Notes for 8-Oct
First - yesterday's news that James Hinchcliffe is officially joining Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to replace Simon Pagenaud in the #77 entry.
For Hinchcliffe, the signing offers him a chance to be "the guy" at a team that is still growing.
And, flatly, it was a real, multi-year offer. We think he'd had discussions with KV and Andretti about driving for both teams, but we don't think either team had something concrete to offer him right now. So if you're a racecar driver and have an offer on the table with a team that can win races, you've pretty much got to take it.
Team co-owner Ric Peterson said the sponsorship is still to be determined but did say he doesn't expect the car to be orange again - meaning, he doesn't expect to see his own company, Oculus, on the sidepods again.
Team manager Rob Edwards said that Hinchcliffe will make his first driving appearance for the team either late this month or early next month.
INDYCAR News And Notes - Oct. 9, 2014
Juan Pablo Montoya works without a script, which allows the Verizon IndyCar Series driver spontaneity of thought with youngsters during classroom interaction. There is an underlying message though, no matter the age group.
"Whatever you want to do in life, you've got to work for it," Montoya tells students at Upland (Calif.) Junior High School. "You're going to have obstacles. To overcome them, you've got to work hard for it, believe in yourself and try harder.
"Every time you fall, every time you have a bad day, it doesn't mean you have to give up."
The brief remarks, delivered with sincerity and passion, grab the attention of the students and spawn numerous questions about Indy car racing, technology and his upbringing in Colombia.
"I just speak from the heart," said Montoya, who made a $10,000 donation on behalf of the Verizon Foundation, to the school's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program.