Tick tok...tick tok...
Here we are, still a week away from the next IndyCar race. The races will take place the weekend of October 5th and 6th in Houston for The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. This will be the first time Indy Car has raced at the circuit since 2007. The street course is 1.7 miles in length and made up of 10 turns. The backdrop of the street course will consist of Reliant Stadium and the city of Houston. 2 past winners of this street course will be taking to the track that weekend, Sebastian Bourdais and Dario Franchitti. I look for those 2 to have a small advantage over the rest of the field.
One driver who will have a lot on his mind next weekend will be Tony Kanaan, Rumors started flying around this week that he and KV Racing will part ways at the end of the season and he will take a ride with Ganassi in 2014. Wherever TK lands, he will succeed. That man is a true racer. You put him in a car with 4 wheels and will drive the crap out of it.
It was also announced this week that a road course race will take place opening weekend of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Twitter and Facebook exploded with fans giving their 2 cents worth. The "traditionalists" are dead set against it. They believe the Speedway was put to death once it invited NASCAR to run the Brickyard 400 in 1994. These fans believe the ONLY race that can and should be held on those hallowed grounds is the Indianapolis 500. Part of me agrees. Then you have the "new age" fans who are open and accepting to the race. They believe that a 2nd IndyCar race can only help the struggling series and gives us another reason to spend more time at the Speedway. Part of me agrees with this as well.
The Speedway has always prided itself in being innovative since 1909. It doesn't have to stop. In fact, when Carl Fisher first drew out his plans for the track, he included a road course! IMS must continue to be innovative and change with the times. We can't be stuck in "yester-year" and expect the crowds from "glory days." Those days are gone. That doesn't mean we can't get them back. Today's fans just need to come together and SUPPORT the series and IMS. This is not the time to abandon our beloved sport. The drivers and management are excited for this new adventure, let's keep an open mind. Besides, it's another race at the happiest place on Earth, who wouldn't be for that?