We are already knee deep in discussion about this season?s racing and we haven?t turned a wheel yet (competitively that is). So what are we all looking forward to?
If I hear you shout NASCAR you?d be right (although TV listings are screwed up in my country, but I?ll deal with it). All seats for this year are filled and the next race is right around the corner, The Daytona 500 looks set to be an good one. The new tarmac?s gone down, and we?ve tested it, but until you go racing that doesn?t mean you?ll be great.
In team news we?ve heard that Hendrick, Gibbs, Roush, Stewart Haas, Ganassi, and Michael Waltrip remain unchanged for this year, but Childress has gained a new member in the form of Menard, who should be looking to capitalise on some promising performances in 2010. Penske has lost Sam Hornish (good!), JTG has lost Ambrose (boo!) but gained Labonte (yay!), and Richard Petty has pretty much to half itself, costing Sadler a place in the Sprint Cup. Kahne joins Vickers at Red Bull for his gap year before Hendrick.
Players for the title? Well, you could just hand it to Johnson now couldn?t you and get it over and done with but Hamlin and Harvick have unfinished business from last year and there are, of course, 43 other drivers looking to see if the new simplified points system and qualifying order will help them topple the champ.
If I hear you shout F1 you?d also be right, though the news of Kubica?s horrific accident does continue to remind us that all drivers are just humans like you or me. We, of course, wish him a speedy recovery.
Putting that behind us, this season is going to be excellent. With only one seat left to fill this year (Hispania, on sale for ?30million, get buying now!) the grid is shaping up nicely and testing is well underway. Renault, Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes have all topped testing time-sheets with five separate drivers, so it could be close again this year.
KERS makes its welcome comeback, the energy saving device that has its trouble in the past/. Teams who can utilise it the best, much like the F-duct (which is now banned) will prevail in the high-speed tracks around the world. We?ve also got moving rear-wings, change in tyre supplier, a new Indian GP in October, there is a lot to come from this year of F1.
If I hear you shout IndyCar, you would also be right, though not much activity from the team camps at the present moment. 19 drivers have signed up so far, but plenty more will happen now and March 27. Special year this as well: 100 years of an American Car Championship and 100 years of the Indianapolis Raceway. This year also marks the last year of the of a standard core chassis before the ICONIC project is put into practice for 2012.
Whatever your sport, here?s to this year, may it be better than last.
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