It's been a big motor-racing Sunday here in the Racing Blog house. It started at around mid-day with the Bahrain Grand Prix. Then I watched a recording of the A1GP race in Shanghai. And now I'm rounding it off with the Champcar Long Beach Grand Prix. This reminds me that I should have linked to Patrick's excellent article on the current state of Champcar on his Motorsport Ramblings blog. That was written just after the Las Vegas race that opened the season and he's spot on about everything there in my opinion.
I like the look of the new Panoz car that Champcar is using this season. The old Lola cars were designed at a time when the Reynard was dominant and Champcar ran on a pretty even mix of ovals and road/street courses. With the series hardly running on ovals at all for the past few years, that Lola has looked increasingly lumbering. It was never the most attractive of machines either. The new Panoz car looks a lot like a GP2 at the front and back and like the classic Indycars in the middle. It looks a lot more nimble on the two street courses raced so far and that has to be the main thing. It certainly looks a lot better than the IRL cars do in their token road course races. Those things are a joke and would almost certainly be outpaced by a GP2 car if they ever raced on the same course.
By the way, I don't know much about Long Beach, but the area holding the race looks absolutely beautiful on the TV. Rather like the American Monte Carlo, but with much wider roads.
Glad you liked the Champ Car piece. I had something of a motor racing overdose that weekend too. Didn’t bother with the A1GP, but watched the GP2 instead then found a torrent for the Champ Cars. Looking quieter this weekend. I was half thinking of heading south to watch the A1GP but my usual provider of floor space in that part of the world is away so, a chance to catch up with other things, methinks….
patrick () (URL) - 26 04 07 - 11:18