Rush shut out of Oscar nominations

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Ron Howard’s “Rush” was nominated for two Golden Globes, and, you figured, had a good chance at being nominated in the same spots and additionally in some of the technical categories for the Academy Awards. Not the case.

A full list of Academy Award nominations were revealed on Thursday and “Rush” was shut out of any nominations entirely.

Four of the five nominated for Best Supporting Actor from the Golden Globes carried over to the Oscars, but Daniel Brühl’s Niki Lauda portrayal was replaced here by Jonah Hill, in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Quite why is a question mark.

The nine pictures nominated for Best Picture are “American Hustle,” ”Captain Phillips,” ”Dallas Buyers Club,” ”Gravity,” ”Her,” ”Nebraska,” ”Philomena,” ”12 Years a Slave,” and ”The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Some of the other categories where “Rush” could have been nominated were Production Design, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, or perhaps Original Score. But, like a driver who goes winless over the course of a season, “Rush” has come up empty in the most grandiose awards ceremony of the year.

No matter. Niki Lauda still presented at the Golden Globes, and ultimately that’s what race fans will be able to hang onto until we see more cars on track.

And on the bright side, “Rush” is already available on iTunes and set for DVD release on January 28. So it’s not all bad news.

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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