It smells like… PROGRESS! If you’re a fan of IndyCar, then you likely have already heard about Peter De Lorenzo’s article on his blog, The Autoextremist, where he claims that General Motors will make a return to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012 along with an increase in motorsports across the board. You also likely are already aware that SpeedTV’s Marshall Pruitt and the Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin are both claiming extreme skepticism of the announcement. So where does this leave us fans? It leaves us in a whirlwind of rampant and wild speculation completely unencumbered by actual facts or the thought process. Awesome! If you aren’t aware of what’s going on, here’s the Cliff Notes.
GM is to bring a Chevrolet branded V6 twin-turbo to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012.
A commitment by Target Chip Ganassi to GM has been made for both NASCAR and INDYCAR.
Several NHRA, and Grand-Am DP and GT teams will get factory support with Chevrolet engines.
Cadillac is to return to SCCA World Challenge GT racing with the CTS-V.
Randy Bernard has told Marshall Pruitt that this is “pure speculation.” There have been other reports floating around the interwebs with similar statements of denial being made by TCGR. However, as we all know, and as Curt reminds us in his latest Q&A, these denials could merely mean that they don’t want to confirm anything until the official press conference which is, allegedly, scheduled for this Friday.
Where’s the truth in all this? Honestly, I have no clue. It may be all solid fact. It may be all so much hot air. One thing that I do know is that this type of speculation is a good sign for IndyCar racing. I’m hopeful that GM is planning a return to Indianapolis, and I hope it helps them move some product. I want my money back!! I’m also hopeful that Ford, Fiat, and Audi would be right behind them. Whether they do or not, it is a good sign that we’re even speculating about the prospect. Even last year, we would never have heard this type of discussion. Its all good for the series, which desperately needs people talking about it in a time where they’re struggling for TV ratings, sponsors, and relevance. The ferocity of the discussions seen on Twitter, at IndyCar.com, Track Forum, and other such outlets is a nice indicator of just how much passion and interest there still is in the series. As I see it, heightened speculation rumors and fan banter equals progress. Now we just need to wait until Friday to see if the speculation really materializes into the fantastic good news that Mr. De Lorenzo promises.