Posted by Jim Casey on March 16, 2010
The IRL’s first race this weekend was on the verge of being a complete disaster, but it turned into a fairly entertaining and competitive event; with great drives from Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
What I’d like to know first is, why did they go to all of the expense of building a street circuit when Interlagos is already there and is a great, challenging circuit. There was no Friday practice. Qualifying on Saturday had to be cancelled after it became apparent that the front straight was slick as snail snot, and the drivers could not control their cars. So overnight, the pavement in that area was ground, and the drivers had to qualify and race the same day.
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Posted by Les Williams on January 17, 2009
Just a quick update, it looks like Earnhardt Ganassi will be down to 2 cars after the Daytona 500. Martin Truex Jr. and Montoya are the only 2 cars with a 2009 full season sponsorships. Almirola’s future after the Daytona 500 looks to be DOA.
Economic woes strike again.
Posted by Les Williams on January 14, 2009
Can the Indy Racing League (IRL or IndyCar Series) survive on its own even after the CART merger? 2009 will be a complete season, but 2010…
With the combination of the 2 open wheel series, can the new league field 20 cars in these poor economic times? Those teams were already in financial distress before the combination, and now the loss of sponsorships will make it worse for 2009.
You have experienced drivers out of racing, Justin Wilson, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastian Bourdais to name a few. Some will crossover into other forms of racing, for example ALMS and Grand American.
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Posted by Les Williams on January 8, 2009
Can Nascar survive the recession?
Nascar is experiencing a merger fest in order to cut costs. The results are employee layoffs and fewer cars fielded. Even after the mergers, you still have major teams with “unsponsored” cars. (See Ganassi Earnhardt). Teams that ran 3-4 cars each, are now running 3-4 cars as a merged team. The reason: sponsorship dollars have dwindled due to an economy in the toilet. *flush sound*
- Ganassi -Earnhardt marriage.
- Petty Enterprises is merging with with Gillett Evernham Motorsports.
- Bill Davis Racing was sold and still lacks a 2009 sponsor.
- Hall of Fame racing a sponsor for half of 2009.
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