I had some nice exchanges via Twitter with folks on Monday in regards to my Conquest article, and for the most part, it sounds as if folks agree with the basic premise. I also had one of my buddies I was able to meet at this past 500, Trent, point out a driver that I missed in regards to a ride with Conquest--Bruno Junqueira. I actually avoid that mention on purpose, since Junky was with the team for 2009 Indy 500 qualifications, but was pulled out of the car for the ol' sponsor switcheroo with Alex Tagliani. An unfortunate situation, but certainly not one unheard of.
Of course, the list goes on--for every Tagliani or Junky, there's a one-off for Roger Yasukawa, Joao Paulo de Olivera, or Dillon Battistini. If nothing else, Conquest has given us one of the most diverse, quirky groups of drivers in recent years. For trivia buffs such as myself, they're a veritable goldmine. Those of us who dig unique one-offs and underdog stories can appreciate Conquest for that, in addition to their giving some deserving and popular drivers a shot.
So, we'll wait and see what sort of news Conquest has for us. With tickets now available for the opener at St. Pete, let's hope that they're part of that field.