Return of Fronkensteen

Posted by Iannucci | 9/03/2008 | 7 comments »
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For the first time since Indianapolis, Darren Manning will have a teammate on a race weekend.

Franck Perera will audition for a potential 2009 IndyCar Series ride at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend in the No. 41 ABC Supply Co. Honda-powered Dallara for A.J. Foyt Racing.

Perera, 24, has made nine Firestone Indy Lights starts in the No. 55 CJ Consulting Guthrie Racing car since June, posting one victory (Infineon Raceway road course from the pole) and four top-10 finishes. He competed in the first two IndyCar Series races of the season car before sponsorship issues forced him out of the No. 34 Conquest Racing car.

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Good to see AJ Foyt is helping to bring the French and English together.

7 comments

  1. yaumb // September 03, 2008 10:06 AM  

    Giant kudos for the YF reference (if you can work in a TMBG reference at some point, you will be my new hero).

    I can't imagine this happening without Foyt calling Franck a "frog" at some point.

  2. Dale Nixon // September 03, 2008 2:49 PM  

    Why does it seem that unification is having the same effect on the IndyCar series for American drivers as NAFTA?

  3. yaumb // September 03, 2008 4:57 PM  

    Come on. Unification hasn't done anything to the number of American drivers in the IRL that hasn't been happening in the past decade.

    The biggest problem is that there are so few Americans anymore that WANT to race IndyCars that have any money to bring to the teams. And it's not going to get any better until at least 2011.

  4. Carrie // September 04, 2008 7:46 AM  

    Sadly my first thought is he's auditioning for Danger Mouse's ride.

    *sigh*

  5. J E Clerk // September 04, 2008 8:11 AM  

    yaumb, i'm american born, white, and i'll race in the IRL for FREE!


    (are you listening, TG & AJ?)

  6. yaumb // September 04, 2008 12:27 PM  

    j.e., that "FREE" part is precisely the problem... win the lottery first, THEN make your pitch... ;)

  7. Dale Nixon // September 05, 2008 5:23 AM  

    You ain't going to make it far racing for free if you have to pay for your own driver's health insurance to the tune of $3500-$5000 a month...ask Jacques Lazier about that one!