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  • #16
    Originally posted by nospheratez View Post
    or Pelfrey car.
    heard pelfrey sold all their cars...can anyone verify?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by ndcrs View Post
      heard pelfrey sold all their cars...can anyone verify?
      Here is the latest quote from their fb page:

      Lots of exciting announcements for Team Pelfrey coming soon!
      Really hope, that it's not about sold cars
      Nastalgia & headache.

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      • #18
        Well, I think, that we can write off Team Pelfrey now... There is only F1600 listed as the series they compete in. And there wasn't any kind of anouncement about their complete withdraval from RTI. Such a shame.
        Nastalgia & headache.

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        • #19
          Here is the entry list for testing at COTA. Few surprises included.

          Nastalgia & headache.

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          • #20
            If the testing lineup turns out to be the season lineup, this is one of the weakest fields of drivers in Lights we've seen in a long time.

            I'm interested though in Dalton Kellett's number choice of #67. I know he's been working on a Indy 500 deal.

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            • #21
              Logan Sargeant IMO is like Newgarden coming back to the states in 2011. He could be a future star and was incredible in karts. The rest of the field is kind of... meh. I would have liked to see Oliver Askew move up as well as Parker Thompson.
              "Lyrically, I'm Mario Andretti on the mo-mo" - A Tribe Called Quest

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              • #22
                T&S is showing Oliver Askew in the 28 car. Didn't see his name brought up. Nice kid.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Crown Point View Post
                  T&S is showing Oliver Askew in the 28 car. Didn't see his name brought up. Nice kid.
                  I'm wrong. Askew is a surprise entrant for Andretti according to Howden. That's good!
                  "Lyrically, I'm Mario Andretti on the mo-mo" - A Tribe Called Quest

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                  • #24
                    We do get a third Andretti car but not the #98.

                    Logan Sargeant is an 18 year old American who has exclusively raced in Europe, mostly in Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault NEC, with some solid results. He has tested a GP3 car and my guess is he hasn't been able to find a GP3/FIA F3 ride that aligns with his budget and aspirations.

                    Julien Falchero is 21 years old. He has two full years of GP3 experience, in 2017 he finished 15th with 16 points for Campos. In 2018 he ran a full season without scoring points with Arden. Granted, those are somewhat crappy teams so the opportunity to get into a relatively good ride in Indy Lights may be somewhat revolutionary.

                    But yeah, no standout talents here. Claman has a bit of an advantage in being in a good ride and having significant experience in both IndyCar and Indy Lights.

                    I would say the only other driver with a chance is VeeKay, but he faces an uphill battle with no teammate. The 3 Andretti drivers are relatively weak and may lead to a regression of Andretti's reputation in the series. This could be a huge season for Belardi as I feel they have the most solid lineup although Kohl is still pretty raw.

                    Malukas and BN have jumped in and been competitive in every series they've gone to, but Lights is a big step.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by CrankShaft View Post

                      I'm interested though in Dalton Kellett's number choice of #67. I know he's been working on a Indy 500 deal.
                      Sweet. 52 starts, 0 wins and 17 laps led all with Andretti.

                      One top 10 points finish (7th last year - last among full-time drivers)

                      No thanks.

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                      • #26
                        Does anyone has any info on Victor Franzoni? What are his plans for 2019? Is he now out off RTI?
                        Nastalgia & headache.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by drdisque View Post
                          But yeah, no standout talents here.
                          You're kidding right?

                          Although small, this field is stacked...
                          "when you no longer go for the gap, you are no longer a racing driver" Ayrton Senna

                          Twitter: _6thgear_

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by sean26 View Post
                            You're kidding right?

                            Although small, this field is stacked...

                            The field is puny in numbers (again) and the field ON PAPER isn't very impressive from a talent standpoint. I would be shocked if there's anyone in this field even close to the caliber of Herta or O'Ward. And the next tier of Urrutia and Telitz are better then all of this year's group too.

                            I think Askew is really the only guy I'd say has a legit chance to do anything in Indy Car. A few are so young and have done so little in cars that they are really in the deep end of the pool. They seem to be a few steps up the ladder from where they should truly be.

                            Its why if I'm looking for a new driver (and can afford to look for a new driver and "budget" plays no part) Indy Lights is about the last place I'm looking. Sorry but I'm looking at sports car drivers (and there are dozens of guys there who could if given a chance, make good Indy Car drivers) and F1 junior series (since ovals aren't important anymore in Indy Car).

                            I know that's harsh but until Lights becomes more then a 10 car series with only 3 or 4 teams total (which is all its basically been lately) then its not a truly viable entity. Not saying there can't be a few good talents to come through (the top 2 last year have potential even if the field itself was small) but its still got a long way to go. And not sure how much longer we can wait for it "to be better next year".
                            Last edited by CrankShaft; 02-15-2019, 12:35 AM.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by nospheratez View Post
                              Does anyone has any info on Victor Franzoni? What are his plans for 2019? Is he now out off RTI?
                              Yep, driver coaching for Rinus Veekay and hanging around Juncos operation I think is his current plan this year, at least as far as open wheel is concerned. I believe he also serves as one of the available driver coaches and consultants for USF2000 drivers.

                              He did drive in the 24 Hours of Daytona for a Brazilian GTD team (running a Ferrari) so it's possible he'll run other endurance races with them as they did pretty well and rolled the car back on the trailer after Daytona. He's a pretty hot shoe for only holding an IMSA "Silver" license (which is required for GTD teams - a "Bronze or Silver" driver must qualify the car and run a certain portion of the race), which makes him desirable in GTD. Of course, if he's too successful then he'll get upgraded to Gold and be worthless to GTD teams.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by drdisque View Post
                                Yep, driver coaching for Rinus Veekay and hanging around Juncos operation I think is his current plan this year, at least as far as open wheel is concerned. I believe he also serves as one of the available driver coaches and consultants for USF2000 drivers.

                                He did drive in the 24 Hours of Daytona for a Brazilian GTD team (running a Ferrari) so it's possible he'll run other endurance races with them as they did pretty well and rolled the car back on the trailer after Daytona. He's a pretty hot shoe for only holding an IMSA "Silver" license (which is required for GTD teams - a "Bronze or Silver" driver must qualify the car and run a certain portion of the race), which makes him desirable in GTD. Of course, if he's too successful then he'll get upgraded to Gold and be worthless to GTD teams.
                                Such a shame! The guy was dominant in ProMazda in 2017 and had strong debut in Lights, though it was heartbreaking to see him parking the car at Toronto because of lack of money.

                                I hoped, that Belardi will pick him up for 2019, but since Victor is tied up with Juncos it's seems not a variant anymore.
                                Nastalgia & headache.

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