Out with the old………a year until “In with the new”.
Well it is almost over, the year of 2010 is soon to be history like USAC overseeing the Indy 500. The year was dominated by Will Power who looked to be possibly finished after a horrific 2009 crash. It saw the decision on a new chassis for 2012.
We got a new leader in Randy Bernard, gained new unity and respect. The series gained a real title sponsor, and even gained a new X-rated trophy for the winner of the Season Championship. When the season came to an end, its news did not. First we learned Chevrolet would be back in INDYCAR racing. Then we learned Penske would be the first top team inked with the Bow-tie brand.
We also learned Lotus would be an engine supplier as well, and looking into making aero-kits for the liveries as well. (Or is it “Body kits”?) So 2012 is shaping up to be the most exciting period in maybe two decades for open wheel racing.
Sadly Saturday is just January 1st 2011, but it is a significant indication. We will have less than 365 days left of these god awful pieces of junk cars that are far too old. Just one last season for every race to be rather predictable. After the 2011 season the “Red Cars” will not possibly be the winners the majority of the time. (Ok on paper, although I’m sure Penske & Ganassi will be close to doing that with the new cars.)
Saturday January 1st 2011 also is the beginning of a countdown. We will be 430-ish days from the 2012 car. We will be 430-ish from three makes battling in INDYCAR. We will be 430-ish days away from what many have been waiting on for years, one great open wheel series braking speed marks.
In the meantime, I wish you all a Happy & Safe New Year. I will be hopefully having a blast in Philadelphia, spending time with a good friend watching the Mummers in the street, and the fans on the sidewalks enjoying adult beverages.
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