Who’s His Sponsor? I’m Drawing a Blank - Tire Review Magazine

Who’s His Sponsor? I’m Drawing a Blank

Now that we’re knee-deep in snow and about to see another round of sub-freezing temps, now is the time to think about the coming motorsport season.

And about all you can say is, things will not be the same.

At a time when fans are imagining new paint jobs for their fav drivers, one should be imaging seeing a lot more paint and a lot fewer sponsor stickers. Cause that is the way it will look for 2009.

The soap opera that is NASCAR has already seen teams fold and consolidate, and smaller grids are expected when the 2009 season kicks off next month at Daytona.

Formula One will have fewer tires on the tracks with the withdrawl of Honda and expected shrinkage of other teams. At least F1 will be going back to full slicks instead of those “grooved” race radials.

IndyCar and American Le Mans will see fewer races, and probably fewer cars. ALMS dominant Audi has already quit the series. Those quaint little shoestring-budget teams that captured our attention in past seasons will probably increase in numbers, if only because sponsorship dollars are hard to come by.

Detroit, which has taken more hits than Sly Stallone in Rocky, took another one recently with the announced cancellation of its Belle Island IRL/ALMS race weekend for 2009. Don’t expect IndyCar to add a race to fill the September schedule hole, even though event planners in Cleveland and Toronto, still peeved at being left off the 2009 schedule, would at least like a phone call.

And there have been a few rumors floating around concerning the fate of some major, major races.

If you have comments to share, send to me at [email protected].

– Jim Smith

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