Friday, March 4, 2011

Where Are We?

With the news yesterday that Ana Beatriz has grabbed a full-time ride with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing, one of the remaining full-time seats for the upcoming season appears to be settled. That’s great news for Bia, but only throws the situations of drivers such as Dan Wheldon, Paul Tracy, and Tony Kanaan into murkier waters.

For Wheldon, we believe he was offered a part-time gig at Dreyer and Reinbold, and said no thanks. He still seems confident of a full-time ride, but no one seems quite sure where that might be. After his performance in helping save our planet from alien invaders, you would think that would be a pretty good inducement for a team to hire him, but we will just have to wait and see.

Paul Tracy is still linked to the seat at Conquest Racing, but it still doesn’t sound like that deal is 100% yet.

As for Tony Kanaan, he’s the true cipher in all of this. If you name a team in IndyCar, there’s some theory or rumor linking him to it. Despite all of this, in the end all we can say right now we’re just not sure what will happen with TK. Yet.

Still awaiting word on PT's ride.
Perhaps the most prime remaining seat is the 3rd seat of KV Racing. Wheldon and Kanaan have both been mentioned for that seat, but there’s absolutely nothing firmed on either of those possibilities at this point, outside of Jimmy Vasser possibly having some fun on Twitter.

Over at Newman/Haas, I really believed we were primed for an announcement on Oriol Servia, but it hasn’t happened yet. Soon, let's hope.

Let’s not forget Alex Lloyd, Tomas Scheckter, Sebas Bourdais, Martin Plowman, James Hinchcliffe, Pippa Mann, Bertrand Baguette, Rafa Matos, and a few others who are still in the mix. And yes, we just might see Milka Duno once more at Dale Coyne. For seats, there’s possibly part-time work at Dreyer and Reinbold, Dale Coyne, HVM, Conquest, and a couple of others. The hour may seem late, but for IndyCar, this is nothing new. With many seats, it might be closer to or immediately after the March 14-15 open test at Barber before things are really firmed up.

Honestly, though, this has been an insane silly season, and it isn’t close to being over yet. In the era of social media, everything's magnified, for good and for ill. In three weeks we'll be able to look back and see where things developed in completely different directions than anticipated. I have a feeling we’ll all be knocked on our butts (ideally in a good way!) at least one more time.

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