Class act of the past few years goes to Alex Tagliani, whose FAZZT Racing Team (the old Marty Roth equipment) has opened a seat for Bruno Junqueira at the Indianapolis 500 (and maybe more). Why is this a class act? Last May Alex had a few problems getting his purchased Conquest seat into the show. Bruno came in, banzai’d his way in, then was asked to step aside so Tags could run after all.
Bruno did, and did not really spout off about it. Fast forward to today. Now two really good drivers are probably going to make the race. Tags has done a good job thus far with his the equipment of his less talented fellow Canadian. Bruno has markedly improved since his impatience at Indy in 2005 wrecked both he and the driver he was trying to intimidate, AJ Foyt IV, resulting in season ending injuries to Bruno. He is a former pole sitter and has had some successful drives.
I don’t know about you, but my prediction for the next IZOD Indy Car event is that it is going to be packed with fans. I got my ducats and such, but parking for motorcycles, cars, camping rigs and everything else is sold out for Barber. That is a beautiful place and I hope the huge crowd that shows up goes away happy and ready to return.
I keep getting e-mails from Richmond asking me to buy tickets to the NASCAR events there. No thanks. The only way I return to that great little track is when Indy Cars run there again. For an ISC track, that is actually a pretty good one. But as far as I am concerned they s*#@ the bed when they did not renew the Indy Cars. ISC has a tendency to screw up a lot of things. Like Pikes Peak. I resent them and their shoddy treatment of racing fans.
Enough about getting screwed. There are happy endings, and what Alex Tagliani is doing for Bruno Junqueira is outstanding.