AGR spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E

Posted by Iannucci | 7/12/2006 | 0 comments »
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"We've got two guys racing and two guys driving for a paycheck" - unnamed Andretti Green team member.

It doesn't take a race analyst to realize the two guys "driving for a paycheck" are Mr Judd and Bryan Herta (always the forgotten member of the AGR quadruplets). Herta's and Franchitti each have a mere 3 top 10s in 8 races this year with Franchitti having the highest finish with a 3rd place finish in Richmond.

Meanwhile, Kanaan has been no worse than 11th in all but one race.

Andretti 3.0 has the veryclose 2nd at Indy and a 4th place at Richmond, but has not finished better than 9th in any other races. Mechanical failures - reportedly due to his own mistakes - doomed him in his first two races, and he suffered an accident with Old Man Cheever at the Glen, but for the most part he has been a rookie driver learning to drive over 200 MPH.

Statistics for finishes aside, it isn't a stretch to believe the comment. Anyone watching the races can tell you only Kanaan and Andretti have been driving with intent to pass. But to see a quote like that tells you there is a rising level of frustration at all levels of the team. Perhaps it is not so much at the drivers as the inability to compete with the Penske and Ganassi teams, who between them have accounted for all 2006 IRL wins.