Bronze Bricks and Other News; May Coming Attractions

Last week the Indianapolis Motor Speedway honored A. J. Foyt,  the first four time winner of the 500 mile race, with a bronze brick set into the yard of bricks at the start finish line.  I’m not sure if the track plans to bestow the same honor on the other four time winners, Al Unser and Rick Mears, but I think they will eventually.  It will be a while before there is another driver who will accomplish this feat. The best bets to get to four are Alexander Rossi and Will Power. One of them just might get halfway there May 26.

I hope the Speedway limits these bricks to the four time winners. They deserve a special place of honor. What better spot than the one they got to first more than anyone else?

The challenge now is to keep the stock car guys from doing burnouts on the bricks. This bronze  brick especially should be off limits.

Wilson, Howard Will Miss 500

Jay Howard has abandoned efforts to secure a ride for the 10rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Stefan Wilson announced last week that his efforts to get funding for a ride have fallen short and he will look to 2020. Wilson drove for the Drive2SaveLives program in 2018. Pippa Mann will carry that sponsor this year.

Porsche the 3rd OEM? Not So Fast

Stories appeared last week that Porsche and Indycar were close to a deal that would make the German engine the series’ long sought third engine company. Then, overnight it seemed, stories came out saying Porsche was cooling on the idea.

I think a third OEM may have to wait another year. Jay Frye said there will be a couple “game changer” announcements in May. One is presumed to be the next phase in cockpit protection. I’m not sure if the second one was to be about the third OEM. I hope it is, but I’m not optimistic at this point.

At any rate, you won’t hear a word from me about a third OEM until there is an official announcement.

May Coming Attractions

The Pit Window will be on site everyday the track is open and will have updates daily.

I hope to visit the Mario Andretti special exhibit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum this week and post about it this coming weekend.

Also, look for the return of Bump Tales every Thursday starting this week. The two people who read them last year have asked for more.

here are the links to last year’s Bump Tales:

The Pit Window will post Quick Thoughts after qualifying sessions and races. My full reports on those sessions will appear on Wildfire Sports. Also look for previews on Wildfire Sports.