Good morning, IndyCar fans--just a reminder that you'll see and hear about many of your IZOD IndyCar Series favorites coming back to Indy this week for mandatory driver physicals in advance of the next car testing period. (If you're on Twitter by now, you've likely heard a few of them mention they're either back in town or en route). Since we're going to have the drivers already in town, there's a pretty good chance we should have some of those long-awaited announcements this week.
To recap, let's run down the list of announcements we think we're at least close to hearing something on:
Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)
James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)
James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)
Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
Jay Howard (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
Katherine Legge (Dreyer and Reinbold, but has been pretty quiet since before Christmas?)
Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport--should be officially confirmed shortly)
Additionally, we know drivers such as Pippa Mann are still working to close the deal for 2012. And we only wish we knew what Paul Tracy was up to.
Of course, the prevailing wisdom will have turned out to be wrong on at least a couple of projections. All we can do is keep our ears open this week, and wish a clean bill of health to all the prospective IICS drivers for this upcoming season.