Two for the Road is a hangout for mystery writers Tammy Kaehler and Simon Wood to chat, reminisce, gossip, speculate and argue about all things motorsport.

Friday, January 18, 2013

What We're Looking Forward to in 2013

TAMMY: We're back after the new year, and only a week away from the start of the U.S. racing season. It seems like time to talk about what we think 2013 might bring. What we're excited about ... and what we're not thrilled about but expect to see anyway.

I'm excited for:

  • The name of the new combined ALMS and Grand-Am series
  • The combined race weekend for ALMS and Grand-Am at Road America
  • Corvette Racing, as always
  • The Long Beach Grand Prix, as always
  • Danica in the NASCAR Cup series (love her, hate her ... she's the first woman running full-time, so go girl!)

I'm not excited about:

  • The lame-duck season it will be for both the ALMS and Grand-Am Series and teams
  • No Porsche factory effort, which means fewer of our favorite teams and drivers around full-time (I'm looking at you, Patrick Long!) (also at you, Flying Lizards!)
  • The Busch brothers (no one is surprised by this)
What about you, Simon? What are you looking forward to in the coming season?


I'm excited for:

  • The new F1 season as with the new specs coming next year, this might be the last year for reliability for a couple of years.
  • I'm interested to see how Lewis Hamilton will fair with Mercedes. Martin Brundell made some interesting remarks the other week about he wasn't the kind of driver to develop a car.  Well, see if he's right.
  • IndyCar! I know it's the redheaded stepchild of motorsport, but I really enjoy the racing. Would like to see a prettier car though.

I'm not excited about:

  • Simple--small grids.  Races series around the world still seem to be down to the bare bones.  That's always bad to see.
That's us, but what about you.  What are your highs and lows for 2013?

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