If Bird and Kligerman could replace Huertas and Saavedra, we’d be moving in the right direction. Montoya’s ‘Columbian successors’ would best be Munoz and Chaves.
That said, I can see Bird, Abt and others ‘doubling up’ between Indy and Formula E, trying to stick with whichever one they are successful in or can successfully get a seat in, if push comes to shove. Sato may try and stick in Formula E if his time in Indycar comes to an end.
It would be great to see Ganassi take a punt with Sam Bird or somebody. Bird is clearly a capable driver and I am sure he will adapt to the road and street courses pretty quickly. It’s just his, like most other ‘European’ racers, lack of oval experience which concerns me. Not everybody is going to be able to ‘do a Conway’.
The thing is that Ganassi already have Sage Karam under contract (who has already shown his adaptability and speed across Indycar, its ladder series and sports cars). He’s been consistently strong on ovals, something I have doubts about Bird being able to do. Out of the recent European-based converts Rubens Barrichello had the best oval average, approximately 9th (although that’s based on only 3 finishes). Aleshin showed more speed, but has a tendency to stick it in the wall too often to be reliable.
Power/Montoya/Castroneves/Pagenaud is the sort of line-up that should make Ganassi and Andretti seriously think about who drives their cars. Each of those are absolutely class drivers. This could well be an era of dominance for Penske.
Wow, I really hope this pushes Ganassi and Andretti to pick up some other great drivers. While next year looks to be set for Penske already, maybe this will see an increase in international drivers getting top seats for the 2016 season?