I hope that everyone had a great holiday season, as well as some downtime as we await the start of the racing season. We are roughly half way through the offseason now, give or take a few days. If you have taken the time to check out a few articles over the offseason for NASCAR and the IZOD Indy Car Series, you know that there has been some interesting news. I am not going to go into everything that has occurred, but a little mid offseason update with some quick hits.
We learned shortly after the Evil Empire (A.K.A. Jimmie Johnson) won his fifth straight championship, that everything we knew about Hendrick Motorsports changed. Basically Jimmie Johnson kept his own crew and crew chief, while everyone else at the company has a whole new time. We also found out that Juniorâ€™s car is now in the same shop as the Empireâ€™s
Over on the Indy Car circuit, we just recently learned that Firestone, tire provider for the series, did not renew its contract with the IZOD Indy Car series. It would appear that the series is going to have to find a new supplier for tires. That could cause havoc for the tires through the season. A new tire provider will need some time to get up to speed with right compounds to make the racing exciting. This is something the Indy Car series does not need. They seem to be building momentum, but this could be a major setback.
We have not been given any information yet on whether or not there will be changes to the Chase in the Sprint Cup series next year. My guess is that we will hear if there are any changes during the Pre-Season Thunder at Daytona. This takes place in a couple of weeks.
Tony Kanaan found a new team to drive for next season. TK will take his talents to de Ferran Dragon Racing. I am happy for TK and that he is going to continue running in Indy Car. It just would not feel that same if he was not in the series.
New pavement at Daytona got great reviews from drivers who participated in a tire test back in December. Smooth and fast was the word given to the new asphalt that was laid down. This should give us something to look forward to as the Daytona 500 approaches. One good thing this year, we should not have to worry about there being a delay for a pothole in the track.
So what about the troubleinturntwo.com site for 2011. Alan and I have continued to discuss and work on improvements for this site for the coming year. We are still working towards a new homepage that will feature the blog articles on that page. We will be unveiling new shops for the people pages around April 1st. You wonâ€™t want to miss what we have planned there. As always we do this for fun. Thank you for checking out our website, and please stop by often.