Fernandez Racing co-owner Tom Anderson puts the odds at "80% or better" that his team's driver duo...will be back for 2007.That's from a July 18th story in USAToday. Unfortunately for Anderson, it would appear the odds have since dwindled to nothing.
TrackSide Online, SpeedTV, and the Indy Star all have various versions of the story, but it appears that "80% or better" would currently describe the likelihood of Scott Sharp joining Rahal Letterman Racing. Reports concur that announcement cannot be far away, noting that RLR recently hired away two of the Fernandez engineers.
Additionally, the Super Aguri franchise seems to be moving towards Panther Racing. This would not only allow Panther to field a second car, but also provide a highly visible sponsor in the form of Panansonic for the vehicle. Kosuke Matsuura is thought to remain the designated development driver, although that is still uncertain.
It's not all bad news for Fernandez, as all systems are go for their entry in the American Le Mans sports car program with what's left of their team. No word on who that driver will be. For now, hope still springs in the smallest of ways for Tom Anderson.
"We're not offering any of our IRL equipment for sale at this time," he said. "If something happened and we found a sponsor, we could repaint the cars and be ready in 14 days."