INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a reason I took my vacation earlier this month and not during this two week Olympic break. Part was due to my wife being due any time now and we couldn’t travel out of state past the second week of July anyways. The other part was due to how busy these two weeks were going to be on the news front.
I mean, this last offseason was as busy of a down time as we’ve ever had. There was news almost every single day coming out. With two weeks between any NASCAR or INDYCAR races, you could rest assured neither series was going to stay out of the news for 14 days.
Just look at this past week alone.
Roush Fenway Racing and Brad Keselowski announced their deal on Tuesday. On Thursday, NASCAR announced the L-1 penalties for Hendrick Motorsports.
Then Chase Elliott and Conor Daly were announced to join the BC 39 entry list on Thursday too. That bridges the NASCAR-INDYCAR connection as the NTT IndyCar Series also had a busy week of news.
On Tuesday, they unveiled the new TV contract for 2022 and beyond. Also on Tuesday was an already scheduled media availability with Alex Palou. Then comes the news that Santino Ferrucci will drive the third RLL car at Nashville.
Two days later, Meyer Shank Racing announced that Helio Castroneves will be back on a full time basis and drive a newly expanded second full time car for them in 2022. Also in that announcement was that Jack Harvey won’t be back either.
That’s a lot of news in a three day span.
The news doesn’t stop there. On Monday, we get a cool announcement of an INDYCAR driver announcing he’s giving NASCAR a try. More on that to start the next week off with….