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The rising American IndyCar star who suffered multiple broken bones in a recent frightening accident at Texas hasn’t somehow discovered a magic healing elixir. It’s flatly irresponsible to suggest he’ll be racing this weekend, or for that matter anytime soon. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but reality is reality.
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Broken clavicles and hands – both of which are fairly important when wheeling around chariots of speed without benefit of power steering – obviously take time to heal. More time than a week and a half. The mere suggestion by some in the press and, what’s worse, from his team owner Ed Carpenter that he could race this weekend at Road America is lunatic fringe stuff.
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The fact that his name appears on the Kohler Grand Prix entrant list is just absurd – something we know all about. But it’s worse than that. It’s also deceptive. The story’s easily the most outrageous and far-fetched red herring since we were promised as a nation we could keep our doctors under Obamacare.
His serious injuries were sustained less than two weeks ago in the Texas flood and, barring a head transplant onto Dario Franchitti’s body, Newkid won’t be racing at Road America, or Iowa, or probably even Toronto, where he won last year. The Canadian race is scheduled to take place less than a month from now. If he does, IRR’s crack staff will eat the entire asphalt parking lot in Newton, Iowa and then go north to Ontario for seconds.
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As talented as Newgarden is – and we’re unabashed supporters of the young Tennessean – he can’t drive an IndyCar with one arm. He’s not AJ Foyt for goodness sake, nor is he ten feet tall and bullet proof. Even suggesting it as a possibility is merely the latest in a long line of dubious calls by owner and sometime driver Ed Carpenter. It’s a publicity stunt in such poor taste that Donald Trump wouldn’t dream of duplicating it.
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Ed Carpenter Racing Tweeted out the farcical news Tuesday, stating duplicitously that “if he’s ready to drive when the time comes” he will, but “we will have JR Hildebrand ready if he does not.” Prepare yourselves for Hildebrand in the 21 car this weekend race fans – and for the foreseeable future.
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The question is, how could IndyCar’s so-called leadership allow this myth to take root? It’s a misguided effort to sell tickets and create a stir, we suspect, and to make up for the numerous shortcomings in this year’s schedule. If you choose not to root for the team behind such idiotic nonsense this weekend, we won’t blame you one bit. And if you also choose to tune out the smiling charlatans in the racing press who insist upon furthering this unfunny hoax, we at IRR will be right there with you.
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