Last night I read this from Jenna Fryer about tumultuous IndyCar needing to get beyond the drama that has dogged it all season, seemingly cropping up at just the wrong time to ruin any positive momentum in the series.
With the IndyCar championship celebration set for Thursday, some 17 weeks after the title was won, Jenna wrote: "Perhaps this week will indeed belong to (Ryan) Hunter-Reay, drama-free, and he can celebrate his title with his Andretti team."
The memo makes it clear the series is looking for "a qualified buyer." Read the entire statement here.
IndyCar reacted pretty rapidly with a this tweeted statement:
Statement from INDYCAR on news regarding Star Mazda ownership: INDYCAR remains committed to the Mazda Road to Indy and sanctioning a ladder system for young drivers to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. We remain in contact with our partners at Mazda in identifying possible solutions that would continue to bridge the ladder between USF2000 and Firestone Indy Lights for the 2013 season and beyond.
It's too bad for the Mazda Road to Indy since I perceived the Star Mazda rung to be among the most stable and entertaining of the three-rung ladder. While the first rung, USF2000, featured raw drivers bashing into each other causing races that were ridiculously short of green-flag laps, and the top-rung Firestone Indy Lights offered roughly 12 cars per race last year, Star Mazda seemed to have its crap together.
If ever obscurity was good news, now is the case. The trouble in Star Mazda probably won't harsh the IndyCar celebration Thursday to badly since an estimated 193 people not related to a competing driver even know Star Mazda exists. But for the hard-cores, it's a bit of a buzz killer.
Still, it's more drama and I feel for the drivers (including Woman of pressdog® Ashley Freiberg) and league employees left looking for somewhere else to race or work. Cue the spike in interest in ARCA and NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Plus the sports car feeders as well. Gotta go where the jobs are, I guess.