major problems as a series, it makes perfect sense to hire from within.

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Flying Kits And Aero Fits: Renewed testing of the gawd-awful and downright dangerous aero kits will commence at Indianapolis next April, a mere month and a half in advance of the most significant race in history. Presumably this is an attempt to minimize cars flying through the air at the Brickyard as they did last May in a scene reminiscent of IMS’ early days as a US Army Air Corps aerodrome. No one can say Mark Miles and crew don’t learn from history, though it does seem to take repeated bashing over the head with it before finally sinking in.

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To Honda According Its Needs: IndyCar recently announced Continue reading