This just in from Flirty Curty Cavin at the Mighty Indy Star, a press release ... er ... story from the IRL that makes a good point about the economy and last year's mergification with the Champ Car World Series.
A key point that I had not thought of is: the IndyCar posse is glad they merged last year consensually, because the economy this year would have forced them to merge in a somewhat less consensual manner.
Former Champ Car chief Kevin Kalkhoven, for sure, has to be thinking "bullet dodged" because his series in this economic climate would probably have the value of a popcorn fart. Good thing he sold when he did. There is no comment from Kalkhoven in Curt's story, sadly.
Richard Branson of Virgin (records) says he may buy the Honda F1 team currently on the sale block. But Rich is a little concerned about the Looney Tune level money needed to run an F-1 team.
Branson reveals his inexperience with this quote:
"I think they need to organize Formula One so that the teams can actually make money instead of losing a lot of money, especially the smaller teams," Branson said. "[F1 boss] Bernie Ecclestone recognizes that."
Read more HERE, including some laughing-gas level humor on how Bernie wants to reduce team expenses to under $100 million (each!).
Dutch bank/insurance company ING will reduce its F1 sponsorship from $100 million to a paltry $60 million in 2009 and may pull the plug entirely after this year. Not good times for Renault boss FABIO! Read the ESPN.com story here.
Racing purist love to insist that road and street racing is the shizz -- full of scenic wonderment, incredibly human-machine beauty and drama that fans will pay to see if only you tell them enough about it.
Only problem is, here in the real world, not enough people want to pay to see road and street races. Sorry. Numbers don't lie. The numbers in Edmunton look really bad. And if it doesn't pencil out in road-race-friendly Canada, I can't imagine it pencils out down south in Oval Nation.
Chris, Josh and your racing servant throw down on Helio, F1 and the frequently semi-naked Danica Patrick in the latest installment of the most excellent FastMachines.com podcast.
Apologies to the fellas for my sucky Skype connection which caused me to drop off several times during our discussion. I think it was my super-anal Norton firewall interfering. I welcome all Skype dropped-call advice.
The Toronto Sun caught up with Her Worship, Danica Patrick, and asked her about USF1's dropping her name as a driver they are interested in.
As many suspected, the first Danica had heard of it was when she read it in an Associated Press story.
I could use the traffic on my site, so, here we go: "I'm thinking about forming an IndyCar team for 2010 and Danica Patrick is a strong candidate for my driver."
If dropping a Danica Name Bomb worked to get USF1 a million dollars worth of free pub, maybe it will work for pressdog.com (even though there is just as much chance that Danica would drive for me as there is she would drive for USF1).