Last season we got word of the formation of Rubicon Race Team. Their plan for 2008 was simple; participating in the Indianapolis 500. The team was led by majority owners Jason Priestly (former Indy Lights,SCCA racer and IndyCar announcer) and Jim Freudenberg (Kelley Racing, Vegas Grand Prix etc.). It also included many small-part owners including actors Ian Zeiring, Tiffany-Amber Thiessen and NFL players Dallas Clark and Jason Baker.
The team unfortunately ran into the worst of luck, as their driver Max Papis tagged the wall on the final lap of practice before qualifying weekend badly damaging the car. They got the car back together but the transmission failed on bump-day qualification and even before that happened the speed never came back with the pieced together car. Since then we haven't heard a thing...
Well over the past few months we've heard many things: Marty Roth told a Canadian paper that Fruedenberg wanted to sponsor him until he heard rumors the IRL didn't want him to drive, the common word more recently being reported by many has been that Freudenberg was shopping around to possibly buy Roth Racing, Pacific Coast Motorsports or other bits of equipment from anyone or team who had it... We also got word that he was also holding anywhere from $2-$6million in sponsorship for a team in 2009. Would the economy effect it? Was any of it true?
...well I just got the following e-mail from the Rubicon team:
Rubicon Race Team wishes you... every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. Thank you for being a team supporter. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements from our team just after the New Year.
Sincerely, Jim Freudenberg and Jason Priestley Rubicon Race Team
We get no clue what that means, but in the past they've never lead on anything without following up so far but this could be any number of things: Back for Indy 500? New part-time team for 2009? New full-time team for 2009? Purchase of PCM or Roth Racing? One car? Two cars? Indy Lights team? Priestly is going back to the announcers booth? who knows?
I'd love to see this team back, and hopefully full-time, at least because they had a great paint job last year and I really doubt they would show up in generic red/white/blue.
So what do you think we're being teased for?