It must be Tuesday

Posted by Iannucci | 3/25/2008 | 6 comments »
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Forgive me if I’m feeling overwhelmed, because there’s so much to talk about here with racing starting in JUST FOUR DAYS!

First off, everyone is a-twitter about Marty Roth being on top of the scoring pylon after last night’s testing at Homestead. Roth and teammate Jay Howard posted speeds over 210 mph, while none of the 8 CCWS refugee racers could manage above 209 mph. Before thinking that suddenly Roth will be running up at the front you should take a breath and look at last year’s qualification speeds, where Roth was at 209 and Dan Wheldon was over 214 mph.

So although a year later Roth has found a little more speed, this is more indicative of how difficult it’s going to be for the refugees to tweak their cars to a competitive level. All of the technology at the disposal of even the NHL team – who may or may not have skipped the Sebring test for some shaker rig excitement – can’t change the fact that they’ve only been testing these Honda/Dallaras for about two weeks. That speed just ain’t happening in a month, and those teams would probably agree it’s not worth risking the equipment to find it.

That said, congratulations to Roth for the improvement. We shall see if he can hold them off for another round of testing tonight.

Meanwhile, Craig Gore of Team Australia unleashed quite the Press Release yesterday. In summary, his response to Derrick Walker’s threat of a lawsuit is essentially “Bring It!” Gore – who took his sponsorship and Ricky Bobby look-alike driver to KV Racing Technology – not only says he’s paid Walker, but Walker owes him. Here are some fun highlights.

Derrick provided me with an unacceptable budget and costings with nefarious funding schedules to continue in 2008...

(Derrick Walker) was insistent on operating the team from Walker Racing premises and his conditions of funding were ludicrous, fanciful and self-serving to say the least.

I look forward to any court action Derrick Walker may take. I relish the opportunity to have my day in court.

(READ the whole thing)
Gore also uses fun words like “nefarious” and “vexatious”, which although colorful are substantially less than Kumbaya. Come one guys, if Rahal and Sharp can get things settled you can do the same. We’ve got a green flag to drop in a few says, so as Ari Gold says: “Let’s hug it out...”

Oh and lastly it’s Danica Patrick’s birthday. She's 26 today, and now that there is a minimum weight requirement for all cars INCLUDING the driver she can have all the cake she wants. Unfortunately, that doesn't make her happy.

"If someone's going to take the hit it's going to be me," Patrick said Thursday. "It's disappointing the league decided to do that. In so many other sports, athletes don't get penalized for being too strong, or too tall or too fast.

"(It's) just your God-given stature is being penalized. What am I going to do, though? It's not my decision. That's the people higher up (who) made their bed, and they've got to lay in it."

(MORE from USAToday)
Someone get her a hanky, please. Seriously, The Princess of the Pavement may be deeply upset about this issue but I'm certainly not. If this is what it takes to get an IndyCar driver in an IndyCar firesuit written about in USAToday then I say "Bring it!"

6 comments

  1. mmack // March 25, 2008 8:57 AM  

    Jeff,

    Get Eddie Gossage on the phone, I've got a pre-race promotional idea:

    Craig Gore vs. Derrick Walker, cage match, no holds barred, loser pays the winner ALL monies owed.

    The Audacious Aussie versus the Slammin' Scot for EVERY LAST PENNY!

    Let's get ready to RUUUUMMMMBLE!!!!!

  2. Mark // March 25, 2008 10:20 AM  

    You would thing Danny Boy Wheldon would be more upset (than Danica) about the new rule... Poor little guy..

  3. Tabernerus // March 25, 2008 10:23 AM  

    That's an annoying quote from Danica. I happen to like her, and would love to see her win, but in this case, she's just wrong. She compares racing to other sports, but in other forms of RACING (a far better comparison than, say, football), the driver's weight IS factored into the weight requirements of the car. I believe it was true in CART and Champ Car, it's true in NASCAR, it's true in F1, and I think it's true in Grand-Am and ALMS. These would seem to be the closest matches in terms of mission and technology (in a very general sense). To be honest, I thought it was a good move. She also ignoring that the ballast required can be placed in a variety of places, to help balance the car, so she'll still have an advantage over heavier drivers. It'll just be a different (and perhaps lesser) advantage.

  4. John in Speedway // March 25, 2008 11:59 AM  

    Question for you guys (not relating to Danica). What's the deal with the new Indycar.com site?? Is it still a work in progress, I hope? Can you not go on and check the live timing and scoring any more? I was trying to check the Homestead track times for today, and couldn't find it. I'd have to say that so far, I am not impressed by the new site. Anyone else having any positive or negative experiences? Do I have to pay $40 to get live timing and scoring now?

  5. flyingpiano // March 25, 2008 1:07 PM  

    the real question is can marty's team in a post mergification world place continue to get the top 20 results they were accustomed to pre merger
    if they can then maybe luck into a top ten???

    ok that might have been too much

  6. pressdog // March 25, 2008 2:07 PM  

    I read that the Iron Hand of Justice ordered everyone to stay under 210 yesterday or something like that. So let's not get freaked out just yet, K?