One of the three top teams from the former CART series is gone, can’t believe it. I loved their black car driven by Christian Fittipaldi and Michael Andretti. And the worst part is that now we have two top drivers with no seat. Hinchcliffe deserves a top seat, definitely. And Serviá, although quite a veteran, still has his skill.
Tough news, Hopefully Hinchcliffe will find somewhere else to drive. He is by far one of the most charismatic drivers in Indyar. He also performed really well this year and it will be a shame if he can’t find a drive. Newman/Haas will be sorely missed.
No one’s mentioned Servia, who finished fourth in points! He beat two Penskes, all of the Andrettis, Kanaan etc etc etc. Oriol has been one of the most under-rated drivers in American open-wheel over the past decade and just when it seemed he’d landed somewhere he could really build something it vanishes from under his feet. Hopefully he’ll still have that Telemundo backing and find himself a new home. AGAIN.
Got to feel Hinch will be okay, which he also deserves to be. Andretti, KV (Hinch and TK would be a great pairing) or the funded ride at Foyt are all possibilities.
Some interesting and rather depressing background in this article by Gordon Kirby:
“With Newman passing away later in ’08 and Haas ailing in recent years one of America’s great race teams was reduced to running paying drivers in recent three years. For six or seven years the business of racing Indy cars has been a losing proposition for Newman/Haas and last week Carl and Berni Haas took the difficult and painful decision not to continue in Indy car racing after 29 years of operation.”