After too many cars on the GpGrl.com page, it was essential to change it up this week. Reality shows are probably not quite your thing either, but it’s only fair Rossi and Daly receive a sweet send-off for making it through to the season finale of The Amazing Race. The photo, posted on Rossi and Daly’s social accounts, was the last picture they took before handing their phones over to embark on the race. Thanks guys for the entertainment and demonstrating that true IndyCar camaraderie we know and love as IndyCar fans wait for the start of the 2018 season.
Also, F1 has more car reveals and Le Mans makes it easy for us to follow along and learn about the cars before June. Here’s this week’s short, “Short Revs.”
The end of the race, of The Amazing Race
#TeamIndyCar, consisting of the beloved former IndyCar driver, Conor Daly, and the 2016 Indianapolis 500 Champion, Alexander Rossi, made it to the two-hour season finale of The Amazing Race that aired on Wednesday. The two ended fourth in the series, as the last challenge in the second-to-last leg of the race caught them up. They never discovered the code to open the suitcase and were eliminated. After a season of a few almosts, fans are proud of their drivers for making it as far as they could. Although, I’m sure both could have used the extra million for the 2018 season.
Holmatro contract extended
Thinking back to last year’s intense and hard-to-watch crashes of Sebastien Bourdais during Indy 500 qualifying weekend and Scott Dixon during the 101st running of the Indy 500, the tools that helped ensure these guys got out safely, and made the track safer for the rest of the field, is the Holmatro tools, provided to the safety crews of the IndyCar tracks. This week it was announced the rescue tool provider’s contract was extended another five years, after already more than 20 years with the series.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 11
It’s F1 car Reveal Week
Think of this as similar to NY Fashion Week, but for cars, and more exciting (if you’re into that sort of thing).
Earlier this week the #RB14, Red Bull’s 2018 car, was brought out in a distinct camo for its reveal. Driver Daniel Ricciardo did crash it during the track performance, but we’ll let that be for now as he’s probably already gotten enough heat and blasts for that one. The real news is it appears the crashed kit will be ready for testing, followed by the Australian GP next month.
Sauber’s Alfa Romeo livery and new car were considerably beautiful in white with red accents sporting the Alfa Romeo script. Hopefully looks aren’t everything and the team is able to also have better luck and performance compared to last year’s last place and somewhat forgettable ending.
Thursday, Ferrari and Mercedes revealed their cars for the 2018 season. Team Principal for Mercedes F1 team, Toto Wolff shared his concern for the awful aesthetic the halo gives the cars, hoping the FIA will change their minds or work to find a better solution (read as: replacement) soon. And leave it to WTF1official to compare Ferrari’s creation to a Ferrari flip-flop (and the similarities are unfortunately uncanny).
Today, McLaren revealed their beauty after campaigning #BeBrave along with flashes to the new car and livery all week. Branded in McLaren’s stoic Papaya orange, along with some new sponsors, including Fernando Alonso’s Kimoa brand, the MCL33 car looks great and reminiscent of Alonso’s Indy 500 car with the orange, aside from the halo apparatus. Now the question on every fan and team’s mind is with the new Renault engine, will it also have improved performance (although really anything might be better than last year’s Honda engine). Only a few more weeks until we find out.
Australian GP, March 25
IMSA test at Sebring
IMSA is testing at Sebring this weekend, preparing for the 12-hour race on March 17. Biggest update is Continental, who ran into tire issues during the Rolex 24 in January, have outfitted the Prototype teams with newly constructed tires with new compounds. Teams are testing them this weekend to get the complete feel before the action in just a couple of weeks time.
Your short and simple field guide to the cars at Le Mans
Even as a race fan, it is sometimes incredibly difficult to discern the differences between the four categories of cars that run at Le Mans in June. If you were not already familiar that four categories ran, then you’ll see where this is handy. Le Mans released on their Instagram this week, four photos explaining the categories and differences on the cars, as a visual and more helpful way to study up before, or follow along during the race.
66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 17
Formula E is back next weekend!
Itching for racing with the sometimes week waits until other seasons gear back up? Formula E returns to the grid next week in Mexico City. Last year, Lucas di Grassi won after starting 15th on the grid. The current Championship leader, Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne, finished second last year. Points are close as Vergne’s lead is only 5 points over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who has five points on third place DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird. As it is so close in the top three, prepare for a mix-up at the top. Alas, there’s still yet another week to go before lights out.
Mexico City E-Prix, March 3