Iowa, Meira, and the Unknown Driver

Posted by Iannucci | 10/06/2006 | 1 comments »
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The Des Moines Register says folks can head on over to the brand-spankin’-new Iowa Speedway this Monday to watch some testing by The Mirror Man and a driver to be named later.

Vitor Meira of Panther Racing and a driver representing Rahal Letterman Racing will drive Iowa Speedway's 7/8-mile asphalt surface Monday as part of an Indy Racing League tire test.

The public can watch the testing — slated for two sessions, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. — from a viewing area situated near the northeast corner of the Newton track.
We just had Jeff Simmons conduct some tire testing at Indy for RLR, but to not specify the driver four days before sounds odd. This ambiguous announcement could mean they’re going to spring a 2007 contract announcement on us, or it could be they’re trying to talk someone into testing for them.

Danica?
Buddy?
Simmons, again?
Graham Rahal?
None of the above?

Hey, if you can create suspense in the off-season then more power to ya.

UPDATE: I have received word that the RLR driver in Iowa will be Jeff Simmons. The source also said RLR is in negotiations with Scott Sharp and is leaning towards a two-car team with those two drivers in 2007. This is unconfirmed, preliminary, and you didn't see anything.

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  1. erika // October 09, 2006 1:01 PM  

    Looks like your source may be on to something - Scott Sharp was "invited by" RLR to test at Iowa...

    http://www.indycar.com/news/story.php?story_id=7670