oh Helio, Helio, Helio… *shakes head slowly side to side*
This is not good my friend.
Not for you. Not for your family. Not for the series. Not for ABC/Dancing with the Stars. Not for Entertainment Tonight. (who suspiciously did not report on this)
For those who haven’t heard the news, Mr. “I have nothing smart to say” has been indicted for tax evasion along with his sister and lawyer. Oops.
Pretty juicy details in there about off-shore accounts, and schemes and conspiracies…
Even more details here in this official report from the justice dept.
Bottomline is, this is gonna get ugly and embarrassing and I’m thinking that Mr. Penske isn’t going to look too kindly on this and the smear to his company/name by association.
So… a couple of scenario’s come into play:
Will Helio still drive at this weekends Petit Le Mans?
Will Helio be making the trip to Oz (the country not the prison) at the end of the month? (I don’t think they will let him leave the country with this pending)
If the answer is no to both of these questions, then who gets the nod for both rides?
If I’m Penske, I’m putting someone with experience in the cars, and not necessarily the same guy.
Petit Le Mans: Since this is a third entry, I likely withdraw, and throw Briscoe on as a third/reserve driver for my other cars. Barring that, maybe Herta (who is rideless but has experience) or perhaps one of the well versed Grand AM drivers who’s season finished up last weekend.
Surfers: I’m on the phone to PT. (ya ya, biased, but hear me out) PT knows this course, is a street course specialist and now knows the car. Based on his performance at Edmonton it’s a no-brainer. The other option would be Nelson Phillip who is a former winner there, but he hasn’t driven one of these cars, so he’s behind the eight ball comparatively.
At any rate, this is going to be an interesting week…