that’s gonna leave a mark…
“We’re at a crossroads where we need to make a change that will elevate the No. 84 team to success,” said VP and General Manager Jay Frye. “AJ’s our guy and he’s a talented driver, but there’s a lot being asked of him. In order for him to be successful, we have to get this team pointed in the right direction. We hope we can do that with the help of a veteran driver.”
Unlike some other classless “fan” folks, I’m not going to dance or cheer for a driver being out of work. Considering the plight of several of our open wheel drivers at the moment, it certainly would be pushing the karmic boundries.
Do I like what AJ did a couple of years ago? No.
Truthfully, I didn’t much like the kid when he was a Champ Car driver. His ego and attitude far outshone his talent.
Do I think he got some bad advice from people looking out for their own best interests instead of his own? Yes.
Do I think he simply ran out of talent? Yes and No.
The ridiculously convoluted “owner’s points” qualifying is probably to blame for 80% of his lack of success. (a conversation for another time) Of course once you do get into the show, you’ve got to be able to drive the wheels off the car and bring it across the finish line in one piece and in a good place. He had the same problem in open wheel too. They don’t call him “wallmandinger” for nothing…
All that said, had he stuck it out with Champ Car and signed on the bottom line with GF, he would be sitting on the sidelines beside PT with an iron clad contract and nothing to drive now anyway.
I sincerely hope for AJ’s sake that this truly is a temporary situation, that he gets the training and guidance needed and that he can get back in the show and prove the naysayers wrong. Although this is Red Bull we are talking about… Their treatment of their drivers in all genres of racing is questionable at best.