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After a drought so long it predated the Indy 500, the building of IMS AND AJ Foyt, the Cubs finally won the World Series. Meanwhile, in IndyCar news . . .
A Munoz For A Sato: The aforementioned legendary four time Indy 500 winner’s team made some long overdue changes recently. Like the Cubs’ series win, it’s about frickin’ time. At long last AJ Foyt Racing cut ties with Takuma Sato, the problematic pilot who won exactly one race in four crash marred seasons with the team. Better still, he’s being replaced by the talented young Colombian Carlos Munoz, formerly of Andretti Autosport. In essence the two drivers have exchanged seats, with Foyt definitely receiving the better end of the bargain. Good luck with that, Michael.
Foyt Favors Chevy: In another engine manufacturer switch for 2017, the ornery octogenarian’s team also upgraded their power plants, ditching Honda in favor of the bow tie. This comes as a package deal in dropping Sato, who’s linked at the hip with Honda. It’s a move we’ve long advocated for AJ. Now with a superior driver and engine, perhaps things will finally turn around for the struggling team with an epic drought of its own.
Hinch, Boogey Man: While we don’t follow DWTS, Hinch continues to grind on, literally. He dawned an interesting costume for the Halloween episode, perhaps in homage to his extensive surgical repairs from his 99th running practice crash. Break a leg, you comedic Canuck, you.
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The Wall Banger’s Back: To absolutely no one’s surprise, Ed Carpenter Racing announced the return of J.R. Hildebrand to IndyCar next season, replacing JoNew in the 21 car. Safer barriers everywhere be forewarned.
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Miles of Stupidity: Finally on a political note since ’tis the season, does Cavin’s hire by IndyCar remind anyone else of the extremely incestuous nature of Washington, DC and a certain Presidential candidate? In a slightly adapted phrase, Miles for Prison in 2016.
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