IndyCar: Post-Mid-Ohio news and notes roundup

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There’s been no shortage of items to discuss in the immediate aftermath of the Honda Indy 200 weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Here’s a quick roundup from what’s been making its way around the web:

  • The 2016 schedule is starting to come together. Broken out into a separate post here, the puzzle pieces are starting to align to produce elements of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
  • Mazda Road to Indy drivers get to test in IndyCar. It was kind of a “super secret, but not really” topic of discussion at Mid-Ohio, but it is cool news: several drivers from the Mazda Road to Indy will get to test in the Verizon IndyCar Series in the coming weeks at Sonoma Raceway. There is a rule in the INDYCAR Rulebook – Rule 6.2.3 – allowing for current Indy Lights drivers to test. The pairings mentioned on the CNBC broadcast included: Chip Ganassi Racing – Sean Rayhall, Team Penske – Spencer Pigot, Nelson Piquet Jr., Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – Ed Jones, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – Jack Harvey and Mikhail Aleshin. Schmidt and Andretti Autosport – Matthew Brabham.
  • Derrick Walker news kicks off “Silly Season.” Thursday’s semi-bombshell that INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker (pictured) would be leaving the series at year’s end has a two-pronged effect. We have to ask what’s next for Derrick, and who’s next for the position in the series. Paddock rumors suggested Chip Ganassi Racing’s managing director Mike Hull as a frontrunner but Hull denied interest, telling USA Today Sports, “You would have to move heaven and earth for me to leave.”
  • Driver silly season. No movement yet although with our first story on Josef Newgarden’s future (posted Friday) from an on-site interview this weekend, it stands to reason he’s the domino that will fall. Movement could occur within the couple weeks before Pocono; if it doesn’t, the news cycle in September and October might get busy.
  • Oh yeah, the Mid-Ohio race itself. There were a number of good post-Mid-Ohio stories related to the race itself, who finished where and the like. With a near 12 hour drive home on Monday (had multiple stops including a quick trip to Columbus), we’ll have time to break those out over the coming days on MotorSportsTalk.