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Old Yesterday, 03:48 (Ref:4062794)   #5611
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And now MP thinks Sato is on the hot seat at RLL

https://racer.com/2021/07/22/rll-eme...on-for-harvey/
On the one hand I can see that. I don't know why but it hasn't been often that both RLL cars have had the same pace (in qualifying especially) and Graham has most often been ahead. I don't know how much driver size impacts setups but Harvey is a much closer match to Graham physically than Takuma is. Taku has had some good drives this year and 10th in points is impressive given that the car hasn't often started near the front and has on occasion suffered from being put into the alternate strategy role.



I never worked in a two car (open wheeled) team, so these kind of questions are hard for me to evaluate. Do the drivers' physical differences really affect the setups, or is it more a case of their driving style and preferences being different? I ask because it seems to me that Sato has done a good job this year based on his results even though both team cars have struggled in qualifying.



If RLL lets him go I could see him going back to Andretti. Of their current drivers, only Herta has outperformed him this year.
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Maybe but it sounds like AutoNation is staying with the 60 car so not sure they would expand to cover the 60 and his car with Andretti. As before, stranger things have happened

AutoNation are also a primary sponsor for Andretti Autosport. Rossi driving an AutoNation liveried car this season, in the GMR GP at IMS.


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And now MP thinks Sato is on the hot seat at RLL

https://racer.com/2021/07/22/rll-eme...on-for-harvey/

Rahal and Sato are 9th and 10th in the drivers table, with 256 and 226 points a piece. The big difference, is Rahal's 3rd place in the second TMS race.
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Old Yesterday, 18:33 (Ref:4062894)   #5614
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AutoNation are also a primary sponsor for Andretti Autosport. Rossi driving an AutoNation liveried car this season, in the GMR GP at IMS.


And? I did not mention where else they were but rather MSR has stated the Autonation deal continues with the 60 car for 2022 "With Castroneves in place in the No. 06 Honda, the team also confirmed the primary sponsors of the No. 60 Honda will return as SiriusXM and AutoNation take part in a ‘Drive For Five’ program when the 46-year-old seeks his fifth Indy 500 win with the squad owned by Michael Shank and Jim Meyer." My only comment was directed at if they would expand to also cover Harvey's new seat with them. That has no bearing on whether they sponsored another Andretti car previously. If they were to leave Rossi to go further back in the field and cost Andretti money that doesn't seem like an Andretti plan to make money.
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And? I did not mention where else they were but rather MSR has stated the Autonation deal continues with the 60 car for 2022 "With Castroneves in place in the No. 06 Honda, the team also confirmed the primary sponsors of the No. 60 Honda will return as SiriusXM and AutoNation take part in a ‘Drive For Five’ program when the 46-year-old seeks his fifth Indy 500 win with the squad owned by Michael Shank and Jim Meyer." My only comment was directed at if they would expand to also cover Harvey's new seat with them. That has no bearing on whether they sponsored another Andretti car previously. If they were to leave Rossi to go further back in the field and cost Andretti money that doesn't seem like an Andretti plan to make money.

AutoNation currently have sponsorship deals with both Andretti Autosport and MSR, so if Harvey were to go to Andretti Autosport, there would be a continuity between the sponsor, teams and driver.
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AutoNation currently have sponsorship deals with both Andretti Autosport and MSR, so if Harvey were to go to Andretti Autosport, there would be a continuity between the sponsor, teams and driver.
But the point was would they TAKE money from one driver to another or ADD money. Whether they already sponsored anyone is completely immaterial to the question asked.
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MP dropping a comment at the very end of the DCR/Vasser Sullivan article, it's a bit important for where others may end up.

"With DCR with Rick Ware Racing’s Romain Grosjean all but confirmed to drive for another team next season, DCR could return with a 100-percent changeover in full-time drivers for the third consecutive year."

https://racer.com/2021/07/23/changes...livan-and-dcr/
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But the point was would they TAKE money from one driver to another or ADD money. Whether they already sponsored anyone is completely immaterial to the question asked.

Why is it immaterial? Surely, if they are already sponsoring someone and then taking or adding money from one driver to another, that will be a factor in their overall sponsorship budget?
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MP dropping a comment at the very end of the DCR/Vasser Sullivan article, it's a bit important for where others may end up.

"With DCR with Rick Ware Racing’s Romain Grosjean all but confirmed to drive for another team next season, DCR could return with a 100-percent changeover in full-time drivers for the third consecutive year."

https://racer.com/2021/07/23/changes...livan-and-dcr/

I saw that too, hadn't heard it mentioned in the press previously. So Harvey to RLL and Romain to Andretti?
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Rahal and Sato are 9th and 10th in the drivers table, with 256 and 226 points a piece. The big difference, is Rahal's 3rd place in the second TMS race.

I think that the Indianapolis 500 was the more important race in comparing their seasons. Graham was looking like a sure top five before the wheel fell off. He should have scored at least 55 more points which would put him just a few behind Newgarden in the championship. Sato got 33 points at Indy versus 10 for Rahal. At Texas 2 Rahal only outscored Sato by 17 points.



Rahal has 7 finishes in the top 7, an 11th at RA, a 15th at St. Pete, and the Indy DNF. Sato has only 2 finishes in the top 7, 5 top 10s, and 5 finishes in 12th or lower. I still think he's performed reasonably well given the whole team's relatively poor qualifying. He surely has backers. Perhaps with both Coyne seats apparently opening he could land there.
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