IndyCar’s loosest lipped loose cannon – and that’s saying something – makes more dubious decisions.
You know those tortured guys with the prolonged, seemingly perpetual mid life crises? The ones who share their problems liberally with the rest of us? That’s our Michael. Without erratic owners like Mario’s eldest son, there’d be precious little to write about in the off season. Speaking of precious little . . .
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Takuma Sato – the all time leader in most crashes per win – will replace Carlos “Speedy” Munoz at Andretti Autosport. Considering Sato’s dismal record of a single win in seven IndyCar seasons coupled with nearly a decade of F1 futility, one has to again wonder what Michael’s thinking. After all, a late career renaissance for the soon to be forty year old Japanese jockey’s highly unlikely. It’s not as though his record at Indy‘s any better, with a best finish of thirteenth and several high profile crashes.
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Taku finished seventeenth in points in 2016, near the bottom of the full timers. He’s made a hundred eighteen starts, yet achieved only twelve top five finishes. Tellingly, he failed to finish forty four of those races, or a whopping thirty seven percent. Obviously with this hire Michael wants to use up the team’s surplus Dallaras and aero kits before they become obsolete.
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Andretti’s the guy who helped bring about Milwaukee‘s demise thanks to miserable promotion while running the series into a ditch south of New Orleans. In fairness, the fifty four year old was right in calling NOLA a disaster, but recall that the “race” was yet another one of his babies.
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Which brings us to Marco, whose record is nearly a bad as Sato’s but doesn’t even bring a check with it. If you’re going with over the hill ride buyers (see above), then bring in some over the hill ride buyers. Alex Tagliani’s still available. There’s little point to keeping Marco around, as we’ve long argued. Another season isn’t going to make any difference for the third generation legacy driver better suited to Uber, as Paul Tracy famously suggested.
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What’s worse, there’s always the Indy 500 wild card with Michael. He’s brought in such duesies as Kurt Busch from NASCAR recently. That’s not what the series needs, particularly for its greatest race. Whatever it is Michael’s currently contemplating, be it another dubious driver, mid life crisis or risky business venture, let’s hope it clears up before May. In light of his track record as owner however, we’re not counting on it.
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