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Old 9 Sep 2004, 12:01 (Ref:1090730)   #1
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IndyCar Silly Season

About time we get this fired up

This first list should be considered a 'feeler' list (basically the current 2004 line-up), just to have something to work with:


Access Motorsport - Mark Taylor
AJ Foyt Racing - AJ Foyt IV
Andretti-Green #1 - Tony Kanaan
Andretti-Green #2 - Dan Wheldon
Andretti-Green #3 - Dario Franchitti
Andretti-Green #4 - Bryan Herta
Cheever Racing #1 - Alex Barron
Cheever Racing #1 - Ed Carpenter
Dreyer & Reinbold - Felipe Giaffone
Fernandez Racing #1 - Adrian Fernandez
Fernandez Racing #2 - Kosuke Matsuura
Ganassi Racing #1 - Scott Dixon (signed thru '06?)
Ganassi Racing #2 - Darren Manning (signed thru '05)
Kelley Racing - Scott Sharp
Mo Nunn Racing - Tora Takagi
Panther Racing #1 - Tomas Scheckter
Panther Racing #2 - Townsend Bell
Patrick Racing - Jaques Lazier
Rahal-Letterman #1 - Buddy Rice
Rahal-Letterman #2 - Vitor Meira
Team Penske # 1 - Helio Castroneves
Team Penske # 2 - Sam Hornish Jr.
(22 cars)


As said, the main list above is just a 2004 list to work with, so get those news, rumors, changes, updates, corrections and confirmations posted
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 13:53 (Ref:1090829)   #2
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Ganassi will have a third car for Sharp or Carpentier, apparently.
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 14:55 (Ref:1090880)   #3
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Herta's seat should be considered in doubt, given his 2004 performances (the only AGR driver never to win)

About Kenny Brack?
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 15:28 (Ref:1090907)   #4
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I doubt Kenny will be back in an IndyCar.
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 18:00 (Ref:1091049)   #5
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Helio fancies an AGR seat.
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 18:10 (Ref:1091064)   #6
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Does AGR fancy Helio though? Remember that Herta was only signed as a development driver - effectively their strategy is to have 3 drivers fighting for the title, and a 4th to help out with data and information. His salary and expectations are probably lowest of the four, and I doubt AGR would replace him with a fourth big-shot driver.
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 18:52 (Ref:1091123)   #7
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The talk of Castroneves and AGR is only rumour as far as I know.

And AGR are very happy with Herta.


I fully expect both AGR and Penske to have unchanged line-ups next season.
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 18:53 (Ref:1091124)   #8
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Bryan Herta has been consistently finishing in the top ten recently and I , like Dan wouldn't count him of of winning before the end of the season.



Access Motorsport - Mark Taylor
Access Motorsport - Greg Ray

Andretti-Green #1 - Tony Kanaan
Andretti-Green #2 - Dan Wheldon
Andretti-Green #3 - Dario Franchitti
Andretti-Green #4 - Bryan Herta

Cheever Racing #1 - Alex Barron
Cheever Racing #1 - Ed Carpenter

Dreyer & Reinbold - Felipe Giaffone

Fernandez Racing #1 - Adrian Fernandez
Fernandez Racing #2 - Kosuke Matsuura

Ganassi Racing #1 - Scott Dixon
Ganassi Racing #2 - Darren Manning
Ganassi Racing #3 - Scott Sharp

Mo Nunn Racing - Tora Takagi

Panther Racing #1 - Sam Hornish Jr.
Panther Racing #2 - Townsend Bell

Patrick Racing - Tomas Enge

Rahal-Letterman #1 - Buddy Rice
Rahal-Letterman #2 - Vitor Meira
Rahal-Letterman #3 -Kenny Brack / Roger Yusukuya

Team Penske #1 - Helio Castroneves
Team Penske #2 - Tomas Sheckter
Team Penske #3 - Patrick Carpentier



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Old 9 Sep 2004, 21:08 (Ref:1091241)   #9
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Oh nooooo! The silly season thread!

Well, I'd really like to see Scott Sharp get a shot with the Ganassi team. I think he can be very competitive with a good car, and most important, he knows how to set-up a car, something which the Ganassi boys are lacking right now.

Does anyone see Meira being replaced? Just asking, as his performance, especially on the short tracks, has dropped abit lately.
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 21:20 (Ref:1091260)   #10
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I personally think Meira deserves a full-time ride for 2005 - remember that he joined Rahal several races into the 2004 season, and IMO he's done a good job.

Now if he just could snag that first career victory...
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 21:21 (Ref:1091261)   #11
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I do not believe Meira has to look over his shoulder

and I could've sworn that Rahal had said about a month ago that Meira has eaned a spot in his lineup for next year.......

Does anyone else recall that???
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 21:30 (Ref:1091272)   #12
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The Access Motorsport line up should be Mark Taylor and Greg Ray.
Greg said I'm looking forward to 2005 because I'm preparing to race alongside Mark next year.

It couldn't be more simplar.

Although money is another issue.

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Old 9 Sep 2004, 21:39 (Ref:1091283)   #13
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I seem to remember Bobby Rahal confirming Meira and Rice for next year, yes.
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Old 9 Sep 2004, 21:47 (Ref:1091289)   #14
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought I had read that news....
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Old 10 Sep 2004, 00:07 (Ref:1091404)   #15
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Bryan will stay aslong as Honda are happy with the extra 750miles per weekend of testing they get on his car!

Btw: Any chance of a Stewart racing, or Gordon Racing team next year? I read that Robby is leaving his Nextel seat to "start his own team", now you'd asume thats a Nextel team but...hears hoping! (He's gotta bring that Vavoline livery back! )
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