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January 12, 2010

Indy Car’s Connect The Dots Game

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:55 pm

That Tony Cotman fellow has a lot of respect among the ownership ranks as a real pro. Robin Miller can’t stop writing enough good things about the guy. Everyone with even a hint of disdain for Brian Barnhart points toward Tony Cotman as a better replacement. So what happens? Cotman leaves full time employment with Indy Car to form his own consulting business and agrees to contract work with Indy Car. I am not sure what any of this means, but in a video making the rounds former diaper shopper and pretty good with the right equipment driver Felipe Giaffone drove parts of the proposed temporary street circuit course in Sao Paulo. There is supposed to be an IZOD Indy Car Series ‘race’ there in about two months. It appears no improvements to anything have been made yet. The pavement appears worse than that joke champcar attempted in San Jose. If this thing gets pulled off without being a punch line I will be surprised.

Cotman’s consulting business is supposed to be all about track design. If he manages to pull off the Brazil stunt, he will have well deserved accolades. Long term, how much of a market is there for track designers? My fear is that he will get involved in all sorts of these temporary street circuit shams that do nothing but cause acrimony and bankruptcy. I hope he gets involved in building REAL race tracks. Those of us who remain concerned about the heritage of open wheel racing in the United States know that road racing has a place alongside a wide variety of ovals, but not streets.

John Anderson is another guy with a lot of respect who has been around the open wheel cars for 30 years. His most recent gig was with Gil DeFerran’s ALMS team, and he was supposed to have involvement in the new DeFerran Indy car team. It is kind of scary when a guy like that can opt for the USF1 team as a safer bet. The word being used for Gil’s Indy Car team is ‘mothballed.’ Still another connect the dots move involves Jeff Britton, who for the past two years worked with Vision Racing as the engineer for Ed Carpenter. That makes us wonder whether there will be a Vision Racing in 2009. Britton at Foyt with Vitor makes sense; they almost won Indy a few years back.

This particular silly season remains as silly as ever.



  1. oh my gosh. if vision don’t ring the bell four the start of the races then i will have lost all hope. ed craprentar is one of the big names in the irl to boot. first dasanica and now ed.
    like you i hope that brazil race is fixed right but i dont see how. the track is ugly and the river is brown like poop floats in it, thats a bunch of crap. the city has problems. remind me again we we are there please

    lot of things are wrong here that don’t add up. do you think barhart kicked tony out? first tony g. and now tony c.? i think he is on a power play.

    since we lost two weeks of drama in may, we get it back now with this stuff.
    downs force #248

    Editor’s Note: Spam filter again. I can’t keep rescuing badly spelled, grammatically incorrect diatribes from that bucket. This is not supposed to be work. Here is what a checked version of your contribution says:

    Oh my gosh. if Vision does not ring the bell for the start of the races. then I will have lost all hope. Ed Carpenter is one of the big names in the IRL to boot. First Danica, and now Ed.

    Like you, I hope that Brazil race is fixed right but i do not see how. The track is ugly and the river is brown like poop floats in it, and that is a bunch of crap. The city has problems. Remind me again why we are there please.

    Lot of things are wrong here that do not add up. Do you think Barnhart kicked Tony out? First Tony G. and now Tony C.? I think he is on a power play.

    Since we lost two weeks of drama in May, we get it back now with this stuff.

    Downforce #248

    Comment by bingO — January 12, 2010 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  2. Curitiba, two hours’ south.

    With experience and an international reputation, perhaps there is enough work for TC to set up venues for several upper tier series. Best wishes to him, but the move suggests he wasn’t going to be a factor in shaping future IndyCar regulations. I don’t know the man either, but I think that’s one dot for the loss column.

    Comment by Andrew Bernstein — January 12, 2010 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t like the loss of Tony Cotmon, and hopefully he’ll get to build a decent road course somewhere. I’d say Southwest Michigan, maybe then we’d get a race here.

    Brazil looked terrible. I can’t imagine why anyone would race there. It’s not even a nice looking place, from the video it looked pretty run down. Well, at least we still have Chicagoland!

    Comment by Dylan — January 12, 2010 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  4. Losing Cotman is a loss since he seemed to have an even-hand in officiating races in both series…too bad we could not rid ourselves of Barnhart instead!!!

    Comment by Neil Rubin — January 13, 2010 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

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