This season’s silly season seems strangely familiar.
Ganassi Goes Honda, Again: In the most significant manufacturer move of the off season, Chip announced his IndyCar outfit’s returning to Honda. Of course the team’s utilized Japanese power plants before and there’s very little loyalty among louts. At least now we know which Chip’ll turn up.
Return of Kanaan: In a non-change announcement, CGR also said the aged Indy 500 winner Tony “the proboscis” Kanaan will be back in the 10 NTT Data car next year. Expect another win-less campaign from the driver now more suited to coaching rather than driving.
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SeBass Is Served at DCR: Once great Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais – along with a few of his favorite engineers, including Craig Hampson from his Champ Car glory days – will be employed by Dale Coyne in 2017. The move leaves KV Racing jilted, reeling and – what’s worse – without sponsorship moving forward.
Silly Season Musical Chairs: Eternal rookie and Hoosier Conor Daly became the odd man out at Coyne, although Foyt has yet to drop the hammer on his dunce-like duo. Don’t count Conor out of 2017 just yet, as the Odyssey continues.
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Cavin to IndyCar as new VP of Comms: And here we thought he’d already been working for the series for ages – as its chief cheerleader and propagandist.
Meet Me In (East) St. Louie: Testing at Gateway Speedway this week included TK, Newkid, Rahal, Hinch, Ed and – for some odd reason – Marco. The preparation’s in advance of next season’s ill-advised return to the unfortunate track built next to mountainous garbage heaps. Back to the future, indeed.