68 days and 5 hrs…
The countdown continues and we are getting closer to the start of the 2021 IndyCar season. I couldn’t be more excited! 2021 promises to be a big year for the series. New-old(?) drivers, a new grand prix and strong partnerships all set-the-scene.
Romain Grosjean/Scott McLaughlin/Jimmie Johnson
A 10-season F1 veteran, three-time Supercar champion and two-time Daytona 500 winner walk into a paddock…
I haven’t thought of a punchline yet.
There are some true superstars coming to IndyCar for the first time in 2021. All considered series rookies, these three drivers have a resume that goes far beyond a rookie repertoire. Each driver is partnered with an elite team including the most recent championship winning team Chip Ganassi Racing for Johnson and the most dominate Indy 500 team of all time, Team Penske for McLaughlin.
The addition of these three drivers solidifies what IndyCar fans have known for a long time…the series is HOT HOT HOT!
Vintage Indy Returns to Road America
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…I was born in the wrong era of racing. Luckily there are companies like Vintage Indy that bring a piece of the past to the new age.
In 2021 Vintage Indy in partnership with IndyCar and the Rev Group Grand Prix will return to Road America for a weekend of iconic cars from the past 70 years. This will be the first stop of Vintage Indy’s 2021 tour and will go from June 18-20.
“All of the organization’s on track appearances will again be paced by the Johnny Lightning Special inspired Miles Ahead™ MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Al Unser Jr.,” said a member of the Vintage Indy team.
I will definitely be making the trip to Road America this season.
Music City Grand Prix – Nashville
What Nashville has prepared goes far beyond a typical race weekend. This three-day festival includes delicious food, live music and entertainment while being in the heart of the city. Apart from all of the excitement that comes from this endeavor lets talk about the track…
The 2.17-mile circuit moves through downtown Nashville having IndyCars racing around Nissan Stadium and over the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge. Racing over the bridge is unique to IndyCar as no other (current) open-wheel racing series have a race that enables drivers to overtake on a BRIDGE!
Did I mention they’re racing over a bridge?
Juan Pablo Montoya at the Indy 500
A name synonymous with speed at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Montoya’s return with the young Arrow McLaren SP team promises to be one to watch. Previously the 45-year-old Columbian won the 500 as a rookie in 2000 and additionally as an established, accredited and well-versed driver in 2015. Although he hasn’t raced in IndyCar since 2017 his resume speaks for itself. With stints in F1, NASCAR and IMSA there is no doubt in my mind that if anyone can pull-out a third win at the speedway its him.
There are 68 days remaining until IndyCar is back and if I know one thing, it’s that the news coming from teams, drivers and the series is not even close to being done. I can’t wait to see what happens next.