Marti Update: Marti is home from rehab and tonight we begin two days of tests, an MRI and a bone scan to see if we can find the root cause of the problem. We will knoiw the results Friday afternoon and go from there.
The 2022 Indycar schedule is beginning to take shape, with the possibility of 18 races and five ovals on the calendar.
Eleven race dates are set, and the rest will most likely fall into their traditional weekend slots.
Dates we know:
March 13- St. Pete
April 10- Long Beach- not confirmed by Indycar, but is on the IMSA calendar
May 14- GMR Grand prix
May 29- 106th running of the Indianapolis 500
June 4/5 Detroit- Like Long Beach, assumed via IMSA calendar
August 7- Nashville
August 20- Gateway
Barber will possibly end up on April 24 and Texas, which will be just a single race, on April 30.
Road America should keep the same weekend as this year, June 19, and Mid Ohio could stay on the Independence day weekend, July 3.
Will Toronto come back? Traditionally, the race in Canada is in mid July, which would slot on the 17th.
The final two races will be a September swing in Portland on the 11th and Laguna Seca the following week. I thought this was the last year of the contract with Portland, unless the deal was extended due to the 2020 cancellation.
Ending 2021- Will California Go on?
COVID developments on the west coast have me concerned about the season finbsihing according to the schedule. Portlad has institiuted a mask requirement for their race, and long Beach requires proof of vaccination or a negative test for admission, but are these measures enough to prevent a cancellation?
In a Racer magazine article, Jay Frye implied that Indycar has no contingency plans in the event of a cancellation of any of the final three races. That concerns me. I think there should be something in place ahead of time. Will we be crowening the champion at IMS after harvest GP 2.0?
I hope Formula 1 takes a long look at what happened at Spa yesterday and does some serious revision of their rules regarding what makes a race official. Two plus laps doesn’t do it as far as I am concerned. I don’t necessarily have a problem with awarding half points at a certain stoppage point, but it should be at least one fourth the scheduled distance.
My hat’s off to the fans who sat through the daylong downpour only to have the FIA thumb their noses at them. I hope refunds are issued.