Much ado about Doornbimo

Posted by Iannucci | 2/03/2009 | 2 comments »
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So sayeth the intrepid Curt Cavin.

Robert Doornbos will join the IndyCar Series after reaching an agreement with Newman/Haas/Lanigan, according to a Dutch newspaper report.

After a successful adventure with Minardi Team USA in the final Champ Car season, Doornbos was unable to find a ride in the unified IndyCar Series for 2008. He spent last year competing in the new Superleague Formula, finishing second in the championship for AC Milan.
Wait, he was with AC Milan? Really? Well then, this requires that we bust out the handy-dandy Brazilian Soccer Name Generator.


UPDATE: reports that Cavin may have jumped the gun. They checked out Bobby D's site, which in some language other than my own says:

"Several newspapers suggest that Robert Doornbos already signed a contract to race for Newman Haas Lanigan in 2009. We like to confirm that negotiations with IRL teams are in the final stages. But as long as there is no official press release on this website, there is no deal. We hope that we can announce Bobby D's plans very soon.

If everything goes according to plan, we will see Robert in IRL next season fighting for the championship. At the moment Robert is focussing on A1 Team Netherlands. The team of Jan Lammers is very close to the first victory of this season."
So be it, but we're hanging on to the jersey for ya, pal.


  1. Andy // February 04, 2009 3:44 AM  

    His aunt Jeanine used to be physiotherapist to some of the AC Milan players and he's mates with at least one of the current squad, so he was the obvious choice.

    With that, and A1GP, he's been driving the wheels off everything he can get his hands on while he's been outside F1 and the IRL. Definitely the best driver out there who didn't have a proper ride last year.

    Could be some competition for that title this year...

  2. Anonymous // February 04, 2009 8:20 AM  

    How come no mention of his potential NHL team mate? According to SPEED's Robin Miller its....

    ... MILKA DUNO!!!! WTF??? Paul Newman just flipped VIOLENTLY in his grave!!! Sad day if true