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Old 28 Apr 2008, 07:26 (Ref:2188842)   #1
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Jonny don't do it!

I have just read an article suggesting that although he currently doesn't have a 'regular season' drive lined up for after A1GP season finishes, Jonny Reid would like to do Indy Lights, if funding becomes available. God I hope not, what a huge step down that would be after being a regular front runner in A1GP.

With Ferrari coming on board and the current growth in A1GP, you could do a lot worse than being a career A1GP driver, and surely Reid will continue to be NZL's first choice unless Brendon Hartley becomes available on a regular basis.

The drivers do need to earn a living so I guess it depends on whether & how much they are being paid. Adam Carroll said in an interview that it is a professional series and you can earn a living, not sure how many teams that applies to. Presume Reid would be being paid but less than he would get if he made it into the IRL.
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Old 29 Apr 2008, 01:24 (Ref:2189710)   #2
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Relax. I think Jonny is keeping his options open, besides, Team NZL hasn't given him the seat for season 4. We'll see what happens.
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Old 5 May 2008, 22:33 (Ref:2194690)   #3
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Reid raced for a season or two in Europe and had two seasons in Japanese F3 (2005, 2006) and won a few races in 2005 but had nothing to race in (2007)last season. He has said he needs something between the seasons for race fitness and to try other forms of racing.

Indy lights is cheaper than FAtlantic so he's arranged a test.... We'll have to see where it leads, if anywhere.
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Old 6 May 2008, 04:13 (Ref:2194853)   #4
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As long as it's just a matter of keeping sharp for A1GP then I'll forgive him!

BTW Matt Halliday's American push doesn't seem to have got very far. I presume the usual issue of needing sponsorship?
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Old 8 May 2008, 09:14 (Ref:2196660)   #5
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Presumably yes - that's certainly how his Champ Car career ended but he entered a dying series so it wouldn't have been a massive shock

Matt's own website describes his plans as below

FUTURE COMMITMENTS

2008 Champcar World Series / Indy Racing League
Negotiating testing and one-off driving duties following merger of Champcar / Indycar Series but looking to secure full time drive for 2009. Also discussing one-off drives in other classes such as Le Mans Sports Cars and Porsche Supercup.

2008 V8 Supercar - Australia
Negotiating with teams to drive in V8 Supercar Phillip Island and Bathurst endurance races in September and October.


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Concentrating on moving permanent residence to USA and negotiating full time race drive in 2009.

Also keen to contest on-off races in Le Mans Sports cars and Porsche Supercup.

Looking to sign up for V8 Supecar endurance races with a good team for next two years.

Hopefully contesting selected rounds of 2008/09 New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup during southern hemisphere summer - a terrific way to spend the summer holidays !!!
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Old 8 May 2008, 15:19 (Ref:2196896)   #6
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Thanks Mystery. Hopefully he can get something sorted out. He seemed a very down to earth and no-nonsence bloke, I remember John Watson said he reminded him of Denny Hulme.
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Jonny Reid passes his rookie test to take part in Indy Lights this weekend
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Old 21 May 2008, 03:25 (Ref:2207934)   #8
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Thanks for the news link Mystery. Reading that article I still feel it is a level below him, I guess he does need to do something during the off season and hopefully he will show up very well and it will be a springboard into the IRL, if that's what he wants to do.
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It highlights the identity problem that A1GP has. It's a sideshow not relevant to the motorsports pyramid so it's drivers will be fed back in anywhere into that pyramid.

Adam Carroll into GP2, Franky Cheng, Vietoris and Hulkenberg into F3, Wickens to WSR, Jonny to Indy Lights etc etc etc.

The problem is that A1GP is neither a top level series, nor a feeder to anything else. So it's most successful drivers still have nowhere next to go. It's the same problem that the Champ Car series had in the USA, although that had the accompanying problem of it believing it was a top-line series in motorsports generally.

The GP2 series champion most naturally ends up in F1. F3 Euroseries to GP2. Indy Lights to IRL. Nationwide to NASCAR. A1GP to errmm....the job centre?
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Well you have to remember the irl is modern gladiatorial combat with all the associated risk. Indy Lights runs on many of the same tracks at a lower speed, so it is probably a good idea not having experience over here to do so in indy lights before you jump to the irl.
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It highlights the identity problem that A1GP has. It's a sideshow not relevant to the motorsports pyramid so it's drivers will be fed back in anywhere into that pyramid.

Adam Carroll into GP2, Franky Cheng, Vietoris and Hulkenberg into F3, Wickens to WSR, Jonny to Indy Lights etc etc etc.

The problem is that A1GP is neither a top level series, nor a feeder to anything else. So it's most successful drivers still have nowhere next to go. It's the same problem that the Champ Car series had in the USA, although that had the accompanying problem of it believing it was a top-line series in motorsports generally.

The GP2 series champion most naturally ends up in F1. F3 Euroseries to GP2. Indy Lights to IRL. Nationwide to NASCAR. A1GP to errmm....the job centre?
You've hit the nail on the head there mate. I still believe Jonny has a brighter future in circuit racing (despite the number of road courses in the IRL only to grow with the merger), however if he doesn't tee a ride up with David Sear's Supernova team in GP2 - or any ride in GP2 for that matter - this may be the most viable option.

At the end of the day, Jonny's getting to an age where setting himself up with a proper and substantial career path is becoming pivotal.
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Hopefully he'll still be with NZ A1GP team. He is a very nice bloke and a good ambassador for NZ. However, because he is a very measured driver, he learns steadily rather than rushing at it, and that applies to circuits as well as cars.

As posted earlier, he needs a drive in the A1 off season. Hartley looks set to head upwards and I think other posters are correct; A1 would not be an advancement for Hartley. There are several other NZ youngsters coming through, but my money is on Jonny for next season.
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If Jonny gets a ride in the USA its hard to see him back in the A1 car,Hartleys all wrapped up by Red Bull and looks like he's got the nod to go to F1 so he's hardly likely to be let loose in A1GP.
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Old 30 May 2008, 17:47 (Ref:2215425)   #14
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I think we'll see a lot more of Van der Drift next year.

He was quickest in the Brands Hatch rookie session, and Jonny was no-where in qualifying, only some handy pit stop work prevented him loosing 2nd place in the championship.
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Thats a polite way to say theres the door Jonny.....

Funny it seems like only last season we wanted Matt out and Jonny in,one season later its thanks for the memories Jonny we'll be intouch...motorsport is such a fickle mistress..
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