Racer Magazine’s February 2011 edition features a nice story — written by David Malsher — that looks at some of today’s up-and-coming American open-wheel stars.
While several promising young American drivers were left out of the story, Malsher did a nice job with the space he was given.
The amount of positive news surfacing this off-season has been mind-blowing and it’s great to see more and more media outlets picking up these big stories.
The main thing everyone in the industry needs to keep in mind, however, is that the progress shouldn’t be looked upon as a success story. Not yet. Everything that’s been put in place is great, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Malsher sums up his article nicely with this:
With IndyCar’s announcement that the Indy Lights champion will receive $1m there’s a step in the right direction, but as Hildebrand observes, it probably still isn’t enough: “By formalizing the Road to Indy, IndyCar has made the system more straightforward, but the jump from Lights to the top rung without $2 or $3 million is still a major challenge.”
Let’s hope there are corporations out there who are listening. Take it from us, America truly has got talent.
The only thing I’d change is remove the word “probably” from the first sentence.