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Simona de Silvestro getting a 'real' IndyCar ride is exciting to me. I admired what she was capable of doing last year (2011) with the HVM single car team. But this year with Lotus power it was a total dud - a waste of a good driver's potential. I can't imagine what it must be like for her to 'toss' away an entire season of IndyCar.

KV Racing might not be the 'big' hot dog but it's certainly a few steps up the ladder for Simona from where she was and now with Chevrolet power. And, being teammate to Kanan can prove to be an educational advancement for her. That is unless she happens to 'show' the way a time or two - which IMO is not out of the question.

As we all understand, it's all about money - and lot's of it. Simona has a decent sponsor with the Nuclear Clean Air Energy organization. And, well, what can you say? Having her long time supporter, Imran Safiulla, as a team principle might just lead to her having competitive equipment.

Sorry. I just can't go without a little "bashing." How many fingers would you need to count the number of female drivers, if they had the level of equipment Danica Patrick had, would have whipped her butt race in and race out? Certainly more than a handful.

October 30, 2012  03:26 PM ET

Shawna Robinson, Pattie Moise, and Johanna Long, just off the top of my head from NASCAR.

I'll admit I don't follow Indy Car that much, we don't get Vs/NBC Sports Network, so I can't quite comment on how well she will run with the new team compared to the old. But from what I have seen having Kanan as a teammate should be worth its weight. He is consistently in the top 5 and usually the only competitive car not put out by Penske or Ganassi.

Since this is a blog about Indy Car allow me to momentarily hijack by saying I am disappointed that Randy Bernard stepped down as CEO of Indy Car. Granted he wasn't running a "traditional" ship, but at least he was trying something different instead of doing the same thing over and over again saying "Everything is fine" while the ship is sinking. *Cough, cough* Brian France *Cough, cough* But it looks like the inmates want to run the asylum, and that's what they are getting.

October 30, 2012  04:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Shawna Robinson, Pattie Moise, and Johanna Long, just off the top of my head from NASCAR.I'll admit I don't follow Indy Car that much, we don't get Vs/NBC Sports Network, so I can't quite comment on how well she will run with the new team compared to the old. But from what I have seen having Kanan as a teammate should be worth its weight. He is consistently in the top 5 and usually the only competitive car not put out by Penske or Ganassi.Since this is a blog about Indy Car allow me to momentarily hijack by saying I am disappointed that Randy Bernard stepped down as CEO of Indy Car. Granted he wasn't running a "traditional" ship, but at least he was trying something different instead of doing the same thing over and over again saying "Everything is fine" while the ship is sinking. *Cough, cough* Brian France *Cough, cough* But it looks like the inmates want to run the asylum, and that's what they are getting.

Rainswalker. Please, don't forget the great gal's in NHRA that have kicked some very high level butt - and talk about a 'mans' sport - that's it.

IndyCar losing Randy Bernard, (although I don't believe in everything he did) is not going to be a good move for that series. IMO, he was one of the best administrators to come along in a long time, especially from a marketing standpoint. The 'edge' he probably missed was no 'racing' experience. But, what do I know?

It seems those "IndyCar" guys (team owners) always think they can run the show better than anyone else. Well? They've proven they can't. It's documented fact.

Now. Think about this: A sport, any sport, needs a leading organizational body, or an individual that sets the rules, makes makes marketing things happen: Sponsorship, promotion. That ruling body can not come from the competitors - why? They have only one self interest - not a "whole, it's and individual" self interest.

So. Now that IndyCar has rejected Bernard, the man that helped put them back on the map, what do they do next? They will, collectively find a way to failure without his level of leadership.

October 30, 2012  10:01 PM ET

Good for Simona.
Danica has become a lame comparison for new female drivers.....she may prove us all wrong someday but the day is way in the future if at all........I only watch Indy car sometimes, due to time constraints, but I will watch for her, when I do.....Looking forward to her good results.

October 31, 2012  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Rainswalker. Please, don't forget the great gal's in NHRA that have kicked some very high level butt - and talk about a 'mans' sport - that's it.

I don't really follow NHRA. I am mostly a NASCAR guy, and catch the occasional Indy and La Mans race. I know I probably missed a lot of good female drives with my narrow scope.

October 31, 2012  01:09 PM ET
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I don't really follow NHRA. I am mostly a NASCAR guy, and catch the occasional Indy and La Mans race. I know I probably missed a lot of good female drives with my narrow scope.

Google Ashley Force Hood and Erica Enders for a couple starters of ladies kicking fanny in NHRA. It's been years (many) since I went to the 'drags.' I do however, enjoy watching the finals of most events.

Side Note: In 1965 I had a Renault Dauphine that I'd modified with a dual-carb system. We took it to the drags at Pomona, CA. This was back in 1963. Because of the dual-carb's it was classified as "Sports Modified." We unhooked the front shocks and could do a very small "wheelie" and bounce the front off the ground a couple times which we thought was really cool. We competed against Corvettes and stuff like that. They gave us a huge start advantage. I can still hear the roar of a "full blown" Corvette come flying by me at God only knows how fast. I had started half-way down the track and was still beaten at the line. Finished third in class - there were only three cars! I ended up with a Pomona Drags jacket for my effort and a memory for a lifetime.

In huge letters on the sides of the car we painted "Homunculus II" - my friend, Ron and I went home feeling like we had won the Nationals.

November 1, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Google Ashley Force Hood and Erica Enders for a couple starters of ladies kicking fanny in NHRA.

Pardon me for a moment while I play devil's advocate.

In drag racing, to a relative outsider like myself, it seems like a lot of make a 5 second run and wait, make a run and wait. It is not a grueling constant 2-4 hour drive with other cars beating, banging, and messing up the air around your car like NASCAR. Plus in the case of Ashely Force Hood it could be argued she was racing with equipment at the same level or higher in quality than Danica Patrick.

