Returning from Easter break, we are headed straight into a full race weekend. IndyCar returns to Phoenix and honors the Mario Andretti, while F1 takes to Bahrain for an exciting second race of the season, and not-so-exciting questions for drivers.
A Legendary weekend in Phoenix
Not only are we all looking forward to the first oval track of the 2018 season with the new aero kits, but this weekend marks the 25th Anniversary of the final win Mario Andretti had as part of the series. The weekend is honoring Mario’s win with a special celebration, that aired live on IndyCar.com, which you can still catch here. Listen to the man himself talk to Townsend Bell and viewers about his experience in the race, as well as the series and his career.
And to top things off, grandson and current driver Marco Andretti, driving the No. 98 car, will be sporting a similar livery to his grandfather’s winning car 25 years ago, all the way down to the helmet.
Al Fools for April Fools
Harding Racing took to the web to fool followers on April 1st that team consultant, coach and two-time Indy 500 winner, Al Unser, Jr., would be returning for the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Twitter took to asking if that meant Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi would also be joining the fun.
Unfortunately, things appeared to have quieted down this week between Penske’s Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud on the signing of Indy merchandise at the Indianapolis Airport, possibly since they and the rest of the IndyCar field are in Phoenix for race weekend. However, two new signatures have appeared on the car that the dueling duo signed last week–and that would be Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot.
Phoenix Grand Prix, April 7, 9:00pm ET, NBCSN and IndyCar Race Control
When Kimi doesn’t answer the question
Practice and press has started in Bahrain as drivers prepare for race weekend. As usual, leave it to the international racing press to ask the real hard-hitting questions, or in this case, asking Ferrari’s beloved Kimi Raikkonen if he “had the power to change anything in the sport, what would it be?” As much as I’d love to give you the full quote, you can watch it here and enjoy his answer, which hopefully deters reporters from asking well, silly questions.
Hamilton not signed for 2019?
The Four-time World Championship winner and driver for Mercedes has yet to sign with the team for the next season. Apparently this was the hot topic for press Thursday going into Bahrain. He shows no signs of slowing down, nor does Mercedes look likely to let him go that easily. It’s too early for silly season so we’ll revisit this after the mid-season break. Where it makes more sense.
Bahrain GP, April 8, 11:10am ET, ESPN
Upcoming series races:
April 6-8, NHRA
DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas
April 7, XFinity
Texas Motor Speedway
April 7, WEC
Prologue 2018, France
April 8, NASCAR
Texas Motor Speedway
April 8, MotoGP
April 13 & 14, IMSA
BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
April 14, Formula E
May 4, Camping Truck Series
Dover International Speedway