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February 10, 2009

Driving the Corvette, Part II

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:53 pm

My blog last week about who should be the pace car driver for the Indianapolis 500 this year drew a lot of attention. My idea was Chesley Sullenberger, the Purdue-graduate captain for US Airways who landed the Airbus 320 in the Hudson and saved all 150 souls on board.  Many agree with that choice and also with my other choice; one of thousands of Indiana National Guard members who have served multiple tours of duty in war hot spots around the globe.

 

Another idea I cannot decide whether I like or not is Alex Zanardi. On the one hand you would be hard pressed to find a more inspirational story of recovery, and on that level alone he is a great choice. On the other hand what you have is Alex Zanardia contributor to a pointless Indy Racing boycott who ended up losing more than just the war while throwing away the prime of his career in a footnote series with not even a sniff of what could have been multiple Indy 500 wins. He was part of a group that screwed fans for years out of all the potential the sport could have had. He is best known for one pass on a road course.

 

I am well aware that he has visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and after the Tony George champcar bailout last season there is a lot more sugary sweet touchy feely goodwill. We should not allow that to obfuscate what is being sought. We need a deserving pace car driver, and Sully or one of the service people fit the bill perfectly. Zanardi does not. We do not love the guy any less and he is welcome to all the VIP treatment he deserves, just not behind the wheel of what will probably be another Corvette.

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6 Comments »

  1. Kudos Defender!!!!!! Let’s never forget our enemies no matter what happens. Every single one of those that ran in that renegade/alternate series should never be forgotten.

    Comment by Billy Joe Hillbilly — February 10, 2009 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  2. By all means, yes. Zanardi should wear the freaking scarlet letter because of what he did. Of course, what he actually did was accept a contract offer from Chip Ganassi (at a time when his career was sort of in the dumps) when (if memory serves) he won a shootout between himself, Allan McNish, (I think) Jeff Krosnoff and one or two other guys. Alex is most certainly guilty of not throwing that contract back in Chip’s face and promptly calling up Ron Hemmelgarn or Fred Treadway or Andy Evans or whoever and insisting that they hire him for 1996 instead.

    So, tell me, who’s come out of the ’96-’08 era completely clean of the CART-stink and thus remains blameless to you? A.J. Foyt, Tony George, Hemmelgarn, who else? Anybody? Buzz Calkins? Tyce Carlson? Danny Ongais?

    Comment by The Speedgeek — February 10, 2009 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  3. The pass Zanardi made was illegal. Anybody can cut through the infield where there’s no track and make a pass. You’d be surprised how much it helps lap times.

    Comment by B. Herta — February 10, 2009 @ 11:45 pm | Reply

  4. …good choice Defender, either of them.

    Comment by indyracefan — February 12, 2009 @ 12:14 am | Reply

  5. Probably another Corvette if GM continues to pay a promotional fee to IMS so that it can sell tasteless, wacky-colored Vettes with Indy 500 decals and seat embroidery.

    Comment by Brian — February 12, 2009 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

  6. If you truly believe Alex Zanardi is only known for “one pass on a road course…” you have sucked down the IRL Kool-Aid at disturbing rates!!! Zanardi’s CART career was brief, but packed with memorable highlights to RACING FANS worldwide… not bogged down in the silly politics drowning BOTH open wheel N/A series’ at the time.

    NAPCAR stole victory “donuts” from Zanardi & a chubby Hoosier ripped off a soon to be dancing Brazilian’s fence climbing celebrations. Both were CART drivers at the time. Too bad the boys in Daytona still haven’t copied a mobile Safety Team (that both CART & IRL embrassed).

    CART/ CCWS vs. the IRL was a power struggle between rich idiots & their egos.

    Comment by AZZO45 — February 24, 2009 @ 8:24 pm | Reply


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