everything! Ok, not really, but my plate is certainly going to be full.
The recently unified series splits one final time and goes their separate ways to fulfill contractual obligations. The 18 humpbacks (sorry, but those damn cars remind me of quasimodo) head to Motegi to race in the middle of the night and the 9 “refugees/transitioners/ex-Champ Car guys”, or whatever they are being called this week, join the rest of their former gang in Long Beach (w/20 cars… oh the irony there) to bid farewell to the series… (and the cars, and the engines, and the staff, and apparently many, many fans who will walk away after this, if not before…) I will be covering this from two time zones, in communication with 3… (my head already hurts)
Here is the whole crazy schedule for the week. (talk about timezone confusion!)
There is still NOTHING on the IndyCar website about this race btw… which considering it’s a point paying race and they just spent the week pimping Graham Rahal (who is racing in Long Beach) seems a little disingenuous. Maybe it’s just me…
(not that the CC site is any better, even THEY aren’t promoting the race LOL! Well, technically they aren’t promoting anything as the website peeps were likely on the chopping block weeks ago… when the last update happened… do you know they’ve started construction on Long Beach?!? :rolleyes:)
Also at LB, besides the ALMS and the celeb race, and what I am probably looking forward to the most, is the season opener of the Atlantic Series, the one good, or at least “feel good” story to come out of this OW unifimergabsorbsification mess. Good strong field, interesting and miraculously salvaged schedule, sweet, fast cars… *bows down in admiration of Vicki O’Connor* If only we had half a dozen of her to spread around the various racing series…
I’ll be flying down to Long Beach on Thursday. I don’t know what to expect to be honest. I’ve never been to the Long Beach race. Even before it became the “finale” I had planned on attending this year. Now it of course takes on a whole new meaning and will be twice the work load I’m sure. Many stories to follow. Many people to talk to. I think the major stories are going to be happening off track, with the actual race merely a distraction.
On the upside, Paul is driving. *whew* That makes my weekend much more enjoyable. The question of course remains whether he, with all the tension between him and the FCR camp, will receive the equipment and technical support to actually be competitive. In my opinion, it’s in FCR’s best interest to put on a good show, especially if they are going to try to convince other racing teams to hire them as technical consultants… just sayin is all.
My wish for everyone is that they (all the teams) leave all the political bullshit and jockeying in the lawyers offices for the weekend and just put on the best show possible. Rise above it, and let the series retire with some class. I would like to think the fans would do that too, but from what I’m hearing sadly that isn’t going to be the case. I will be doing my level best to stay away from the protesting and the ugliness, while still trying to enjoy the company of some of my racing friends. That could prove to be the most difficult assignment all week!
I really just want to look back on this weekend wistfully and wonder what might have been rather than look back and say: “what a mess, glad that’s over!”