I’ll admit, like many others, I had Wilson in at Dreyer and Reinbold instead of Coyne on my silly season worksheet. I only had him as a possibility at Coyne if Sèbastien Bourdais went elsewhere. Hopefully, if Sebas isn’t going to be full-time in the Series in 2012 (and it doesn't look likely), his Peugeot offer comes through, and finally gets that LeMans victory.
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-Paul Tracy is having some fun with us. In the space of 24 hours, he mentioned “tying a bow on it” [Chevy], eating at his favorite Japanese restaurant to celebrate [Honda], and having English fish n’ chips, because fried food was turning him “green and yellow” [Lotus]. PT seems to be in a jolly mood just now; hopefully there’s some good news coming soon as an explanation for that.
-James Hinchcliffe looks to finally be on the verge of being officially announced to the GoDaddy seat, and all I can say is, it’s been a long time coming. He’s the perfect mix of personality and on-track talent. I’m excited to see what he can do this year—does he undergo a sophomore slump, and how does the team chemistry shake out for Andretti Autosport this year with Hinch added to the mix?
-Once thought a disappointing exclusion from the 2012 schedule, the chances of the Milwaukee Mile returning seem to be improving. Although nothing’s confirmed, it sounds like Randy Bernard is putting odds on its return at 50-50. I know 2011 was disappointing in terms of turnout, but I still feel that if there’s proper promotion, the IICS can still draw 25,000+ to that track. If the June 17 date comes about, that would make June a month of ovals—Texas, Milwaukee, Iowa—in rapid succession.
Maybe it’s just a psychological thing, but 5 oval events on the schedule instead of 4 just sounds a lot better, especially if the 5th is Milwaukee. You’re talking about the only oval track in the United States that can even come close to complementing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in terms of open wheel history and legacy. If Randy Bernard can pull this off, he’s doing a great thing for the schedule, the Series, and especially the fans.
-We’re finishing up the first week in January, and honestly, I’m surprised a couple of announcements haven’t come through yet. By any other year’s definition, this has been a pretty productive silly season so far, but the wait this year has seemed especially long at times. Part of that’s probably just excitement over the new car and engine manufacturers, but also because there are so many deals we know are close or possibly even “unofficially done”, but just haven’t quite been announced. You’ve got think between now and mid-January, the floodgates will open.
-What do you think of Lynyrd Skynyrd being named as the Carb Day band? They aren’t one of my all-time favorite groups, but then again, I’m not the target audience—I’m one of those weirdoes who goes to Carb Day to watch the Lights race, pit crew competition, and not much else. Really, the Carb Day band just needs to be loud and of a sort of nominal popularity—the booze and atmosphere do most of the rest, generally.
-Finally, are you up for a bit of reading? I'd recommend bookmarking the Independent's excellent article on Pippa Mann (despite her dismissing of America's mac n' cheese). If you're in more of a listening mood, check out the Beaux Barfield interview over at MoreFrontWing. Fine work all around.
Have a great weekend, and we’ll see what gets announced next week!