Now I will say Danica has regressed as a driver as the year has moved on. This is probably the longest schedule she has run in her career, and her temper is starting to get the better of her.

Indy Car runs about 20 races a year with several off weeks, NASCAR typically is a 30-36 race schedule with a whopping 2-3 off weeks. (Disclaimer: I am discounting the Trucks for the most part because their schedule is just messed up with almost 6 weeks between race 1 and 2 this year) Add to that all the sponsor appearances, other obligations, and double/triple dipping on some race weekends, the drivers barely have any days off, even during the "off season". Add to that her lesser body mass and strength it has the wear a body out. Even Mark Martin has admitted that he started body building in order to build up his strength to compensate for his short stature.

And some of that leads to her temper issues, her short fuse in Indy Car is getting shorter and more frazzled as her NASCAR season grinds on. It also doesn't help that she came from a series where touching and bouncing off of competitors led to a penalty, to one where it is expected in order to make a pass. Yes she needs to learn how to spin someone out without taking herself out, but at this point her crew chief should be trying to calm her down and keep her from trying to wreck anyone. While it "might" cause some drivers to loose respect for her as a driver, learning how to drive the car and winning would quickly erase that deficit.

November 1, 2012  08:45 PM ET

Raistwalker....you make a good point about equivalent equipment (Simona vs Danica)....and you are also spot on in your other comments about Danica....well said.

November 2, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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Raistwalker....you make a good point about equivalent equipment (Simona vs Danica)....and you are also spot on in your other comments about Danica....well said.

Actually the comparison between equipment was between Ashley Force Hood and Danica. ;)

November 3, 2012  09:04 PM ET

ooooops.....my bad......but it still was a good point.

November 4, 2012  06:02 PM ET
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Actually the comparison between equipment was between Ashley Force Hood and Danica. ;)

You are right regarding equipment of Ashley and Danica - both have top level. But, how many wins does Danica have vs Ashley? In comparison, Ashley has kicked Danica's butt every which way but loose. And not making comment regarding the super efforts of Erica Enders makes my point even stronger, at least in my mind. Danica is a good driver. I don't believe anyone questions that. It's the over-hyped media garbage that's the problem. She can't live up to it.

November 5, 2012  11:40 AM ET
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You are right regarding equipment of Ashley and Danica - both have top level. But, how many wins does Danica have vs Ashley? In comparison, Ashley has kicked Danica's butt every which way but loose. And not making comment regarding the super efforts of Erica Enders makes my point even stronger, at least in my mind. Danica is a good driver. I don't believe anyone questions that. It's the over-hyped media garbage that's the problem. She can't live up to it.

Well I would question whether Danica has "top level" equipment or not. JR Motorsports has been in free fall for a while now since Brad K left, going through 6-8 drivers in a 3-4 year period. And while Stewart/Hass get their equipment from the ground up from Hendrick, I have a feeling they aren't getting the exact same stuff at the inhouse Hendrick drivers are getting.

While this is a business and people want to make money let's not kid ourselves, this is still a sport where people want to win. So why would I give/sell you my competitor the same equipment I give my own people. I would want to give you lesser equipment so I could stay ahead of you. It's funny how Tony went through a tear last year to win the championship, while suddenly this year he has become an also ran or worse.

November 7, 2012  03:05 PM ET

Next to Nascar, Indy car is my next fav form of racin.I enjoy readin about up and comin drivers. Don't care if male or female. Glad to read about one who stands out. If not already aware of it, it brings it to my attention. Good info in this blog and in comments.

November 9, 2012  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Well I would question whether Danica has "top level" equipment or not. JR Motorsports has been in free fall for a while now since Brad K left, going through 6-8 drivers in a 3-4 year period. And while Stewart/Hass get their equipment from the ground up from Hendrick, I have a feeling they aren't getting the exact same stuff at the inhouse Hendrick drivers are getting. While this is a business and people want to make money let's not kid ourselves, this is still a sport where people want to win. So why would I give/sell you my competitor the same equipment I give my own people. I would want to give you lesser equipment so I could stay ahead of you. It's funny how Tony went through a tear last year to win the championship, while suddenly this year he has become an also ran or worse.

Wait just a minute. JR Motorsports has great cars (Hendrick cars). Yes, Brad K kicked butt, and did it in the same equipment Danica is driving. So, your point is what? Crap, we've got a little kid in the team car (with much less funding) out-driving Danica nearly every weekend.

Oh, and if I may say, Brad did not 'leave' JRM, he was promoted to Penske. And that says a lot for JRM and the teams ability to develop talent.

Hendricks provides top quality equipment to other teams - it's those teams' responsibility to make the best of it - not his. The difference between a Hendrick "team" car and a customer car is what the individual team crews (the buyers or Hendrick crew) do to develop it.

And as far as Tony Stewart is concerned - he screwed himself with the crew chief change. Why in the world would you discharge the 'main' man that helped you win the CUP?

November 11, 2012  01:55 AM ET

""Oh, and if I may say, Brad did not 'leave' JRM, he was promoted to Penske. And that says a lot for JRM and the teams ability to develop talent.""


""Hendricks provides top quality equipment to other teams - it's those teams' responsibility to make the best of it - not his. The difference between a Hendrick "team" car and a customer car is what the individual team crews (the buyers or Hendrick crew) do to develop it. ""

Very good points.

 
November 11, 2012  01:57 AM ET

""And as far as Tony Stewart is concerned - he screwed himself with the crew chief change. Why in the world would you discharge the 'main' man that helped you win the CUP? ""

I seem to recall that the CC deal was already in place when Tony won 5 Chase races that made him Champ...........it is very ironic though.

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