First, some news from IndyCar:
Pippa Mann has been confirmed for the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing. This will be her sixth Indy 500, the fifth consecutive with Coyne. Mann will again drive car #63, raising awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Ed Carpenter Racing announced an expansion of its partnership with Preferred Freezer Services. They had sponsored J. R. Hildebrand in the 500 the last couple of years. PFS will be the primary sponsor for the 21 car at Long Beach, the Indianapolis Grand Prix, The 500, and the Honda Indy Toronto. They will continue as an associate sponsor at the other races. No word on whether this gives ECR room for a third 500 entry for Spencer Pigot.And this morning (Wednesday) new designs of the 2018 car.
Now Wednesday’s big news:
Indycar released more definitive drawings of what next year’s Indy race car will look like. The overall reaction has been very positive. I love the design. Gone are the awful airbox and the hideous rear sportscar bumper. This looks like a proper race car. My biggest concern is the short nose. The cars of the late 80’s and early 90’s had very short noses, result in many foot and leg injuries. Several drivers from that era still suffer from effects of crashing those cars. I can assume that technology allows this design with enough reinforcement to protect the drivers’ feet. I like the outlined silhouette of this year’s car laid over the concept drawing. It shows how dramatic the change will be. The big question. Will it race well? Stay tuned.
Greatest 33 Non- Winners Project- Judging from the response I received yesterday, I will be getting a lot of grids. In fact I received one from a high school friend yesterday who did an interesting data analysis to rank the drivers. I will share his work in next Tuesday’s post. Thanks for your interest in this project. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.