Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So, To Recap...

Normally, I’d do an article based on a single topic, but after yesterday’s blitz of news, I think we need to regroup. Whew! Let’s recap everything from Tuesday:

-Yes, the IZOD IndyCar Series finale will be in Las Vegas! It’s impressively named “IZOD IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas”. Randy Bernard also announced if you buy a ticket for any other IZOD IndyCar event during the season, you’ll also get a ticket for Las Vegas (limit first 80,000). I have a feeling more of us than originally expected should find our way to this finale.

-Not only will it be IndyCar’s season finale, but it will also be worth $5 million if a non-series regular can come in and win. Hear that sports car and stock car folks? The gauntlet’s down, whether or not you choose to pick it up. My bet is the series’ checkbook doesn’t need to worry, but it should definitely get some people talking.

-Andretti Autosport announces a major, multi-year sponsor in DHL, which will be co-sponsor on Ryan Hunter Reay’s car and will also be an associate on Mike Conway’s car at times during the season. I am really looking forward to the bright yellow livery on this one! Ryan Hunter-Reay is in line to have had two of the best-looking cars on the grid for two straight years. You’ll also be seeing Sun Drop as the other co-primary for RHR. Conway will be in GoDaddy.com livery for the first three races, with sponsorship after that still to be hashed out.

-Sarah Fisher Racing announced Allison Transmission as an associate sponsor for the Indy 500 (hey, every sponsor counts!). As always, love that Dollar General car:

Yellow cars rock.
That’s not even counting the Servia-to-Newman/Haas still to come this week, plus anything else waiting in the pipe!

Unfortunately, with all the good news, there was some bad: it sounds like the de Ferran Dragon/Tony Kanaan relationship is a dead end for now. Let's face it: that one hurts. Hang in there, TK. Teams and drivers don't make it to the grid regardless of era, but that doesn't make it any easier.

There should be a pretty good stream of news between now and the start of the season, and I think we’re all more than ready for it. Let's hope more of the good stuff is coming.

(Image courtesy of IndyCar Media)

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