Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Coyote Red is back

(by Dave Lewandowski 5-11-11)

Longtime Indianapolis 500 spectators/fans might do a double take when they see the No. 41 ABC Supply car on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 14 (Opening Day for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500).

Bruno Junqueira will be driving the A.J. Foyt Racing entry, whose paint scheme hearkens back to Foyt’s 1967 and 1977 Indy 500-winning cars with the distinctive Coyote Red color and the car numbers set on a white circle. On the ’77 car’s nose, the number 14 was centered in the upper half of the small letter ‘g’ -- the logo of Foyt’s longtime sponsor Jim Gilmore. A depiction of the car's paint scheme is above.

Foyt’s signature color is actually warm poppy red that he first used in 1967 when he won the Indy 500. That was the same year that he used the No. 14 for the first time after finishing 13th in the standings and experiencing his first winless season in 1966. Foyt went on to win the 1967 championship -- his first as a team owner and fifth as a driver. His cars remained Coyote Red for 20 years.

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