Good morning, race fans. It’s a b-e-a-utiful Tuesday morning and it’s time for some news.
There’s not much in the way of “new stuff” this week in NASCAR and IndyCar but a couple of updates and follow-ups on stories we’ve already reported about.
We’ll talk about the EFI system that seems to be plaguing NASCAR as of late, the announcement of a new DreamWorks film that revolves around the Indianapolis 500 (staring my man-crush Ryan Reynolds by the way) and of course the ongoing drama between IndyCar drivers and Texas Motor Speedway.
So let’s dive in that way everybody can spend more time outside in the gorgeous weather today. Oh yeah, nevermind I have a day job. Everybody else have fun outdoors while I wallow in jealousy and sorrow.
EFI system still prooves costly with potential glitches after Las Vegas
This weekend’s newest victim of the EFI system? Kyle Busch.
So Tony Stewart was the victim of the EFI system last weekend and hit Joey Logano at Daytona. Oh yeah, did I mention Jeff Burton and Mark Martin also had system problems in Phoenix? Seems like an ongoing trend these days with this so-called awesome technology.
What’s the problem with the EFI system? Drivers are having troubles restarting their cars once they’ve been turned off. Why? Because in order to save gas (normally towards the end of a race) they’ll shut the car on and off.
Drivers would typically just let the clutch out which would get the car to re-fire but now they have to use a starter switch and this is where the problem is occurring.
Until this crap with EFI is worked out, driver will have to rely on other strategies to save gas and the end of races.
DreamWorks teams with IndyCar for animated feature “Turbo”
I’m a little bit excited about this movie coming out next summer because it’s been a long time since fans have seen a real racing movie although this is an animated feature film.
IndyCar announced Monday they are teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to create a feature film about a garden snail that lands upon a freak accident which provides him with unimaginable speedy qualities.
The official release date is slated for July 19, 2013 and there probably won’t be a midnight showing which bums me the heck out. Oh well.
Dario Franchitti is working at the “technical consultant” on the film and stars in the film include Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Paul Giamatti. Awesome.
Ongoing Texas Motor Speedway drama continues with IndyCar drivers
The soap opera betwixt TMS and IndyCar’s drivers seems to drag on forever and just when fans think it’s over, somebody opens their mouth for another comment.
When the drivers started rumors they were planning on boycotting TMS in 2012 that pissed off TMS’s CEO Eddie Gossage and he started the name-calling with the drivers; it got so out of hand that Randy Bernard had to step in and confirm the drivers will indeed show up in June as well. Geez.
Hopefully the IndyCar drivers themselves have put this bullhock to rest by dismissing the “nonsense” about plans for them to boycott Texas Motor Speedway in June.
According to Justin Wilson, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan (who are driver representatives for the series) there weren’t even discussions about a possible boycott. The track itself was discussed during a meeting at IMS on driver and track safety on February 13 but the word “boycott” never came up apparently.
So hopefully this crap is finally over and we’ll have a race at Texas because I’m sick of the bickering between the two sides.
That’s news today, fans now get off your butts and get outside and enjoy the weather! Have a great week.