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It's not Oriel. D and R is changing it's name to Panther DRR and aligning with Panther for (I guess) the remainder of the season. They are definitely staying with Oriel.
My first thought was Bourdais because he doesn't want to look pitiful at Indy.
I may be wrong but I'm thinking it's Wilson. He doesn't bring sponsor money, and he hasn't really done much at Indy. Maybe a one-off driver for Indy then Wilson back for rest of year?
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I see what you did there...
I'm honestly looking at Honda & Chevrolet to start knocking out the One-Offs to feed their full time teams with Engines.
For those who need to be worried are:
Maybe Honda and Chevy will entice them to run at other races outside of Indy to ensure engine quantities just like SSM told Cunningham last year.
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Hmm. Dragon dropping Lotus. Dragon presumably having one Chevy lined up for one driver. Somebody possibly getting kicked from a current ride.
So, maybe that's where the second Dragon driver ends up???
I'm from a place called the internet. Nothing disturbs me.
And also if Im looking at my Honda and Chevy teams 14-16 cars for the 500 I see it as this:
1) Tony Kanaan
2) EJ Viso
3) Rubens Barrichello
4) Will Power
5) Ryan Briscoe
6) Helio Castroneves
7) Ryan Hunter-Reay
8) Marco Andretti
9) James Hinchcliffe
10) JR Hildebrand
11) Ed Carpenter
12) TBA (DRR Car)
13) TBA (AA / AFS Car)
14) TBA (AA / Conquest Car)
1) Dario Franchitti
2) Scott Dixon
3) Graham Rahal
4) Charlie Kimball
5) Takuma Sato
6) Josef Newgarden
7) Simon Pagenaud
8) Justin Wilson
9) James Jakes
10) Mike Conway
11) TBA (BHA Car)
12) TBA (RLL Car)
13) TBA (SFHR Car)
14) TBA (Foyt Car)
15) TBA (SSM Car)
1) Simona de Silvestro
You're trying to fit those spaces with these pieces:
All this guessing who the driver is is nonsense. So many of you are just randomly throwing out names.
No one is going to get fired. Budgets are set and teams simply don't gas anyone mid-season based on performance any longer. It's not the 90's anymore where budgets were big enough to hire whomever they want on a whim.
If someone is leaving, it's either a personal dispute with a team, their sponsor check didn't clear, or there is no longer an engine available for them.
This is one of the most enjoyable threads I have read here in years. Keep it up!
to the op - a driver still leaving a team or is this not happening?
I heard something from an insider this morning....China....seems many teams think that there is not going to be a race in China! This doesn't come as a surprise to me, but hearing it from the person I heard it from, it was a surprise to me!
And no, I'm not saying who, and I'm not meaning this as a discussion point....just something I heard from a PR type person with longtime connections to the series.
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