With only 2 months left until the Indy 500 Danica Patrick introduces her new and final car. At the ripe old age of 36 she is planning to retire after this Indy 500. I suspect that we will see her in this and other one-off races over the next three years or so. She hasn't raced in an Indy car since 2011. I know, I know...that was 7 years ago, but, hey, Juan Pablo Montoya was gone 15 years...came back and won. I wish that she had never left Indycar, but money calls. She has her lovers, a few since we and known her, and her haters, the idiots, but all eyes will be on her no matter where she finishes no matter if its first, four or at the end of the pack. I guess I will be watching also because she will be driving on my favorite team....Ed Carpenter Racing.
Now we have the season start of Formula One minus the Grid Girls. What is the world coming to. I hope that it is a good season which kind of picked up where it left off last year. With Sebastian Vettel in first, his 100th podium, followed by Lewis Hamilton, five seconds later, in second. Kimi Raikkonen, who was one more second down the road, finished in third. Deep down I was kind of hoping that Raikkonen would win since this might be his last year. I think the Ferrari only gave him a one year contract and he will be 39 by season's end.
Still liking Nico Hulkenberg who finished in 7th place. The Haas Team lost both cars and finished in 16th and 17th. Too bad because Grosjean was having a great race until that point. The field has 20% new drivers, we will see how they shake out. Fernando Alonso, who has had a tough couple of years, had a great drive ending in 5th.
What is the deal with the haircuts? Hamilton will have 3 or 4 different styles during the season and is now joined Vettel with an unusual haircut.
Hooray! The season begins. New cars, 25% new drivers, half of which qualified at the top of the heap. I think this is going to be an interesting season. The new cars are hard to drive, but by the end of the year they should have that sorted out. The problems left them with 25 laps of the yellow flag. The winner was Sebastian Bordais who I have always followed and was happy for his win. He is now 39 and won't have too much longer in Indycar. Second place went to Graham Rahal who had a great drive from last place to second. Alexander Rossi came in third after a shunt with the lead car in the last two laps of the race. At that time the lead car was Robert Wickens who had led for 60-some laps, nice shot for a rookie.
My two favorite drivers remain the same this year. Both have switched teams...Tony Kanaan, now with A.J. Foyt, came in 11th place. Takumo Sato, now with the Rahal-Letterman team, came in 12th.
Ed Carpenter Racing also remains as a favorite with finishes in 15th and 21st.
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