2015 Schedule Announcement Thoughts and Notes
Well, we're all only a month into the off-season, but at least we now know when the season starts - only 129 days from today to the first race in Brasilia.
Mark Miles called the 2015 schedule "progress" to where INDYCAR wants to head long-term. Where do they want to end up? Basically, with a schedule that runs during the NFL off-season - starting right after the Super Bowl with up to four international races, then comes to North American in the middle of March through Labor Day.
Labor Day weekend is a holiday that IndyCar wants to own, much as they feel they own Memorial Day with the Indy 500. There is no race on Labor Day weekend in 2015, but they'd like to run at a "new city in a major market that might be joining the Series." The only street circuit races we've heard of in active discussion in the last few years are Fort Lauderdale, Providence, and Boston - so we can only presume that Boston in the "major market".
It won't be Sonoma - that track doesn't believe that the Labor Day holiday weekend works for them, and it sounds like Sonoma will only be the season-ending race in 2016 if the "major market" event falls through.
INDYCAR News And Notes - Oct. 9, 2014
Juan Pablo Montoya works without a script, which allows the Verizon IndyCar Series driver spontaneity of thought with youngsters during classroom interaction. There is an underlying message though, no matter the age group.
"Whatever you want to do in life, you've got to work for it," Montoya tells students at Upland (Calif.) Junior High School. "You're going to have obstacles. To overcome them, you've got to work hard for it, believe in yourself and try harder.
"Every time you fall, every time you have a bad day, it doesn't mean you have to give up."
The brief remarks, delivered with sincerity and passion, grab the attention of the students and spawn numerous questions about Indy car racing, technology and his upbringing in Colombia.
"I just speak from the heart," said Montoya, who made a $10,000 donation on behalf of the Verizon Foundation, to the school's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program.