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Re: 2021 NTT IndyCar series - News, gossip, banter and all the other good stuff

Post by Cheeveer » 1 month ago

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CGR #10 is back to where they were in 2018 then.
Not quite sure where you're going with that. I hold Palou in way higher regard than Ed Jones.
Jones were younger than Palou was in his rookie season, finished higher in the standings with the same team. Sure, Felix choked this year, but it's helluva shortsighted by CGR if they didn't put in any effort to keep Felix for a 3rd year. A revolving door on that car will not deliver results.
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Post by MonteCristo » 1 month ago

Wow. Wasn't expecting that.

Palou was decent, but I wouldn't say he was all *that* fast. Made some excusable rookie errors, and was fast enough for another season. But that would be it IMO.

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Post by Cheeveer » 1 month ago

List of Ganassi and Penske drivers since 2002, including Tony Renna. Substitutes in parenthesis and apprentices/one-offs in asterisk.

Ganassi:
Scott Dixon 2002-
Kenny Bräck 2002
Bruno Junqueira 2001-2002
Jeff Ward 2002
Tomas Scheckter 2003
Tony Renna+ (2004)
Darren Manning 2004-½2005
Ryan Briscoe 2005
(Jaques Lazier) 2005
(Giorgio Pantano) 2005
Dan Wheldon 2006-2008
Alex Lloyd* 2008-2009
Dario Franchitti 2009-2013
Graham Rahal 2011-2012
Charlie Kimball 2011-2017
Tony Kanaan 2014-2017
Sage Karam* 2014-2015
Sebastien Saavedra* 2015
Max Chilton 2015-2017
Ed Jones 2018
Felix Rosenqvist 2019-2020
Alex Palou 2021-

Penske:
Helio Castroneves 2000-2020
Gil de Ferran 2000-2003
(Max Papis) 2002
(Alex Barron) 2003
Sam Hornish Jr 2004-2007 (-2013 in NASCAR)
Ryan Briscoe 2008-2012 (2007 in ALMS)
Will Power 2009-
AJ Allmendinger* 2013 (2012 in NASCAR)
Juan-Pablo Montoya 2014-2016
Simon Pagenaud 2016-
Josef Newgarden 2017-
Scott McLaughlin 2020-

Safe to say that Penske has a bit more faith in their drivers.
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Post by DoubleFart » 1 month ago

Dixon and Castroneves must be getting fed up with welcoming newbies to the team.
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Post by John » 1 month ago

That list was even worse than I expected. It's been a revolving door for nigh on 20 years now.

I don't know quite the ins and outs of why FRO left the team, maybe we'll get that information eventually. But seeing how Chip was hell bent on getting FRO in the first place, it almost makes me think that it was more Felix wanting out rather than Chip letting him go. Or maybe the 10 needs money to continue, something that FRO famously doesn't have behind him. But all the rumors I heard during the season was that Chip wanted to keep FRO around for next year.
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https://racer.com/2020/10/30/grosjean-r ... -concerns/

RoGroCop warming up to the idea of Indycar.
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RoGroCop warming up to the idea of Indycar.
I would be worried from the safety aspect of him running ovals tbh. (Not just his safety either)
I would have seen him more suited to racing milkfloats in Formula E. :wink:

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Post by MonteCristo » 1 month ago

"I know that I said I wasn’t really interested in the U.S. but there are less ovals than I thought, and ovals are something that I’m a bit scared of, but also quite tempted by it!”

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Veekay re-signed with ECR.

Dragonspeed cans IndyCar program, sells the car to MSR. https://racer.com/2020/10/28/dragonspee ... r-program/
Presumably this a bit of an insight into Shank's expansion hopes:

https://racer.com/2020/10/30/heinricher ... ownership/
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/gros ... s/4902176/

RoGro says he's opened talks with Indycar teams.
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Post by MonteCristo » 1 month ago

"several teams still having vacancies for next year, including Carpenter, Coyne, Shank, Carlin and Foyt. He would not necessarily need to bring a big sponsorship budget with him either."

Sure, but he still needs to bring a solid $5-7m. None of those teams have funded or really even partly-funded entries sitting there.
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That is a big fat MEH from me.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 month ago

Surely being a spec series the car is potentially only as fast as the other 15 or so identical cars with identical Chevy engine and identical X-trac drive trains on the grid. And is he the person to maximise that spec setup.

I guess put it another way will he have the ability to get the maximum out of it.

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Post by MonteCristo » 1 month ago

Maybe it uses like 5 grams less paint, so it's technically faster :P.
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Maybe it uses like 5 grams less paint, so it's technically faster :P.
It would need more than 5 grams...... JJ aint no Twiggy!! :haha:

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