Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hamilton Back On Track

Entering 2010, IZOD IndyCar Series veteran Davey Hamilton was slated to run 3 races with the then newly merged de Ferran Dragon Racing. The 48-year-old Hamilton would kick off the season at Indianapolis before returning to Texas and rounding out 2010 at either Chicagoland or Homestead-Miami.

Unfortunately, due to his crashed car at Indianapolis, but even more so due to teammate Raphael Matos' destroyed chassis, Davey's season was put on hold.  After missing Texas, Hamilton will return at Chicagoland where he'll close out his season, “It was always in the cards that Davey would drive again for us this season,” de Ferran said. “Obviously, he was scheduled to run in Texas, but the accidents in Indy ruined that plan, now we will have him in Chicago. He really helped us a lot in Indy and I am sure the same will be true in Chicago.  I wish we could run two cars full-time as this is very important to a team's competitiveness with the current testing restrictions.”

Although the plans didn't unfold quite as they would have hoped for this season, both de Ferran Dragon Racing and Davey Hamilton are expected to return in 2011 with multiple races.


So it looks like 29 cars for chicagoland then.

Yep, assuming Carpenter's deal gets confirmed, we're at 29, which means League officials will have to either amend the 28 car rule or allow bumping...

It would be awesome if someday there would be bumping for every race. Obviously, that's a pipe dream right now since we're only a year removed from fretting about not having enough cars. But with the 2012 car costing half of what the current car costs, that could be a possibility.

I think it would fit in nicely with the oval course and road course championships. You could get a bunch of road course specialists coming in to race on the road courses and the same for oval specialists. The overall title would be really meaningful since that driver would need to be successful against not only the normal field but also the specialists.

Again, right now this is a pipe dream. But we can dream, can't we?

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